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Arai Renegade-V Review and Road Test – ChampionHelmets.com

Arai Renegade-V Review and Road Test – ChampionHelmets.com


Hey there, all, Sebastian from Champion Helmets
and today we’ll be reviewing and road testing the Arai Renegade-V. The Renegade-V, known as the Defiant-X in
the US, is another of Arai’s many touring motorcycle helmets that not only bring you
comfort but plenty of Arai’s famous safety factor. While this helmet may share similarities with
the Profile-V, Arai’s other popular sport touring helmet known as the Regent-X in the
US, it is still a very different helmet since it’s more targeted at those with cruisers
and naked bikes. To start off with, the Renegade-V replaces
the Arai Rebel, and the Arai Defiant for the US, and will be coming at a recommended retail
price of about 570 Euros, or about 640 US Dollars. At this price point it’ll be competing with
the Shoei GT Air 2, X-Lite X-903 Ultra Carbon, AGV K6, and the Shark Spartan GT Carbon though,
as usual, the Arai is at the upper end in terms of price. If you’d like to learn more about Arai’s
other helmets, make sure to check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more
road tests and gear guides. The shell of the Renegade-V is Arai’s peripherally
belted complex laminate construction, which means it’s going to be a very tough shell
assembled using a variety of materials and Arai’s special ingredient: proprietary adhesives. The super fiber belt runs from the forehead
around the helmet to provide extra strength to the helmet in an impact. The profile of the helmet is also as round
as possible to enhance its glancing off ability in a crash. This still gives a lightweight helmet that
weighs about 1660 grams in a size M, which is definitely on the heavier side for a touring
helmet. The head fit of this helmet is intermediate
oval like the Profile-V and it comes in 3 outer shell sizes. This is good here because it can also contribute
to safety by giving you a better fitting helmet that is lighter and more comfortable. For ventilation, the Renegade-V is bringing
a lot to the table and all with some nice styling as well. Starting in the chin, there are these 4 vents
with two on either side, which are adjustable and you adjust them from inside the chin area
with 2 slides. In the forehead, you’ve got the classic
Arai visor vents to bring in air to the EPS air channels inside the helmet. Further back you’ve got two adjustable vents
operated with a side slider and a neat feature is that if closed, they act as exhausts, so
you’re getting two uses out of it. This hot air will then come out rear exhausts
in the top at the rear that you can open or close with a slide, a neck exhaust, and side
exhausts to keep you cool. So, overall you’ll have a great amount of
air entering this helmet. For the visor the Renegade-V still shows plenty
of Arai’s safety concern. The mechanism of the visor is Arai’s Variable
Axis System (VAS) to keep a low profile. At the bottom is a visor lock to keep it in
place and the visor is anti-fog pinlock prepared and the insert is included in the box. Though this helmet doesn’t come with an
integrated sun visor, it can be equipped with Arai’s Pro Shade system, which is sold separately. To remove the visor it’s the same process
as for the Arai RX-7V. So, first you open the visor to the full upright
position. Then you push the two black tabs on either
side by the panels to pop them open. Then, the two tabs should have popped the
visor out of it’s path so as you lower the visor again, the two brass buttons will fall
into the red coloured hole. Once they do, you just remove the visor from
the helmet. To put the visor back on, you first place
the brass buttons in the red hole and make sure both sides click into the helmet. Then you raise the visor until the buttons
pop back into their groove. While the visor is still upright, you can
close the panels by hooking them from the top and down. Now, onto the liner of the Renegade-V. The
liner on this helmet features all of Arai’s finest comfort features as always. So, the liner is anti-microbial, washable,
and removable. The liner also uses Arai’s Facial Contour
System (FCS) to get a better fit with foam spring supports in the cheek pads, and, to
get an even finer fit, this liner has peel away cheek and side-temple foam pads. Though the chin curtain is fixed, the cheek
pads feature speaker pockets for any communication system you may use. To remove the liner you first need to detach
the neck roll from the cheek pads. To do that, you push down in the corner where
you see a little black triangle until the neck roll insert pops out. Then, you gently push out the cheek pad from
its seating and thread it through the double-D ring chin strap so it comes off. It looks good and comfortable and it will
hold your head nicely. Then, you do the same on the other side, so
detach the neck roll and pull out the cheek pad. Then, to remove the liner, you just have to
buttons in back and in front and pull it out. Then you can see the multi-level and mesh
construction to help improve ventilation in the helmet. Now, we can see the EPS grooves in this helmet
and though we don’t have grooves, we do have holes and we’ll see how they do on
our road test. With the helmet specs over with, let’s see
how the Renegade-V does out on the road. Just a quick reminder for our road test setup. On the left, we have a thermometer showing
the helmet’s interior temperature in degrees Celsius measured through a thermometer in
the helmet’s EPS channels. In the middle is our decibel meter, taking
readings from a microphone near our rider’s ear. On the right, is a phone giving us the airspeed
on the helmet through an anemometer on our bike. Lastly, our rider’s speed and the external
temperature are on the dash in the middle. We conducted our test at 130 km/h on long
stretches of highway. When we took out the Renegade-V it was a cool
winter day and the airspeed on our bike ranged from 115-130 km/h. The temperature for the day was about 7 degrees
Celsius, while the helmet was about half a degree hotter, showing that the ventilation
system was doing its job. For the noise level in this helmet, we measured
about 106 decibels, which is very noisy for a full-face helmet meant for touring and cruising. Our rider found the Renegade-V ventilated
very well, as confirmed by our data. However, he also found it to be very noisy
and the liner did not meet quality expectations one might have for such an expensive helmet. Now, let’s see how the Renegade-V scored. For material, since this helmet is made of
Arai’s peripherally-belted complex laminate construction, that’s 4 stars. For weight, the Renegade-V was about an average
weight with 1660 grams, so that’s 3 stars. Since the visor comes pinlock prepared with
the insert in the box, that’s another 4 stars. The same goes for this helmet’s excellent
ventilation, with a very small difference, this helmet gets 4 stars again. However, with 106 decibels, this was a loud
helmet, giving it one star for noise. Lastly, since the liner was a little rough
the Renegade-V gets 2.5 stars for comfort. This gives us a total average of 3 stars at
32 Euros per star, which is very high for a helmet that doesn’t perform as well as
it could in some areas. This 32 is even greater than Arai’s own
race helmet, the Arai RX-7V, which got 27 Euros per star which was a greater value for
money helmet. If you’d like to purchase the Arai Renegade-V,
make sure to head to ChampionHelmets.com where we have a lowest price guarantee and we have
great bundle deals including a free visor and comms systems from Sena and Cardo. Overall, this helmet seems to slightly underperform
for an Arai. Though it comes with a high price tag, this
helmet does deliver great safety as usual with Arai. However, the comfort, noise isolation, and
value for money were some let downs. This is especially the case if you consider
that Arai’s other touring helmet, the Profile-V, got 3.5 stars at 18.5 Euros per star and it
was cheaper up front. So, the key to this high end helmet is mainly
safety, style, and ventilation If you liked the video, make sure to subscribe and let
us know what you think in the comments down below. I’m Sebastian from Champion Helmets and
thanks for watching!

4 comments on “Arai Renegade-V Review and Road Test – ChampionHelmets.com

  1. Thank you very much for your help, finally I know that it ventilates better, than the Shoei NXR, it is a bit more expensive and heavy, but in noise they are very close +/- 2db

    I keep saying that earplugs are necessary for our health.

    I will definitely buy this Arai as soon as I raise the money.

    Thanks and best regards.

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