When it came time to replace my well-worn Arai Vector helmet, I opted for Arai’s latest street offering, the RX-Q. To fit the widest range of head shapes, the RX-Q comes in an intermediate-oval shape rather than the long-oval architecture of the similarly priced Signet-Q.
Arai says the RX-Q’s aerodynamic tricks include a svelte, hand-formed shell that aids stability and quietness, especially in crosswinds or when looking back to check traffic. A new cheek pad design is intended to cradle the wearer’s jaw for better comfort and also helps block road noise.
Compared to the first-generation (2006-vintage) Vector, the RX-Q is slightly heavier, has a wider eyeport, removable liner and updated, easier-to-use vent switches. During a year of testing the new lid proved to be a good fit, exceptionally comfortable, optically correct and watertight.
The RX-Q is a quiet helmet, but picks up demerit points for the mild whistling that’s audible when the two top vents and the single rear vent are open. Other frustrations include Arai’s unique shield-change system; watch the included instructional DVD or risk breaking the mechanism! When the wide chin vent and two vents in the faceshield are open, the RX-Q flows a lot of air, which keeps you cool and dry during hot rides. Oddly for a street-biased helmet, the top vents work better in the chin-down position than a more natural upright position.
Arai calls the RX-Q “the ultimate street helmet,” built for experienced street riders in real-world conditions. We’re happy to report that it’s a step in the right direction and a welcome addition to Arai’s street lineup.
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Verdict 4 out of 5 stars
An evolutionary step in Arai’s street lineup.