Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet
Better than Multi Tec
Ive been riding Shoei for years. I kept reading about Arai so when my Multi Tec came up on 5 years I decided to go back to this type of helmet because of the visor and noise level on the flip up. Reviews said the helmet is noisy, I only find that somewhat true. Its allot less noisy than the Shoei Multitec. The ventilation is important (South Carolina) and this is helmet exceeded my expectations. Awesome ventilation. The visor is prone to allot of fogging on cold mornings, don't know why for $700 bucks they couldn't have included the pin locks. Makes all the difference. That loses you a star! I normally wear a Large, but had to go to a XL (versus the shoei) The helmet has sold me on the brand. Better quality, better materials. Nice clean paint.
March 11, 2014
A lot of noise but I knew that. great helmet on my 3rd arai
April 22, 2014
Good overall but falls short for the price..
The reason I bought the helmet is because I was sold on the safety features and believe that it adds protection in an off. That is, after all, why you wear a helmet and is a good reason to not go cheap on this piece of gear. Also, I ride dual sport and do in fact go off road a fair amount so I liked the ease of use and flexibility of being able to take the peak on or off for goggles -- a nice to have but not really a determining factor for me.
I have worn the helmet for a few months every day and at all times of day and in different conditions (e.g., windy, not windy, cold, warm, hot, street and dirt, early in the day, late at night, east coast AND west coast).
For the most part it does what it says it does, its comfortable for an all day ride (12+ hrs), its light, GREAT peripheral vision, decent airflow.. but my one gripe, which is really two gripes is the FOGGING. Anyone who says this helmet doesn't fog hasn't ridden with it in fogging conditions or is a salesman. It absolutely, without a doubt, fogs and fogs to the point that I have to lift the visor to be able to see. If you are paying up for this because you think it wont fog, think again and look elsewhere. I did buy the pinlock which I understand will solve the issue. But for a helmet of this price at the top of the "food chain" pinlock and other effective anti-fogging features should be STANDARD.
Being able to see is a critical safety function that I expect my top of the food chain helmet to have completely figured out and have all necessary parts included on day one. its bad form to not include the pinlock system or whatever additional steps are needed to avoid fogging, knowing the rider will quickly figure out something else is needed and be ready to sell that add on.. all the while marketing the brand as the best. c'mon! This helmet is a safety device.. seeing in fog is a big part of the safety equation! If Arai is supposed to be the best or among the best, provide what I need to keep me safe. Or at least give me a heads up that I'm going to need to purchase something that's not included!
April 22, 2014
Good helmet, pricey, and my head/safety is worth it
I bought this to replace a shoes hornet DS that I had had for a couple of years. My insurance company suggested I get a new helmet following a get off where my bike kissed a boulder. I wanted to try the Arai after reading and hearing so many good reviews. Very comfortable, adjustable, light, quiet AND the visor really works (unlike the Shpei where it is just a decoration and wind catcher). I am satisfied with my purchase and hope to keep this for many years. I was also satisfied with my shoei which I used on and off road, through the desert. You can't go wrong with either and they fit very similar. Still adjusting all the air flow vents on the arai to my needs -- that is a great option.
April 21, 2014
With the XD4, Arai offers a really well built helmet with high quality fit and finish.
The big plus I noticed for me, was how easily and how comfortable it is to wear glasses or sunglasses with this helmet. The padding on the sides allow plenty of room for the arms of the glasses to slide in and out and sit properly on your face.
On the down side, I found the helmet gets pitched around a lot by the wind (I expected this from this style of adventure helmet). Especially noticeable when you get gusts from the side, but also the wind tends to push down on the visor from the front.
I also found a higher than expected noise level. Particularly, a low thrumming sound.
Arai makes one of the best adventure helmets, but in the end I wasn't willing to live with the compromises (the weight, noise and aerodynamics) and went back to wearing a traditional street helmet.
I'm riding a BMW R1200GS.
April 21, 2014
Love it great buy worth the money!!!
The helmet fits great, more comfort than I could ever image. The visor is loud at highway speeds, but it comes off fast and easy. I would buy this helmet again and would force some to buy it as long as it fit them.
April 14, 2014
Great helmet hands down!
This is my first Arai helmet and the reviews from Revzilla are solid proof this helmet is the best for adventure motorcycling. Exactly what I ordered, in stock and the lowest price I could find, with free shipping.. Heck Yeah!! Love it and will continue to shop here.
April 14, 2014
Has its issues
This helmet is comfortable and relatively quiet, unless you turn your head. Mine has a very annoying whining vibration noise when wind hits the side straight on. I have the flat black and if you look at it wrong the paint chips leaving white marks everywhere. They are everywhere on the helmet and I dont remember doing anything that should have caused it. A lot of money to pay for a helmet and you expect the best of everything when you commit, wont buy another Arai.
April 10, 2014