Arai Signet-Q Hi-Viz Neon Helmet
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
Helmet fits well for XXL and tends to transmit excessive noise
Great helmet! High quality in every aspect. Safety standards are well met. XXL fits tight for my 7 3/4" head size. Helmet could have better noise management. I theorize the extra tight fit promotes noise transmission from helmet wind buffet. Ear plugs are a must. For my head size and long oval shape, the Signet is the only helmet for me. I've had two.
September 1, 2014
Finally a helmet that fits!
Just received the Hi Viz Arai Signet Q helmet from RevZilla. Initial fit is tight, but after only a few rides it feels just right. The long oval shape is perfect for me, and Medium seems ideal (head size 57.5 cm). One thing I noticed on the very first ride with this helmet was that is actually has ventilation that works...I've owed a number of full-face helmets (Shoei, Bell, HJC) and none of them had ventilation that I could feel...this Arai actually cools my head with noticeable (and adjustable) flowing air...nice!! Also I noticed that this helmet has less buffeting in a strong cross-wind, probably due to an overall smaller shell for the same internal size.
The hi viz color is very obnoxious and exactly what I wanted.
Received this helmet within 48 hours of ordering ! thanks RevZilla team !
August 21, 2014
Fits like a glove
Having own 7 different Arai helmets, I knew I preferred the quality and fit of Arai. Tried the Shoei GT-Air, and the new Schubeth but for me... the fit isn't as good and comfortable as the Arai Long Oval. As in my last Arai, I needed to change out the cheek pads to get that snug but comfortable fit.
Living in the Los Angles Area (traffic) I choose the Hi-Viz paint. I really does pop in traffic.
Revzilla shipped incredibly quick. Ordered on Sunday and I arrived in California on Tuesday. Since I use Arai's, I knew the size and cheek pads needed.
Great helmet and a great place to purchase.
FYI ... I purchased helmets from other sites. The helmet manufacturer date could be a year or more old. I purchased this helmet in August 2014. The helmet manufacture date was June 2014. "Freshest" helmet I have ever purchased.
August 17, 2014
Only brand that fits well
This is the second one of these helmets I've purchased. I have a long head front to back, and the extra length of this helmet is the only thing out there that I can wear without creating pressure points on the top of my forehead. Changing out visors is a bit trickier than other brands, and it is one of the more expensive helmets out there, but worth it for the fit. Would definitely recommend this product if you've been having problems with a pressure point on the forehead.
September 23, 2014
Perfect for riders with narrow heads
The Arai Signet-Q is a great helmet if you have helmets that are always rubbing on your forehead making uncomfortable hot spots. The shape of this helmet will allow you to wear the proper helmet size and be comfortable.
Pros: Long/Narrow design as promised. Double layered face shield to keep from fogging. Lots of airflow when all the vents are open. Padding removes easily for cleaning and adjusting. Snell 2015 rated.
Cons: The slider pucks at the top of the face shield, although small, are annoying and don't allow for a full field of vision. It might seem like a nit pick, but it bugs me.
September 22, 2014
Intermediate Oval Goodness
Having worn many helmets throughout my time riding I can say I've worn many an ill fitting helmets. Some manufactures require me to wear a large or extra large. The Signet-Q is the first helmet to ever fit like a glove and has freed me from pressure headaches.
The ventilation on this helmet is very flexible and on a hot day, with all the vents open, the helmet wicks away and evaporates sweat to keep me nice and cool. The anti-fog pin-lock system is superb for cold weather / early morning riding. (I did get a second silver mirror visor and that has only made this helmet better.) If it's really cold outside or raining the vents can be adjusted to find that right balance of airflow for maximum comfort.
Others have reviewed this better than I ever could but the shape of this helmet is perfect for you intermediate oval shaped people out there. Can't stress that enough.
September 22, 2014
Top of the line, but...
The Arai Signet-Q is the best of the best for the long oval head crowd, as long as your long oval head doesn't have too tall a crown as well. I found the interior shape was perfect for my very pronounced long oval head, but the Signet-Q felt like it was sitting on my head. it just didn't have enough depth in the crown to come down on my head and settle; and my chin was wagging under the chin bar, even with the helmet tilted forward as much as possible. I got an Icon Airmada instead, problem solved; same large size, nearly the same long oval shape, almost as nicely made... returned the Arai, easy returns, thanks Revzilla!
September 15, 2014