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Arai - Signet Q Riders Review

Arai Signet Q with Laurel graphic - Rider Review

The Signet Q is a full-face sport helmet that takes technologies and construction methods gleaned from the race track. These attributes are incorporated into a high-performance street helmet. 


Our short take on the Signet Q is that it's a fantastic helmet and the Laurel graphic is amazing. I haven't really been a fan of graphic helmets but this one has changed my mind. It's a GREAT looking helmet - especially with the black visor. The black visor blends in with the black graphics on the helmet for a really integrated look. 


You'd be hard pressed to find much to dislike about this helmet. Construction is top notch, visibility is great, ventilation is excellent. It's a great helmet. The only thing is - it's not cheap. Canadian online retailers are selling them for around $770 CDN. Sometimes you do get what you pay for and I don't think you'd be disappointed in this purchase. It is an expensive helmet so be sure to have it properly fitted.

The only slight niggles if I were forced to come up with any would be that there is an abundance of vents on the helmet and it can be a bit complicated to adjust them all while on the move. There's a total of five vents on the front of the helmet - which are all operated separately and a single exhaust vent (opens/closes two vents) at the rear. The front chin vent is near the bottom edge of the face shield and you usually end up touching the face shield when making adjustments, which could lead to scratches or smudges from your gloves. It is really low on the helmet so even if you do end up with scratches or smudges I don't think it would affect visibility all that much.

The numerous vents could be considered a major benefit too because you have a lot of options to customize air flow. The in-visor vents (also referred to as brow vents) are pretty nice and they direct air towards, you guessed it, your brow. Arai believes it's the best way to provide that sort of venting because they want to minimize openings so near what is already the biggest opening in the helmet shell - the facial opening. I felt like it works quite well.


Some notable features:

- Lots of venting, a total of 7 vent holes. 5 in the front and 2 exhaust vents
- Optimized R75 shape
- Chin spoiler (can be pulled down to block wind a bit more in the chin area)
- Fantastic graphics
- Top notch construction and materials
- Includes pinlock ready shield

Full details:

Arai has been making helmets for a long time and according to them: "Arai is not some massive corporation run by rotating boards of directors with rotating missions, all of which have one thing in common: more profits and cheaper productions costs. Arai is a small family company, driven by the same family, with the same mission, through three generations-three generations that have all been riders. This fact tends to make you look at things differently than the big guys do.

Aria don't build Arai helmets to meet any safety standards; we build them to EXCEED the standards. At Arai, safety standards like Snell or DOT are the baseline, not the goal. Why? Because standards create minimum criteria. And while many helmet makers design their helmets to meet those minimums, "good enough" has just never been good enough around here. Not for us, not for the riders we serve. (Remember, we answer only to ourselves.) The absence of exaggerated edges or protrusions in the shell is not a lack of creativity, but a commitment to maintaining the integrity of the shell with impact performance in mind.

Our standards are made for the real world. The world of distracted drivers, unpredictable situations, sharp angles. Things that don't move when you hit them. A world you can't duplicate in a controlled, predictable testing laboratory environment looking for a common denominator. For example a major feature of the Signet Q is the shape and exterior pieces - It's a very smooth design without a lot of big pieces on the exterior to catch on anything should the rider be involved in an accident. You definitely don't want your helmet catching on anything if you're sliding along the pavement!

While outwardly nearly identical to the RX-Q, on which it is based, the Signet-Q interior is a world apart. In simple terms the Signet-Q is an elongated version of the RX-Q, adding 5mm front to back, providing the room necessary for a truly Long-Oval (L/O) interior.  This L/O shape can trace its roots directly to the legendary Signet series, the namesake of this new model. The “Q” designation signifies the innovations and benefits proven so successful on the RX-Q.


The elongated shell and interior liner, front to back, give the new Signet-Q the ability to end forehead pressure and hot spots for riders whose heads are significantly longer front to back and narrower side to side. For head shapes that are longer, but still have a bit of width, the Signet-Q interior head liner has 5mm peel-away pads on both sides to allow the rider to micro-fit themselves without the need to change size or purchase optional comfort liners. The Signet-Q is the result of Arai’s long history of understanding the complexity of the relationship between head size and head shape.



RESOURCES:

Arai America's website - Signet Q section.