Arai XD-4 Helmet - Solid
The Best Helmet I've ever owned
I've worn Arai since the mid nineties. They've always had excellent quality, features and performance.
I recently tried a different helmet brand, but after just a few months came back to Arai. All my past Arais have been road race versions, so noise is relative, but the XD4 is about average. Either way, I always wear ear plugs as NO helmet is quiet enough to keep from damaging your hearing.
I wanted a helmet that would compliment my 2014 R1200 GSA. It had to be light, have good venting, accept goggles for off-road adventures, have provisions for headphones for communications, and have that aggresive ADV look. The XD4 checks all those boxes.
The peak/visor is an awesome attribute. Aimed right, it doesn't catch stream air unless I purposefully look up, then, yeah, it's an air brake, but what did you expect? The windscreen on my GSA negates most of this issue anyway. It's great to have the visor when riding into the sun. While my buddies are being blinded, holding up their arms to block the sun, I don't have to do a thing - the visor is doing its job.
The helmet accepts my Scala Rider G9x easily, the recesses in the cheek pad have ample room to fit the speakers behind the soft covering.
The paint is excellent. I got the matte black and am stoked. With the dark visor it looks badass - Lord Vader would approve.
The vents are very good. I can't comment too much on the mouth vent, since the windscreen on the GSA blocks that, but the top vents and brow vents all work very well. I recently moved from SoCal to NYC, and in the SoCal summer, the vents kept my head from exploding, and here on the east coast, they kept my head cool during the humid summer days. Now, in the fall/winter (down to 25F) with the vents shut, I feel NO cold seeping in. My head stays warm.
The one issue the XD4 suffers from, is fogging. It doesn't benefit from Arai's usual de mist lock (WHY???) so once the tems drop much below 60, it fogs. You can ride with the visor cracked, and that keeps it from fogging, but that gets really cold when you're in the 30's. The good thing is, the available pinlock lens/visor cures the problem. The question is why didn't Arai include this in the box, considering the purchase price? Regardless, it's still worth the extra investment. I bought the yellow lens for high contrast/cloudy days, and it's awesome. Now, my XD4 is complete. I love it.
November 28, 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.
November 2, 2014
Live in Louisiana with high humidity and winter temps are cold one morning and 70 the next. Shield fogs too easy for my liking for the type of weather we hav but this is the only complaint about the helmet. Riding with this product for about 2 weeks
December 1, 2014
This is my first Arai helmet, I went with it to have a safer/better built helmet and hi-viz option. The first hour with it I was getting a raw headache for the tight fit...but after that hour of sweating and breaking it in nice, the rest of the 2 day trip it was perfect. It fit fine, no headaches, amazing vision, ventilation is ok.
The yellow is still growing on me, I prefer orange when it comes to hi viz stuff. If you are wearing headphones/earplugs, it is a bit tight and getting the helmet off hurts a bit. But I am hoping overtime as the helmet interior breaks in more, this wont be such an issue. And yeah, the snap on the chin strap is a pain to snap, gotta take off your glove most the time to get that snapped.
But the fit on this, after that first 1-2 hours, was great. It feels much safer than most the stuff I was wearing, which were always sort of loose and or heavy.
November 30, 2014
Very nice helmet.
I have put a couple thousand miles in this helmet and an very happy with it. I find even on hot days enough air flows through it to keep your head cool. The visor works well blocking the sun and yet is not affected by the wind. It is a little high priced but worth the money.
November 26, 2014
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.
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.
November 24, 2014
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
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