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post #1 of 3 Old 06-01-2014, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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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!

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-01-2014, 04:19 PM
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Here's another review:
Arai Pro Shade Review - webBikeWorld

They liked it, "All told, the Pro Shade system works very well and the sun shade provides good coverage with excellent optical quality. When engaged, the sun shade angles up on either side but I quickly became accustomed to it. The clear area below the sun shade allows a good view of the bike's instrument panel.

"I was surprised to find that there doesn't seem to be any difference in aerodynamics or sound levels with the Pro Shade installed. This is true whether the sun shade is raised or lowered; I just don't notice any difference."

"The Arai Pro Shade system works very well and provides good coverage with about the darkest legal tint available. The cost ($90+) is significant but if you can get over that, the Pro Shade is a worthwhile option."

About internal sun shades in helmets, they say, "the addition of an internal sun shade must be carefully designed and implemented so that it doesn't compromise safety. Some or most helmets with an internal sun shade have either a thinner shell in the forehead area or thinner EPS underneath (or both) to fit the device inside the helmet, which can compromise safety."

I'm considering one. I noticed at about age 60 that my eyes don't adjust to riding into shade after riding in sun as quickly as they used to. Being able to flip up the tint portion would be very good. I think a different Pin-Lock insert is needed to fit this new face shield; add that to the price.

"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.

"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."

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I believe that the system comes with pinlock but mine does not have it installed.

As I said, YMMV. What I did to help is I installed a Fog City (now under a different name) Speed Tint on my visor (not the pinlock one).

Ultimately, I guess what I am saying is, see if you can get it local / try it ahead of time. My Arai dealer offered it to me as he does not have a lot of feedback on it, so I am using his demo unit.

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