Arai Corsair-V Review

Arai Corsair-V Review


Probably have an extensive reputation for riders since it’s most used by riders in sanctioned competition.

Comfort is their reason for choosing, aside for safety that is. Arai had been chiefly creating and building safety helmets for the past 50 years, and it’s obviously been successful. Arai, then argues, that it’s made up for function rather than design; but it has, nevertheless, managed to achieve a status of not being an unattractive helmet. Their target market is also aimed to finding riders that know what to look for in terms of features when it comes to riding helmets.

Both DOT and Snell M2010 certified, among many other, the Arai Corsair-V is guaranteed safe as determined by countless  certifications. Weighing and extremely light 3 pounds and 6 ounces, it is styled to specifically hold itself during high-speed, long-mile races where the head needs to be tucked.  Since riders love their Corsair and, of course, they’d want to wear it on the street, the Arai includes a well-designed five position spoiler right in its rear that creates venting whenever the head is upright. For street riders who’d want an Arai, there is the RX-Q, a corsair- based helmet that’s designed for more upright riding.

It best fits an intermediate oval type head, where the front to back measurement’s longer than the side measurement. Composed of five shells, the Corsair-V  firs most people adequately; also, interchangeable cheek pads help customize its fit. The size ranges from XS to 3XL.

To ensure quality, (which allows it to pass three quality control inspections,) each Arai helmet is handmade. The price tag of the Corsair-V is over $700, however many that had survived a crash wearing this helmet would testify that the price value is well earned. An added feature of the Corsair is a quick release cheek pad with orange safety tabs to let EMTs grasp and quickly remove the pads and get the helmet off the injured person without causing much trauma. Most riders wouldn’t mind paying for the details of the caliber since, again, it’s worth its price value.

The face shield of the Corsair is among the top-notch helmets who could provide the best peripheral vision. Although it can be hard to adjust to a small learning curved involved with replacing shields, switching out between the several UV protective lenses should be easy once mastered. The manufacturer encourages its riders to take different shades on each ride to prepare themselves for changing light conditions.

Atop all their sleek design, it has a horseshoe shaped venting system on top with the airflow which is more efficient as compared to the earlier models. There is a middle intake slot that allows faster venting of the air, proving negative pressure pull.  Upper vent toggles have now been improved to be bigger so that changing them while racing is possible. Comfortable cooling of the head is also made possible by the eyebrow vents. Noise absorbing earpad foams are also added. But, since race competitors wear earplugs, Corsair hasn’t found the need to design their helmet for quietness.

Last but not the least, their new feature includes a flared bottom ridge. Arai’s focus was to create a helmet that will spread impact energy most thoroughly. With this flare, the energy can bounce back instead of being transferred to the person inside. It also brings the gravity down, which gives greater comfort over long distances. This flare, obviously, helps significantly.  Moreover, the helmet is equipped with the latest Dry-Cool liner and cheek pads. You can easily take them off, which can air dry in five minutes. The vented neck roll can also be easily removed, washed, and replaced. It is also the first choice of than half of the competitors in the Formula 1 races. This endorsement makes a clear cut statement, that the Corsair-V is one good helmet.