Product Review: Arai Chaser V (£380)
What’s good about the Arai Chaser V?
Every helmet manufacturer has their own way of doing things, and as a result I’ve never naturally gelled with Arais. The shape of the shell and the clunky visor system means I never relax into wearing them and I’m always aware that I’ve got one on my head, which isn’t the case when I wear a Shoei. However this mid-range Chaser V has bucked the trend by being the only Arai that’s remained in my regular service. It’s still got that distinctive Arai rounded shell shape with the close-fitting chin bar, however there’s something about the shape of the internal structure that really works with my head. This rings true with Arai’s claims that the interior of the Chaser V has been re-sculpted to better follow the contours of the head for a tight but comfortable fit. The lining is also beautifully soft, the visor aperture nice and wide, and the ventilation system is one of the easiest I’ve used. Also, when I pick both this Chaser V and my Shoei X-Spirit II up, this lid feels lighter than Shoei’s range-topping race lid, but on the move I notice no discernible difference.
And what’s not?
I had to double-check the price was correct; there’s no doubting Arai’s quality and safety record, but this lid feels very basic for the money. The subtle logo on the front looks a bit cheap, and I still dislike any interaction with the visor – be that opening, closing, locking via the puny hit-and-miss slide clip, or swapping the shield with the dreaded, crunchy release mechanism.