WHAT IS IT? Arai’s last iteration, the VX-Pro3, was
the first helmet to ever receive five stars from the MXA
wrecking crew. Now, Arai has released the new VX-Pro4.
WHAT’S IT COST? $599.95 to $609.95 (solids), $729.95
to $739.95 (graphics).
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Arai VX-Pro4 helmet.
(1) Revisions. Although the VX-Pro4 looks quite
similar to the previous model, there are a host of updates.
(a) A new chin-bar vent grill mounts from the outside of
the helmet and can be removed for cleaning. (b) Updated
top front, top rear and side ports improve ventilation. (c)
The rear duct diffusers can be removed or replaced with
a single screw. (d) The new visor is 14mm longer and
5mm wider. (e) Goggle strap locators keep goggles in
place. (f) The helmet liner has been changed slightly with
a new color profile.
( 2) Shell. Arai has a strict design philosophy based
on the egg shape. They believe that the safest helmet is
roundish, perfectly smooth and devoid of ridges, rills or
winglets. Often criticized for the shape’s look, Arai refuses
to put fads ahead of safety. The shell is made of their
proprietary Super Fiber, which has a claimed
30-percent-higher tensile strength and penetration-resistance than standard fiberglass.
( 3) Chin bar. Another design constraint that Arai
places on their helmets is that the chin-bar cannot stick
out so far that it might snag on the ground or provide
leverage when hitting the ground. Not that long ago their
chin bar was so close that a good percentage of test rid-
ers’ faces touched it. Arai stubbornly refused to lengthen
it. But after constant pleading, they remedied the problem
by angling the chin bar outward while still remaining true
to their principles. Additionally, the Arai’s chin bar
maintains the same high safety standards and padding
as the upper part of the foam interior. Arai could have
skimped in this area to save weight and production costs,
but that is not their way. Kudos to them.
( 4) Venting. The major complaint about the VX-Pro3
was that it didn’t flow very much air. The VX-Pro4 uses
a centralized rear air scoop with multiple plastic ports to
keep a rider’s head cool. Many of the ports can be
covered for cold/wet-weather riding. The excessive
use of plastic is the reason the Pro4, at 3 pounds, 6 ounces
(size medium), weighs more than the previous Pro3 model.
( 5) Comfort. The Arai VX-Pro4 is the plushest, most intimate and comfortable helmet made. It feels like a second
skin. We noticed that the helmet was also very quiet, due
to the thick and comfortable padding.
( 6) Performance. We love this helmet. We don’t love
its price, look or weight, but it is one of the best made
and safest helmets in the sport, largely because Arai won’t
compromise on its basic safety tenets. The VX-Pro4 is better than the VX-Pro3 thanks to its increased airflow, longer
visor, goggle strap locator and removable mouthpiece.
It maintains Arai’s exceptional safety standards with its
smooth shell, multi-density foam liner, emergency release
system, frangible plastic screws and vents—not to mention
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Price, and price alone.
You can buy cheaper helmets that have more
style, but you would be hard-pressed to find a
helmet with the quality, integrity and safety of
the Arai VX-Pro4.
MXA TEAM TESTED