Gear

Arai MX-V

I have a small gripe. A feature I don’t like on an otherwise exceptionally good helmet. The vents detach way too easily.

To clarify, I really really like this helmet. It’s comfortable and fits snug, and I have confidence in it’s ability to protect my head if it comes to it. If I crack my head off a tree (and I have), I want the vents to detach. I want the helmet to absorb the impact and be destroyed, and in that way somehow keep the impact force away from the head that’s inside it.

This is the whole reason I wear a helmet. Cars have crumple zones, and helmets have outer shells and foam that is designed to absorb one decent impact. I 100% want the vents to detach from the helmet with an impact, than snag my head and apply any rotational forces.. but.. do they really have to detach every time they brush past a twig? they just seem a bit too eager to separate themselves from the helmet at any opportunity.

I know it says “MX” in the model name so its probably designed for motocross, but sure I’m not the only one using it for offroad trail and enduro riding. Maybe there should be an ‘enduro’ version with stronger vent attachments?

It seems that even the slightest brush with a branch can detach a vent and in the space of 6 months I’ve lost the upper vents 4 times.

On 3 of these occasions I managed to retrace my route and find the vent, but on the most recent spin last week I couldn’t find it, and I had to order new replacement.

Which brings me to the second gripe. £40!!! For these plastic vent covers!!! Seriously?

I really like this helmet. But losing vents all the time is kinda annoying. If they were £5 each I’d buy a few and not worry about it, but at £40 a pop it’s too much.

Having said all that, it’s a really nice, quality helmet. The fit is great, and the ventilation and level of protection is top class. Cheek pads are easily removable, and their covers washable. It’s a really good lid.

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