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Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet

The Arai XD4 Explore Graphic Helmet replaces the category leading Arai XD-3 Dual Sport Helmet.  

Notable improvements for the XD4 are improved ventilation with redesigned face vents and a venturi vent at the brow, adjustable cheek pads, a new visor system for improved visibility and a new locking shield for aerodynamics. 

  • New comfort headliner, with micro fitting 5mm peel away temple pads
  • Fully removable/replaceable/washable Interior: Comfort head liner, Cheek pads, Chinstrap covers
  • Dry-Cool® technology keeps you dry and cool for greater comfort
  • Patent pending, New FCS® (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design, also with a 5mm peel away micro fit feature
  • New shell shape for better aerodynamic stability at higher street speeds
  • New exhaust ports added to the top diffuser vents
  • New chin vent with more intake ports
  • Larger sculpted side cowl vents improve ventilation
  • Snell M2010 approved
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Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet 4.7 5 201 201
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
Works! 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
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
Love it! Great visability & the visor pays off on every ride. The XD-4 is my second helmet. I began riding just over a year ago and had been using a friends Bell racing helmet until I purchased the Arai. I've gone about 14,000 miles in the XD-4 and it's great! Viability is great, airflow is good and has multiple settings, the liner is comfortable and can be removed for washing, and the visor will be your best friend when you're riding into the sun or in the rain. On that note, I have been caught in the rain a few times and I've never had any issues with water getting into the helmet. Now lets talk about the visor: Some reviewers claim that they can't feel the visor at all. Of course you can. The real question is; is it a problem? and the answer is no. At 40 mph or less you won't really feel anything. I've taking tons of highway rides at 70+ mph and you can hardly feel it. The only time you'll feel it is when you look to the side to check for traffic, and some of the pressure you feel may actually be associated with the longer, lower extending chin which is a common design feature on most dual-sport helmets. I don't feel the pressure on the top of my head, I feel it on my chin. But again, it's so slight that I don't think it's an issue. I've never suffered any discomfort after wearing the helmet for up to 10 hours at a time. VISOR pluses: Regardless of how well you plan, you'll be riding into the sun at some point. The visor works just like a baseball cap. The visor also helps to deflect road dirt and the many small things that fall from overhanging trees or structures. Perhaps my favorite; when you see that swarm of gnats in front of you, just dip your head and your face shield stays clean, works the same with flying mud when you're off-road. In addition, when the shield is up, the visor gives it some protection. The visor also helps to keep rain off the face shield at slower speeds. I love it! At this point, I can't see getting a helmet without a visor, but, the nice thing about the XD-4 is that the visor comes off easily and can be stored in your bag. Ride Safely! F800JK November 2, 2014
Super cool helmet - in more ways than one! Very comfortable helmet. I pulled the cheek pads out and removed one 5mm layer of foam after I watched the Revzilla video and learning I could do it. I also installed my Sena blue tooth SMH10 headset and placed the speakers inside the cheek pads in the ear inserts. Very happy with the outcome. It looks great, has great vision, but for me the best feature is the airflow. I can actually feel the wind in my hair because the venting system is so good! I live in Brisbane, Australia and it is hot a humid so airflow was the main feature I was looking for. In my humble opinion, the Arai XD4 has nailed it. September 13, 2014
visor makes some whistle when head is looking up love the color and the fit .feels safe and cool at the same time looking at the helmet makes me want to ride October 14, 2014
Adjustable and comfortable! I have owned many Helmets over the years. This helmet is comfortable, has many adjustments for air flow and fitment. I have used it for both off road and highway travel and thought it was great for both. Well worth the money! September 29, 2014
Fantastic Just got my new Arai and I love it ! I'm very impressed at the quality and air flow of the helmet . There are cheaper helmets out there but nothing compares to the XD-4 ! Thanks revzilla for the great service and fast delivery ! September 27, 2014
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Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Erick P: I previously owned the original XD and loved it. Great fit and quality. Sep 12, 2014
David H: Great reputation for comfort and quality. Sep 10, 2014
Steve M: Comfort, quality, subtle graphics Sep 9, 2014
steven s: Quality and fit. Nothing fits my head better than the Arai shape. Sep 1, 2014
H K: Already own an Arai Dual Sport helmet. This is for family member. These helmets are great! Aug 26, 2014
Bruce G: Living in tropical Queensland, Australia, having a helmet that breathes is a necessity. From all the research I have done, the Arai XD-4 comes up the best, and when I tried it on it fitted like a dream. Happy days! Aug 21, 2014
Richard D: I love my XD-4 helmet. It does get pretty foggy in humid rainy conditions and is very hard to see. I pretty much need to pull over after 20 minutes of riding in the rain. Aug 4, 2014
Bret B: quality of helmet at a great price Jul 22, 2014
T E: Looks cool and fits good Jul 17, 2014
Gregg G: I have worn Arai for decades and like the fit and performance. Jun 23, 2014
Philip C: Arai helmets just fit my head shape and are the most comfortable for me. This XD-4 is the Industry leader IMO for ADV riding.... Jun 21, 2014
Kevin N: No better adventure helmet... NONE! This helmet is amazing in everyway, HIGHLY recommend Jun 17, 2014
ARVIND D: Great venting Jun 5, 2014
Benjamin M: High quality. Great design. Jun 1, 2014
darell f: positive reviews May 28, 2014
Ken P: Arai helmets are the best made, end of story. The fit and finish is second to none and you will never no wrong buying Arai. This XD4 is a nice improvement over the XD3 and its the perfect helmet for adventure riding. Apr 27, 2014
alejandro s: because of your excellent review in your videos, so I follow your recommendation! Apr 10, 2014
Lee Vivian D: Comfort, quiet and legendary Arai quality..top notch lid. Mar 9, 2014
JONG HWA L: Arai is simply the most reliable helmet in the world. Have only used Arai helmet in my life. Jan 19, 2014
R E: This is my third XD. I've worn the other two out. Fit great and wear like iron. Good for about 100,000 mles. Nov 9, 2013
Ignacio D: The best available Nov 1, 2013
Jeffrey J: This is the best ADV helmet. I am a dirt biker and an ADV rider, and I this is the best helmet I have ever had. Oct 22, 2013
Leonard C: Its the best. I wore out my XD3 Sep 23, 2013
LAURA AIKEN B: Exactly what I was looking for. Sep 6, 2013
Kevin B: Because it's the most comfortable helmet I've ever owned. Aug 19, 2013
Adam C asked: Can this helmet be used in conjunction with goggles? I really think that 85% of the time the shield will suffice...but on those really dusty dirt roads goggles could come in handy. Anyone have experience with this situation? Aug 17, 2013
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John P: Yes, you can use it nicely with goggles. I have two different types of goggles, Thor and Scott. The Thor Ally ones don't fit very well. The Scott ones are perfect. Both have nose guards fitted onto them. That causes a little trouble fitting them into the helmet.

I'm kind of the same as you. I do only a little off road, but I do like using the goggles for slow rides as well. Nice on hot days.
Aug 24, 2013
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Jon L: I have not used the helmet with goggles. I believe that you can remove the face screen and use goggles if you so choose. I dont know if you can use goggles with the screen in place. I am away from my helmet right now or I would try it out for you. Probably the Revzilla guys could do that. I do ride long distances in dirt and the face screen has always worked very well at keeping the dust out Aug 19, 2013
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Albert G: I gave it a try and they did fit. Not much of a gap around the goggles. If its just dust control you want then it would be better than the shield but I think you will sacrifice ventilation and make it a lot hotter to wear. My Klim F4 seems to have much more room in this area, as in it was designed for goggles where the XD was not. Aug 19, 2013
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TODD B: Goggles will easily fit under the closed visor. I usually ride with goggles on and the clear visor up on dirt/gravel roads to get some air. If there is too much wind noise on paved roads, I flip the normal visor down over the goggles. I use Oakley goggles if you're looking for a goggle size reference. Aug 20, 2013
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Stuart H: Haven't used goggles per se, but a slightly cracked visor and sunglasses has done me well on most dusty stuff. On 990 Adv, I'm not THAT close to mi amigos- not like 450's. 990 SE maybe!! Great helmet thus far. Aug 19, 2013
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Jesse E: I alternate between goggles and shield. Primarily because I like the wind in my face, but like my eyeballs protected. So goggles work perfect. Shield can be removed in about 3 minutes or less. Aug 20, 2013
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Dylan J: Yes, goggles will work with this helmet. I've gotten moto specific goggles to make sure the frame isn't so large that it pushes down on the nose. Aug 19, 2013
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Alan P: Yes, my son wears goggles while on the track, and the faceshield on the street. Aug 20, 2013
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Alec M: Sure. It's designed to work with goggles when you remove the shield. Aug 19, 2013
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mark w: yes, if you get the right set. Aug 19, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hi, I intend to get this awesome Arai XD4 Explore. My head measures 58.5cm as per your video guide. My face shape is a bit squarish. Should I go for the Medium or Large size? Will place an order once advised. Thanks in advance! Jan 5, 2014
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Rob S: First let me say that if you purchase this helmet you will not be disappointed. 45 years of riding and this is the best built, most comfortable and most versatile helmet that I have owned. The shape of your face I believe should be fine. The sizing is a little more difficult to answer because your right there between med. and large. I have the previous model (XD3) that I was between sizes and bought large because the salesman (NOT Revzilla) told me these helmet will soften up and break-in and would be loose. That did not happen and resulted in discomfort and headaches. The pad layers can be removed as needed to achieve the perfect fit. With the XD4 I was between large an XL, went with the XL and took 1 layer out of the cheek pads and had a perfect fit. I would start with the large (you want snug not loose) Revzilla is great on their return policy if it not used or worn. I hope this helps. Rob S. Jan 7, 2014
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Ken P: Hello! I have this Arai XD4 and wanted to let you know that the fit is great! I measure to exactly 58 cm and I wear a MEDIUM. I would definitely recommend getting the MEDIUM. It should be a perfect fit for you, as you want it to be slightly snug. That being said, I have been told that you would order a MEDIUM in any helmet regardless of the MFR.

Good Luck and enjoy the XD4!
Jan 7, 2014
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Peter B: What I did was bought both sizes and returned the medium . The large fits me perfect. With the return policy of revzilla it makes perfect sense to do this method. Try on each helmet and wear for a least an hour or two. Remember the helmet will get bigger after break in. Try on sunglasses also very important. You'll know what size to choose !

My Best
Peter
Jan 8, 2014
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Stuart H: I am right about at 59cm and fit the "intermediate oval" shape pretty perfectly. I have a medium XD-4 and it fits like a glove. If you don't like a snug fit, maybe order up the thin cheek pads with it. Love the helmet. Light years better than my old XD. I didn't check out the video guide, though I have high cheek bones and "germanic" features. Jan 6, 2014
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Benoit F: I just measured my head and it's 59cm and I took large but if my hear would of been 59.5cm it would be to tight. The helmet is great I would buy it again. Jan 6, 2014
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HSU S: To the Medium..but suitable...very good. Jan 9, 2014
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steve y asked: I am thinking of getting the shoei hornet or the aria xd, I have only had less exspensive helmets in the past in which I take a size xl, the stores close to me only carry these other brands which some of the xl seem so tight I think they would give me a head ache. I measured my head per your video and it is 231/4" or 59 cm. I have a round shape head. I see these measurement fall into the large ,but not sure wheather to stick with the xl. the helmet I wear now is a Fulmer xl 3/4 helmet & seems to fit well. But I tried a full face Spy helmet locally & had to get an xxl ? Between the Arai & the Shoei, does one fit a more rounder head shape better than the other?
Thank-you..
Steve
Sep 6, 2013
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George B: I measure 59,5 cm. I bought the large (L) one. When I first tried it on, I said what the heck did i just do. It was almost impossible to put on, and the pain and squeeze was unberable..
Solutions:
1. I pressed the EPS (the protection foam past the padings in the area where it hurt me - a little above the temples and towards the forehead - carefully with a rounded object. I'm talking about something in the region of less than 1mm, noothing tat would compromise the helmet's integrity.
2. I took out the humongous cheek pads, and depressed the EPS section of thoose a lot... Note: I'm a little big with a lot of cheeks!
3. I wore the helmet...

The hellmet is now fitted to my head like a glove. It's just perfect, as snug as it needs to be, and comfortable for a lot of miles. (As i write this, I'm in Germany at almost 2/3 of my european tour of 11.000 km)

So my suggestion would be to buy the L instead of the XL. As far as the cheekpads and the liner, you can always buy thinner ones than the ones it's sold with (there are many options), instead of customizing them as I did!

As far as the Shoei vs Arai is concerned, I can't tell. I previously had a very expensive road Shoei, and it fitted me perfectly.

Hope i helped,
George
Sep 11, 2013
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Robert C: I have a Shoei X11 (size L) which I've used for years and love. I had to resize the pads to optimize the fit. I also have the Arai XD-4 which is also an excellent helmet. The Shoei is rounder shape, but I find that if you remove the layers of pad on the side of the Arai (per their instructions) it is also comfortable for all-day riding.

If rounder head shape is the key factor, I'd try on the Shoei Hornet to test the fit, but I think you'd find you can remove the thin layers of the Arai padding to make the fit work fine.

Hope that helps.
Sep 6, 2013
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LAURA AIKEN B: If you measured the size of your head and matched it to the Arai sizing chart, you should be good to go. I personally prefer a snug fit knowing that the helmet will loosen up over use/time. The XD-4 also has the layers in the cheekpads you can tear-out for a better fit.

I really like mine, it's perfect for what I was looking for. If for some reason you ordered the wrong size - send it back. Just open the box very carefully and try the helmet on BEFORE you remove any labels. If it's sooo totally wrong it should be evident immediately. Good luck!
Sep 6, 2013
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steve y: Thank-you for your reply, still undecided but will try one soon Sep 10, 2013
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steve y: Thanks for the reply Sep 10, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does this helmet cater for a coms system? Mar 24, 2013
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RevZilla: This helmet is not designed for use with a specific system, but you can use a universal kit such as a Sena SMH-10 or Scala Rider G9. There should be enough room in the ear pockets to fit the speakers for both systems. Mar 26, 2013
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Dylan J: The SMH-10 went into my helmet easily and I don't notice that the speakers are tucked into the ear cavity Aug 19, 2013
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Paul M: I swapped from the Shoie Hornet to the XD4 because my coms speakers hurt on extended rides. Much more room in the XD4 for speakers.
My first xd4 (crashed in 1st one) was noisier than the hornet. Not sure why but my newest purchased last week is much quieter. Is the latest & is different color on bottom lining. Feels snugger not just new helmet snug maybe they improved the snugness fit not sure. But is quiter similar to the Shoie this one maybe a little noisier but not much.
Nov 4, 2013
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Randall M asked: Looking at the Arai XD-4 Explore helmet in orange. Can anyone tell me if the color is Deer Hunter, High-Vis orange or if the color is more of a KTM color match? Can't quite tell from the pictures. Thanks! Mar 26, 2014
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Stuart H: Definitely not your standard hi-viz. It's quite close to KTM- close enough but with more depth to it. Perhaps a tad darker but not by much. KTM orange is kind of flat. This has a metallic flake that gives it depth and is subtle, so the black has a little pop as well. I absolutely love mine. Get lots of nice comments on it. The price tag hurt a bit, but haven't looked back. And I'm guessing it's pretty easy to see on top of that.

Good luck!!
Mar 26, 2014
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Randall M: Thanks Stuart. That's exactly what I was trying to find out. I think it will match up ok. The helmet is pretty cool looking match or no match. Thanks for the help! -Randy Apr 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: On the ARAI XD-4 Explore Silver helmet, is the outine around the black graphic another shade of silver or does it not exist? Aug 13, 2012
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RevZilla: The outline on the Silver version of the Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet is a dark Grey. Aug 15, 2012
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socpig: Grey metalic. Dec 28, 2012
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A shopper asked: What is the difference between this Arai and the Arai XD 4 Solid - large price differential? Aug 8, 2013
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Chris KStaff: Just the graphics. Arai uses high quality paints and methods for adding graphics to their helmets, so the solid color ones are cheaper to produce. Aug 8, 2013
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A shopper asked: DOT is standard in the US, EN is mandatory in Europe. I'm asking in case we want to take the helmet back to Europe one day. Jan 1, 2013
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RevZilla: The Arai XD-4 that we carry is DOT and Snell approved, but It is not ECE approved. Jan 3, 2013
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A shopper asked: I have a Fly Trekker helmet in XL, fits okay. Is the XD fit similar? Should I get the XL in the XD? Apr 20, 2014
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Embed Video 165 / Arai Fit Guide

Arai Helmet Sizing

Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows. Pull the tape comfortably snug, and read the length.

Size Head (in) Head (cm)
2XS 20 - 20 1/2 51 - 52
XS 20 7/8 - 21 1/4 53 - 54
SM 21 5/8 - 22 55 - 56
MD 22 1/2 - 22 7/8 57 - 58
LG 23 1/4 - 23 5/8 59 - 60
XL 24 - 24 3/8 61 - 62
2XL 24 3/4 - 25 1/8 63 - 64
3XL 25 1/2 - 26 65 - 66

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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