Arai XD-4 Hi-Viz Neon Helmet
I've owned the Arai RX-Q Hi-Viz helmet for several years and believe it's one of the best helmets on the market. I was hoping for the same with the Arai XD-4. The fit, finish and style are excellent but the distorted view through the shield is unbearable. The view is so distorted I was not able to walk around the living room. Unfortunately this caused me to return the helmet and begin the search for a different enduro helmet.
Revzilla was fantastic with their no hassle return policy - thank you Revzilla!
June 18, 2015
Just in time
This helmet came just in time for a rainy day and I've been wearing it every day except sundays, It fits perfectly and looks killer. I got the neon yellow and the visibility is great.
May 27, 2015
awesome Adventure helmet
I expected no less from Arai. Added Interphone F5MC intercom and I am ready to take on the world. Can get a bit of noise from the visor at speed, but I expected that. Great design and fit.The black actually has some depth and subtle metal flake.
June 22, 2015
Arai XD-4 Hi-Viz Neon Helmet - Really nice
The refinement of this helmet is easily observed as soon as it's taken out of the box.
The fitment is true to size, if not just slightly on the large size, and it's comfortable both with and without glasses.
Overall the helmet shell size is compact and it is light.
The Double D ring latching works well.
The visibility is excellent with no distortion; I also acquired a second tinted shield to replace the clear.
Plenty of ventilation ports; it's early spring so can't speak for how well it all works in 80 plus temps.
Downsides of this helmet:
- does not come with pin-lock face shield and this adds cost
- it does not have a built-in sun shade; my Nolan does and this is a fantastic option that allows the elimination of acquiring multiple face shields.
- the hi-viz neon is good looking, however I'd like it to be slightly more vibrant.
May 6, 2015
I wanted to love this helmet. I have wanted an Arai forever. I will be taking this one back. My first big beef off the top. Vision. The stock visor is crystal clear. Like you can't really even tell there's something in front of your eyes, unfortunately the drastic bend in the middle to accomplish the super cool shape creates a distortion that is absolutely sickening. It literally gives me a headache. Now first off I'll say that optical distortion hit everyone differently. Some people won't be bothered by it. If that's you this helmet can't be beat. If however you are the person who doesn't like going to 3D movies and wearing the glasses, can't stand smashed bug guts on the windshield, or can't read in a moving car.... avoid this helmet.
I guess you could visor up and wear a set of Scott goggles, but that really defeats the purpose of spening close to 700 bills for a lid. If that's all you're going to do, buy a Troy Lee dirt helmet.
Next small nit picky thing.. The weight. Is it just me or is this lid TOO light ? A head check at 70, or a slight tilt of the head will catch the wind broadside and feel like it's going to unscrew your head. I am used to riding Shoei helmets that are heavier, and it could just be my imagination but a bit more weight seems to stabilize the twist tendency. Also the Shoei optics are legendary. No Shoei would ever pass the drawing board with an optical VORTEX in the dead center of the helmet.
Lastly the venting. There's tons of it. But memorizing and remembering the operation of the vent levers is a tad cumbersome. One side goes left, one side goes right, or wait was it one side goes... you see what I mean. You end up fliping and hoping that did it, wait a second to see if you can feel coolness... workable with one vent, but when you have this many... they should all move rearward to open. forward to close. intuitive.
Finally I'd just like to temper my review with the footnote that the quality of the helmet build is fantastic. Thoughtful design for communications systems. It's like they designed it for the Cardo Scala system. There's a wire pass through and a clamp cut out in the neck shroud trim just for comms. Everything about this helmet screams quality including the Snell 2015 cert. Until you flip the visor down and wonder why it looks like a cool-aid acid trip. 700 bucks and you should be completely satisfied, not wishing for a little more. I can get that feeling with a Bilt garbage lid. Going back to switch it for the Shoei Hornet X2, and hope they didn't sacrifice visual quality for video game character styling.
PS.. Snell 2015 isn't a typo. My helmet came with a SNELL 2015 cert sticker inside. Not a 2010 like the description states. 2015 is a huge bonus.
June 7, 2015
Little louder than expected
given I'm reviewing it compared to a shoei gt air Feels a bit thinner and smaller fit (xl on both) I had sena 20s speakers that work well in one helmet but can't hear anything with this one
April 6, 2015
It's a major improvement over the XD3. It fits better and feels lighter, but it doesn't seem any quieter. With the additional venting the visor doesn't seem to fog up as easily. The padding is a little different and I have to roll it forward a bit on my head to get my glasses on. Your mileage may vary, but I highly recommend the XD4.
April 1, 2015
Well worth the money.
Great helmet for dual-sport and adventure riding. I've really had no issues with this helmet and would buy another one without hesitation.
May 11, 2015