Helmet Showdown: Shoei Vs Arai
Arai and Shoei have a lot more in common than simply the letter at the end of their names. Both brands are near the top of the heap when it comes to motorcycle helmets, and fans of the lines are often tremendously loyal. Still, if you're in the market for a helmet and aren't yet tied to one or the other, this could be the perfect opportunity to learn more about your options.
About The Brands
Arai Helmet is one brand that has been in the same family for three generations, tracing its roots back to the late 1920s. Although it still prides itself as a small company, it has quickly attached itself to the motorcycle industry. Through it all, its mission has been to provide top-quality motorcycle gear that anyone feels comfortable using.
Similarly, Shoei has been providing high-quality gear for riders since 1959. With an emphasis on comfort and innovative design, the brand made a name for itself among riders looking for full-face, flip-up, or open-face helmets. Much like Arai, Shoei provides helmets that can be used for anything from motocross racing to touring, making it a must-know brand for anyone with a motorcycle.
Neither of the brands are cheap, but you pay for the quality and comfort of the pieces - not to mention the reliability. An investment in Arai or Shoei is likely to last a long while, and because both manufacturers are on the cutting edge of technology, the helmets won't be going out of style anytime soon.
About The Helmet Offerings
For Arai, the foundation of helmets is the idea of superior protection. It has spent a lot of time building up a quality selection of helmets with features such as a smoother, rounder shell, FCS Facial Contour System and multidensity liners. Arai boasts that its helmets are designed to fit different head shapes and sizes better than any other manufacturer, and with the help of its new technology, which helps determine the ideal size for riders, anyone can find the right choice.
Shoei is slightly ahead of the pack with regard to modular helmets. The versatility offered by these products is second to none, and riders will undoubtedly appreciate the amenities included. It starts with an aerodynamic shell design and extends to the face shield, which can be customized to fit a rider's needs. That only scratches the surface of the features, however, as options such as the 3-D liner system, QR-N Base Plate System and CNS-1 Shield also enhance the usability of the helmets.
So Which Is Better?
The brand you prefer will depend on a number of factors. At the top of the list is your head shape. Because both Arai and Shoei emphasize the importance of comfort, the interior receives a lot of attention, but it may be personal preference that decides which brand is the top pick. On the one hand, Shoei offers a plush lining and padding that can certainly add comfort. On the other hand, Arai has made a name for itself by creating a range of products catered to all head shapes, and it allows users to swap liners and cheek pads as they see fit.
Other features to consider include the ventilation system - both brands test well in this regard - as well as faceshields. Arai shields tend to be more difficult to change but get easier with time, whereas Shoei shields are relatively easy right off the bat.
No matter how much time you have to invest in the research process, however, you are sure to be satisfied with either of these motorcycle gear brands.