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Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet

The Arai XD4 is world renowned for being the one of the best ADV touring helmets on the market and one of the few that achieves a Snell M2010 safety rating. The XD4 incorporates all of the same great qualities found in Arai's other helmets including the comfort liner and cheek pads that feature 5mm peel-away pads that allow riders to tailor the fit. The shell of the XD4 has also been aerodynamically tuned and, in concert with the removable floating peak visor, funnels air into the redesigned vents, improving overall ventilation and mitigating buffeting at speed. 

The XD-4 is the helmet of choice for many hardcore ADV enthusiasts and sets an industry standard for comfort, quality and safety.

Features:

  • 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, FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design, also with a 5mm peel away micro fit feature
  • Improved shell shape for better aerodynamic stability at higher street speeds
  • Exhaust ports added to the top diffuser vents
  • Chin vent with more intake ports
  • Larger sculpted side cowl vents improve ventilation
  • Snell M2010 approved
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Arai Helmet Sizing

Size Head (cm)
2XS 51 - 52
XS 53 - 54
SM 55 - 56
MD 57 - 58
LG 59 - 60
XL 61 - 62
2XL 63 - 64
3XL 65 - 66

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

How To Measure

H Head Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows and ears. Pull the tape comfortably snug, read the length, repeat for good measure and use the largest measurement.
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
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Works!
expensive, but works.<br>Unfortunately tested 1 week after purchase.<br>Crashed off-road. Knocked out, concussion, cracked helmet.<br>But alive and still kicking today.<br>immediately purchased identical replacement helmet.
November 10, 2014
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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
Ride:
2014 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Great vision and comfort
As a hi-end product it fully meets my expectations.<br>As a known strong and safe helmet in combination with great vision and comfort I think this is key points to a good helmet. This helmet gives the kind of comfort which makes it a thrill to wear it for the hole day. It also has good build quality and functionality,<br>As for Scandinavian cold weather trips It also gives no issues really, fogging down the visor is at a minimum.<br><br>This style of helmet gives some distance between your face and the inside of the visor, could give reflections if you use glasses. On the other hand using glasses in this helmet gives you no gnaw or pain, fits perfect with glasses.<br><br>The helmet gives some noise in speeds above 110 km/h but less than expected from this style of helmet.<br><br>If you want to spend the extra buck, this is the way to go!
November 23, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2011 KTM 990 Adventure R
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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Know what you are buying
This is a beautifully crafted helmet. Pictures simply can not do justice to the graphics in the Explore model. There are subtle textures and metal flake sparkles that make you go “Wow” when you open the box. That said, I wish I knew more of what I was getting into before I dropped $700+ on the helmet and accessories.<br><br>Low lights:<br>The fit is not long oval. If a large Arai Profile is a perfect fit, you’ll probably get a forehead hotspot in a large XD-4. I did not pick this up in a 5 minute test fit.<br>The visor sets up an annoying low-level drone (at least with my current windscreen setup). Hold the visor with one hand to stop vibration, and the drone stops totally. I see this as a design defect.<br>The shield is not a quick change shield. Takes 4 screws to change the shield. Took me 15 minutes sitting at a coffee shop table to go from dark to clear. I also suggest getting a spare set of screws, drop one of the clear plastic screws and you are… well… screwed.<br>The shield is a compound curve. Expect some unusual distortion in some parts of the field of view. No, you are not hangover, it’s just your face shield playing tricks on your eyes.<br>The shield fogs more than other Aria helmets, even though there is better flow, and more space in the front of the helmet. Not sure why.<br>The complete kit would include a dark shield, a pinlock shield, and a pinlock insert. Big extra expenditure. If you like using a clear shield and using sunglasses to manage bright conditions, this slow-change shield set up probably is not a concern for you.<br><br>Highlights:<br>People say this is a loud helmet. But, with the visor off and properly fitted cheek pads I think it is my most quiet helmet. Even with all vents open, there few whistles and little droning.<br>The visor is extremely effective at reducing glare. Makes riding in mid-day sun much more pleasurable.<br>The visor does not rip your head off its spindle when doing lane change checks. Not sure why. Seems like it would.<br>The eye port is huge. Noticeably better peripheral vision.<br>Great air flow.<br>Light weight.
June 4, 2014
Ride:
2009 BMW K1300S
Bang For The Buck
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Great, except for highway riding.
Lots of vibration from the visor at high street speeds (60mph +) which causes the whole helmet to shake. Really only happens on major interstates where the the air is super dirty and violent due to so many lanes. Otherwise a great helmet. Exceptionally comfortable and great styling. Have not tried to fit a pair of goggles yet.
June 24, 2013
Ride:
2012 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
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Poor optics...
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.<br>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.<br>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.<br>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.<br>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.<br><br>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
Bang For The Buck
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Superb
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.<br><br>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.<br><br>Highly recommended!
November 24, 2014
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2007 BMW R1200GS
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Nothing bad to say on this helmet!
Everything is supreme. The only complaint at all is the visor whistles a bit, but any helmet I have ever had with a visor does this... Love it!
May 31, 2012
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2010 KTM 690 Enduro R
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My best helmet so far
I use it mainly for touring not very much off road, and it is excellent!<br>A little bit expensive, but it is worth enough<br>Strong disadvantage it doesnt come with sun protection, so you need to wear glasses and it is not confortable sometines but is manageable.<br>Very good product!
August 22, 2013
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2013 BMW F700GS
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Expensive but very comfortable and nice
Great purchase, I had a Schubert and I can´t think in better helmet but this Arai is wonderfull and beatifull.
November 4, 2013
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Why did you choose this?
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Awesome helmet, it fits perfect and is really comfortable
Lewis C on May 31, 2016
Closeout price was too good to pass up.
Cami S on May 15, 2016
Awesome helmet, it fits perfect and is really comfortable
Lewis C on May 31, 2016
To save my head upon impact
Timothy D on May 27, 2016
Closeout price was too good to pass up.
Cami S on May 15, 2016
great fit
Steve C on Apr 28, 2016
good reviews
Tim S on Apr 12, 2016
Its the best helmet you can buy.
Kyle K on Mar 16, 2016
Closeout price.
Mark C. R on Mar 14, 2016
Very comfortable helmet. Quality design and materials.
GEORDY M on Feb 22, 2016
Positive reviews and on sale ;D
Jonathan B on Feb 22, 2016
the fit.!!!
michael G on Feb 21, 2016
It is my second Arai XD 4, the first one was XL i was sized at the dealer , i used it for the last there years , i figured it is time to get the proper size .
The helmet is very comfortable i dropped it several time and had a track accident with it , still in good shape , one more thing the cheek pads from my XL old helmet will fit my new L helmet as well , same size .
All things considered it is a good helmet with no unpleasant surprises.
ed a on Feb 21, 2016
Wanted to step up to a quality dual sport helmet and it came down to the Arai or Shoei Hornet X2. I think the Arai looks better and has better options for mounting a Sena 10C camera.
Jeremy F on Feb 11, 2016
Safety and look all in one!
Timothy H on Feb 6, 2016
I thought it was the best helmet for the money. I was incorrect, way to loud at speeds over 80 mph. Im now looking at a Schuberth.
Brent F on Dec 12, 2015
Quality and craftsmanship.
William M on Dec 8, 2015
I saw this helmet at the Sacramento International Motorcycle Show and liked the fit and style of it. I have owned Arai helmets since the 90's and I have always liked how comfortable they feel on my head. I'm into dual sport motorcycles and I think this is the nicest helmet on the market for this style riding.

David
David I on Nov 27, 2015
I recently hit a deer at 58mph. Landed on the left side of my head and with no doubt saved my life.
Aaron S on Nov 20, 2015
legendary dual sport helmet. nuff said.
Patrick R on Sep 8, 2015
Long time Arai user.
GC63 on Aug 26, 2015
Good venting, quality look and it's one of the helmets Anthony uses and I figure he's been able to try out more helmets than I'll ever see so his choice is bound to be a good one.
Robert P on Jul 24, 2015
I have heard great things about Revzilla and the Arai XD-4. I am new rider with a 2012 Ducati Hypermotard and the XD-4 seems to be what people are going with for the riding position and style of this bike.
George B on Jun 9, 2015
You ONLY HAVE ONE NOGGIN!
James S on Mar 22, 2015
Needed to upgrade to a better quality dual sport helmet. This looked great and was highly rated.
Brandon D on Feb 22, 2015
awesome helmet, fits great. Top of the food chain when it comes to protection for the brain housing group!
Michael M on Jan 14, 2015
I previously owned the original XD and loved it. Great fit and quality.
Erick P on Sep 12, 2014
Great reputation for comfort and quality.
nzedkiwi on Sep 10, 2014
Comfort, quality, subtle graphics
Steve M on Sep 9, 2014
Quality and fit. Nothing fits my head better than the Arai shape.
steven s on Sep 1, 2014
Already own an Arai Dual Sport helmet. This is for family member. These helmets are great!
H K on Aug 26, 2014
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!
Bruce G on Aug 21, 2014
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.
Richard D on Aug 4, 2014
quality of helmet at a great price
Bret B on Jul 22, 2014
Looks cool and fits good
T E on Jul 17, 2014
I have worn Arai for decades and like the fit and performance.
Gregg G on Jun 23, 2014
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....
Philip C on Jun 21, 2014
No better adventure helmet... NONE! This helmet is amazing in everyway, HIGHLY recommend
Kevin N on Jun 17, 2014
Great venting
ARVIND D on Jun 5, 2014
High quality. Great design.
Benjamin M on Jun 1, 2014
positive reviews
darell f on May 28, 2014
because of your excellent review in your videos, so I follow your recommendation!
alejandro s on Apr 10, 2014
Comfort, quiet and legendary Arai quality..top notch lid.
Lee Vivian D on Mar 9, 2014
Arai is simply the most reliable helmet in the world. Have only used Arai helmet in my life.
JONG HWA L on Jan 19, 2014
This is my third XD. I've worn the other two out. Fit great and wear like iron. Good for about 100,000 mles.
R E on Nov 9, 2013
The best available
Ignacio D on Nov 1, 2013
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.
Jeffrey J on Oct 22, 2013
Its the best. I wore out my XD3
Leonard C on Sep 23, 2013
Exactly what I was looking for.
LAURA AIKEN B on Sep 6, 2013
Because it's the most comfortable helmet I've ever owned.
Kevin B on Aug 19, 2013
To save my head upon impact
Timothy D on May 27, 2016
great fit
Steve C on Apr 28, 2016
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?
Adam C on Aug 17, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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!
A shopper on Jan 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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
Steve Y on Sep 6, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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
Does this face shield protect against UVA/UVB radiation? It breaks my heart that there are no DS helmet options out there with a transition shield.
Daniel P on Sep 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hmmm. I'd be surprised if the tinted ones didn't at least. I'm replying though to tell you that this is the best helmet out there and would be superb if an anti fog transitions lens was available. I will say that I cannot recommend the pinlock visor though. Believe the Revzilla review on it. It is difficult to say the least and does not work well and despite lots of messing around I have never been able to get it to seal all the way around. It also catches on the top brow vent ducts when opening and closing. If the helmet is the best money I've ever spent then the pinlock shield and insert may be the worst. It will fog up on you also if you ride in much cold damp weather. I like it enough that I live with it. It is the best vented helmet I've ever worn and works great with my Sena SMH10R.
Will the Sena 20s work well with this helmet??
David R on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Sena 20s installs and operates perfectly in the Arai XD4 helmet. My first Sena install and the actual install took roughly 25 minutes from after I read through the guide and watched an online video.. see YouTube.
Does this helmet cater for a coms system?
A shopper on Mar 24, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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!
Easy on Mar 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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!!
On the ARAI XD-4 Explore Silver helmet, is the outine around the black graphic another shade of silver or does it not exist?
A shopper on Aug 13, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The outline on the Silver version of the Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet is a dark Grey.
What is the difference between this Arai and the Arai XD 4 Solid - large price differential?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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.
A shopper on Jan 1, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The Arai XD-4 that we carry is DOT and Snell approved, but It is not ECE approved.