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Experience makes the difference

20 years ago, there was a big difference in helmets, so it was much easier to separate the good from the bad. Today, although more helmets look the same, there can still be a major difference between them. For example, people look basically the same on the outside. But this tells us nothing about the person on the inside. It's the same with helmets. They're all round, hard and shiny. And most carry many of the same certification standards that have now become the only way for many to judge a helmet's worth. However, even though these helmets may carry the same decals certifying that they passed the minimum criteria for a given standard, it doesn't tell you anything about what's inside. The fit, the comfort. The quality. But Arai is different. Arai designs the best helmet we can for comfort, fit, and a host of other criteria. Then we submit it for safety standards acceptance (which we pass with room to spare). In other words, Arai designs its helmets first for you, the rider — and second to pass a standards test. Some helmet companies have their priorities wrong and do it the other way around.


Over 50 years devoted solely to the advancement and innovation of helmet design and safety. Because of our many design innovations, Arai helmets have actually been exhibited in art museums.


Mr. Hirotake Arai, a hat maker by trade, started his company over 65 years ago. He was a craftsman, a perfectionist - and a motorcycle rider. Today, his son Michio "Mitch" Arai, another lifelong rider, runs the company. And Mitch's son, Akihito, is now the third generation. If your family name was on your product, how well would you make it?


Every Arai helmet is virtually 100% handmade. Each craftsman signs the helmet shell along the way. And every helmet is hand inspected at least three times during construction. Not every hundredth helmet, or every tenth one — every single helmet.


The only helmet company we know of with a single quality standard for all its helmets. No "special one-off" helmets for our A-list racers. Every Arai built for every rider has the same singular devotion to quality, comfort, and fit. (In the words of "Mitch" Arai,: "How can you say one person's head is worth more than another's?")


American riders have ranked Arai Helmets Number One in customer satisfaction in all seven J.D. Power and Associates Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Studies! Seven years in a row, no other helmet company has ranked higher than Arai.


Arai isn't only the choice of countless motorcycle champions and racers — including all four U.S. MotoGP riders. Arai auto-racing helmets dominate the F1 grid, chosen by new champion, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen in second, and four of the top five drivers ... Sebastien Bourdais, winner of the last two ChampCar championships ... IRL Indy cars' Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti among others ... And NASCAR® heroes like Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, and Jamie McMurray. Quite an accomplishment for such a small company. There must be a reason.


The first helmet company to offer a full 5-Year Limited Warranty — 12 years ago! Only recently have a couple others extended their warranties past one year. (How many cheaper helmets can a typical rider go through in the lifespan of one 5-year warranted Arai?)


An Arai doesn't just feel good for an hour or so. It's made to feel good all day — and to keep feeling good for years, long after cheap helmets have become loose and shabby. You can't always see the reasons why, but they're there: lower weight from proprietary aerospace fiberglass. Lower center of gravity and better weight distribution to reduce fatigue. Softer multiple-density liners materials that conform to your head shape. Ventilation systems that work - extremely well! Superb scratch-resistant face shields with less distortion. There are no "minor" parts of an Arai helmet. Every part is interrelated. The result: You feel good and you want to keep riding.


No one can predict the angle, severity, speed, obstacles or conditions of a crash. Arai's emphasis is on the broader potential, not the minimums required by some standards. But despite this level of protection, Arai helmets still maintain super-soft liners for all-day comfort and fit, not to mention better performance across the broad potential of impacts, from minor to severe.


We believe no helmet manufacturer in the world makes their shells the Arai way. We craft all of our shell designs by hand. Then we use the most advanced five-point laser scanning system, combined with the latest CAD/CAM software, to copy, to completely reproduce exactly what our craftsmen have created to a level of detail never before achieved.

Arai does not let the computer design or alter the shell. We design it. We hold it and look at it; we feel its lines and aerodynamic flow. We believe that this is a more natural, organic way to design shells because there is nothing 'organic' about a computer screen.

A computer extrapolates what it thinks it needs to complete the helmet design. But because computers are not human, they treat helmet design and the human skull as a 'mathematical' problem. They do not understand the infinite variations of the human skull pertaining to comfort and fit. Arai does. Thank you

Arai Fit Return Policy

After many years of listening to rider feedback, we have found that satisfaction with a helmet - any helmet - starts with your understanding the importance of fit. Most importantly, understanding how proper size and fit affect how a helmet performs during everyday riding, and how uninformed purchasing decisions can affect that performance.

While getting the proper size and fit on something as important and personal as a helmet can occasionally even be difficult in person in a store, this difficulty can be greatly compounded when your only contact is via phone, fax or email and there is no hands-on, in-person help with the fitting process. Which is why, with little or no actual firsthand knowledge at your disposal on how to size and fit a helmet, Arai sincerely encourages you to not make this decision lightly. (Any price savings are soon negated by having to wear a helmet that feels and fits wrong every time you put it on!)

1. MEASURING: Have someone measure the circumference of your head with a cloth measuring tape – available cheaply at any fabric store - taking special care to measure at the largest circumference (i.e. where your head is biggest; typically at just above the eyebrows, around the head to include the largest “bump” at the back of your head.) The tape must be pulled tight, and the measurement taken.

2. SNUG VS. LOOSE: A helmet that slips on easily may offer an initial impression of comfort and proper fit, but after time can become too loose and move around on your head, allowing more wind noise to get in and also causing more discomfort and fatigue as you struggle to keep your head from getting buffeted in the wind. Like a properly-fit pair of shoes, a helmet needs to settle in over time, so be sure to consider this “relaxing” of the interior when buying your new helmet. Your initial fitting goal, then, should be for a snug fit.

3. FACIAL FIT: This is a common problem with riders who have a full face, jaw, or cheeks because it often results in the mistake of “fitting your face” instead of your head, and choosing a larger size in order to get the helmet on past your face. The problem is compounded again because in a mail-order/Internet purchase there is no in-person helmet fitter to help. Remember, first get your correct head size (Step #1 and link). You’ll yell and scream the measured-size will never fit, but respectfully, we’ve heard that before. When you order your helmet, consider ordering one of Arai’s optional thinner-cheek pad sets for your model. Swap the pads to the thinner ones. Bingo!

4. SIZE COMPARISONS: The helmet size you’re wearing now doesn’t count in ordering a new helmet. A previous or current helmet in the same brand, model and size - even if an Arai - may not offer the same fit as a current model or size you’re considering. Why? The natural evolution of design and the use of new materials can affect – and alter - the size and fit of a new model. Arai offers several interior shapes to give you the most possible opportunities to find one that best fits your head shape. How can you determine which is best suited for you? In general, Arai interiors for the North American markets are based on an oval shape orientation (somewhat longer front-to-back and a little narrow from side-to-side). Our models then vary slightly based on that general Oval shape to accommodate a much wider fit range LONG OVAL (very long front-to-back, very narrow side-to-side). On this end of the scale, we have the new Profile model, offering additional forehead room for those who find that most helmets have pressure points in the forehead.

INTERMEDIATE OVAL (a little shorter front-to-back and a little wider side-to-side). This next fit package comes in our RX-7 CORSAIR model, which begins the shift from oblong towards round.

ROUND OVAL (even a little shorter front-to-back and a little wider side-to-side). This last fit package is shared between our Quantum-2 and Astral-X models. However, because the Quantum-2 has a fully removable liner and the Astral-X has a non-removable head liner, side-by-side fit comparisons can reveal a personal preference for one over the other.