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Arai Pro Shade System

Item: P266327

Add a sun shield to your Arai SAI helmet with the Pro Shade System. Complete kit with clear face shield and smoke sun shield. Just install and go. Read More

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Arai Pro Shade System for SAI-Compatible Helmets

Nowadays it is quite common to use a retractable sun-visor that is situated between the helmet’s outer- and inner shell to protect against sun glare. However, it is Arai’s opinion that this construction could affect the performance of a helmet during impact. As the Pro Shade System is completely mounted on the outside of the helmet, it will not in any way negatively affect the performance of the helmet.

The Pro Shade System is a small peak that is locked in position. Unlocking is easy; just pull the Pro Shade System forward, then it can be flipped down with a flick of the hand to act as an effective sun-visor. The Pro Shade System is the complete all-weather system for serious touring riders, offering protection against sun glare, fogging and misting, especially for riders that prefer an upright seating position and/or the comfort of a fairing, the Pro Shade System will enhance the rider’s comfort significantly.


  • Fits all Arai SAI full-face helmets
  • Complete system, pre-mounted on clear Arai MAX Vision visor (included)
  • Compatible with Arai SAI Max Vision Pinlock Inserts With Brow Vents (sold separately)
  • Enhanced aerodynamics
  • Increased helmet stability
  • Removable for easy cleaning
  • No contact with visor: no scratching
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Gives my RX-Q a easy to access sunvisor,
Leslie W on Oct 15, 2017
dual function and value
Ian P on Sep 18, 2017
Gives my RX-Q a easy to access sunvisor,
Leslie W on Oct 15, 2017
looked like a simple solution to the perennial problem and I needed a new shield anyway.
J B on Oct 9, 2017
dual function and value
Ian P on Sep 18, 2017
Pretty good reviews and the youtube video was helpful. I needed something that would work in daylight and night.
Shane M on Sep 13, 2017
This thing is awesome
Artur S on Aug 7, 2017
sun shade, works awesome !!!!!!!!!
Michael G on Jun 30, 2017
Riding into the sun late afternoon early mornings -- shades not enough. Flipping the peak down is usually enough so that I don't have to shade my eyes with my clutch hand.
Ken T on Jun 6, 2017
very good product! makes the helmet look awesome and also protects from the sun. i would like the dark shield to be a little bit longer but i know they sell it appart. also when the dark shield is up the airflow makes a little bit more noise.
Aleamayaa on May 22, 2017
Miss the integrated shade from my Shoei GT Air
Andrew R on Apr 21, 2017
Steve P on Apr 19, 2017
Great shade system!
Andrew S on Apr 11, 2017
Transition lenses do not work through the clear visor.
Thomas B on Mar 19, 2017
Wanted a tinted visor, liked the flexibility it offered to be able to raise the tinted portion at night and still have the clear visor down.
John W on Mar 11, 2017
Needed the ability to have a dark shield when needed and clear the rest of the time.
Patrick T M on Mar 9, 2017
Innovative design. I wear Rx glasses, so this will hopefully do away with having to change glasses/tint often.
Patrick R on Feb 21, 2017
Ordered a new Aria RX-Q for street riding and wanted the shade system for it.
Luis S on Feb 5, 2017
had no choice but to buy short then order long system
Adrian O on Jan 9, 2017
monte b on Jan 9, 2017
2 in 1 screen.
J Gerald M on Dec 28, 2016
To have some sun protection
Alain L on Nov 26, 2016
seems like a good idea
Roger E on Nov 14, 2016
Paul M on Nov 12, 2016
Great option
Kevin L on Oct 17, 2016
Just bought new Doohan Replica IOM Arai Corsair V & need sun protection here in Queensland. Also have Hi-Def Yellow visor for dull/cloudy days. This purchase sets me up for all conditions ....
John S on Oct 13, 2016
Need a darker tint with my proshade visor
Shawn5170 on Aug 28, 2016
The best purchase I've ever made. Wish it was a bit more darker but still great.
Mika L on Aug 23, 2016
Got a few rock ships in my original shield. Needed a replacement.
Dario N on Aug 14, 2016
Tire of my sunglass's cutting off my peripheral vision.
A U on Aug 1, 2016
Endurance riding with no time to swap out helmet face shields
Janet D on Jul 10, 2016
want to be able to change from clear visor to shade without having to stop and change visor
Joshua L on Jun 22, 2016
Good addition to my Arai helmet, great sun shade.
Alan C on Jun 22, 2016
I wanted better shading on my visor
Jay O on Jun 12, 2016
Needed it.
David R on Jun 6, 2016
Bought an Arai RX-Q helmet and needed a tinted visor. Thought I would give this a try and have not had any other visor on the helmet since. It's nice to be able to ride all day and into the evening without the need to do visor swaps.
Ian W on May 19, 2016
Good to have the dark visor during the day, and not have to change visors during the night.
Jose Luis on May 18, 2016
Great accessory. Looks and works well. Love the ability to flip it up while ridding as the sun goes down.
Daniel P on May 12, 2016
I needed a new shield and I liked the idea of the shade system. It's hard to get sunglasses on after the helmet is on, they tend to slide down your nose and becomes a safety issue.
Kevin M on May 5, 2016
Fits great on the my Arai Signet-Q helmet, for sunny days.
BabyGonzo on May 4, 2016
Two issues with this. one is trying to lift the sun shade up while riding. You can't do it well with glove on. It shield doesn't seem to lock down so it also comes up. The other issue is if you have been rinding with it up and you have bugs all over the shield is when you put it down you are smashing the bugs and sandwiching them between the two
Thom54 on Apr 28, 2016
Need replacements
Sergio C on Apr 28, 2016
The Pro Shade is a slick system that provides a lot of versatility to me because my eyes are quite sensitive to bright sunlight.
Michael R on Apr 10, 2016
To install on Signet Q model.
Neal P on Mar 26, 2016
Genius product. It didn't work with my 2004 model Arai helmet so I returned it. I will buy another one as soon as I get a new Arai helmet.
Rafael L on Mar 14, 2016
This is very nice. Really helps keep the sun out of my eyes and if the weather changes or it gets dark, just flip it up.
REBECCA RADER R on Feb 26, 2016
I chose this to help combat the sun and yet be able to ride safely at night. I have since bought a full coverage tinted Arai Shield which I intend to affix to the Pro Shade to get more complete coverage. I know I'll be less than aerodynamic at night, but I don't drive that much at night, and when I do it's in town and therefore not at highway.
Ed G on Feb 5, 2016
So I wouldn't have to change from regular glasses to sun glasses an back over the course of the day. This shield is perfect in that it allows one to see my GPS screen and instrument panel under the shade but shades everything else.
Chuck F on Jan 19, 2016
With the amazing view from my RX-Q there is a down side when facing a setting or rising sun and I hope that this will help me shield my eyes from that glare.
Rick L on Jan 17, 2016
Super clean and perfect fit. Shield does move at high speeds....when going more than 45mph if you tilt your head up slightly, the sun shiel will move. Not a desirable feature!
Robert L on Dec 18, 2015
I wanted an Arai Defiant Pro-Cruise, but the Cruise was not offered in Silver. So I just bought the Arai Defiant in Silver and am adding this to it.
Gerald B on Dec 11, 2015
My commute sometimes occurs during varying lighting conditions. I needed a visor that could help in both daylight and night.
Kendra on Dec 3, 2015
looked like a simple solution to the perennial problem and I needed a new shield anyway.
J B on Oct 9, 2017
Pretty good reviews and the youtube video was helpful. I needed something that would work in daylight and night.
Shane M on Sep 13, 2017
Is there a replacement just for the sun shield portion?
Reubin T on Sep 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: yeah and there is an XL version that is third party but I haven't tried it yet
Will this fit the Corsair X?
Trevor R on Feb 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Per the Revzilla description and the Arai web site, this will fit only models with SAI shield: Corsair-v, RX-Q, Signet-Q Series, Defiant Series, Vector-2.
Will the new pro shade system be equipped with a pinlock shield?
Mark M on Apr 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Pro Shade is compatible with the Max-V Brow Vent Pinlock but does not come with the Pinlock, from what I have found. They (Arai) are not very good at providing this info but do have a description on a Facebook announcement. I tried to post a link to that, but it won't let me. There are also various pictures of the Pro Shade both on and off helmet showing that it is Max-V BV Pinlock compatible.
I received the Pro Shade today, and installed it on my RX-Q. I haven't done any riding yet, but I noticed that while the shade locks securely at the raised position, when it sits at the lowered (down) position with just a light touch of finger the shade can be easily moved up or down a little bit (about 2mm). Is this a problem? Or at riding the wind would push it firmly against the visor?
He H on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I've been using my Pro Shade for about two weeks now both in town and on the highway at speed. It doesn't take much to lift the shade with your fingers but it stays put when riding. I have purposefully moved my head up and down and side to side to see if the shade would move on it's own, I could not see any movement, even on the highway. Love the shade, just wish it provided more coverage, have to wonder why Arai didn't make it taller!!!
Can this be mounted to the dual pane shield?
Tom L on Oct 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Mine is mounted to a dual pane face shield.
So I am assuming you can not ride with your clear visor up and sun visor down? Seems like a step backwards in my opinion if it is true. I know 4 or 5 years ago my brother had a helmet with an outside sun visor like this, which seemed to be the norm then till they started putting them inside.
A shopper on Jun 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Arai Pro Shade is an outstanding product. Cannot think of why you'd want to ride without the Arai face shield. The sun shade can be used or not. If you open the face shield the sun shade will also open. If you want to ride without a face shield, you should look at an open face helmet or a helmet with no shield, and just wear sunglasses. Most all Arai owners though want more, not less protection.
Will this fit my RX-Q that has a SAI-IC shield. the brow vents are smaller than that featured on helemts pictured?. thanks
Quin Y on Aug 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have the Signet Q w/ SAI-IC shield. I would have bought the RX-Q but the Signet Q fits my oval head better- extremely comfortable for my head shape. Both helmets are practically the same but the Signet -Q is slightly more oval.

I double checked before posting that RX-Q that has SAI-IC shield takes pro shade system- it does.

Can I make a suggestion though? I have a dark smoke insert on my SAI-IC face shield. I decided it would not be a good idea to transfer that to my pro shade SAI-IC shield, so instead I used the clear one, I had, too dark with the pro shade shield.

***The pro shade system comes with its own SAI pin lock ready face shield with its own brow vents if you are unclear on that point. *** The dark visor does not come all the way down to completely cover the other shield so takes some getting used to but I like it that way.
I have a Quantum DNA with a SAI shield. Will this shield fit my helmet?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It will go on but fits poorly with a 3/16 inch gap at the forehead shield contact point.
Seriously, why can't they just create a photo-chromatic shield ??? The r&d in this along with tooling must have cost at least as much as a P/C shield would have cost.
Glenn H on Jul 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Existing photochromics are less effective in sudden transitions (like in a canyon with shady parts) and lose even more effectiveness in temperature extremes.

They reportedly have a limited life span (~one year if used 5 days/week, according to a manufacturer of these) and do not darken as much as the dark tint on the Arai solution.

I imagine another reason Arai hasn't done this besides the above reasons is the obvious safety hazard of entering a freeway or mountain road tunnel with a visor that won't quickly go back to clear- lots of tunnels in Japan. The Arai Pro Shade is perfect for that sort of situation.

I will say with about 3000 miles of using this system, I have had no desire to use my standard visors. This thing really works.
I have an Arai Quantum helmet. Will it fit onto that?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I was told by Revzilla's excellent customer service folks that it will not fit. I just put one on my RXQ and it works a treat. The darkened portion could cover more of the lower portion, but I it's great to no longer need to carry sunglasses. You can feel the extra weight when closing ghe visor. With the shade and pinlock additions makes the Pro Shade the ultimate visor for touring.
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