Arai XD-4 Hi-Viz Neon Helmet
Great overall just a couple knit picks
Overall I am very happy with this purchase. Like all good quality gear it is expensive but you get what you pay for. It is SNELL approved as well as the required DOT. I bought the high vis for its intended purpose and it doesn't fail me.
Airflow is good but the vent on the chin directly in front of the lower parrt of the helmet needs some kind of screen as it will allow bugs and other debris to fly thorough and potentially go in your eyes. This has happened numerous times on my multiple long rides and is something I think should seriously be addressed.
Other then the above flaw the weight of the helmet is great as well as the cooling. I don't sweat near as much compared to wearing my cheap BILT brand helmet (still decent and legal by DOT standards but not on the same level). Like I said before you get what you pay for.
Also compared to my BILT brand helmet I have zero hotspots after hours of riding. That is until I put some u clear speakers in. Only after very extensive rides (4+ hours) do I feel SLIGHT discomfort and pressure on my ears. This I feel is normal considering the circumstances and the speakers installed.
The clear screen offers great viewing angles and to me wider than normal. Also the sun shield offers great shading and doesn't really affect me on my enduro while going down the road. Plus it looks pretty awesome if I say so myself.
The yellow matches perfect to the KLIM badlands high vis yellow which is good for people like me that like matching.
Overall: buy it and feel safer knowing you bought quality gear.
Customer service is amazing as always.
June 9, 2016
Bought this helmet on closeout due to it's older graphics. It was the exact color combo I was looking for. Since this was a medium size and I wanted a large, I purchased the 7mm comfort liner to swap out for the stock 10mm which comes in the medium. I also tore the 5mm tear away cheek and temple pads out. The helmet fits great now although I have only worn it for rides under an hour. Hoping it is still comfy when I do some longer rides.
Always happy with the build quality from Arai. Haven't found a helmet from a different manufacturer that compares.
July 12, 2016
This is the best helmet I have ever owned. It is fantastic and it is an Arai so you know it will do it's job.
July 12, 2016
Excellent, Best Helmet I've ever purchased.
Have always been a Bell fan, still am (recently bought a Bell Flex for the dirt), but decided I wanted a dual sport style helmet for the street. I picked the XD-4 as a friend has one and liked the versatility for summer weather as my Shoei RF1200 gets pretty warm. The venting system on the XD-4 is outstanding. It also provides great peripheral vision. The smaller dirt type visor works great when the sun is low and is no problem at freeway speeds. The fit is perfect, I wear a 7 1/8, normally a medium, but it's a small in Arai and feels lighter than it is. If I ever need another helmet it'll be an Arai.
July 5, 2016
the helmet is very good and buying in the site is very quick and easy
June 28, 2016
Saved my life
First off, I loved this helmet well before my accident. The field of view is fantastic, the fit is incredible. Comfort and build quality are everything you would expect from a premium helmet. But I have had a chance to test out some of its safety features first-hand, and now I love the helmet even more.
About six weeks ago I was hit by a driver who turned left across traffic and into me. I contacted the car at the driver's side headlight and was thrown 80ft. I remember my head bouncing along the pavement until I came to a stop at the side of the road. Another driver (also a rider) stopped and popped the safety cheek pads out, and then helped me (very carefully) take the helmet off.
All told I had compound fractures of the femur, tibia, and fibula in my left leg, and (as I would later learn) more broken bones in my ankle and foot. I spent 3 weeks in the hospital because of the injuries to my leg, but my head is perfectly fine, and that's thanks to Arai. Recovery is going to be a long process, and I don't know when I'll get back on a bike, but I know what helmet I'll be wearing when I do.
June 22, 2016
Comfortable, Quality Protection
When I got into dual-sport riding just a few months ago, I sought out advice from a good friend who had been a member of the GS Trophy team (representing the U.S. in 2010) about which helmet I should consider. His first words were to not skimp on a quality helmet, even paying a premium, because protection is nothing to spend short on. He recommended the Arai XD-4 and going by his recommendation, I bought this helmet. I'm glad I did.
The helmet is extremely comfortable with padding that's easily removeable, as needed, for cleaning etc. I installed a Sena 20S bluetooth receiver and it integrates seamlessly with the helmet. The visor is easily removeable which is the one item I've taken off as it can buffet quite a bit when riding at highway speeds.
The outer shell is tough and durable with vents throughout to maximize airflow while maintaining a sleek design. I would like to see a little more reflective paint on the sides and rear but other than this, I've been very pleased with the Arai XD-4 and have no problems recommending it to anyone looking for a quality helmet that's not too heavy and comfortable for dual-sport riding.
June 21, 2016
I was looking for a helmet that was light weight cool looking comfortable and different. I wear this on my commute daily of 40 miles each way on my dyna, I'm not tired or have a sore neck from wearing it. I sit up right when riding the peak doesn't catch the wind. It gets foggy when sitting still on days below 35 F with the vents open still stays warm when its cold but its also flows enough to keep your head cool when its hot out.
June 18, 2016