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Old 11-06-2012, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As far as protection goes, is there any difference in any of the Arai full face helmets ?

Does one model provide better impact protection over another ?

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Old 11-06-2012, 10:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As far as protection goes, is there any difference in any of the Arai full face helmets ?

Does one model provide better impact protection over another ?

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All of the Arai helmets that I am familiar with meet the Snell 2010 standard.

A significant difference from one Arai model to the next is the shape of the crown. They used to make 3 different shapes to fit - a round head, an elliptical head, and an intermediate head. You pick your model based on how the top of your head fits the shell.

Arai also offers custom internal fit with various changeable pads. Some other companies also offer this feature (Shoei and HJC come to mind, but there are probably some others).

Arai does not make a moveable chin bar helmet and are on the record having said that they cannot make such a helmet to meet their own corporate safety standards.

Arai helmets are made by a small team of specialists in Japan. They are regarded by many to be among the very best helmets available.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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From my research there is no difference in safety features between the helmets. As someone previously stated there are differences in the shapes and weights, but all of them are Snell and DOT rated.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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from what I can make out the main difference between Arai helmets, besides head shape is price and graphics.
I have a Vector and is very well made and comfy. was also the cheaper in the different ranges
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Arai are premium helmets but a thing of beauty. Go to a shop and try all the others on first then slip on an Arai. I have an Arai head and nothing else works as well. My RX7-RR4 Doohan is still in like new condition after all these years.

These helmets come from a small factory over in Japan where quality counts before quantity.
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I managed to speak to a more mature aged helmet salesman who seemed to know what he was talking about, and he explained the Arai Corsair is more expensive than the Vector as the shell is manufactured out of a superior material that offers the same protection but is about 200 grams lighter, plus there were a few more subtle differences, one being the entire liner can be removed for cleaning.
plus he mentioned that Arai being a small company has used the one person for many years who oversees the finish and quality of all helmets they make
I having visited Japanese manufacturing factories many times, and can guarantee this gentleman would take his job very seriously
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Just picked up a frost black RX-Q to use on my 2011 Speed Triple... and after owning a Shoei RF1100, Suomy Spec 1-R and AGV GP-tech, I have to say the Arai is by far the nicest. I wore a medium in all three helmets, and then got sized professionally by the Arai specialist, and I am actually a small. I think sizing of the helmet will impact the safety of the helmet more than anything. That said, go with the model that fits your head shape and style of riding. If you're an intermediate oval head shape, the RX-Q is awesome for the street.
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I ended up getting a RX- Q from Helmet City. Kyle was excellent to deal with. I didn't have a stocking dealer in town, so he worked with me, sending helmets back and forth to try till I found my size. Thumb's up to Arai and Helmet City.
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Any reason not to buy an Arai online? I tried a Signet-Q at a dealer and medium fit well, I liked the looks of it. Its much cheaper online, so I'm tempted to buy but don't know the dangers of online sales of helmets. Thanks.
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I have a Signet Q. Love it. If you know your size and have tried on that model you should be good to go. Make sure that any savings is not lost I shipping charges


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