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MaxPower MaxPower
7/1/2021 4:27 PM

In your opinion what helmet provides best protection for MX?

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RoflCopter726 RoflCopter726
7/1/2021 5:02 PM

The most expensive one you can afford that fits you properly.

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motoxxx599 motoxxx599
7/1/2021 5:04 PM

$10 head sound like something that will require $100 shot

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Falcon Falcon
7/1/2021 5:34 PM

I just purchased new helmet from a well-respected gear brand. It is the top-of-the-line model, all carbon, sweet graphics, and has placed very highly among poll results from people on this very forum. It has all the newest technology and all the bells and whistles. It is a VERY nice helmet.


And it cannot even hold the faintest whisper of a candle to any of the Arais I've worn over the past 24 years. NOT. EVEN. FUCKING. CLOSE.

I don't know; "protection" seems like a moving target. Some helmets save you from "the big one," and some save you from accumulating too many micro-impacts. I just can't help but feel like a lot of it is so much marketing BS. Go handle an Arai and check out the fit/finish/look/feel and maybe you'll agree. Comparing a VX-Pro to most other brands is like the difference between a BMW and a Mazda. Sure, the Mazda could be described as "nice," but... As for me, my next helmet and every one afterward will be an Arai.

Braaapin' aint easy.

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JMCR250 JMCR250
7/1/2021 6:15 PM

I've too have only worn Arais for the last 20+ years, for exactly the reasons you note. The first time I put on my first Arai was like a revelation. I doubt I'll change.

There are obviously other riders and other manufacturers who think that some of the newer designs are the way to go. Without solid scientifically collected and analyzed real world data (which we don't have), it's hard to say who is right or which helmet might be better in a given situation.

The old saying goes "tell me what kind of crash you'll have, and I can design a helmet guaranteed to protect you," (or something like that. I believe this is probably the case. Since none of us can know what kind of crash we'll have, all we can do is use high-quality products from reputable companies and keep our minds and eyes open to new data and theories on noggin protection.

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Johnny Ringo Johnny Ringo
7/1/2021 6:20 PM
Falcon wrote:

I just purchased new ...more

Arais are the best helmet and the most disliked on this website

Alright Lunger, Let's Do It

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tahoefd tahoefd
7/1/2021 7:03 PM

My last couple of helmets have been Arai. They fit my head really comfortably, the only quality helmet that does, and with their known safety it was a no brainer. That said, after reading a bunch about the new MIPS, etc., I tried on a 6D and it fit just as comfortable as the Arai. My dealer gave a price that I couldn't pass up on the 6D. So far I like it.

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Chance1216 Chance1216
7/1/2021 7:06 PM
motoxxx599 wrote:

$10 head sound like ...more

The gift that keeps giving

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TropicPilot TropicPilot
7/1/2021 7:24 PM

Having been stationed in the Philippines while in the Navy, I totally expected a different thread.

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Bnagazina Bnagazina
7/1/2021 7:24 PM

I wear Aria as well. Problem I have is that my googles pinch my nose shut when wearing the Aria vs a Bell helmets.

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jc34 jc34
7/1/2021 7:36 PM

I have a high $ arai street helmet that doesnt feel as safe as my 6D.

Watched a guy swap a landing and land hard on his head wearing what looked like a cheap fox or fly helmet. Was out cold for 15 seconds. Broke his collarbone I believe.

Helmet and boots are two things to splurge on in my opinion.

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WhatsStoppingU WhatsStoppingU
7/1/2021 8:26 PM
jc34 wrote:

I have a high $ arai ...more

What do you consider “safe feeling” for a helmet?

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TeamGreen TeamGreen
7/1/2021 8:57 PM

I’ve taken some SERIOUS falls in an SE4. From a high-speed cartwheel that smacked my head on a rock while on a FE501 out at Ft Irwin to a recent Endo off of a table top at Pala where the bike smashed the back my head and drove me/the front of my helmet into the ground.

I know what I’ve survived wearing this helmet for the last 5 years. I don’t have to “believe” & I don’t just “have an opinion”.
I know.
From doing things the hard way.

So, to Troy Lee & company…I’ll just say,”Thanks”

Nobody ever told me, I found out for myself. You've got to believe in foolish miracles. It's not how you play the game, it's if you win or lose. You can choose. Don't confuse. Win or lose. It's up to you!

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Moto520 Moto520
7/1/2021 9:06 PM

Buy one of these: Troy lee se4, bell flex, 6d art-2, fly formula.

The rest have, for one reason or another, not been reviewed as high. Safety on the preceding is at the highest level with any of those helmets coming out on top in regards to safety.

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Moto520 Moto520
7/1/2021 9:07 PM

Research it all you want……those are the cliff notes

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levimx22 levimx22
7/1/2021 9:11 PM

never wore arai, but the ad i got in this thread is enticing... Photo

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MKMX MKMX
7/1/2021 10:43 PM

Try on as many different helmets as you can (from the brands you’d consider buying) and purchase the best fit.

The “best helmet with the greatest technology” isn’t as effective if it’s a poor fit.

There are far too many variables for anyone to definitively prove what is the “best helmet” there is only the best helmet for the rider.

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Miezie666 Miezie666
7/2/2021 12:17 AM

it seems like helmets are some kind of fashion thing nowadays?!

every company wich was selling boots, gear etc now is selling helmets...

I have had several arai and shoei helmets and i must say i stick with them, when i need a new inner liner- i can get parts in a couple of days, if the visor breaks i have no worries getting a replacement in a short time.
I have most of my helmets from the last 25 years and these still looking usable- i ve seen 5 year old "fashion brand" helmets with the chain band falling off due to a rotten/rusted metal pin...

I m sitting on a 15 year old bike which is worth maybe 2000€ - but i have proper safety gear (shoei helmet, gearne boots, orthema and EVS protectors)- i would say my saftey gear has a similar value in comparison to my bike!

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mx317 mx317
7/2/2021 5:52 AM

I’ve wore Arai for many years and it’s a very nice helmet. I currently am wearing a 6D because of their rebuild policy. I crashed in a two week old Arai and knocked myself out. I sent it in to be checked and it was toast, a wall hanger. The shell wasn’t even scratched but they don’t repair them. 6D has a rebuild program to rebuild a helmet in cases like this. That sold me on the 6D, but nothing is as comfortable on my head as an Arai.

Take it to the limit, one more time!

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GrapeApe GrapeApe
7/2/2021 6:01 AM

Arai is the Suzuki of helmets

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Jack_Mehoff Jack_Mehoff
7/2/2021 6:31 AM

Which ever helmet you pick I am sure you will be good at polishing it.

In all serious Ness I have done a lot of ” Field testing” on various brands and my favorite was the 6d. The technology is also pretty amazing and seems to combine a lot of other brands ideas into one. Congratulations if you made it this far, nobody really gives a shit about anybody else's opinions in these threads anyways

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TeamGreen TeamGreen
7/2/2021 7:31 AM
GrapeApe wrote:

Arai is the Suzuki of ...more

You’re getting people angry for telling the truth…

Nobody ever told me, I found out for myself. You've got to believe in foolish miracles. It's not how you play the game, it's if you win or lose. You can choose. Don't confuse. Win or lose. It's up to you!

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ZOBITO ZOBITO
7/2/2021 7:36 AM

Arais are REALLY comfy, like a charentaise slipper.
laughing
But as far as tech and looks go, they've become really oldschool...

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ZOSICK ZOSICK
7/2/2021 8:01 AM

I wear the F2 Carbon and my son wears the Formula. I really like the Formula, it's lightweight and has a lot of nice features. The are kinda expensive but it is what it is.

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Falcon Falcon
7/2/2021 8:21 AM
ZOBITO wrote:

Arais are REALLY comfy, ...more

I always say, "putting an Arai on your head is the 2nd-best feeling you can get by putting a body part into something." laughing

Tech and looks - yes. They are very old-school. I'd love a redesign, but that's part of their safety philosophy.

Braaapin' aint easy.

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CKNY CKNY
7/2/2021 9:24 AM
ZOBITO wrote:

Arais are REALLY comfy, ...more

Falcon wrote:

I always say, "putting an ...more

Their safety philosophy is to not make a safety device any safer?

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Mr. Afterbar Mr. Afterbar
7/2/2021 9:28 AM
Falcon wrote:

I just purchased new ...more

Johnny Ringo wrote:

Arais are the best helmet ...more

Nice things aren’t for everyone. Their history speaks for itself.

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Mr. Afterbar Mr. Afterbar
7/2/2021 9:35 AM
ZOBITO wrote:

Arais are REALLY comfy, ...more

Falcon wrote:

I always say, "putting an ...more

CKNY wrote:

Their safety philosophy is ...more

Their safety philosophy is a round shell with break away parts unlike these helmets on the market today with scoops and lines that will catch on the ground potentially causing more injury and impacting rotational forces in a negative way. . MIPS is a rotational thing which Arai addresses in a different way. I have a Bell also and I don’t feel any safer when wearing it. Not nearly as comfortable as my older Arai, but still a nice helmet.

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Johnny Depp Johnny Depp
7/2/2021 9:39 AM

The old saying ain't so true anymore. China can copy anything, and there are more than a few bargain priced helmets that mimic the new technology to some degree.

That being said, I bought a Kali for my primary helmet after learning a lot in an older thread here.

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philG philG
7/2/2021 10:01 AM
TropicPilot wrote:

Having been stationed in ...more

Having not being stationed in the Phillipines , i am still thinking the same as you .

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