Arai Signet-Q Basilisk Helmet
Great lid *if* you're an extreme long oval
I tried to love this helmet; for the price, it's not easy to walk away from. I have a long oval head according to everyone who's seen it (and since I shave, it's pretty easy to tell). Regardless, the Signet Q clamps my temples and barely touches my forehead and occiput, no matter how I try to modify the padding. Guess you need to be descended from those crest-headed dinosaurs in order to fit this model.
If it does fit you, you won't be disappointed. Great airflow, nice padding (although it doesn't feel as plush as the Defiant; there's a very slight roughness to it), easy controls and, of course, world-beating Arai build quality. Just be wary and try it on without the neckroll and cheekpads before committing.
May 19, 2015
Arai changed their sizing
Been wearing Arai helmets for 20+ years but unbeknownst to me, they have changed their sizing and I confirmed with a local Arai reseller who experienced the same thing - he used to wear a M and now needs a SM.
I have worn out my Profile and naturally gravitated to the Signet, its successor. My Profile is an XS but a Signet XS is too big and I need an XXS. The Signet doesn't come in an XXS so I will have to resort to another model.
Thank you Revzilla for bringing in XS's in your lineup. Unfortunately, it's still too big for me.
May 14, 2015
Having owned several types of helmets (and having test fit dozens) this is the first that has not created headaches. This is despite the fact I have always worn XL helmets, as recommend by manufacturer measurements. I fit in the middle of the Arai measurements for an XL, and took the chance on Revzilla due to the return policy.
I stretched my budget for the Arai simply out of desperation to find a helmet to fit my long oval head. Other helmets I owned created severe headaches in 20-40 minutes of riding. I took the Arai on a 2 hour trip and was completely comfortable, with ZERO forehead redness. Compared to the 100-200$ lids I have owned, the quality is impressive, particularly the paint quality. Less noise, less buffeting, and greater ventilation was immediately apparent on the first ride. Visibility is perfect, and much appreciated is the anti-fog insert included in the box. The Florida coast is almost always high in humidity, and my old visors would often fog when closed. When in motion the Arai visor will not fog.
In summary, this helmet ended the pain and made riding and a more pleasant experience.
May 11, 2015
Amazing Helmet with Small Issues
Bought this in diamond white to replace the rf-1100 that I crashed in. Love the look of the diamond white, it really pops, and the overall look of the helmet has really grown on me. It is definitely lighter than my old shoei and the vents are much more functional. I like that they put scoops over the holes so they actually catch air and direct it into the helmet. It also fits a lot better which I guess goes to show I should have gotten an arai a long time ago. If you're looking at shoei vs arai, note that among many differences is the fact that they are made to fit different head shapes. I highly recommend going to try some on before purchasing.
The visor really had me frustrated at first because its not as easy to remove as the shoei was but after watching the video on how to remove and install it, and with a lot of practice, I've gotten the hang of it. I do like the way it detents into the open position and it seems to be a more solid design than the shoei, although I'm not sure I like that the mechanism is hidden. The pinlock insert is great because it will not fog but it also makes everything look a bit funny when it catches the light. I was excited about it but ended up not using it for that reason.
The liner is more comfortable but the cheekpads are a pain to take in and out. I also haven't quite figured out how to install my sena smh10r without causing the cheekpads to be pushed further into my face making it pretty uncomfortable. There isn't an earhole like in the shoei and with the speaker between the shell and cheekpad the pads are pushed out, eliminating the little space where my glasses usually sit so nicely.
The chin strap has no padding on the part that goes under your chin and gets uncomfortable after awhile.
Overall I'm really happy with this helmet. The lighter weight really makes a huge difference over the course of a long ride and the vents flow a good amount of air. Put some padding on the chin strap and add an ear cutout in the cheekpad and you've got a no contest over shoei.
May 6, 2015
Great helmet for a long narrow head!
This is the first helmet that actually feels good on my head. I have a long narrow head shape. My head measures 23 1/2 inches and the large fits perfect. You have to break it in; it will feel tight for a day or two. Once it breaks in, it is great. Very little wind noise at highway speeds. The vents work much better than I expected and the Pinlock visor is amazing. Now if I could just get my eye glasses not to fog up when I get off the bike.
Another note for people that wear eye glasses. My glasses fit fine with this helmet. Obviously I take them off until I get the helmet in place, but then they can be slide in place with no problems.
May 4, 2015
Most comfortable helmet I have ever had,
Aria helmets have a excellent reputation and deserve it. The design is excellent and I installed a Sena 20s in this helmet very easily. I have purchased 2 helmets from Revzilla in Philadelphia and both times the salesman named Bobby was very good at sizing and advising me as to which model to buy. I buy some things online at revzilla but prefer to get a helmet in the store. I am very satisfied with this helmet.
May 4, 2015
The Arai Signet-Q is so far advanced of the old Shoei RF-200 that it replaces, difficult to say anything bad about the Signet-Q. Helmet fits great, great, great!! Light, quiet, and wonderful vision. Only thing I miss is ability to lock the faceshield in a raised position for more fresh air. Facshield will lift but does not lock like my old RF-200. But there is so much better air flow that I am finding that I really do not need to lift the faceshield at stops like I used to. DId I say this fit is GREAT!!
April 20, 2015
Everything I expected.
I have been trying for years to find a comfortable helmet. this is my fourth attempt and I got it right.
I took Revzilla's suggestion to give it the appropriate break in time and it made all the difference in the word. Wore it yesterday for a 5 hour ride and it is by far the most comfortable helmet I've ever owned. No pressure points, no fatigue, and light on my head.
I winced at the price but considering 3 other helmets are in the trash mainly for fitment issues, this is money well spent.
April 13, 2015