Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet
This is a striking helmet. Not only did it draw compliments the first time I wore it, it is simply beautiful with or without other's input.
I was happy to find out the visor didn't catch wind the way other dual sport helmets do. I also like the quality and fit.
November 24, 2014
Would buy again, no doubt!
I simply love this helmet, excellent airflow and balance. Just removed 0.5cm cheek pads and fits perfectly.
Loads of vents all around. Vent right in front of the mouth, when inside on the up position and outside open pushes air straight up un the inside of the face shield to prevent fogging, works much better than chemical coatings than eventually wear out; and you don't have to worry about not touching the face shield.
Been caught in some heavy rain and hasn't leaked at all.
A bit noisy but use earplugs anyway.
After using this helmet I won't go back to helmets without a visor, and still you can remove the visor if you wish.
November 17, 2014
expensive, but works.
Unfortunately tested 1 week after purchase.
Crashed off-road. Knocked out, concussion, cracked helmet.
But alive and still kicking today.
immediately purchased identical replacement helmet.
November 10, 2014
Live in Louisiana with high humidity and winter temps are cold one morning and 70 the next. Shield fogs too easy for my liking for the type of weather we hav but this is the only complaint about the helmet. Riding with this product for about 2 weeks
December 1, 2014
This is my first Arai helmet, I went with it to have a safer/better built helmet and hi-viz option. The first hour with it I was getting a raw headache for the tight fit...but after that hour of sweating and breaking it in nice, the rest of the 2 day trip it was perfect. It fit fine, no headaches, amazing vision, ventilation is ok.
The yellow is still growing on me, I prefer orange when it comes to hi viz stuff. If you are wearing headphones/earplugs, it is a bit tight and getting the helmet off hurts a bit. But I am hoping overtime as the helmet interior breaks in more, this wont be such an issue. And yeah, the snap on the chin strap is a pain to snap, gotta take off your glove most the time to get that snapped.
But the fit on this, after that first 1-2 hours, was great. It feels much safer than most the stuff I was wearing, which were always sort of loose and or heavy.
November 30, 2014
The Best Helmet I've ever owned
I've worn Arai since the mid nineties. They've always had excellent quality, features and performance.
I recently tried a different helmet brand, but after just a few months came back to Arai. All my past Arais have been road race versions, so noise is relative, but the XD4 is about average. Either way, I always wear ear plugs as NO helmet is quiet enough to keep from damaging your hearing.
I wanted a helmet that would compliment my 2014 R1200 GSA. It had to be light, have good venting, accept goggles for off-road adventures, have provisions for headphones for communications, and have that aggresive ADV look. The XD4 checks all those boxes.
The peak/visor is an awesome attribute. Aimed right, it doesn't catch stream air unless I purposefully look up, then, yeah, it's an air brake, but what did you expect? The windscreen on my GSA negates most of this issue anyway. It's great to have the visor when riding into the sun. While my buddies are being blinded, holding up their arms to block the sun, I don't have to do a thing - the visor is doing its job.
The helmet accepts my Scala Rider G9x easily, the recesses in the cheek pad have ample room to fit the speakers behind the soft covering.
The paint is excellent. I got the matte black and am stoked. With the dark visor it looks badass - Lord Vader would approve.
The vents are very good. I can't comment too much on the mouth vent, since the windscreen on the GSA blocks that, but the top vents and brow vents all work very well. I recently moved from SoCal to NYC, and in the SoCal summer, the vents kept my head from exploding, and here on the east coast, they kept my head cool during the humid summer days. Now, in the fall/winter (down to 25F) with the vents shut, I feel NO cold seeping in. My head stays warm.
The one issue the XD4 suffers from, is fogging. It doesn't benefit from Arai's usual de mist lock (WHY???) so once the tems drop much below 60, it fogs. You can ride with the visor cracked, and that keeps it from fogging, but that gets really cold when you're in the 30's. The good thing is, the available pinlock lens/visor cures the problem. The question is why didn't Arai include this in the box, considering the purchase price? Regardless, it's still worth the extra investment. I bought the yellow lens for high contrast/cloudy days, and it's awesome. Now, my XD4 is complete. I love it.
November 28, 2014
Very nice helmet.
I have put a couple thousand miles in this helmet and an very happy with it. I find even on hot days enough air flows through it to keep your head cool. The visor works well blocking the sun and yet is not affected by the wind. It is a little high priced but worth the money.
November 26, 2014
Best in Category
This is my 5th XD helmet, I've owned them since they first came out. All-day comfort when properly fit, famous Arai quality, and excellent vision / airflow. The visor works well when riding into the sunrise/sunset. The trick for fitment on Arai helmets is to remove the cheekpads first, and see if the helmet fits around the top of your head. Often the cheekpads are too tight and make you think you need a larger size when in fact you need thinner cheekpads, which are available in many thicknesses or you can just cut down the stock ones with a single edge razor blade such as I do. Like in most things, you get what you pay for - Arai lids have never been inexpensive, but they are one of the top brands. Revzilla makes it easy to buy, with a generous return policy if you don't like it once you try it. They are my favorite after-market vendor.
September 29, 2014