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Arai are renwand for making excelent quality helmets that are specially designed to not only look good but to serve the purpose they were intended for and protect your head in an impact.
This helmet was available in 7 different paint jobs not just the one pictured above, the graphics on all the helmets are excelent and to a very high standard, I had my helmet for 4 years before I got a new one.
This is a full face helmet so is road legal and is the predocessor of the quantum 2, it is a light weight fiber glass helmet so no neck strain from wearing it and it has a realy comfortable interior making it a pleasure to wear. The cheek pads are removable and available in different sizes so you can adjust this to fit you perfectly and are removable for washing.
It has rear air vents to keep your head cool wholst wearing it and does a great job of protecting your head in an impace as the fiber glass disperses the impact energy so it isnt on one spot.
When these first came out they retailed at around £500 which is to be expected for an item of this quality but people were not willing to part with this large sum of money so prices started to drop as the item got older.
You can still buy this helmet now on places like ebay but I would be wary of this as a helmet cannot be used again after impact and it is not always possible to tell just from looking at it if it has had an impact and helmets have date stampas of when they were produced, I saw one on ebay last night trying to sell a 2000 date stamped helmet, you should replace your helmet every 5 years for saftey reasons so technically this helmet may look like new but is 3 years past its use by date.
Having been riding bikes for the last 12 years I have needless to say had numerous lids. Some very good, some not so good. Riding over 1000 mile a week commands spending that extra amount and having the best. Having found the best in the Quantum F I dont feel in the least bit short changed. The fit was perfect, and the quality excellent. I found the visor easy to use, and the exellent ventelation system prevented misting saving having to raise the visor, even at lights etc! The quick visor change was easy to use, and the quality re-assuring. I would recommend this product to bikers everywhere.
In my experience Arai make one of the most comfortable helmets in the world. I have been riding for over seven years now and one of indisputable facts is that rider comfort will affect how well you ride. It's easy to understand that if you are cold and wet you will not react as well to situations than if you are warm and dry. A comfortable helmet will also have an impact although it can be less obvious. In my opinion a helmet should fit snugly all the way around your head, there should be no area of your head which feels like it's being pressed in by the helmet. The chin strap should be exerting a gentle downward pressure on the whole helmet preventing it from being lifted off by force, it should not be digging into your jaw line cutting off circulation to your brain. With the helmet on you should be able to see out clearly, not having to move your head around to look from the road to the clocks or mirrors, unless your hugging the fuel tank. You should be able to hear the bike without being deafened by the wind at speeds of 70-80 mph. Some people suggest that the quieter the helmet the better but personally I find that can become a bit too scary. If you become acoustically isolated from your situation you can be lulled into a false sense of security, you can be going faster than you realise or not hear enough of your surroundings to react to them, i.e Emergency services. Some level of venting is essential particularly for summer riding; it can get very hot otherwise. The last aspect of any full-face helmet is the visor. This should have a smooth action, be easy to operate whilst riding and be relatively easy to remove for routine cleaning. Why have I mentioned all that without referring to the Quantum F, well in my opinion it exceeds in all those areas. Each manufacturers has an 'average' head shape that they tailor their helmet around so you may find another manufacturer h
as a head mould more like yours. Arai could have shaped their helmet around my head. The fit is snug and almost feels claustrophobic for a second until you realise that it is cushioning your head perfectly. The chinstrap is the double D type, a standard among the better quality helmets. The loose end of the strap has a popper on it which allows to clip it up out of the way once it's done up. This is a nice touch as the free end can flap about becoming quite painful at higher speeds. The double D system has a tab on one of the D rings to make it easier to undo, again a thoughtful touch. The overall helmet shape and visor area gives superb visibility; the edge of the helmet is really only just visible in the periphery of your vision. The helmets shape also makes looking over your shoulder easier than some other manufacturers that can catch on your shoulder. With the visor fully closed and all the vents shut it is a quiet helmet but not overly so, with the vents and visor open it does not become a great deal louder. It is possible to open the visor in such a way as to create a high-speed whistle, but that takes more concentration that it deserves if you’re travelling at speed. There is a single vent in the chin which is easily operated whilst riding, there are two inlets at the top of the visor, another two on the top of the helmet and then four outlets at the back of the helmet. All of the inlets can be open or shut as required and two of the four outlets can be controlled in the same way. Two of the outlets, at the base of the helmet at the rear remain open at all times. Having used the helmet through winter I can say that it retains heat very well but I have yet to use it through a summer. I would say that the visor is almost the crowning aspect of this helmet. It has a totally smooth action whilst in use and is amazingly easy to remove. There are two techniques to remove the vi
sor, one detailed in the manual that comes with it and the otherused by everyone who owns one of these helmets. I will not try to describe the technique here as I would not want to be responsible for someone misunderstanding what I was trying to describe and damaging their new helmet...although I would be surprised if that ever occurred. Ask a sales assistant to demonstrate as it is something they all seem to take great pleasure in doing. The crux of it is that you can remove the visor in less than 20 seconds with no tools. The visor is also incredibly strong. On two occasions the sales staff removed the visor and then bent it across their knee so that it was going from concave to convex.... what a test. In my opinion this is a top quality helmet.