Arai XD-4 Face Shield With Brow Vents
WARNING: OPTICAL DISTORTION VERIFIED BY ARAI
I'm a new owner of an XD-4 Explore Black and a long time Arai customer (they're the only helmets I buy). I have had the Dark Smoke Face Shield on both RX-Qs I've owned and they've been excellent. I figured I would do the same with my new XD-4. Installed the face shield last week and went for a quick, two-hour ride and immediately noticed a significant (for me) amount of visual distortion. I have better than 20/20 vision so perhaps my eyes are a bit more sensitive but, nonetheless, facing all directions, things looked strangely out of focus, enough to for me to question my ability to see and respond to the road. I spent the rest of the ride with the face shield up.
Hoping it was a fluke, I went out again yesterday with the dark smoke face shield, only to experience the same distortion. Ended up with the face shield up the whole time on the bike.
I called Revzilla and Mick was super helpful, sending me an email with the phone number for Arai America. I called Arai and the gentleman who answered the phone (Jeff I think was his name) knew immediately what I was talking about, saying the distortion comes from the extreme bend of the face shield. He said it exists on ALL XD-4 FACE SHIELDS (clear, light smoke, and dark smoke) and that some folks are able to deal with the distortion while others are not. I'm in the latter camp. Called Mick back with the news and he was gracious enough to accept a return for Zillacash since I had already taken the face shield out for two rides.
SUPER bummed about the distortion. I haven't read a single word about it anywhere.
February 9, 2016
Dark Tint perfect for all around use
Aria Products have excellent fit and finish. No surprises or disappointments.
August 17, 2015
Nice shield with good tint & clear view
I ride in New Mexico, where it's almost always sunny. The Arai XD-4 helmet leaves plenty of room to wear sunglasses under the normal shield but I prefer minimizing the bulk and number of pieces of gear I wear whenever I'm able. This shield gives me a nice tint to tame the bright sun but is still nice & clear with a great field of view. I did not need to adjust my helmet at all - I simply removed the clear shield and snapped this on and the fit was perfect. I definitely recommend this shield.
August 3, 2015
This is my second one - scratched the old one beyond repair. They have added the brow vents to this version and it's really slick airflow.
June 8, 2015
Not too dark to see out. Great visor.
My sunglasses were leaving my ears sore. This visor is just as dark as my sunglasses, which are fine until the sun goes down. Great product.
May 11, 2015
Love the tint
Never had a tinted shield. Well now I'll never not have one.
February 2, 2015
Not What I was Expecting
So my initial review of the XD4 was an excellent helmet, fits very comfortably (oval head), not too noisy, a little on the heavy side, great air flow, however the chin strap snap broke in less than a year...props to Arai, they repaired at no charge, and were a pleasure to work with. Now the downer part of the pinlock system...with the added thickness of the pinlock lens, it now catches on the helmet gasket every time when opening and closing the visor...this has lead to the pinlock lens seal being broken after only three rides!!! and in turn rain water has made its way in between the pinlock lens and the shield, which has also lead to some fogging. And now with the additional weight of the pinlock lens to the shield, the shield/lens will not stay open at various positions as it did "pre-pinlock". Arai reps in Allentown, PA apparently contacted the designers in Japan, but no word back on a fix. Bottom line, the pinlock system is looking to be a waste of ~$85, and if Arai cannot come up with a fix, I will most certainly begin looking for a replacement helmet (and be weary of other Arai products), as all these issues contribute to distractions while riding, particularly in rain/damp conditions, which no rider can afford to have. Very unfortunate for what I thought was an excellent all around helmet.
December 24, 2014
Just as describer
After an off highway adventure left my face shield scratched up due to all the fine sand and dirt, I ordered a replacement for it. Easy to switch out and I am back to seeing again
September 22, 2014