Arai RX-7 GP, £699.99
Tester Richard Newland
Time tested 30 months /34,000 miles
What’s good? This RX-7 GP has been on my head for almost every mile I’ve ridden in the last two and a half years, and is only now beginning to feel less than brand new. You might scoff at the timescale, but I’ve covered at least 34,000 miles in that time, in all weathers. That’s about 10 years of use for the average UK biker.
I’ve been wearing Arai since 1993, and while I’ve tested a few other helmets in that time, nothing ever comes close to the comfort and fit I get with Arai. I’m always impressed with the quality, too, and have had no breaks or failures on this helmet, or any others in all that time. Some bemoan the visor system, but I can change visors in a timed (to shut people up) six seconds, and have never broken a visor or side pod in what must amount to thousands of changes.
Beyond the most important tick for comfort, I like the classic and unfussy styling of the shell, and as someone who runs a little warm I really appreciate the impressive airflow capabilities when the weather gets hot and sticky. They’re beautifully made (I’ve seen the process first-hand in Japan), and with quick-release cheekpads, gold-standard certification, multiple vents, chin spoiler, and a removable and washable liner it’s got all the features you want and expect from a range-topper.
What’s not? The clear top vent always fills with dead flies, and it’s hard to get them out. The Pinlock visor inserts are easily damaged. That’s it.
Quality Rating 5/5
Value rating 4/5
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