Arai Signet-Q Super Star Helmet
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
I'm Very happy with my purchase of this helmet!
I did a lot of research on helmets prior to buying the Signet-Q and narrowed down the choices to 3 helmets - the Shoei RF-1100, Schuberth C3P and the Arai RX-Q. I really wanted the ability to try on the helmets at one time to compare fit but couldn't find a local store that had even 2 of them. Luckily, I had the opportunity to visit the Revzilla store on a recent business trip - they had all 3 available to try! After 5 minutes with Bobby, a VERY knowledgeable salesman, I eliminated the Schubert modular because it is modular and the RX-Q because of my head shape (more oval than round). After trying on the Signet-Q and the Shoei I chose the Arai for fit and comfort. It is very light weight, has fantastic venting, an anti-fog Pin-lock shield included and the interior pads can be fine tuned for best fit. So far, I'm Very happy with my purchase of this helmet!
November 25, 2013
Perfect helmet for us Long Head riders!
I have been riding for 40 years and have never been able to get a helmet to properly fit my very long oval head. I have had to use 4xl size helmets and still they do not fit well. Along comes the Signet Q and I finally have a helmet that really is comfortable. I went from a size 4xl in the competitions line to a 2xl in the Signet Q and it fits perfectly. If you have a head that is just too long for standard helmets, bite the bullet and pay for the Signet Q. Great fit, finish, and protection in a helmet that fits me like no other ever has. Best money I have ever spent on a helmet. Now if they could just make a modular helmet with this profile....
November 4, 2013
Great Product and service
Helmets looks and feels great. The service was fast.
November 4, 2013
Fit and features of this helmet at great for the long oval shaped head. Still a little noisier then I was hoping for. Well built, except for the matt black finish seems to chip easily. Overall, this is a very nice product.
November 1, 2013
The Arai Signet Q is a great helmet! I am 6'-4" with a long oval head and an x-large fit me perfect. Be sure you know your sizing because I have hade to wear xx-large in other helmets. If you have an Arai head, you'll know it because the fit is magical. The Arai quality, comfort and fit & finish is always there. Long ride comfort is above all others with great venting and light weight. I sport-tour with this helmet on my ZX-14R (Arai Laurel matches the 2013 Pearl Stardust White ZX-14R perfectly). It also has a removable liner for easy cleaning.
Some would say Arai is priced too high, but I have tried all of the other brands over the years, and the Arai fits perfect and will outlast you. Spend the money and get the best first, as you'll spend more on inferior helmets only to end up back to an Arai . If you have a more oval head-shape then this is your helmet. I truly love this helmet and it really is that good!
I bought from Revzilla because of their informative video reviews, no tax, no shipping and easy returns. Watch the Revzilla video review of this helmet, know your sizing and you won't need the return policy.
October 28, 2013
Great for anyone with a "shoei" head. So comfortable and breathes great. Took a bit getting used to from wearing an RF1100 for 2 years. Although im not keen on the pinlock system due to the fact that i find increased glair and slightly less peripherals, i havnt had any fogging issiues with a tinted screen sans pinlock.
October 28, 2013