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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 5 157 157
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
Little loud 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
Quality build. 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
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Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
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 !

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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?
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..
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,
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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A shopper asked: what is the weight of xd4? Jan 9, 2014
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Adult Helmets

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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