Originally Posted by Hollywood
Who has any knowledge of which helmet would give more comfort; light weight, noise, etc...
Arai SZ Ram III
I bought a Ram III in the spring of 2006. I use it as my summer helmet.
Comfort: Excellent, cheek pads are sized and removable, liner is removable and washable. No pressure spots, large cavities for ears.
As a 3/4 open face it feel light to me. It is the 3rd generation of this shield flip up design. My wife loves her version II
You can run with the shield up on the helmet and the LT screen down at 70+ with no buffeting.
Best hot weather hiway cooling is with helmet screen down eye brow vents open, 3 top of helmet intake scoops open, two rear discharge vents open. This is the most noise scheme. Plenty of 90F+ riding this past summer going to WI and MO. Best vented helmet I have ever owned.
It is quiet when all vents are closed and the face screen is down, and the LT shield is up a few clicks. I must note that I do run with custom fitted ear plugs. I'm using a Bhaer head set in this helmet.
The shield is removable, but I don't remove it as I need directions to make sure I don't break the plastic bits!!! I run a clear shield, so I'm ready for night riding and handy to keep those stinging rain drops off your face.
I have tried the Nolan on at various cycle shows but it never has felt like "my" helmet on my skin head. I do like the Arai.