Arai Contour-X Review: Is it Safe? What Our Team Thoughts

If you’re in the market for a new motorcycle helmet, you might want to check out the Arai Contour X helmet. In this post, I will discuss this helmet’s technical features, including its construction, ventilation, and safety features. 

But don’t worry, and I won’t leave you hanging. At the end of the review, I will share my personal thoughts on what I like and don’t like about the Arai Contour-X. 

So, if you’re in the market for a new full-face motorcycle helmet and considering the Arai Contour-X, keep reading to learn more!

Arai Contour-X

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What Customers Thought

  • Lightweight
  • Very stylish
  • Very Confortable

My History with Arai

Before we get started, I want to let you know that I am a fan of Arai helmets. I’ve been using Arai helmets for over 15 years, starting with the Quantum 2.

I’ve since used the RX-Q, VX Pro 4, XD4, and Corsair X helmets. I’ve found that Arai helmets fit me well and offer high quality. While they are not cheap, I believe they are worth the investment.

Construction

The Arai Contour X features the Peripheral Belted E-Complex Laminate Construction (PBE CLC) that is designed to be lighter and stronger than previous Arai helmets.

The helmet is DOT and Snell 2020 rated and features four intakes and three exhaust vents for ventilation.

It is an intermediate oval shape that will work for the majority of riders, but Arai offers different shapes for different head sizes and shapes.

The Contour X shares a comfortable head shape with the Corsair X, which is Arai’s premium race helmet.

The helmet also has 5mm foam pads that can be removed from the side of the head for those who want a more round fit. Some adjustments can be made to the overall inside liner to fine-tune the fit.

Arai Helmet Sizing

SIZEHEAD (CM)
2XS51 – 52
XS53 – 54
SM55 – 56
MD57 – 58
LG59 – 60
XL61 – 62
2XL63 – 64
3XL65 – 66

Ventilation

The Arai Contour X has new smaller and sleeker vents than previous Arai helmets. The chin bar vent has been redesigned, and there are four intakes and three exhaust vents.

While the venting system flows a tremendous amount of air, there is a small gap at the bottom of the vent when it is closed that may let in some air in cold weather.

The back of the helmet features an active exhaust vent and two passive vents.

Face Shield

The face shield of the Arai Contour X is the same as what we’ve seen in previous Arai helmets.
The VAS-V face shield is Pinlock-ready, and a Pinlock is included in the box.

The latch system is from the FM world and features a lever that locks the face shield into place.

Inside Liner

The Arai Contour X features a permanent chin curtain and an emergency removal system for the cheek pads. The cheek pads push into place without snaps or magnets.

The liner uses Arai’s FCS system for a comfortable fit, and the liner is adjustable from the front and back to fine-tune the fit. Extra foam pads can also be added or removed for a more customized fit.

The EPS liner is color-coded to provide different levels of impact protection in different areas of the head.

Aesthetic

From an aesthetic standpoint, the Arai Contour X has a large duckbill on the back that I like, but some people may not. However, others may love the look of the helmet.

The duckbill is there for a reason, as it helps cut down on wind resistance and drag flow.

Features And Benefits

FeatureBenefit
PB e-cLc Outer Shell– Stylish, organic shape- Peripherally Belted e-Complex Laminate Construction for lightweight strength and impact force distribution- Weight reduction with the same strength as PB-cLc construction
Ventilation– Comprehensive and controllable ventilation with 13 ventilation ports- Cooling air intake and efficient hot air extraction for comfortable ride
Arai’s Proprietary Liner– Odor-resistant material- Neutral acidity levels close to human skin for maximum comfort- Soft liner material and adjustable padding for a customized fit
VAS V MV Shield– Better visibility in all seasons and riding types- Clear anti-fog Pinlock insert included for clear vision in any weather
VAS Shield System– Variable Axis System allows shield opening and closing with lower shield position- Provides greater flexibility while riding
VAS Shield Latch System– Captures and holds shield closed more securely to prevent unexpected opening- Provides intuitive and seamless operation of the shield
Additional Features– Superb tensile strength with PB e-cLc shell- Replaceable/washable cheek pads and interior- Removable neckroll with wire pocket
– Emergency Release System (ERS)- Snell 2020 and DOT approved for maximum safety

FAQ

What is the Arai Contour X helmet made from?

The Arai Contour X helmet uses the peripheral belted e complex laminate construction (PBE CLC), which is claimed to be a shell that is as strong if not stronger than previous shells but it is lighter.

What is the weight of the Arai Contour X helmet?

The Arai Contour X helmet weighs three pounds and seven ounces in medium size.

What is the shape of the Arai Contour X helmet?

The Arai Contour X helmet has an intermediate oval shape which is longer front to back and a little bit narrower on the sides of the head.

What is the ventilation system of the Arai Contour X helmet?

The Arai Contour X helmet has four intakes and three exhaust vents that provide good airflow. However, a small gap at the bottom of the chin bar vent lets in a little airflow even when it’s closed.

Can the Arai Contour X helmet be fine-tuned for a better fit?

Yes, the Arai Contour X helmet has a liner system that allows the user to fine-tune the fit by adjusting the liner from a front and back standpoint and by adding or removing foam pads.

What is the purpose of the chin curtain in the Arai Contour X helmet?

The chin curtain in the Arai Contour X helmet is permanent and helps to keep wind noise and debris out of the helmet.

Conclusion

Overall, the Arai Contour X is a high-quality helmet with a lot of features that make it worth considering for riders in the market for a new helmet.

While it may not be the right fit for everyone due to its aesthetic or fitment, those who have had success with Arai helmets will likely find this a great option.

Arai Contour-X

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What Customers Thought

  • Lightweight
  • Very stylish
  • Very Confortable

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