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My review of my new helmet after a week of riding to work and a 4 day twisty trip.

My first helmet was a Shoei XR1100. It served me well for 5 or so years. I initially picked Shoei over Arai because the Arai felt too close to my nose and mouth. The Shoei had more room in the front.



My second helmet was a Arai Corsair V. I had to have one as it came out in a specific graphic that had a special meaning to me. Although the closeness to the front of my head was annoying, I got over it and ended up loving it more than the Shoei. I used this for about 5 years too. It was very worn out by the end of it. Great helmet though. I nearly bought another one but thought I would try something different again.



My new helmet is the Xlite/Nolan X-803 Ultra Carbon.

It's so light. 1310grams for the Medium which I have.

When I first tried them on I found that the medium was very tight, almost too tight. The large felt comfortable. But I knew that my Arai was a medium and the centimeter sizing meant I should be a medium in the Nolan as well. You get used to flogged out 5 year old helmets. They are like a nice old pair of slippers. New gear feels sh1t. I ordered the Medium. Putting it on was not too bad. But I have large ears and they would get folded over and this would cause pain and discomfort. Normally in the Arai I would just put my fingers inside and fold them back out. The Nolan though I could hardly even fit my fingers in. I thought maybe this is the wrong size or helmet shape for me. I also transferred my sena comms unit over from my Arai to the Nolan. I also wear ear plugs. So I thought this is all going to make it worse. After a week of riding to work it started to bed in a little bit. I could manage to get my fingers in and push my ears back which made it so much more comfortable.

The venting system is very good on this helmet. It has 5 vents. 1 on the chin, 1 above the visor, 2 on top of your head at front and 1 at rear. Very good for hot weather riding. It came with a pinlock and I also ordered a tinted visor to go with it. It seems very quiet compared to my Arai but that would be normal. My Arai was worn out from 5 years of use so the pads would not seal out noise and I also only wore earplugs for a few months before I replaced it. The comms system fitted in perfectly. Room for speakers etc. Taking the helmet off you notice how tight it is, but I guess it's still new and it should be tight. It doesn't cause pain at all.

Over all I really love the helmet so far.

 

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Looks sweet! The X-803 Ultra Carbon, in high gloss black carbon fiber is on my short list for the future.

I had a similar fitment issue when I just changed from using 3 Arai Quantum/Corsairs over the years to a HJC RPHA 11 Pro. Half of reviews say the RPHA 11 Pro runs a little small....but half reviews say it’s true fit.

The Arais I had were all 58cm mediums and fit well, so I got the 58cm medium HJC as well and it was TIGHT. I wore it around the house for 20 minutes and got so clautrophobic I had to rip it off. My cheeks physically hurt and & I had a small headache for a few minutes. Tried it for 20 minutes again the next day and when I couldn’t take the cheek/facial discomfort anymore I gladly ripped it off again. Decided this could get dangerous if I went on a ride and had issues.....so I bought some smaller cheek pads to make it a “Large” helmet. That worked, love the RPHA 11 Pro...especially that I got it for $360.

The HJC is a bargain....I don’t really want to pay $700-800-900 for a helmet again.


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Looks sweet! The X-803 Ultra Carbon, in high gloss black carbon fiber is on my short list for the future.

I had a similar fitment issue when I just changed from using 3 Arai Quantum/Corsairs over the years to a HJC RPHA 11 Pro. Half of reviews say the RPHA 11 Pro runs a little small....but half reviews say it’s true fit.

The Arais I had were all 58cm mediums and fit well, so I got the 58cm medium HJC as well and it was TIGHT. I wore it around the house for 20 minutes and got so clautrophobic I had to rip it off. My cheeks physically hurt and & I had a small headache for a few minutes. Tried it for 20 minutes again the next day and when I couldn’t take the cheek/facial discomfort anymore I gladly ripped it off again. Decided this could get dangerous if I went on a ride and had issues.....so I bought some smaller cheek pads to make it a “Large” helmet. That worked, love the RPHA 11 Pro...especially that I got it for $360.

The HJC is a bargain....I don’t really want to pay $700-800-900 for a helmet again.


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Its a race helmet, they have a tighter fit. Glad it worked out
 

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I am thinking about getting this helmet in the flat carbon model. What com system are you using? I have the Sena 30K that I would be installing.
 
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