Arai Pro Shade System
A versatile sun visor for an Arai helmet
I commute 42 miles one way daily. As a consequence of this, I often start my ride in the morning before sun-up, and then find myself riding into a fiery sun sitting on the road way. Or in the evening, I might be riding straight into the sun, and then after it sets be riding in reduced light. I don't want to stop to put sunglasses on or off, or to change shields. I wear the Arai Signet-Q, which is nearly the only helmet that really fits my head, so if I want a flip up sun visor, this is it. Coupled with a yellow Pinlock insert (which I *highly* recommend), this is a very versatile system for riding year round, day or night.
A bit of unwanted light can get in through the venting holes, but I have not found this to be a big problem. I like the fact that the shield allows a clear look at the instrument panel. I am comfortable with the shield in the up position both with my windshield up or down. I recommend adding a short strip of electrical tape to the inside of the tinted visor at the top middle, to work like a flip down visor in a car. (You tilt your head as necessary to put the tape where it blocks the sun.) This can be used to block the sun unless it is sitting right on the road.
The locking system takes some getting use to, but it seems to work well. I generally ride at 75 mph on the highway, often with my windshield down, and the locking system keeps the visor up. Naturally, you have to learn to lock/unlock it with one hand by locking/unlocking one side at a time. It is not as convenient as an internal sunshade, and it requires regular cleaning to remove bugs along with the face shield. (I use Bug Off.)
I have learned to always keep my helmet in the bag that came with it, in order to avoid putting unwarranted scratches on my visor. That is especially true with this visor. This thing is incredibly pricey, as are all things Arai, but it is worth it.
September 27, 2014
Great Shell/Visor - Very Versatile
Excellent system and worked perfectly with the Arai RX-Q. The fit and finish is top-notch, and I love the fact that the tinted "peak" doesn't completely cover the clear visor, allowing one to see instrumentation without the tinting (split view). The only thing I don't like is the venting system hardware, which seems kind of loose; Also there are notches cut out of the shade peak to provide clearance for this hardware, which lets unfiltered light in and can be annoying at times. Being able to retract the shade peak is great for midday sun, or for times when you want to wear sunglasses with the clear visor down, but still have some overhead light filtering.
September 8, 2014
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
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
Good, but room for improvement
Overall I'm happy with the pro shade but I agree with all of the reviews that state that it lets too much light at the periphery of vision. I think I'll use it mostly in the spring/fall when days are shorter and I might ride at variable light. In the mean time I'll get a dedicated tinted pin-lock insert for summer use. I'm hoping Arai develops an improved version.
August 11, 2014
Poor product from Aria
This is just a poor design. The shade only covers part of the shield letting bright sunlight in on the bottom. It's like wearing a half pair of sunglasses. When the shade is up, the wind vibrates the shade and causes a loud rumbling noise in the helmet. Buy a pin lock visor and wear sunglasses.
August 11, 2014
After getting caught out with the sun setting and my dark visor on I decided I needed a more versatile faceshield. While not as good as regular dark visor in full sun, it is way better than a clear shield. Super easy to flip up when it's cloudy or when the sun goes down. Plus the pinlock compatibility makes it great for cooler temps. Very pleased.
August 6, 2014
A bit rough of a product, seems more proto type than well conceived market example
A bit cobbly and not long enough for the face shield, lets to much light in particularly from the side.Sometimes difficult to get down and up. Weak product, over priced. I removed it from my helmet after one week and set aside.
August 4, 2014