Arai XC Helmet
Great comfort and versatility
I bought this helmet for my fiancée. She loves the comfort, fit and the weight. I tried it out for a couple of short rides. It's a bit snug for me, but it is a great 3/4 helmet. I prefer a full face helmet for highway riding, but the 3/4 worked pretty well providing the feel I'm used to. The fit and finish of the helmet is top notch(as it should be for the price). The visibility is outstanding and the airflow is excellent. The helmet feels like a full face, but the open chin realy lets the air flow. It's more comfortable than my full face helmet for city riding with the shield up or down. It's a terrific helmet for a passenger, it offers full face feel and protection with a bit more comfort and airflow and great visibility.
September 1, 2014
Safe, comfy, solid.
After 3 helmets, I decided to step up a price range to get a better helmet. This fit is great for my oblong oval head, narrower in front and rounder in back. The finish is exceptional, durable and attractive. The face shield has no optical exaggeration, and sets to several positions with two top vents which help with fogging from breath and air flow. Venting otherwise is good, with 2 at the top and one in the rear. My BMW has a full adjustable windshield, which I typically ride with in the highest position, with the face shield open. When the windshield down, and the face shield down, the noise is apparent, however I am getting all of the deflected air there, so it is hard to indicate what the noise would be without a windshield, riding. My only minor gripe is the chin strap, which is just long enough to manipulate when strapping up. I would prefer that have another inch of length to ease it through the rings.
August 26, 2014
Comfortable and Protective Open-face Helmet
I have heretofore Resisted buying an open-face helmet, but finally bit the bullet with this one. I'm glad I did! The helmet comes forward around the chin area, giving fairly good protection for the lower face. I love the flip-up face shield! Plenty of room for glasses. And Arai helmets always fit my long oval head extremely well. Very comfortable and surprisingly quiet for an open-face helmet. Also quite light. Arai helmets are the Best!
July 22, 2014
This helmet changed my outlook on riding.
So I am a cheapskate. In fact, I have never bought a real helmet from a store, with the exception of a $50 3/4 from WalMart on the way to a test ride. I have always worn the helmet that came with the bike when I bought it, or an old helmet bought from a buddy. I was getting g kind of sour on riding because my head hurt all time, or my glasses had to be weirdly jacked into the padding to get them to stay on. Finally my wife says,"You spend thousands of dollars on bikes, just spent $500 on the most important part". So I did. I bit the bullet and ordered one of these $500 Arai helmets. When it came in, I took one ride with it, and ordered my wife one. We also got one of the communication systems as well, and she can't even tell when I am on the bike when I am talking on the phone to her. We use these helmets on our Harley, riding our Dual Sports, and even our Four Wheelers. I love this thing! The only thing that irritated me is that for $450 bucks, I thought it should have come with the dark shield as well. Small thing, but whatever. I just ordered it anyway. If you ever think about your helmet while riding, buy one of these. You'll have to find something else that irritates you.
June 9, 2014
Premium helmet quality is evident!
I purchased this helmet after trying on a number of different helmets and styles. It is light and comfortable, surprisingly quiet, and does not press uncomfortably on my ears like so many others. The weather has been cold but I have managed to use it about 4 times. In addition to the items noted above, I can turn my head from side to side without any noticeable head buffeting. I have had a number of other motorcycle helmets over the years and this is the most I have spent. It is a great investment and I wish I had done it sooner. I wear eyeglasses and they fit easily and comfortably under the helmet.
March 10, 2014
Nice to have a snell rating, excellent visibility.
I purchased this helmet for my Indian Chieftain. Peripheral visibility and up and down visibility is panoramic A black helmet in South Florida needs more ventilation than this provides. At low speeds, I feel I must flip up the visor to be able to breathe. The upper part of the helmet is open to above my forehead. Great for taking in the sky and clouds, but far more exposed to glare from the sun. The tinted shield helps, but did not eliminate this problem.
November 18, 2013
Excellent cruising helmet
I was searching for a helmet that offered excellent fit, vision and safety. This helmet was the only 3/4 helmet I could find that met all Snell and DOT specs. I'm riding a Yamaha Bolt cruiser. Love this helmet.
November 12, 2013
Great looking and fitting helmet, as advertised.
I am very happy with the ARIA XC helmet. It is as good looking as it is good fitting and I am confident that it will be my safest option on the road.
October 21, 2013