Arai RX-Q Spencer Helmet
I originally ordered a medium in size, because the other Arai helmet i wore (XD4) was a size medium and fit great. I had to return the RX-Q in medium for a small. The small fits perfectly. It is definitely true to the size chart, and wish I had used that as reference originally to avoid needing to exchange it and wait longer to start using the RX-Q. Helmet has great air flow, light weight, and comfortable. It is quiet as long as the face shield is down. It is an overall great helmet and I definitely recommend it.
June 4, 2014
Getting a good helmet in India (where I live) can get challenging. For one, it's a lot more expensive because of the duties. For another, you might not get the same choice that you get elsewhere since importers only bring in a few limited pieces. So, when a friend who was traveling from the US offered to ferry this helmet for me, I jumped at the chance.
The first thing that struck me about it was how incredibly light it felt, after the Harley 3/4 helmet that I was using. The weight, and the exceptional aerodynamics mean that you forget it's even there, after a few minutes. There was zero wind-buffetting even at high speeds, which was a welcome change from the my current helmet. And it's incredibly quiet, which is a big plus on those long rides, although I do miss the constant rumble of the V&H pipes in my ears sometimes :-). The fit is just perfect - not too tight, but snug enough. All in all, it is worth every penny spent and I would highly recommend it to my friends.
June 4, 2014
Arai is the best.
This is my third Arai helmet and we have 5 Arai's in family. I was in one accident and the helmet, Quantum-II mfg in 11-03, literally saved my life as it was slammed onto bowling ball sized rocks with my head inside. I didn't even get a headache! Excellent product!
May 26, 2014
Great fit and performance
This is the best fitting helmet that I've tried yet. I've tried on every helmet that I could get my hands on, and this one conforms to my head the best. Arai is great for taking into account different shaped heads in their design. I didn't have to remove any of the adjustable pads. This helmet fits me like a glove, it's light, comfortable, aerodynamic, and the best venting helmet that I've owned.
The previous helmets I've owned are icon (medium), joe rocket (large), kbc (large), and shoei qwest (large). I really liked the shoei, but shoeis just do not fit me right. I must be between a large and a medium in a shoei. The medium squeezes the side of my head, while the large is just too loose. The fitment issues aren't something that cheek pads will take care of.
If you are in the same size range and head shape, I recommend trying one of the following arais in either large or medium: vector 2, RXQ, or the corsair V. Arai takes into account rounder shaped heads in these models, and it makes a world of difference in comfort and performance. The helmet does not shift when a cross wind hits or when you do a lane check, and it is extremely light.
I chose a medium since I plan on doing some track days and really want a snug fit even after it breaks in. I'm really happy with my choice. Out of the box, the helmet was snug without being uncomfortable. I think a large would've been very comfortable, but may have broken in a little too much.
I ordered the helmet in black frost, which looks like a matte black. This finish is much better than other matte finishes such as shoei's. Other matte finishes have a rubbery feel that damages easily, while Arai's has a hard, smooth feel that holds up much better.
The only thing that I like better from my shoei is the larger chin cover which keeps out more wind and noise, but this isn't a game changer for me.
May 26, 2014
Great protection and noise level for a 3/4 helmet
Great protection and noise level for a 3/4 helmet. Relatively quiet for a 3/4 as well. Fit is nice and tight and I like the added protection (extended jaw protection on newer model).
I have had prior Arai models as well and was always impressed with the quality. Expensive but worth it.
May 17, 2014
Good airflow and features. Light weight. Very Quiet and comfortable. Glad i decided to spend the extra money. Well worth it. Highly recommended!
May 12, 2014
Lightweight and comfortable
Very comfortable and lightweight helmet. Cheek pads much too tight so I ordered the thinner ones.
May 5, 2014
good inexpensive helmet
This is my third of this series, I like, don't love them, but I have an oblong head shape and Arai is the only helmet that fits me without headaches. I recently had a Shuberth and it was much lighter and much quieter, but didn't fit my head so I'm back to Arai and earplugs. But one can't fault the quality of the protection, as I was in a serious accident with serious blunt force trauma to my head and I survived. So I recommend them, just wish they were quieter.
April 29, 2014