Arai XD-4 Hi-Viz Neon Helmet
Light, comfortable and surprisingly quiet
I got the Arai helmet for dual sport riding. It has an intermediate oval head shape which suits me well. It is comfortable and feels light. It has a number of venting options and is overall a cool helmet on the road. It is pretty quiet for the type of helmet (although I ride behind a fairly quiet windscreen; I haven't ridden it on a naked bike). The visor stays up well. There is no "cracked open" detente which I wish it had. It has quick-out ear pads to allow the helmet to be removed quickly on a really bad day. A bluetooth communicator installed pretty easily.
September 15, 2014
Super cool helmet - in more ways than one!
Very comfortable helmet. I pulled the cheek pads out and removed one 5mm layer of foam after I watched the Revzilla video and learning I could do it. I also installed my Sena blue tooth SMH10 headset and placed the speakers inside the cheek pads in the ear inserts. Very happy with the outcome. It looks great, has great vision, but for me the best feature is the airflow. I can actually feel the wind in my hair because the venting system is so good! I live in Brisbane, Australia and it is hot a humid so airflow was the main feature I was looking for. In my humble opinion, the Arai XD4 has nailed it.
September 13, 2014
Expensive, but great quality!
Revzilla video description is accurate. Great looking helmet! Peak does great and does not catch much wind at all. Very little drag. Seems to be very aerodynamically sound. Look into the research and development that Arai puts into its helmets, specificity this one, and you can't help but be impressed. No doubt, that safety is there number one goal. Fit is true. Definite intermediate oval. Air flow is good. Sound level for a DS helmet is good. Optics are very good, very little distortion. Not enough said about the color! The color is more of a yellow, needles to say, than a high-viz green. When I first saw the color, I was a little disappointed, but was pleasantly surprised when I saw it in the daylight. In the daylight this helmet is completely different IMO. One of the only descriptions I read that mentioned the color called it "eye searing yellow", and I have to say that I fully agree! In the daylight it is absolutely eye searing, and even difficult to look at, if it's bright out!! It is expensive, but the quality is great and you do feel like you get your money's worth. Feels like it should last for a long time. Only problem is, that when you pay $557 for a helmet, you're way too afraid to even put a small scratch on it. Therfore, off-road, you tend to really watch it, more so then you really want to. Over all great helmet. Happy with my purchase.
July 28, 2014
wore this helmet for 14hour this first time. it was comfortable, cool, better than any of the helmets i'vehad before. love the visor--generally eliminates the need for sunglasses except in extreme instances.
September 8, 2014
I have tried three helmets in three months and this is the one that I'm sticking with. Best fitting helmet of any. You can just feel the R&D that went into this design. Round shape as not to "snag" in the event of a crash, more vents than any other helmet (even on the face shield itself), just very well thought out in every way. Glasses friendly padding. Hope I never have to test this helmet!
August 30, 2014
I've never owned a helmet anywhere near this expensive, but I've also been an offroader all my life. Trees don't move, other idiots driving cars do. Felt like spending the money on a good helmet was a requirement before taking my new KTM 690 out on the road.
I've got a few hundred miles under the belt with this bucket on my head. It is very comfortable, fits better than any helmet I've had before, and looks great. Air flow through this thing is incredibly good. No sweaty head even in 90+ degree weather.
I was worried about a visored helmet at road speeds (no windscreen on the 690), but this thing doesn't yank my head around. Feel a push when I turn my head sideways at speed to look around, but nothing really to complain about. I don't have any weird vibration issues with the visor that I have heard others complain about.
Cons: As others have noted, this helmet isn't super quiet or anything. I don't have anything to compare to so it doesn't really bother me (yet). If it does, I might get some musicians ear plugs and try those out. The eye screen does warp your vision just a tad. And the helmet could be a little lighter. But those are really nit picks.
All around great helmet, just barely nicking it from a 5 star rating because of the cons noted. If I could rate it a 4.5 I would.
August 8, 2014
Best Enduro helmet out there
Great for fitting shades and goggles. Visor creates a lot of buffeting if you're riding w/out a windshield however
August 4, 2014
Awesome helmet with great features.
Overall this helmet is awesome. Looks great, function well I just wish the air flow was a bit better but then again this isn't just a dirt bike helmet.
August 4, 2014