Arai MX-V £469
Tester: Michael Guy
Time tested: Nine years/ 8000 off-road miles
What’s good? I got this helmet in 2006 to take part in Enduro Africa – a 2500-mile off-road ride across South Africa. And that was just the start. In between countless UK enduros, off-road tests and bike launches I used it for a second Enduro Africa trip in 2008 – this time riding with Prince William and Prince Harry - and a year later for two weeks of riding in Cambodia. During the last nine years I’ve been fortunate enough to be given other off-road helmets to test, but my Arai remains my lid of choice. Given its age and the hours of use in sweltering conditions, I would imagine the lining is technically a health hazard, but I really don’t care – I still love it.
What’s not? Arais are heavy and expensive when compared to the latest generation of off-road helmets. The current trend from the new manufacturers is to make super-lightweight helmets, but for me there is reassurance in putting on a more substantial helmet. The downside to the extra weight is tiredness and fatigue.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/5
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