Arai Signet-Q Hi-Viz Neon Helmet
I have a "long oval" head shape and this fits perfectly. The Hi-Vis Yellow stands out in traffic and the flat black accents make it look a little less dorky. The mechanisms, visor and pin lock anti-fog system are clearly high quality and very easy to use. I have had cheaper helmets and finally stepped up to an Arai. Overall there are three things that could make this helmet better.
1. Increasing the length of the padding on the chin strap. The strap itself rubs against your chin if you tighten it correctly.
2. It would be nice if they could figure out some way to reduce the noise inside the helmet. This is the quietest helmet that I have worn but quieter=better.
3. It would be AMAZING if they could partner with Scala or some similar company and offer an integrated blue tooth system in the helmet rather than an add on. This shouldn't be an expensive add on, just look at the general blue tooth speaker market to find a zillion different options for less that $100.
February 3, 2015
Worth the investment for (freakishly) long oval head
As a new rider I made the mistake of buying a HJC helment because it fit my budget and was comfortable in the store. Don't get me wrong, it is a fine helment at the $150 price point, just totally wrong for my long oval head. I started to get a headache after 20 minutes. Two hours into a ride and I wanted to DIE. I knew I was going to have to invest in a new lid. This time, I did my reasearch. After reading recommendations for long oval helments and trying them all on, I narrowed it down to the Icon Airmada and the Arai Signet-Q. I visited the store several times and could not decide. After talking at length to the Arai rep at a local show I decided to bite the bullit and shell out the $600 for the Arai. I am on a pretty tight buget, so this kind of investment was a reach for me. I am so glad that I did. I went on a 3 hour ride this weekend and the helment was completely comfortable right out of the box. I feel like I could wear it all day with no issues. Comfort was absolutely my only concern, so it was a total bonus that the helment also vents like a mofo and while there is always wind noise, it didn't whistle AT ALL even with all the vents open at 90 MPH. And I think the Hi-Vis yellow looks badass. I suppose it is possible that I could have saved $350 and been equally happy with the Airmada, but I have my doubts. I firmly believe that you get what you pay for with the Arai. I am pleased (and relieved) with my decision.
November 10, 2014
The Right Fit
After going to the New York IMS we got properly fitted and we got some recommendations from the Arai booth I ordered a signet. I was then able to get my helmet and get it broken in. Had to order the slimmer cheek pads to accommodate my face but what a great fit afterwards.
It's mildly noisy on different bikes but not really too bad, air flow while moving and again on different bikes seems to be a big variable, but not by far a deal breaker.
The protection is absolutely the best and after being hit on the highway by a tour bus and taken out all I can say is all my gear performed perfectly. Take the time to get the best you can afford, it CAN save you in a crash.
On a secondary note one of the vents broke, called in and they sent me out the parts quickly and easily. It was a DIY job easy no need to send it back. Overall a great helmet with great features and a company that backs their product up.
December 21, 2014
Amazing helmet. Perfect fit
With an egg for a head I have been searching for years for the right helmet. This is the only one that fit just right. It's perfect for long oval shaped heads. Yes it is not the cheapest but you will not be disappointed in the craftsmanship of this helmet. I will not wear anything else and I've tried them all.
December 15, 2014
It's an Arai and the fit and quality are the best.
Pros- The fit is exactly as advertised and extremely comfortable. There are no hot spots with this helmet.
Cons- The wind noise is quite high with the shield down; something I didn't expect with this helmet. I ride with polarized sunglasses and the face shield puts the glare back for some reason. Finally, the fog shield doesn't seem to work for me so I removed it and ride without it; it didn't work well with glasses adding glare from headlights.
October 27, 2014
The only helmet you'll ever want to wear if you have a long oval head!
This is my second Arai Signet -Q helmet. I'll never go back to any other make.
Why buy an Arai rather than a less expensive helmet? Both will protect your head. The difference is quality of workmanship, weight, venting, noise, features and accessories, plus overall fit and comfort. The Arai is also Snell rated, if that matters to you.
Most importantly, if you have a long (front-to-back) and narrow (side-to-side) head like mine, there really is no better fitting, more comfortable helmet than the Arai Signet-Q. Period.
I wear my helmet for 2 hours for five days each week (1 hour each way on my commute). I also wore this helmet for up to eight hours a day on an extended touring trip. This is when weight, noise levels, venting, fit, and comfort really matter. The venting works very well, and the helmet is incredibly comfortable. The liner can be removed for washing. This helmet is well worth the price.
I have the Hi-Viz Yellow, to increase my visibility in traffic. The Arai Hi-Viz Signet-Q is a beautiful piece of work with the black contrasting vents. I also added yellow highly reflective stickers found at most bicycle shops, which are invisible in the daytime but very attention getting after dark.
I also use the (absolutely unfoggable!) yellow pinlock insert (which increases contrast) and the Arai Pro Shade System, both of which I highly recommend.
It was with great fear and trepidation that I trusted the size chart and purchased a size large rather than an extra large. It fits wonderfully. Measure your head and trust the size chart.
September 27, 2014
ARAI has outdone themselves with this helmet!
This is a remarkable helmet is every way. It's the RX-Q, which is a terrific street helmet, but designed to fit the longer oval head. And it's adjustable for comfort, by removing the 5MM peel-away cheek pads. The liners and pads are washable. The Pinlock faceshield with optional tinted visors is an added bonus. Anthony is right! This is one great helmet, from the world's leading helmet maker. This is my second Arai helmet from Revzilla. These fellows know what they're doing. They are all about customer service and satisfaction. From the informational videos on almost every product they sell, to the super prices and return policy, and the phenomenal after-care service, in case you have a question or concern. They are the best. I'm a huge fan of Revzilla, can you tell? (And no, I don't own part of the company. I'm just a very happy customer.)
November 3, 2014
Superb fit and quality
Strapping this hemet on is a pleasure. It is so comfortable and fits my long oval head so well, sometimes I kind of forget I have it on. It is quiet and does not create any headache or hotspots at all. Since I was a kid I guess I always had a poorly fitted helmet or was using one that was too big. After spending time and researching this product line and trying a few on, I quickly found that nothing compared.
The look, comfort and fit is so spot on for me I cannot say enough. Thanks for delivering in such a timely fashion and to the help I received over the phone for other "options"
After I tried the Signet Q helmet on, there were NO other options..
October 28, 2014