Arai XC Open Face Motorcycle Helmets Launched

Japanese motorcycle helmet maker Arai has always struggled to be one step ahead of its direct competitors, both in terms of design and in respects to the quality it offers. Now Arai aims to “redefine how open-face helmets are supposed to look—and protect”, according to the company.

The manufacturer is trying to do that with the launch of new Arai XC series, an open-face helmet range that comes with an extended coverage of the lower jaw-cheekpad area. This reportedly 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.

Arai seem proud of their new helmets noting they are reminded of ‘an ancient Greek warrior’s helmets with the jaw extensions’ but are quick to point out the company’s ‘objective is to build a better helmet for riders.’

There are two models in the new XC series: standard XC and XC-RAM. The RAM’s upper-vent system is borrowed directly from the top-of-the-line race helmet, the Corsair-V, thus providing improved airflow and helmet stability. It also has a fully-removable Arai Dry-Cool liner.

The standard XC model’s ventilation utilizes Arai’s TDF-3 and DDL-4 intake and exhaust vents taken directly from the Arai’s “ultimate street helmet,” the RX-Q. Side cowl exhausts complete the XC’s advanced ventilation package.

A vented neck roll on both models takes advantage of existing airflow from around the rider’s neck to further enhance helmet ventilation by extracting more heat build-up from the interior.

Like all Arai helmets, the XC series is handmade in Arai’s storied environment of skilled artisans rather than the alternative of mass production. They are available in sizes are XS through 3XL in four solid colors: Diamond White, Aluminum Silver, Black Frost, and Diamond Black. Suggested retail price for the XC is $499.95, and $559.95 for the XC-RAM.


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