Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet
Love this helmet
I love this helmet. Fits very similar to my old Arai Profile...maybe just a tad bit more narrow. But fine. Much cooler when off road, more space around face...which is what it was designed for. Can't go wrong with Arai..costs more because it is BETTER!
July 6, 2015
awesome Adventure helmet
I expected no less from Arai. Added Interphone F5MC intercom and I am ready to take on the world. Can get a bit of noise from the visor at speed, but I expected that. Great design and fit.The black actually has some depth and subtle metal flake.
June 22, 2015
High quality helmet with great vision, venting and other features
I've used both Shoei & Arai helmets for over 20 years now in mostly street/track riding. Now that I've added off-road/ADV touring to my riding I bought the Arai XD-4. I tried on the Shoei Hornet DS and X2 helmets but felt the Arai was better for me overall. I'm very satisfied with my purchase of the helmet and additional dark face shield. It allows long, comfortable rides in various conditions and the only time I even think about the helmet during rides is to open/close the effective vents. The peak is effective for shielding your vision from direct sun in your eyes when riding and isn't bulky or obstructive otherwise. The shield is easy to swap if/when you need to using just a key or a coin to remove and replace the screws. The helmet allows enough room to wear sunglasses with the helmet on and causes me no discomfort at all. I'd highly recommend this helmet.
July 27, 2015
My favourite helmet
I have upgraded to XD-4 from my XD-3 that was slightly too tight (L), went XL with XD-4 it feels a little loose I guess I'm unlucky to be right on the size edge, replaceable cheekpieces will fix that I hope. Other than that just like XD-3 I love it, fit, feel, handless hwy speeds nicely but most importantly vents really good.
July 23, 2015
I wanted to love this helmet. I have wanted an Arai forever. I will be taking this one back. My first big beef off the top. Vision. The stock visor is crystal clear. Like you can't really even tell there's something in front of your eyes, unfortunately the drastic bend in the middle to accomplish the super cool shape creates a distortion that is absolutely sickening. It literally gives me a headache. Now first off I'll say that optical distortion hit everyone differently. Some people won't be bothered by it. If that's you this helmet can't be beat. If however you are the person who doesn't like going to 3D movies and wearing the glasses, can't stand smashed bug guts on the windshield, or can't read in a moving car.... avoid this helmet.
I guess you could visor up and wear a set of Scott goggles, but that really defeats the purpose of spening close to 700 bills for a lid. If that's all you're going to do, buy a Troy Lee dirt helmet.
Next small nit picky thing.. The weight. Is it just me or is this lid TOO light ? A head check at 70, or a slight tilt of the head will catch the wind broadside and feel like it's going to unscrew your head. I am used to riding Shoei helmets that are heavier, and it could just be my imagination but a bit more weight seems to stabilize the twist tendency. Also the Shoei optics are legendary. No Shoei would ever pass the drawing board with an optical VORTEX in the dead center of the helmet.
Lastly the venting. There's tons of it. But memorizing and remembering the operation of the vent levers is a tad cumbersome. One side goes left, one side goes right, or wait was it one side goes... you see what I mean. You end up fliping and hoping that did it, wait a second to see if you can feel coolness... workable with one vent, but when you have this many... they should all move rearward to open. forward to close. intuitive.
Finally I'd just like to temper my review with the footnote that the quality of the helmet build is fantastic. Thoughtful design for communications systems. It's like they designed it for the Cardo Scala system. There's a wire pass through and a clamp cut out in the neck shroud trim just for comms. Everything about this helmet screams quality including the Snell 2015 cert. Until you flip the visor down and wonder why it looks like a cool-aid acid trip. 700 bucks and you should be completely satisfied, not wishing for a little more. I can get that feeling with a Bilt garbage lid. Going back to switch it for the Shoei Hornet X2, and hope they didn't sacrifice visual quality for video game character styling.
PS.. Snell 2015 isn't a typo. My helmet came with a SNELL 2015 cert sticker inside. Not a 2010 like the description states. 2015 is a huge bonus.
June 7, 2015
I've owned the Arai RX-Q Hi-Viz helmet for several years and believe it's one of the best helmets on the market. I was hoping for the same with the Arai XD-4. The fit, finish and style are excellent but the distorted view through the shield is unbearable. The view is so distorted I was not able to walk around the living room. Unfortunately this caused me to return the helmet and begin the search for a different enduro helmet.
Revzilla was fantastic with their no hassle return policy - thank you Revzilla!
June 18, 2015
The best of the bunch
What's left to say that hasn't already been said by someone. Bare none, this is the best helmet out there in it's class. Sure, you pay a premium for it, but it's well worth it. I live in Africa and have put my previous Arai XD3 through many torture tests and it has braved it well. After some very harsh trips, the interior started to show a bit of wear, but was holding up very well. I did clean it thoroughly a number of times. I never saw any tearing anywhere in the helmet. My only complaint is the road noise. I think that I ride with my head a little further down than it's intended to be. If I road heads up a little more, the wind noise reduces quite a lot. It seems to mainly come from wind hitting my chest and coming up from the underside right next to my ears. It's not that the wind stops coming up that way when I pick my head up, but I think the angle of the wind is just quieter. Of course if you ride a big bike or at least have a large windshield, this is likely minimized. I have worn the helmet in many wet conditions and never had a drop come inside. It was difficult to figure out how to get the top-back air vents off the first time and I broke one when I wanted to clean it out thoroughly. Good thing, I found a dead wasp inside. I have never ridden without the visor on, I like it to much to keep the sun out of my eyes. I've also purchased the tinted visor and even occasionally ride with it in the evenings. As long as you have good lighting and no rain, it's not to bad.
April 27, 2015
Just in time
This helmet came just in time for a rainy day and I've been wearing it every day except sundays, It fits perfectly and looks killer. I got the neon yellow and the visibility is great.
May 27, 2015