The list of features built into Arai’s RX-7 GP helmet is astonishingly long. It has an aerodynamic shape and a five position air wing – designed to reduce drag, turbulence and buffeting – to help you go that little bit faster. Its Structural Net Composite shell, triple density inner shell and the enhanced hyper ridge strengthening in the lower section gives you that extra protection just when you need it. The helmet was created after a season’s testing in the MotoGP paddock, and it’s obvious from just looking at it, that they’ve incorporated a huge range of ideas from the racers.
But what you actually notice first, when you put it on, is that it’s
lightweight and extremely comfortable to wear. There’s a bigger opening to make it easy to take on and off – especially important if you’re lying by the side of the track and the medics want to remove it for you.
The Arai Free Flow system is there to reduce draft and wind noise, but the jury is still out on how effective this feature is. I found it quiet and draft free; but I’m a slow rider and others say it’s a bit noisy and drafty. Presumably the earplugs that the MotoGP testers wear meant this wasn’t a problem for them! What we all agree on, is that the wider visor area really makes a difference when it comes to extending peripheral vision, which is great when it comes to taking a sneaky look behind you (or ‘life-saver’ as our friends from law-enforcement call it). But what’s the cost? The retail price is £569.99 for plain colour versions and the Rea and Haslam replicas cost £639.99.