MO Tested: Arai Corsair-X Review

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By Evans Brasfield

Arai Corsair-X

Editor Score: 92.75%

Aesthetics 9.0/10
Protection 10.0/10
Value 8.25/10
Comfort/Fit 9.0/10
Quality/Design 10.0/10
Weight 9.0/10
Options/Selection 9.0/10
Innovation 9.75/10
Weather Suitability 9.5/10
Desirable/Cool Factor 9.25/10
Overall Score 92.75/100

Premium helmets have always shipped at a premium price, and it’s often been said (even by myself) that the only real difference between premium helmets and bargain ones are the comfort features, like weight, venting, liners, and aerodynamics. Arai wants to correct the misconception that less expensive helmets are just as safe as the premium ones. While they have undergone the same certification testing, Arai stresses that, depending on the certification being sought, having the helmet manufacturers know the exact location of the impact measurements and the order in which they will be applied makes it possible to game the system. To wit, helmets can be constructed to pass a specific certification while offering the manufacturer cost savings in the form of less comprehensive protection on areas which are not measured.

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Arai Managing Director Brian Weston said, during his presentation of the Corsair-X, that “Minimums don’t matter.” Because there’s no way to consistently reproduce a particular kind of crash, “standards are sterilized. They’re made to be done in laboratories to be repeatable.” Lest you think that Arai is saying that standards are bad, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Standards are important, but they are not the be-all, end-all of helmet manufacturing. Rather, standards are the only way we have to systematically certify that a helmet meets minimal protection criteria. Weston emphasizes, ”A helmet’s job has never changed from the very first day. It’s protection.”

The Arai Corsair-X is available in a cool 30th Anniversary Freddie Spencer Replica.

Guiding Principles

Consequently, Arai states that the guiding principle behind all its helmets is the desire to provide …read more

Source:: MO Tested: Arai Corsair-X Review


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