New helmet....

Discussion in 'Gear & Apparel' started by HunterSon, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Has anyone here had both Arai and Shoei helmets? I take a large in Shoei and AGV and they are a snug but not uncomfortable fit. I was wondering how Arai helmets compared, if they size the same or they are a smaller/larger fit for the same size Shoei.
  2. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I'm told that you either have a Shoei head or an Arai head. I've tried both on and I have a Shoei head. (I don't own either, HJC is more in my price range.)
    Have a look at this website for lots of information:
    It is run by the guys at Hope this helps.
  3. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    I have an Arai Corsair v in addition to my two Shoei Hornets.

    I have to agree with Ross on this one, the Shoei's fit my head much better.

    Were you looking at a street oriented helmet or the XD Adventure helmet?

    I'm heading into town next week and can bring my Arai if you want to borrow and wear around the house for a few hours or what not lol. It's a L
  4. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I have one Shoei and 2 Arai. All size large. The Arai helmets fit me way better. Arai calls the two shapes I have "intermediate oval" and different types of Arai have different shapes but can still be a size large. I love each of them. You're welcome to try mine on for size.
  5. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I learned the hard way that you have to be really critical of comfort when trying on a new helmet. If it feels the least bit uncomfortable, try something different.
    If you purchase online, make sure that you can exchange for a different brand helmet if the one you received is not comfortable.
  6. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    I have both Arai DS and Shoei Hornet helmets. I have a round (fat head, and the Hornet fits better for me.
  7. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    I agree. The smallest amount of discomfort after a test fit of 2-3 mins usually multiples tremendously after an hour or so. Enough to ruin your day for sure
  8. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I am looking at getting an Arai CT-Z. I wore my old open face for a ride on the weekend and really enjoyed the unrestricted view. I like the look of the CT-Z because of the extended cheek area. I have never worn an Arai so I have no idea how it would feel. It sounds like a Shoei and Arai are sized the same for different shaped heads.

    I would like to try a large if someone is willing to let me. Do any of the MC shops in SinJohns carry Arai?
  9. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    They should all be able to order an Arai but I have only saw Honda One with them on display.

    Maybe a good excuse to ride to a Moncton and try one at Atlantic Motoplex...
  10. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Honda One has Arai, so does The Toy Box. Last time I was at The Toy Box they had the Arai open face on the shelf.
  11. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I don't mean to be a killjoy, but I wore open face helmets exclusively for the first 35 years of my riding "career", and only gave in to purchasing a helmet with chin protection after reading a study of motorcycle crashes that reported that over a quarter of them involve a "face plant" in the chin area. I always used the argument of better peripheral vision as an excuse to keep wearing open face helmets, but was greatful for having made the change when that deer hit my handlebar at 60mph, and sent me head first over the handlebars and onto the asphalt, where my chin was the first to hit, just before my right shoulder...I should have taken a photo of my helmet before I tossed it in the trash- there was a substantial gouge in the chin guard where I impacted. I hate to think what my face would have looked like if I had still been wearing an open face helmet.
    I don't know if Nolan helmets are available in NL, but for those open face afficionados out there, I bought the model N43, which has a removable chin guard (that I don't remove), that is very unobtrusive, but still offers full protection.
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  12. kojack

    kojack New Member

    I bought the new bell open face adv helmets last year for my wife and I....we love them, lightweight, comfortable, sun shade, full visor, sena adaptability etc. I think they are great.
  13. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    I almost got into an argument about peripheral vision and full face helmets the other day. Quality helmets give full range of vision. Same for goggles.
  14. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I have two quality helmets, a Shoei Hornet DS and an AGV AX8 Dual EVO. Both have eye ports much larger than basic street full face helmets. They still don’t have the same unrestricted view as my open face helmet.

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