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Arai Pro Shade System for SAI-Compatible Helmets

Nowadays it is quite common to use a retractable sun-visor that is situated between the helmet’s outer- and inner shell to protect against sun glare. However, it is Arai’s opinion that this construction could affect the performance of a helmet during impact. As the Pro Shade System is completely mounted on the outside of the helmet, it will not in any way negatively affect the performance of the helmet.

The Pro Shade System is a small peak that is locked in position. Unlocking is easy; just pull the Pro Shade System forward, then it can be flipped down with a flick of the hand to act as an effective sun-visor. The Pro Shade System is the complete all-weather system for serious touring riders, offering protection against sun glare, fogging and misting, especially for riders that prefer an upright seating position and/or the comfort of a fairing, the Pro Shade System will enhance the rider’s comfort significantly.

Features:

  • Fits all Arai SAI full-face helmets including the Arai Corsair V, Vector 2, RX-Q, Arai Signet-Q and Defiant
  • Complete system, pre-mounted on clear Arai MAX Vision visor (included)
  • Compatible with Arai SAI Max Vision Pinlock Inserts With Brow Vents (sold separately)
  • Enhanced aerodynamics
  • Increased helmet stability
  • Removable for easy cleaning
  • No contact with visor: no scratching
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3.3 / 5
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3 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
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3.7 / 5
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Flat-out works, and better than expected
I pre-ordered the Pro Shade when it was announced, and received it a few days ago. Thanks to ZLA's credits for previous purchases, I got it for a killer price.

After 500 miles on my VFR Interceptor and CBR 600 RR, I feel I have enough information to provide a preliminary, first hand review.

If you don' want to read a lengthy review, then know this- I will be buying another at full price for one of my other helmets. That should say something.

For the rest of you...

I mounted this on a new Arai Corsair-V which I bought recently from Revzilla, as well as one I bought in late 2009 and one I bought in Japan in June of '08. No fit issues on any of these and no gasket adjustment needed. I don't personally have any issues with the Arai shield system and this introduces no complications at all.

Anthony's video review of the Pro Shield was excellent as usual, but he made a few comments that I feel might not have reflected the reality I have found after riding with this item.

First, he was critical of the amount of coverage of the peak smoke element on the sides in the retracted position (against the clear shield). He seemed to believe there was possibly not enough peripheral coverage. I can tell you this is a non issue, because there is no way for sunlight to get to your eyes from that angle IN THE HELMET. I tried- it turns out that the eye port blocks that angle, even from the rising sun at your shoulder position (as I determined this morning)

Second, Anthony felt the slider type vents were a little cheap-feeling- I have found the brow vents to work really well and are perhaps even better in some ways than the "flip up" standard SAI vents.

I discovered a few nice surprises, and a few minor drawbacks in use.

At speeds of up to 110 MPH there is no discernible effect on the aero properties of the helmet, on my specific bikes. Head-checks are the same as without this (always excellent with the Corsair-V's at any rate). This was honestly a surprise- I expected some issues.

Noise is pretty much the same- loud, but no louder than otherwise.. That's the nature of the Corsair-V, it's loud. (I do wear plugs, always). Note too, the gasket on the peak seems to act as something of a spoiler, perhaps decreasing the effective drag of the peak.

Rain and bugs turned out the be less trouble than I would have thought. Cleaning the peak was easy.

And on a lighthearted note... It's quite useful to be able to simply lift the shield to the up position when you are using it against the visor and an enormous bug has just killed itself precisely in the center of your field of view- almost as good as a tear-off....

Rain and even a bit of snow (riding here in the Rockies and it has been a weird spring) posed no special challenges. Just wiped off the parts afterward.

OK now, small downside items-

On a very bright day, when you have the smoke shield retracted against the clear shield, the result is somewhat less contrast than you would have with a smoke visor alone. Some reflection occurs between the inside of the smoke element and the clear visor. Not a big issue, but it's there, and it affects contrast a little.

Visually in the retracted position, things are a bit more cluttered than a standalone visor. You get used to it fast, but it's a factor. In a full tuck, you're probably better off retracting the peak.

Finally, while not specifically with this specific unit,I have found that the Max Vision visors (I have two, both without brow vents), when used with a Pinlock element, can generate mild scatter of oncoming headlights at night. No big deal, just something to be aware of. I neglected to order a Pinlockk insert for this setup, and will no doubt get one later this season.

There is absolutely no doubt that this system works and works well.

I would like to thank Revzilla for fantastic service on this and other orders.
May 12, 2014
Ride:
2007 Honda CBR600RR
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This product works as advertized
The shield was easy to install if done per the demo on Revzilla. I found the length and design of the sun shield to be appropriate, it allows clear unshaded views for mirrors. May change my mind once I have the sun bouncing of the mirror into my eyes but that normally is not an issue. Just wish is was less expensive and that they had one for my older Aria Vector Helmet.
November 16, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2014 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited FLHTK
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
Great concept, but...
Had great expectations for this product. The design seems good, easy to use but if you are an upright rider(cruiser/touring) then you will probably find that the tint shield edge is right in your field of view. Needs to be about 3/4 of an inch bigger. As it is now very distracting. If you are a sport bike rider would probably not be a problem. Unfortunately I am stuck with it now, as you need to ride with it to really see the issue.
December 16, 2014
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So much better than sun glasses
Absolutely love this product as a commuter. I am on an SV650 so i do notice a little increase in wind noise with the shade in the up position, but nothing to be truly worried about. The ease of use is absolutely great. I am never caught out by changing light and having the pinlock is a real bonus. The built in vents do feel a bit cheap, but certainly flow air well. I think this is the best option in regards to giving your helmet maximum usability. Far better than buying a pair of shields and pinlocks to go with.
April 3, 2015
Ride:
2006 Suzuki SV650
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
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Not up to Arai's quality standards
I bought the Pro Shade for use on my RX-Q helmet. The rubber trim piece on the top of the unit I received worked its way loose and was flapping around the first day I used the visor. I removed as much of the trim piece as I could but the chunk that was left is pretty much impossible to remove. Also, I do notice extra noise levels from the Pro Shade. So I've found it disappointing on a couple of counts. I'm still using it however as it does serve the intended purpose and I appreciate the sun protection when needed.
September 1, 2014
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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Outstanding system - especially with the optional longer shade!
Love it! I have the standard length pro-shade system on my Corsair V. It has great, but like many others I wished the shaded flip portion was longer. With the arrival of the optional longer shaded flip visor, this system is now perfect in my opinion.
I bought a new Arai helmet - Defiant-Pro-Cruise (awesome helmet btw) which came with the Pro-Shade System right out of the box. When I discovered the optional longer shield, I ordered that at the same time. Replacing the stock, shorter, shaded flip portion was a piece of cake.
Arai should make this longer one the standard and the shorter one the option. Of course, they wouldn't likely ever sell the shorter one. lol.
June 25, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
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Great product for someone who wears corrective glasses, and for someone who hates to have to lug around an extra visor.
Let me start off by saying that I wear glasses with corrective lenses; having transition lenses or wearing sunglasses has too many shortcomings. I was looking for an alternative; which I have owned smoked shields in the past, so I decided to try one again. I bought this shield, however I was very skeptical. I did not like the overall design and the vents in the shield look cheap. I decided to go ahead and purchase the item, the shop that I bought it from gave me a 100% satisfaction guarantee. By the way, the alternative smoke shield was only $20.00 less. I have been riding with the shield for about a month now, and it works great. I would like the visor to come down farther on the sides, but overall I do not have issues with the sun peering through and bothering me. The most notable aspects of this visor are how well the visor stays locked, with little added noise, accompanied by an overall ease of use.

Ultimately, I am pleased with my purchase and I would buy it again.
April 16, 2015
Ride:
2014 Triumph Street Triple R
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Disappointing product from Arai
I bought the Pro Shade System so that I wouldn't have to change face shields on an upcoming motorcycle journey. But there are two problems with the System -- 1) there is an annoying reflection in many sunlight conditions, 2) it makes too much noise when the sun visor is raised, unless you're riding behind a windshield. The System is also Way Overpriced. I took the System off and am going to change shields as necessary. They're pretty easy to change, anyway.
August 13, 2014
Ride:
2013 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic FLSTC/I
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Must have!
Must have! No need for sunglasses, flip up sun visor for night with no noticeable wind effect.
March 30, 2015
Ride:
2009 Triumph Speedmaster
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Good upgrade
I like this visit quite a bit. It's is very convenient and the install is easy. I did notice some increased wind noise when the visor is up, but it is really nice to no longer need sunglasses.
April 20, 2015
Ride:
2012 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
To have some sun protection
Alain L on Nov 26, 2016
Replacement
Paul M on Nov 12, 2016
To have some sun protection
Alain L on Nov 26, 2016
seems like a good idea
Roger E on Nov 14, 2016
Replacement
Paul M on Nov 12, 2016
Great option
Kevin L on Oct 17, 2016
Just bought new Doohan Replica IOM Arai Corsair V & need sun protection here in Queensland. Also have Hi-Def Yellow visor for dull/cloudy days. This purchase sets me up for all conditions ....
John S on Oct 13, 2016
Need a darker tint with my proshade visor
Shawn5170 on Aug 28, 2016
The best purchase I've ever made. Wish it was a bit more darker but still great.
MotoCat on Aug 23, 2016
Got a few rock ships in my original shield. Needed a replacement.
Dario N on Aug 14, 2016
Tire of my sunglass's cutting off my peripheral vision.
A U on Aug 1, 2016
Endurance riding with no time to swap out helmet face shields
Janet D on Jul 10, 2016
want to be able to change from clear visor to shade without having to stop and change visor
Joshua L on Jun 22, 2016
Good addition to my Arai helmet, great sun shade.
Alan C on Jun 22, 2016
I wanted better shading on my visor
Jay O on Jun 12, 2016
Needed it.
David R on Jun 6, 2016
Bought an Arai RX-Q helmet and needed a tinted visor. Thought I would give this a try and have not had any other visor on the helmet since. It's nice to be able to ride all day and into the evening without the need to do visor swaps.
Ian W on May 19, 2016
Good to have the dark visor during the day, and not have to change visors during the night.
Jose Luis on May 18, 2016
Great accessory. Looks and works well. Love the ability to flip it up while ridding as the sun goes down.
Daniel P on May 12, 2016
I needed a new shield and I liked the idea of the shade system. It's hard to get sunglasses on after the helmet is on, they tend to slide down your nose and becomes a safety issue.
Kevin M on May 5, 2016
Fits great on the my Arai Signet-Q helmet, for sunny days.
BabyGonzo on May 4, 2016
Two issues with this. one is trying to lift the sun shade up while riding. You can't do it well with glove on. It shield doesn't seem to lock down so it also comes up. The other issue is if you have been rinding with it up and you have bugs all over the shield is when you put it down you are smashing the bugs and sandwiching them between the two
Thom54 on Apr 28, 2016
Need replacements
Sergio C on Apr 28, 2016
The Pro Shade is a slick system that provides a lot of versatility to me because my eyes are quite sensitive to bright sunlight.
Michael R on Apr 10, 2016
To install on Signet Q model.
Neal P on Mar 26, 2016
Genius product. It didn't work with my 2004 model Arai helmet so I returned it. I will buy another one as soon as I get a new Arai helmet.
Rafael L on Mar 14, 2016
This is very nice. Really helps keep the sun out of my eyes and if the weather changes or it gets dark, just flip it up.
REBECCA RADER R on Feb 26, 2016
I chose this to help combat the sun and yet be able to ride safely at night. I have since bought a full coverage tinted Arai Shield which I intend to affix to the Pro Shade to get more complete coverage. I know I'll be less than aerodynamic at night, but I don't drive that much at night, and when I do it's in town and therefore not at highway.
Ed G on Feb 5, 2016
So I wouldn't have to change from regular glasses to sun glasses an back over the course of the day. This shield is perfect in that it allows one to see my GPS screen and instrument panel under the shade but shades everything else.
Chuck F on Jan 19, 2016
With the amazing view from my RX-Q there is a down side when facing a setting or rising sun and I hope that this will help me shield my eyes from that glare.
Rick L on Jan 17, 2016
Super clean and perfect fit. Shield does move at high speeds....when going more than 45mph if you tilt your head up slightly, the sun shiel will move. Not a desirable feature!
Robert L on Dec 18, 2015
I wanted an Arai Defiant Pro-Cruise, but the Cruise was not offered in Silver. So I just bought the Arai Defiant in Silver and am adding this to it.
Gerald B on Dec 11, 2015
My commute sometimes occurs during varying lighting conditions. I needed a visor that could help in both daylight and night.
Kendra on Dec 3, 2015
I bought this product to provide me shade during bright sunny days.
" " on Nov 14, 2015
For the option of having a snap down or up dark visor.
Ron A on Nov 11, 2015
For my new Arai helmet
Johnny M on Nov 8, 2015
I believe arai make the best helmets.
Dean B on Nov 1, 2015
Great to have integrated sunshield. Integrated perfectly with visor.
Maxim K on Oct 31, 2015
I spend a lot of time riding at times with sun low in sky with dynamic glare conditions and hope that this peak gives me the ability to switch from shade to sun instantly.
David L on Oct 18, 2015
No need to carry a clear visor if I'm going to be out past dark.
Steve K on Sep 19, 2015
I love my new Arai Vector 2 helmet, but the sun is in my eyes at commute times. I bought this shield system to block the sun instead of carrying around sunglasses.
Jennifer D on Sep 7, 2015
fits current helmet
theodore w on Aug 18, 2015
Wanted shade option w/clear sheild
Daniel G on Aug 14, 2015
Needed a shade system for my helmet.
Greg L on Aug 10, 2015
For commuting I"m often looking into the sun morning and evening, the visor flips up easy for shady roads.
John B on Aug 3, 2015
My prescription sunglasses are polarized and I can't see my GPS. So i'll wear my clear prescription glasses and use the Shade System instead, and I should be able to see my GPS then.
Richard V on Jun 23, 2015
This is a very nice sun shade. The only minus I can find is on my size small Arai RX-Q helmet the shade rubs on it when you lift it causing it to wear away the finish. Other than that this is a very nice sun shade that works very well even in the South Florida elements.
VictoryMotorcyclesUSA on Jun 14, 2015
I prefer not wearing sunglasses so this solves the issue for me.
Tod C P on Jun 13, 2015
Wanted to use my Arai in all conditions without having to change shields. Was skeptical at first and took some getting used to but after 6 months of use it has the best anti-fog system and the smoke lens actually works pretty well.
Bryce W on Jun 10, 2015
Had a Signet-Q with the standard clear shield but needed a way to add sun protection on demand as needed. When dark sense is up the airflow on brow vents is significantly less but otherwise I love this addition to my Arai helmet.
Scott W on Jun 1, 2015
Needed a shade. I don't regret buying this one a bit.
Auston J on May 21, 2015
Fits perfectly into Arai helmets and works very well as a sun visor while also not sacrificing the frontal lobe protection like modular or built in visor helmets. Easy to flip up and down with gloves and more aerodynamic than it looks.
AeroWRX on May 8, 2015
seems like a good idea
Roger E on Nov 14, 2016
Great option
Kevin L on Oct 17, 2016
Is there a replacement just for the sun shield portion?
Reubin T on Sep 9, 2015
Will this fit the Corsair X?
Trevor R on Feb 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Per the Revzilla description and the Arai web site, this will fit only models with SAI shield: Corsair-v, RX-Q, Signet-Q Series, Defiant Series, Vector-2. http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/arai-pro-shade-system?turntoqid=S0QDY00YZg&turntosuid=TkEEb0Ea&sourceId=1&turntoQuestionId=1479574&turntoEmailType=question&iqrlId=28511801&turntosku=266327&turntoflow=answer&utm_source=turnto&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=question#turntodone
Will the new pro shade system be equipped with a pinlock shield?
Mark M on Apr 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Pro Shade is compatible with the Max-V Brow Vent Pinlock but does not come with the Pinlock, from what I have found. They (Arai) are not very good at providing this info but do have a description on a Facebook announcement. I tried to post a link to that, but it won't let me. There are also various pictures of the Pro Shade both on and off helmet showing that it is Max-V BV Pinlock compatible.
I received the Pro Shade today, and installed it on my RX-Q. I haven't done any riding yet, but I noticed that while the shade locks securely at the raised position, when it sits at the lowered (down) position with just a light touch of finger the shade can be easily moved up or down a little bit (about 2mm). Is this a problem? Or at riding the wind would push it firmly against the visor?
He H on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I've been using my Pro Shade for about two weeks now both in town and on the highway at speed. It doesn't take much to lift the shade with your fingers but it stays put when riding. I have purposefully moved my head up and down and side to side to see if the shade would move on it's own, I could not see any movement, even on the highway. Love the shade, just wish it provided more coverage, have to wonder why Arai didn't make it taller!!!
Can this be mounted to the dual pane shield?
Tom L on Oct 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Mine is mounted to a dual pane face shield.
So I am assuming you can not ride with your clear visor up and sun visor down? Seems like a step backwards in my opinion if it is true. I know 4 or 5 years ago my brother had a helmet with an outside sun visor like this, which seemed to be the norm then till they started putting them inside.
A shopper on Jun 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Arai Pro Shade is an outstanding product. Cannot think of why you'd want to ride without the Arai face shield. The sun shade can be used or not. If you open the face shield the sun shade will also open. If you want to ride without a face shield, you should look at an open face helmet or a helmet with no shield, and just wear sunglasses. Most all Arai owners though want more, not less protection.
Will this fit my RX-Q that has a SAI-IC shield. the brow vents are smaller than that featured on helemts pictured?. thanks
Quin Y on Aug 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have the Signet Q w/ SAI-IC shield. I would have bought the RX-Q but the Signet Q fits my oval head better- extremely comfortable for my head shape. Both helmets are practically the same but the Signet -Q is slightly more oval.

I double checked before posting that RX-Q that has SAI-IC shield takes pro shade system- it does.

Can I make a suggestion though? I have a dark smoke insert on my SAI-IC face shield. I decided it would not be a good idea to transfer that to my pro shade SAI-IC shield, so instead I used the clear one, I had, too dark with the pro shade shield.

***The pro shade system comes with its own SAI pin lock ready face shield with its own brow vents if you are unclear on that point. *** The dark visor does not come all the way down to completely cover the other shield so takes some getting used to but I like it that way.
I have a Quantum DNA with a SAI shield. Will this shield fit my helmet?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It will go on but fits poorly with a 3/16 inch gap at the forehead shield contact point.
gj
Seriously, why can't they just create a photo-chromatic shield ??? The r&d in this along with tooling must have cost at least as much as a P/C shield would have cost.
Glenn H on Jul 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Existing photochromics are less effective in sudden transitions (like in a canyon with shady parts) and lose even more effectiveness in temperature extremes.

They reportedly have a limited life span (~one year if used 5 days/week, according to a manufacturer of these) and do not darken as much as the dark tint on the Arai solution.

I imagine another reason Arai hasn't done this besides the above reasons is the obvious safety hazard of entering a freeway or mountain road tunnel with a visor that won't quickly go back to clear- lots of tunnels in Japan. The Arai Pro Shade is perfect for that sort of situation.

I will say with about 3000 miles of using this system, I have had no desire to use my standard visors. This thing really works.
I have an Arai Quantum helmet. Will it fit onto that?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I was told by Revzilla's excellent customer service folks that it will not fit. I just put one on my RXQ and it works a treat. The darkened portion could cover more of the lower portion, but I it's great to no longer need to carry sunglasses. You can feel the extra weight when closing ghe visor. With the shade and pinlock additions makes the Pro Shade the ultimate visor for touring.