Arai claims it's taken everything it knows about making a super lightweight, super ventilated race helmet, everything it knows about making a comfortable, high quality road helmet and combined the best of both into the new Arai RX-Q. Headlining the new features are an extremely wide visor aperture, specially constructed cheekpads that now cradle your head from below in the aim of drastically impro...


Arai claims it's taken everything it knows about making a super lightweight, super ventilated race helmet, everything it knows about making a comfortable, high quality road helmet and combined the best of both into the new Arai RX-Q. Headlining the new features are an extremely wide visor aperture, specially constructed cheekpads that now cradle your head from below in the aim of drastically improving comfort, ventilation that increases airflow while decreasing wind noise and a shell that's both stronger and features a larger opening for easier ingress and egress.
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Drawing comparisons between the RX-Q and the Quantum 2 that Arai is

adamant the the new helmet doesn't replace is inevitable. How can

something be lighter, offer more vision or better ventilation without

an example of what it's lighter, more or better than? Cutting through

the silly marketing-speak, you actually get to a valid point; where the

Quantum 2 was built down to a still fairly substantial price, the RX-Q

is a completely new design that aims to be the premier road-focussed

helmet in the world, cost be damned. It costs $540 for plain colors,

identical to the Quantum 2 and considerably cheaper than the $770 Arai

Corsair V.


So with the same price, what makes the RX-Q so much more special than

the Quantum 2? What makes it so much cheaper than the RX-7 if it's so

high-spec?


Let's begin by comparing it to the Quantum 2. Like that helmet, the

RX-Q's shell is made from Arai's second tier Super Complex Laminate

Construction, but over the Quantum 2, the RX-Q gains a more aerodynamic

and stable shape, has a 10mm wider visor aperture and now features

something Arai's calling a "Hyper Ridge" that encircles the bottom of

the shell, allowing for a larger head hole while increasing strength,

improving aerodynamics and lowering the center of gravity (presumably

by combining the two traits of being heavy and close to the bottom).


The RX-Q is also said to ventilate more efficiently at lower speeds

(good for the road) while performing the typically counter proportionate

trick of reducing noise. That newfound airflow appears to be down to

the revised rear spoiler/air vent and the new side vents, but Arai also

claims its heavily reworked the way in which air flows through the

helmet's interior. The company doesn't quote any figures stating

exactly how much more air is flowed. The reduced noise is down to two

things, that revised airflow and the new cheekpads.


Other than to note in passing that Arai offers its in a variety of

sizes for a tailored fit, cheekpads aren't something I believe I've

ever written about before. Arai says these new cheekpads are "very

labor intensive and costly to make" and are hand constructed from 12

separate pieces. They feature a "sculpted flange" underneath the jaw

that creates a better seal against noise entering from below. That

flange also cradles the head from underneath, providing a new facet for

comfort. They also feature an emergency cheekpad removal system that

enables emergency responders to more easily remove your helmet in the

event of you being unconscious, thereby reducing the chances of neck

injury.



Oops, we've gotten ahead of ourselves. File the cheekpads under "items

unique to the RX-Q, not shared with the Corsair V," so now we can move

on to what it does share. The big deal here appears to be the new 10mm

wider visor aperture and the visor that's designed to go with it. In

addition to increasing peripheral vision, that visor feature little

winglets on the outside of the upper edges designed to again reduce

noise and turbulence too.


The RX-Q also features an interior shape modeled after that of the very

spherical Corsair V, but elongated slightly to offer a good fit to a

wider range of people. Like the Corsair V, the RX-Q is also available

in five different shell sizes ranging from XXs to XXL.


Arai's not quoting an official weight for the RX-Q, but we'd expect it

to come in around the same as the Quantum 2: 1624g for a size medium.

That's fairly average for a helmet at this price level and radically

low weight isn't something that Arai is known for. Like the Corsair V,

we expect the RX-Q to satisfy boy ECE R22-05 and SNELL M2010 standards.


If all the above sounds like I'm trying really hard to be critical of

the RX-Q, it's because I'm trying to impartially evaluate it. Arai's actually one of the only companies

in the motorcycle industry that I'm an unreserved fan of. They build

all their helmets by hand in Japan and are a family-owned company,

meaning they're free to pursue quality products over eeking out every

last cent of profit. I've covered hundreds of thousands of miles in

Arai helmets and even had a terrible crash in one and not once have I

ever found a single thing to fault with any of its products. I've

simply enjoyed the knowledge that I had the safest, most well made,

most comfy helmets in the world. I even like the much maligned visor

mechanism. So I'm probably not the person to objectively evaluate the

RX-Q based on initial information about it. As far as I'm concerned,

the RX-Q is an Arai and that means it's going to be a great helmet.

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