The brand new Arai XC series "redefines how open-face helmets are supposed to look-and protect," according to the company. The most telling feature is the extended coverage of the lower jaw-cheekpad area that offers more facial coverage without sacrificing the traditional open feel of the helmets. With the XC, the lower jaw now extends 1 3/16 inches forward compared to previous-and traditional-open-face three-quarter shape helmets. The look itself is intriguing. Someone at Arai has compared the look to that of "an ancient Greek warrior's helmets with the jaw extensions. Definitely cool. But like everything we do, primarily, our objective is to build a better helmet for riders."