by Chris T. for webBikeWorld.com
For those of you not familiar with Arai Helmets, they are a Japanese company who has been around since 1926.
Arai helmets are all hand built and are designed to meet or beat SNELL safety standards. They are a family-owned company, with a strong belief in high quality control and safety.
We have reviewed numerous Arai helmets over the years and have consistently found them to be high-quality units that offer the very best in protection and rider comfort. Let’s see if the DT-X follows that tradition.
Arai has just revamped the DT-X and packed it full of sweet features:
The DT-X is available in sizes XXS-XXL and it’s shape is intermediate oval.
I’m a big guy at 6’2 240 lbs with an intermediate oval shaped head. My typical helmet size is XL for most brands. Just for comparison, I own a Shoei GT-Air Helmet that fits in XL that fits my head shape quite well.
The DT-X in XL actually fit me quite well but as with all helmets, I recommend trying them on to determine if it fits properly.
One area that was a bit snugger than I like was the cheek pad. I found my cheeks to be overflowing over the top of the pad. Luckily, the cheek pads are adjustable and I was able to peel away about 5mm which wound up being a perfect fit for me.
The temple pads can also be peeled way to relieve some pressure, but I did not find a need for this during my test.
After making the adjustment on the cheek pad the interior of the helmet fit me quite nicely.
One other area where the DT-X shines is there is a groove built in that seems like a natural fit for eye / sunglasses.
I was able to put on a pair of Ray Ban aviators quite nicely without adding any additional pressure onto my head.
The DT-X comes in a wide range of new color schemes. White, black, black frost, guard red, guard green and guard white frost.
The helmet we received is a new color scheme called Torrent White. It is a glossy white paint scheme with grey, off white and silver graphics. The graphics are painted and then glossed over which adds a layer of protection to prevent chipping.
From a looks perspective, I would have liked a tinted visor rather than clear but that can always be swapped out or fitted with the VAS Pro Shade System.
The DT-X has a ton of ventilation points.
With the exception of the two bottom rear vents, each one can be opened and closed with ease. The only one I had a bit of trouble with was the top rear vent, but that was more due to me not being familiar with the helmet.
I tested this helmet for 2 hours in 75 degree somewhat muggy weather in New York. The air was a bit thicker than normal due to some rain over the last few days.
Full disclosure, nearly every helmet I’ve ever owned has tended to fog rather quickly however. The DT-X held it’s own and once the fog started to build a bit I was able to open up the brow vents and defog them relatively quickly.
The DT-Xi is made out of lightweight fiberglass. The helmet weighs in at 3 lbs 9 ozs which puts it right in the weight range of the most other Arai helmets.
I wouldn’t consider this a “lightweight” helmet, but it is definitely one that you can wear comfortably for long periods of time.
I am a bit biased on this because I lean towards using a tinted visor during my daytime rides. The stock visor is clear, meaning that you’ll need sunglasses to ride comfortably when the sun’s out.
However,the DT-X uses the Variable Axis Shield system that will allow you to swap out visors without any tools. You can always run the VAS Pro Shade system that will allow you run multiple visors without having to stop and swap.
According to Arai it also allows for a smoother shell in the temple area for added comfort.
There is a single black tab right below the visor that you will need to push in that will pop the cover off. With the cover off, just push the tab once more and the visor will pop off quite easily.
From a visibility standpoint, the face shield and eye holes are wide enough to have minimal visibility issues. I was able to maintain my peripherals quite well and had full view of the road ahead.
I did however had a hard time getting an easy look at the instrument panel. I feel like the mouth / chin protector is a little larger than I like and may have affected my view. Definitely not a game changer, just something to be on the lookout for when giving the helmet a test run.
On a typical ride, I usually have all vents open because I prefer airflow in exchange for some ride noise.
With all vents open I found the sound levels extremely minimal and quiet. It would make an excellent choice for a long bike tour.
Arai really knocked it out of the park with the DT-X. Low noise, comfortable, looks cool, well ventilated, high quality, and an affordable price tag.
The only drawback to me is the clear visor, but really it’s just a matter of preference and is easily swappable.
For any rider looking for a versatile helmet I am hard pressed find any drawbacks about the DT-X and feel comfortable recommending it to any rider.
|Manufacturer: Arai Helmet Ltd.||MSRP: $589.95 - $729.95|
|Colors: Solids and Graphics||Made In: Japan|
|Sizes: XXS-XXL||Review Date: Oct 24th, 2017|
|Shell Size : Intermediate Oval|