SHARP Rating: Arai Chaser X
Key Features: Arai Chaser X
For and Against: Arai Chaser X
We've scoured the internet for owner's reviews and these are the key things they like and don't like about the Arai Chaser X.
- Superbly comfortable liner
- Feels quality
- Visor change is awkward
- Feels heavy compared to rivals
Description: Arai Chaser X
Chaser-X is the third Arai helmet using the new VAS (variable Axis System) technology that provides a significantly larger and smoother shell area above the SNELL test line, greatly enhancing the significant performance-looking helmet. The Chaser-X uses a completely new ventilation system derived from the RX-7V, which can be instantly recognised on top of the helmet by the large single intake duct. This Top Ventilation System comes from the diffuser system RX-7V. An anti-microbial fabric is lined to the replaceable interior. The Chaser-X features FCS (Facial Contour System) and a mini chin cover that is fixed and non-retractable. Also the chin vent is new, while the visor lock system developed in Formula One is the same as the one used on the RX-7V. All Chaser-X helmets come with a standard Max Vision visor with a separately packed Pinlock inlay lens inside the box.
Quiet, comfortable, and would definitely buy another. But is not as good as it should be for the price. I get rain entering even when the vents are closed, the visor can be difficult to open with gloves on and the pinlock does not seal completely resulting in misting on the inside.
I have had it checked to ensure that the pinlock was inserted correctly, unlike the older chasers there is no way of improving the seal. Rod G, SportsBikeShop customer
Always rely on an Arai
This is my fourth Arai helmet. I have tried other brands but keep coming back as the fit is so dependable. The black yellow chaser X looks great. It has a Matt finish which is not mentioned in the description but I like it. The new visor removal system is still a little fiddly and can be very difficult to open from locked. I actually liked the old much criticised system but we will see if this one gets better as I get more used to it.
I fitted a Sena speaker comms system easily. Plenty space for the speakers in the cheek pad recess. Negative points – the helmet is slightly heavier than my old Chaser. It’s also slightly noisier, similar to my RX7. Still extremely comfortable and dependable. I love my Arai’s.Davie H, SportsBikeShop customer
4 months on
I bought this helmet to replace a Scorpion EXO1000 Helmet. My gripe with the Scorpion was the heavy weight and liner material got uncomfortable on day long rides.The ventilation was awful, and it moved around a bit on my head, even with the inflatable cheek pads.
It feels half the weight of the Scorpion and the inner material is quite lovely. The vent system seems pretty good, although I’ve only had them open once since it’s been winter. It fits perfect and doesn’t move around on my head. It basically addresses all the issues I had with my scorpion. The pinlock visor and ventilation also prevents any fogging. Although the helmet is cooler in the winter than the scorpion, even with all vents closed.
It leaks through the chin vent in rain, and my mouth gets wet! This is the only reason I put it at 3 stars. I feel like for the expense of these helmets, this should not happen. There is also a little bit of a rattle in the helmet somewhere when riding at a certain speed. Not sure on this. It;s quieter than the scorpion, but I still feel like I need ear plugs for the wind noise.
I do experience more wind buffeting, but probably due to weight, and it doesn’t sit as low on my head, so I might need a taller visor. (Riding an 09 FZ6). There is not much room in the front, compared to the scorpion for a boom mic. I haven’t put my comm. on the helmet yet, but I don’t think I can tuck the mic. up front without feeling it with my chin, but I knew this before purchasing. Brian B, Revzilla customer
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