Arai Signet-Q Super Star Helmet
This is my first Arai helmet and now I see why these helmets are priced so high. They are worth it. I am able to see everything and the anti-fog technology is exceptional. I am now a permanent Arai fan.
March 16, 2014
Comfortable and quiet
I like how easy it is to customize the fit, especially the cheek pads and liner. It is comfortable to wear without significant frontal pressure. Chin strap can be difficult to snap as the buckle is high up on the left side.
February 24, 2014
I have not ridden with this helmet yet, however it fits perfect. Revzilla is great at making it easy to measure your head for the perfect fit. It seems like a very high quality product.
February 14, 2014
This is a very comfortable helmet. Nice inside padding. Adjustable airflow vents allow you to manage air through the helmet for cool and hot temperatures.
January 18, 2014
The air flow and comfort make this helmet a solid purchase
I was really impressed with the fit of the signet Q. I have had a hard time finding a helmet that didn't create pressure points on my forehead, but the signet Q is perfect for the long oval head shape. The air flow is really good (has never fogged up on me once) and becomes a difference maker on hot summer days. The price point is obviously higher than entry level helmets but the comfort and features make the signet Q as good or better dollar value than those, imo. All the little details make it a great buy, such as the retractable spoiler on the chin bar (pretty effective for cutting noise) and all the vents for airflow. The one knock is that I think they Arai should have used a longer strap for the buckle part of the chinstrap. The shorter length of the buckle can tend to dig into my jaw a bit (mostly noticeable on longer rides). This is a minor detail but a tangible oversight by Arai, to be sure.
December 24, 2013
Fits my giant noggin
Getting the shield on and off is a bit of a challenge at first. I wear a size 8+ and this helmet fits comfortably.
December 9, 2013
Fit was everything but the extra features have spoiled me.
As a beginner motorcyclist this was my very first personal helmet and I have owned it now for several months. I grew up on the back of bikes so I am no stranger to helmets, but I had always received older hand-me-downs that never fit my head correctly. They either left a big painful hot-spot on the tip of my forehead after 20 minutes, or they were too large altogether. The helmets were the right size, but not the right shape.
Long story short, with my own money, safety and comfort on the line I tried on a boatload of helmets only to come up short in the fit department every time. Online research led me to the Signet Q. The price was definitely premium, but if it was finally the helmet I was looking for, it would be totally worth it.
The first item I put it on was like magic. My XL sized head socketed perfectly into place, the skies opened up, and a double rainbow stretched across the horizon. Awesome.
I bought the helmet on fit alone but soon came to appreciate all the other features. I first used the helmet at the MSF basic course (highly recomended BTW) where it was hot, humid, and just poured on the second day. Fogging was a problem as I hadn't installed the Pinlock visor yet, and at parking lot speeds the ventilation doesn't help much with that or the bucket full of sweat. The day after this thing had a serious funk to it. if it weren't for the removable liners I don't think I would have ever completely ridden myself of the smell. They really are such a huge convenience and I don't think I'll ever buy another helmet without them. At speed the venting is great, so I haven't had any more stinky sweaty helmet days anyway. Conversely in the colder seasons with the vents closed my head stays nice and warm with cold air only coming in from the neck area.
I have had zero fog since installing the included Pinlock insert. I've tried to get it to fog up and I just can't. It's amazing really. The insert is very easy to install, Arai's shield mechanism isn't as difficult as some people say. The stock visor is perfectly clear with a huge field of view and the Pinlock insert detracts nothing from that. Though if you continue to wear it at night it does create a significant star-burst effect from lights.
Other miscellaneous thoughts;
Noise level is a bit better than average.
Vents open and close with solid, positive clicks.
The brow vents can be tricky to operate with gloves on.
The cushion on the chin straps could be extended, but they aren't uncomfortable.
The visor has no set half-way open positions. Not needed with Pinlock anyway.
Plexus is great for cleaning off the shield and surface of the helmet.
October 15, 2013
Like a glove for your head
My wife and I were looking for new helmets so went to a shop in Dallas that had a huge selection. We spent an hour getting fitted and then trying on every helmet we could find. After trying on the Signet-Q... every other helmet felt lacking... it feels like a glove on my head. I've only taken one ride with it so far, and my other helmet was an open face, so I can't give a very experienced evaluation, but I found the noise level up to 50mph (as fast as I've happened to go with it) to be very comfortable/quiet. I'm looking forward to getting more seat time with this helmet on. I haven't tried the pinlock screen yet. My one ride so far, it was ~50 out and I didn't have any fogging problems even when stopped.
November 26, 2013