Arai XD-4 Hi-Viz Neon Helmet
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
The Best So Far
I have owned more than my share of helmets over the years, and the Arai XD4 Pro is far and away the best of them. I think it offers more comfort and performance than helmets that are substantially more expensive. It feels snug but comfortable, offers more frontal protection than a standard street helmet, and has much better airflow than other helmets. Since I commute to work on my motorcycle, I also appreciate the high-vis color.
Of course, you can buy a helmet for far less than this. However, you won't get the features or the security that this helmet offers. As a motorcycle instructor of mine once said "Never pay more for a helmet than you'd pay to replace your head!"
June 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
I have an Arai head. I can't get a better fit anywhere. Really like the visor with sunglasses
Wind noise average for off road helmet.
I grab my street helmet if riding on asphalt. The air flow system flows a ton of air and is far cooler than any helmet I have worn to date. Wish it was cheaper, but it is an investment in protection, comfort and fit.
July 29, 2014
Spend the money!
I have 3 months in with this helmet, no regrets on spending the extra cash.
July 28, 2014
Perfect helmet for adventure/general touring
I had the Arai XD-4 helmet in mind after watching the Long Way Round/Long Way Down motorcycle documentaries, because Ewan and Charlie used Arai helmets (an earlier version of the XD-4, maybe an XD-3.) The high price was off-putting at first, but after doing some research and watching Anthony's Revzilla TV review I decided to pop for a new Arai XD-4. It shipped very quick. When I pulled it out of the box it had a premium look and feel. When I first put it on the fit was near perfect. After peeling off the five millimeter adjustable cheek pads, as suggested for a roomier face fit, it was perfect. Positives include excellent venting, wide field of view, comfortable customizable fit, aerodynamic design, useful removable visor, reasonably quiet, looks great. Negatives - could be a bit quieter, but with the huge amount of venting options this is understandable.
Also thanks for the sizing advice on Revzilla TV. I thought I was a large, but I found out I'm really a medium. I had a great buying experience and am completely satisfied with my Arai XD-4.
Thank you, Kris
July 28, 2014