Arai Renegade-V Review and Road Test + Video

Arai Renegade-V Review and Road Test + Video

The Arai 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.

Arai Renegade-V Review and Road Test

While the Arai Renegade-V may share similarities with the Arai 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, HJC RPHA 70, and the Shark Spartan GT Carbon though, as usual, the Arai is at the upper end in terms of price.

 

Shell

The shell of the Arai RenegadeV 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 fibre belt runs from the forehead around the Arai 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 strong helmet that weighs about 1660 grams in a size M, which is on the heavier side for a touring helmet.

 

The head fit of this helmet is intermediate oval like the Arai ProfileV 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.

 

Ventilation

For ventilation, the AraiRenegade-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.

 

Visor

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 its 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.

 

Liner

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.

 

Road Test

Just a quick reminder for our road test setup. We used a thermometer placed in the helmet’s EPS channels to measure the internal temperature. To measure noise isolation, we used a decibel meter with a microphone placed near our rider’s ear. For the airspeed, we used an anemometer mounted on the motorcycle.

Lastly, our rider’s speed was at about 130 km/h on long stretches of highway.

 

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 RX7V, which got 27 Euros per star which was a greater value for money helmet.

 

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Conclusion

Overall, the Arai Renegade-V seems to slightly under perform 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’d like to learn more about the Arai Renegade-V, make sure to check out our Arai Renegade-V Review and Road Test Video.

 

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