Arai Pro Shade Visor, £99.99
Tester: Richard Newland
Time tested: Six months/150 miles
What’s good? You can’t argue with the quality, or intentions, of this simple helmet upgrade from Arai. The firm is resolute that they won’t fit internal sun visors due to concerns over safety performance issues, so putting one on the outside is the obvious solution. The Pro Shade was the idea of Michio Arai himself, and he uses one on every ride. The visor is very secure and has an inbuilt locking mechanism to keep the shade in the raised position when desired, and locking tabs to keep it paired with the main clear element. The shade also detaches for easier cleaning, or if you just want to remove it, while the whole visor fits your helmet in the usual Arai fashion. You get a Pinlock insert with it, too. It’s a quality item, but that doesn’t mean I’m in love with it.
What’s not? I don’t like internal sun visors, and this external one doesn’t please me greatly either. I can see it being a welcome addition on an upright/naked/touring bike, but when used on sportsbikes it just gets in the way in either position. When down you get an unshaded strip at the bottom, which causes distraction. When up, it never quite disappears from view, causing distraction. It’s nearly great, but pricey and not ideal for sportsbike riders. I much prefer just swapping between clear and dark visors as required.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 3/5