Arai Signet-Q Hi-Viz Neon Helmet
long oval head 23 inches
I bought this helmet because I expected it to fit my head better than my Shoie Qwest. It would fit perfect if my head was 23.5 to 24 inches wide. Although I am disapointed with the fit, it does have better air flow than my qwest. Better airflow makes this a better helmet for summer than the qwest. Additionally, the material used on the inside of the helmet feels nicer than the shoie. I would have rated this helmet as excellent if it fit my long oval head better as Arai markets. It seems to be a nicer helmet than my qwest, but it is expensive.
October 1, 2012
Comfortable for my oval head
My head measures 57cm, went with the Medium and it fits my oval head well. Hurt my ears at first but realized I wasn't pulling it down hard enough (top padding very 'puffy'#. After about 100 hours of wear or so, it molds to my head now and fits easily without fuss. Had multiple 12 hour days with this helmet and no hotspots or discomfort.
Hi Viz is very bright. It's expensive and not too many bells and whistles but I like the simplicity and protection it offers. Light and quiet, though I have been in Arai helmets a long time & have few data points for comparison. Agree with another poster that the Arai logos are a bit gratuitous.
My first pinlock helmet, the anti-fog qualities work well. Tested it out quite a bit in going from my 70 degree garage to the 40 degree damp morning air and no issues with fogging.
All in all, happy with my purchase & confident it will do it's job when called -- knock on wood.
September 25, 2012
Excellent helmet for us American mutants
I have been a happy rider in my old Arai Corsair, but the safety angel on my shoulder said it was time for a new lid. I am only buying hi-viz "neon" yellow gear these days so the search begins. I had tried on the amazing Schuberth C3, but that was clearly made for sphere-headed Europeans... I had to take it off immediately. Too bad, as I really wanted a modular and the Schuberth is a great helmet. Back to the Arais for me. . .
The Corsair I had been riding was very comfortable, but alas is not available in the hi-viz color yet. I looked at both the RX-Q and the Signet-Q options from Arai. My noggin measures at about 58 cm (depending on haircut) which suggested I might fit snugly in the Medium size bucket. The Medium was a bit too snug for my liking... it might work for me as a track day only helmet, but not for all-day sport touring. So I went back to the Large size that had worked well for me in the Arai Corsair. I then took a perfect-fitting hat and measured the length and width -- my head was 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. I think this is almost exactly the profile the Arai designers had in mind when they created the Signet-Q. I measured the new Signet-Q and confirmed these proportions -- we have a "keeper"!
I ordered the Signet-Q in Large, and it is a perfect fit. Comfortable, no slop, and no pressure points anywhere. There is enough room if needed for a thin Heat-Block beanie or a balaclava if needed. As mentioned the sizing chart suggests I could fit into a Medium but reality says "no way". My advice is to try 2 sizes if your measurements are near the low or high limits shown in the sizing guides.
Airflow is pretty good in the Signet-Q. . . not quite as good as the Corsair, but sufficient. It is a comfortable helmet to wear, reasonably quiet, with good aerodynamics. The hi-viz color is great to have -- I love seeing addled/distracted/idiotic cage drivers doing double-takes when they see me. That's the whole point: THEY SEE ME!!
If Arai would make a superior-quality modular helmet (in Hi-Viz) I would be buying it immediately. I need a modular in the collection -- since I already know the Schuberth won't fit me, the Shoei Neotec is the only other contender, and that one is not available in the hi-viz livery. Let's go, Arai. . . you can own this category if you want!
July 10, 2012
Not really "Hi-Viz" yellow
This is a great helmet in terms of fit (for us long-oval folks) and quality. Venting is good and visor operation is very smooth.
I want to talk about the color, though. It's a bright yellow, yes, but it's not really the kind of extreme fluorescent yellow that is commonly called "Hi-Viz". I have the Rev'It Tornado Hi-Viz jacket, which is a true Hi-Viz yellow, and this helmet clashes with it because it's a much more natural shade of yellow. If you're buying the Signet-Q to wear with a true Hi-Viz jacket, then I'd get it in a neutral color like white, silver, or black. If your jacket is black, then this yellow Signet will look fine with it.
Another complaint I have with the Signet-Q is all the big logo stickers all over it. There are THREE big "Arai" logos, (front, left rear, and right rear) a DOT logo and a Snell logo, and probably some other stuff I don't remember. It all clutters up what is fundamentally a good-looking helmet! I wish Arai could be a little more discreet and not slap so many big logos and whatnot all over the thing.
June 26, 2012
Great fit, finish and superb level of quality. Very good ventilation.
May 14, 2012
If people driving their cars can see you wearing this helmet they should not be driving.
If people driving their cars can see you wearing this helmet they should not be driving. Pictures don't do justice to how bright this helmet it.
May 14, 2012