Product review: Arai Tour-X4 Vision Helmet
This is the third Tour-X variant I've owned and after six months and 6,500 miles of use I've found the comfort to be superb.
This is the third Tour-X variant I’ve had over the last decade or so, and despite trying several other peaked adventure helmets in recent years, I always gravitate back to the Tour-X for its build quality, comfort, and plushness. It has all the same quality of the firm’s pure road helmets, and feels instantly familiar with the same materials used for the EPS and lining. The paintwork is just as flawless, and there are no areas of cheapness.
This latest version, this Tour-X4, is a decent improvement over previous versions, too. The shell shape works better and does appear to be less flexible, while the reshaped interior offers a tangibly improved fit – reducing both turbulence and wind noise.
I’ve racked-up a lot of miles in a short period of time, and find the comfort superb. My first eight days with the helmet saw it cover 2100-miles, and I was wearing it for 8-hours a day. It was superb throughout – and still looks new after a further 4400 miles of use.
There’s very little to grumble about, but the one major disappointment is the visor mechanism. Other helmet manufacturers have found neat solutions to the problem of changing visors with a peak, but Arai still insist on four plastic screws, and the removal of the peak and side pods. It’s slow, fiddly, and very frustrating if – like me – you like to swap between clear and dark visors regularly.
Sports Editor, Michael has been using Shoei’s Hornet ADV - Navigate TC6 for the past eighteen months and has been really impressed with it, giving it a full five-star rating for quality. At around £50 more than the Arai Tour X4, it’s definitely worth considering. You can check out the full review here.