Arai RX-Q DNA Helmet - (Size LG Only)
Great helmet, crash performance was excellent!
Bought this helmet for one reason, crash protection. It performed flawlessly!
I slid about 100 feet on concrete pavement and the helmet did exactly what a quality helmet should do. I had no head or neck injuries, even after hitting the curb with my head and shoulder.
Yes the price is in the upper range, but how much is your melon worth? I like to be able to feed myself.
The pin lock face shield never opened and took a beating as well. This helmet literally saved my life.
I'll be replacing this helmet with another!
June 13, 2016
Good but not worth the extra money
I'll be in the minority of people here in not recommending this helmet.
I tried on lots and lots of helmets at local stores and, unfortunately for me, the only one that fit my head and was glasses-friendly was this one.
I replaced my very old HJC CL-16 with this one and thought the difference would be dramatic. I was disappointed.
Let's start with fit. Fit is great with this helmet for MY head shape. I have a very round head and the RX-Q fits me really well. HOWEVER, my old CL-16 fits my head identically well. This really goes to show that helmet fit is highly dependent on the individual person and a few extra hundred dollars won't necessarily get you a better fit.
Where I did find this helmet to be EXCELLENT is in accommodating glasses. Putting on glasses is extremely easy and it was why I ultimately ended up paying the extra money for this helmet. If you don't wear glasses, this should not be a selling point for you.
The cheek pads can be adjusted 5mm down in size if needed. That can be handy if you have puffier cheeks.
Noise level on this helmet is very high. It is equivalent to my cheap HJC helmet if not slightly louder. I always wear ear plugs, however, so I don't usually care about this when buying a helmet. I will say that it is slightly quieter when you tilt your head down. The reduction in wind noise is only noticeable to me when I AM* wearing ear plugs. Without ear plugs, I CANNOT tell the difference since the helmet is loud regardless of vent configuration. I ride a naked SV650 which has a more upright position. Supersports in a more tucked position might find this helmet to be slightly more quiet.
Weight is pretty good but I honestly don't notice the few ounces less in this helmet compared to others I've tried on. I'm sure this is up to the individual's sensitivity to weight on your head but for me it's not a selling point.
Vision is fairly wide with adequate peripheral vision. You'll still have to do over-shoulder checks obviously but peripheral vision isn't limited.
Ventilation is pretty good but not amazing. With all vents open and rear exhaust vent also open, you can feel just a tiny bit of air regardless of head position, upright or tucked. for a $500 helmet, I expected more. Compared to the cheaper HJC helmet, this is only slightly less warm on a hot day.
Inside material of the cheek pads is a huge disappointment like others have mentioned. Putting on and removing the helmet will leave your ears and cheeks hurting from the abrasiveness of the material. I suspect that with more usage and sweat the material will soften up but to have something this abrasive out of the box is very disappointing.
Faceshield fogs up VERY easily even on 70F mornings. The front chin/mouth vent doesn't help at all regardless of position. (It has three positions: closed, direct venting, defogging venting; which by the way t he difference isn't noticeable when open or closed). I haven't ordered the pin-lock shield but I do find it necessary.
Removing the faceshield is also a pain and a step back in time, though this complaint isn't new to the Arai line of helmets.
Considering all the great reviews this helmet has gotten, I feel like I got a dud OR people are trying very hard to convince themselves that the price they paid was worth it for the Arai name. If I had to price this helmet in a "blind" test ride, I would have placed it in the $200 tier. Guys who ride motorcycles with a more tucked position might favor this more than those with an upright bike.
The features just aren't there in my opinion and if you're on the fence about spending $500, I would seriously not recommend it.
If you have any other questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them.
July 27, 2016
First Arai Helmet
Lets get my helmet background out of the way to let everyone have a better understanding of my perspective.
First helmet I had was a Bell Vortex, it's a cheap entry level helmet with decent features for the price point. Next was a AGV K5, great helmet! But I got the wrong size and it really hurt my ears. Its a big step up from the Vortex. Now the RX-Q, sometimes you do get what you pay for. This helmet takes everything up another level by comfort, noise level, build quality.
Cheek pads are snug and feels soft, could be softer though. Inside the cheek pads, you can peel away the liner and fit in SENA 10S speakers. Does not hurt my ears at all, and I have extra large ears for a medium size helmet. Overall it feels very together, the locking mechanism for the shield clicks in nicely and feels secure. I like that tight seal around the shield for air noise and in case of water. Head check at 75mph is smooth, I ride a street triple R, wind is always in my face.
You really get what you pay for in terms of quality with this helmet. I got the Retro 75 white and black helmet. Loving the graphics on this one. Only downside I can think of with the RX-Q is the design has been out since 2010. I like to purchase new items that were also recently designed to know I spent my money well. Although its older design by today's standard, it is a great helmet.
July 25, 2016
This is without a doubt the best helmet I have ever purchased. They said it was a little noisy compared to other equivalent helmets. Compared to the helmets that I have own, this is the quietest helmet I have ever worn. Vision is good, vents work well. I have no fairing and never feel as though my head is being pulled back by the wind, so I would have to say aerodynamics is spot on and weight is very light.
July 19, 2016
As expected from Arai
Another in a line of several Arai helmets I've used. Great quality, great fit and comfort, very good airflow. My only gripe is that Arai no longer uses the exceptionally soft and plush liner material that was used on my older Quantum and Quantum F helmets. This liner is fine, but would like Arai to upgrade this by the time I'm up for renewal.
July 19, 2016
Expensive But worth it
Most comfortable full face I tried on and remains awesome 60 days later...
July 12, 2016
Great helmet. Worth every penny.
I bought this helmet a couple months and ridden plenty of miles with it. The first time I rode with it, I couldn't get over how smooth the air flow was. I have ridden this on various bikes such as a GS 1200, KTM 690, and a 899 Panigale. The helmet performs beautifully on all of them. I bought the helmet in a large, and when it got here it was just slightly too big for me. I knew I couldn't fit into a medium comfortably so I bought a replacement cheek pad set, which made the helmet fit perfectly. The other extreme pro of this helmet is the ear fitment. In some helmets I have tried on(Schuberth) there is a solid padding right where your ear sits, which over time causes extreme pain in my ear. In this helmet, there is a noticeable fitment around your ear where there is minimal pressure on your ear. iThe only downside that I have come across on this helmet is the odd airflow inside of the helmet when on the Panigale. Not all the time(which is odd), but some times, I get an odd "jet stream" of air into my right eye. Which gets slightly annoying. I have tried the chin curtain on the helmet, which helped slightly, but I still get some air in my eye.
Other than that odd thing, the helmet is GREAT!
May 17, 2016
BEST HELMET FOR ROUND OVAL SHAPES!
I recently bought the Arai RX-Q Retro 75. LOVE this graphic. I initially bought the Shoei rf-1200, but it was SUPER tight around the temple area. The RX-Q fit me PERFECTLY. Really quiet helmet. Thank gd I haven't had a chance to try it's protection; but definitely feels like an extremely durable helmet. Vents are great in the shield. I found it to break in a bit once I started wearing it more and the cushions got a bit more comfortable after shaping to my head specifically. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
June 23, 2016