Arai XD-4 Brow Vent Pinlock-Ready Face Shield
Better than a regular shield, but not perfect fit...
I've tried various pinlock systems for both Arai and Shoei helmets (have several current models of both), and I ride in mostly above 60-degree weather. Although the XD-4 pinlock shield does help to prevent fog, the inserts don't fit the shield as nicely as other Arai pinlock shelds & inserts. Specifically, I was unable to get the insert not to touch the shield, which causes a little bit of distortion in the view where the contact points happen. Nothing dangerous, but still kind of annoying for someone who is very particular about imperfections in lenses. I should also qualify this review, by saying that I generally don't like pinlock shields, because by nature, they aren't as crystal-clear as single lens shields are. With that said, I would buy it again because the benefits of anti-fogging outweigh the negatives. If & when Arai comes out with a Transitions shield, I'd get that over a pinlock, hands down.
April 5, 2016
Works great with a little modification
Ordered this despite the negative reviews about the system not fitting the visor correctly. As received, the item does not fit the visor at all even with the pinlock cams rotated to the open position.
I took a pocket knife and trimmed about .5mm off each slot of the pinlock insert, and now it fits perfectly with no issue at all.
What a difference this makes for the XD4! No more riding in cold weather with the visor part way open or opening at every stoplight. Much safer and more convenient, really transforms this helmet from good to great. Expensive, but worth it.
October 15, 2015
Bought this product for a cross country trip to deal with fogging issues on my XD-4. Works great but you would think this visor would come standard on a premium helmet or at least come with the insert when purchasing the visor.
July 13, 2015
Pinlock or Nuthin'
They need to rename this the Fog Destroyer
Cold weather + hot breath = fog, but not with Pinlock. I can see everything crystal clear now, whether it's day or night, warm weather or cold weather. Easy to install, and makes a huge difference.
April 13, 2015
what can I saw it is a replacement visor
The shield fits like the one that came on the helmet.
March 29, 2015
Multiple Pinlock Issues.....
It's bad enough you're forced to drop another $80+ to address the fogging issue inherent to the XD-4, however, from day one after swapping visors, I've had problems with the pinlock...with the increased thickness of the shield combined with the insert, it hangs/rubs on the face shield opening each time you open/close...so much so, it led to breaking the seal between the shield and the insert, which defeats the purpose of the system, and allows rain water to actually accumulate between these...then with the added weight of the shield and pinlock, the hinge system no longer is as supportive, hence, in full open position, the slightest nod or jarring of your head causes the shield to partially close. Arai has been very accommodating to my concerns, so much so, they shipped my helmet to Japan to have the techs research a fix. Over a month later, still no resolution, and I still don't have my helmet. On the one hand, Arai has thrown everything at this trying to resolve the problem, on the other hand, this doesn't say much about their initial QA/QC of this add-on. I've become so frustrated that I'm one step away from requesting a refund, and seeking a competitors helmet.
February 14, 2015
It's really the pinlock lens that shines here. When used with this visor, it eliminates fog inside the visor.
the only thing this visor really could use, in this form, or regular version, is Arai's de mist lock.
Aside from that, it does its job well.
November 28, 2014
A must have for all
Really simple to install and paired with the smoked lense attchment its a great set up. No fogging and crystal clear view.
October 5, 2014