Arai Pro Shade system short review
First off, I was a bit skeptical to even try a system like this because I had a Nolan 102 helmet which had a similar system and found it very noisy, to the point where I took it off the Nolan and never rode with it.
I had an opportunity to borrow the Pro Shade system for a couple of days, on my RX-Q.
Overall, I found the experience quite conflicting:
I loved the shade part. I find the shade to be of very pleasant color and just right as far as position goes. I was able to ride pretty much directly into the sun with it lowered without any issues. Strangely, I did not find the shade cutoff to be distracting, even though it does not cover lower 1/4th (estimate) of the visor. I also loved how because of the curved nature, quick glances over the shoulder were also not problematic with the shade lowered. Lowering/rising action was easy to do.
Alas... I estimate that a good part of my riding time would be spent with shade in the raised position, and that is where the problems come. I ride with ear buds, always. One thing that was immediately noticeable was a consistent and quite noticeable low frequency rumble. It was very easy to reproduce and would get somewhat worse with speed increase. I expect this has a lot to do with bike wind management and your height, but the noise for me was significant enough that I will not be purchasing one.
As expected, there is some whistling and higher pitched noise when shade is both in raised and lowered position when you are turning your head, but that is not a problem, even though I have also noticed that shade in it's raised position does account for some added wind noise if you are riding with side winds present.
Improvements over Nolan system:
Just a final note for those that tried the Nolan external sun shade system before:
There is definitely an improvement here. The noise that Arai system makes is definitely less than what Nolan used to make. Additionally, the stability of it all is much improved. There is no distracting vibration of raised shade at higher speeds, and never did I feel that the shade would flip itself open like Nolan would sometimes do.
So there you go. As they say... YMMV!
09 WABS w. some farkles & teeth
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