If there’s an item that’s set the benchmark over the last few years for what an adventure lid should be, then it’s the Tour X4. At £439.99 it’s definitely on higher end of the price scale, but man it’s a good helmet.
When you compare the helmets at the other end of the price scale to this Arai you begin to understand and appreciate why you pay such a premium. The quality of components, the feel of the helmet in your hands and on your head, the luxuriously smooth lining against your skin, the attractive and well thought out design… I’m drooling as I type this. Each helmet feels like a carefully crafted work of art, and in a way that’s what it is as each Arai helmet is hand made.
The shell is made from a Super Fibre Construction that is highly impact resistant, with a triple density inner shell to further protect your head in the case of an off. The inner lining is exceptionally comfortable against the skin and there’s a 5mm layer of foam on the cheek pads and temple pads that be removed to enhance the fit.
There’s ventilation aplenty making the Tour X4 ideal for warm weather riding and the visor will accommodate a Pinlock insert to prevent misting up (a Pinlock insert is included). The peak on the Tour X4 is incredibly well designed when it comes to streamlining, with very little-to-no buffeting or turbulence even at motorway speeds. Perhaps my only criticism of the helmet, however, came from the whistling noise that the peak seems to create when travelling at these speeds.
There’s no denying that the Arai Tour X4 is one of the best adventure-styled helmets on the market, and it has been for some years. The only question is, can you afford it? If you can’t I suggest you start saving because you won’t be disappointed.
Arai Tour X4 helmet pros
Good field of vision
Superb build quality
Arai Tour X4 helmet cons
Peak tends to whistle at speed