Top 5 Arai Helmets 2021

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Arai is one of the world’s leading motorcycle helmet manufacturers. The brand is known for producing some of the safest helmets on the market. Founded in 1926 by Hirotake Arai, this family-owned business continues to manufacture its helmets 100% hand-made. Since the beginning, their focus has been on comfortability, quality and safety. From full-face to adventure-touring, these helmets exemplify safety and quality. With the inclusion of technologies such as Arai’s Pro-Shade Visor and their signature R75 shell shape, this premium brand is always at the forefront of innovation without ever compromising on the safety of their helmets. We’ve compiled a list of Arai’s top 5 helmets of 2021 in Australia. If you’re looking for some of the best helmets on the market, Arai is the perfect brand for you.

Top 5 Arai Helmets in Australia 2021

  • RX 7V
  • QV-Pro
  • Profile-V
  • Chaser-X
  • Tour X4

Arai’s R75 Shape

Most of the helmets on this list feature Arai’s signature R75 shape. The R75 shape keeps the helmet smooth and round with a consistent radius of 75mm. This allows the helmet to “glance-blows”, so the impact force is dispersed rather than focused on one area. In turn, it significantly increases shock absorption, therefore making the helmet even safer.

The Pro-Shade Visor

Some of these helmets are also compatible with Arai’s Pro-Shade Visor. This innovation from Arai comes in the form of an external sun visor. You might be wondering, why not have an internal visor? Is this really any better? And the answer is a resounding yes! Having an external sun visor means that it won’t fog-up while riding. It also means there’s no hollow area inside of the helmet where an internal sun visor normally sits when retracted. Helmets with this hollowed-out section are normally more vulnerable in that spot, but having an external sun visor eliminates this vulnerability. The Pro-Shade can also be flipped up to become a peak. This visor is without a doubt, one of the best features any helmet can have.

Helmet Warranty

All Arai helmets have a 5-year limited warranty, which means they are serviceable only for the properly fitted first user for 5 years from the date of first use, but no more than 7 years from the manufacture date. Furthermore, all listed helmets are built for intermediate oval heads, which is the most common shape, with further adjustment enabled by a 5mm peel-away liner.

Arai RX 7V

Arai RX 7V Top 5 Arai Helmets in 2021
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-Face

Certifications: SHARP 5 Stars | Snell | DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Composite Fibre

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 5

Weight: 1.62kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor

Liner: Removable | Washable | Anti-Microbial

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Top of the Line Model

+ 5 Star SHARP rating

+ Has all the features you’d expect from Arai’s top model

Cons

Very Expensive

Incorporating all of the features sought after in other Arai models while being one of the safest helmets on the market, the RX 7V is the top-of-the-line Arai model. It’s the only Arai helmet constructed with a Peripherally Belted Structural Net Composite (PB-SNC 2) shell, which is both the strongest and most light-weight shell Arai offers. It also increases the vertical field of vision by integrating a slimmer band above your eyes without compromising integrity. This helmet also has Arai’s R75 helmet shape which allows it to “glace blows” and ultimately makes the helmet safer. Scoring a perfect 5/5 stars with SHARP, this helmet shows off everything Arai has learned and executes them to great effect.

This helmet features a total of six air vents on the front and seven exhausts, ensuring ventilation performance is unmatched compared to Arai’s other models. Noise is at an expected level for a racing helmet. Although it is a bit quieter than the previous model, the Arai RX 7. The additional chin curtain helps to further reduce noise levels.

There are also plenty of graphics and designs to choose from, including race replicas such as Pedrosa, Vinales, Haslam, and more.

The visor, of course, is Pinlock max vision compatible, which incorporates a custom-designed cavity area to maximise the anti-fog effectiveness in peripheral vision without interfering with the rubber trimming. Optionally, you can, for an additional cost, add an Arai Pro-Shade System, as this helmet is compatible.

Arai QV-Pro

Arai QV-Pro Top 5 Arai Helmets in 2021
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-Face

Certifications: SHARP 5 Stars | DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Fibreglass

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 3

Weight: 1.6kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor | Pro Shade System

Liner: Removable | Washable | Anti-Microbial

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ 5 Star SHARP rating

+ Comes with Arai Pro Shield System

+ Extremely comfortable

Cons

Costly

The QV-Pro, much like the RX-7V is packed full of features and continues to innovate the shell design. This model was designed for longer and more narrow heads, but would still suit rounder head shapes. The helmet uses a Peripherally Belted Complex Laminate Construction (PB-cLc2) outer shell making it incredibly safe. It also features Arai’s R75 helmet shape and “glancing blows” technology. A multi-density internal EPS liner also significantly improves the shock absorption in the QV-Pro.

Although the ventilation in this helmet isn’t as good as the RX-7V, the QV-Pro does incorporate the Arai Free Flow System (FFS). The FFS technology channels air underneath the helmet, increasing the hot air’s outtake, simultaneous reducing wind noise and turbulence. Optimising the internal pressure of the helmet to be lower than outside is important when creating effective ventilation systems. So, the pull-down chin spoiler greatly assists in the airflow and exhaust capabilities. With the inclusion of five intake vents and four exhaust vents placed strategically around the helmet, the QV-Pro features an exceptional ventilation system.

The QV-Pro is also compatible with Arai’s Pro Shade System and comes included in the box. This makes the QV Pro the only helmet in Australia to have the Pro Shade System included rather than having to buy the external sun visor as an accessory. By swapping out the initially installed clear visor with the Arai Pro Shade, you get all the benefits of a sun visor without any of the vulnerabilities.

Arai Profile-V

Arai Profile-V Top 5 Arai Helmets in 2021
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-Face

Certifications: DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Fibreglass Composite

Sizes: XS-XL

Shell Sizes: 3

Weight: 1.6kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor

Liner: Removable | Washable | Anti-microbial

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Premium Feel

+ Excellent Ventilation

+ Innovative Protection Features

Cons

Very Noisy

No SHARP rating yet

The Arai Profile-V is built from a fibreglass shell and serves as an entry-point to this premium brand. The helmet’s shell is built using Arai’s Peripherally Belted e-Complex Laminate Construction (PB e-cLc) technology. Safety is emphasized with an extra-strong band of reinforcement around the head. This, as well as the round shape, allows the helmet to glance blows and spread impact forces. However, this helmet has not yet been SHARP tested.

The chin vent is simple to operate on the go. The others require more practise before you’re about to adjust them while you’re out riding. Five intake vents, combined with four exhaust ports support the high level of ventilation. Unfortunately, this makes it a noisy helmet, despite including a chin curtain.

Lastly, the visor is easy to keep clear of fog and for an additional cost comes with Arai’s Pro Shade System to prevent sun glare. In conclusion, this helmet oozes quality in every part of the design.

Arai Chaser-X

Specs

Helmet Style: Full-Face

Certifications: SHARP 4 Stars | DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Composite Fibre

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 3

Weight: 1.6kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor

Liner: Removable | Washable | Anti-Microbial

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Not as expensive as others on the list

+ Easy to wear glasses in

+ Incorporates features from higher end models

Cons

Fairly heavy

For a mid-tier Arai helmet, the Chaser-X includes most of the features the other higher-end models do. It’s constructed from Arai’s Special Fibre Laminate 2 (SFL2), which, unfortunately, isn’t as light as their other shells. The helmet, however, does come packed with a multi-adjustable liner, which allows for a customisable fit, ensuring maximum comfort. It also includes six intake vents and four exhaust ports placed around the helmet to allow optimal air-flow, ensuring excellent ventilation. Plus, the Chaser-X is considerably quieter than most helmets.

This helmet even includes 5mm peel-away panels in the cheek-pads to allow extra space if you need it. The liner also has enough space to fit glasses comfortably. There are many designs, graphics & replica models to choose from. Plus, this helmet can fit most universal Bluetooth intercoms. The Chaser-X is also compatible with Arai’s Pro Shade system, however, it doesn’t come included with this helmet.

Arai Tour-X4

Specs

Helmet Style: Adventure

Certifications: DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Fibreglass

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 5

Weight: 1.7kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor

Liner: Removable | Washable

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Most versatile helmet by Arai

+ EQRS equipped

+ Very well ventilated and comfortable

Cons

No SHARP test yet

Very noisy, peak can vibrate

Marketed as an adventure helmet, the Tour X4 can actually be set up for a variety of uses: Adventure, Full Face and Motocross.

For a full-face setup, remove the peak. To use the helmet for Motocross, remove the visor and put on some goggles. If you’re using the helmet for adventure riding, put the visor back on along with the peak.

Unfortunately, the Tour X4 has not yet been SHARP rated, but it has been both ECE 22.05 and Snell certified. Plus it features an Emergency Quick Release System (EQRS) in the case of an accident. This allows the helmet to be removed with minimal movement of your head.

The Tour X4 has five intake vents, three exhaust ports and a diffuser located on the helmet’s top. This diffuser generates a venturi effect inside the helmet, which lowers the internal pressure and increases the speed at which the air circulates the helmet. Those characteristics make the helmet cooler and help expel hot air out of the exhausts with ease. The ventilation, as well as the peak vibrating, does, however, make the helmet a little noisy.

Furthermore, the peak is designed to snap off in the event of a crash, and is held in place by two nylon screws. Unfortunately, this is the only helmet on this list that is not compatible with the Arai Pro-Shade System.

Top 5 Arai Helmets of 2021 Final Thoughts

Our list of the top 5 Arai helmets in 2021 comprises some of the best currently on the market. The RX-7V is the clear winner from all of Arai’s helmet models. It’s packed with features has an incredible safety rating and is extremely comfortable. Although it lacks some of the extra features in the RX-7V, the QV-Pro still maintains the highest level of safety. It’s also the only Arai helmet currently sold in Australia that includes Arai’s Pro Shade System in the box. The Arai Profile-V has fewer features than the previous two models but comes at a more affordable price. Arai’s mid-tier helmet, the Chaser-X is a perfect entry point into this premium brand and the Tour-X4 is the perfect multi-purpose helmet.

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