Tester Matt Wildee
Miles used: 7000 miles
This has been my go-to helmet for the last two years and the RX-7V has acquitted itself very well – as you’d expect for a helmet that’s worth more than my car!
This is Arai’s top of the range race helmet – just like the ones used by Crutchlow and Pedrosa in MotoGP and as such, it’s packed with features. With a composite shell, plenty of venting and a large visor aperture, it is a wonderful track helmet, which I trust implicitly.
I’ve used the RX-7V countless times on track and raced in it and it has been faultless every time. It’s pretty good on the road – despite being one of the heaviest helmets I’ve used. It’s also extremely stable so therefore not fatiguing at all and thanks to the removable chin curtain it’s snuggly in winter, too.
It’s a bit noisey, but you can live with that. Swapping visors now means less risk of breaking a sidepod than before, thanks to a new visor mechanism, too. In 10,000 miles, there has been nothing that’s gone wrong and only a few stone chips mark it out as being used.
It’s extremely capable and one of the best helmets money can buy, but Arai’s Chaser V does almost as good a job and is £230 cheaper than the cheapest RX-7V.
Quality Five stars
Value Three stars