My trusty Arai is starting to show it's age, and I've had nothing but problems with it - brittle vent covers that snapped off, the collar trim coming loose, and one of the cheekpads floating freely after a tab came unglued. To Arai's credit they did fix these issues at no charge WAY after the helmet was out of warranty.
So, time to think "outside the box."
One of my prime criteria this time around is better peripheral vision (pv) as well as losing a lot of weight. (on the helmet that is...) I also wanted chin protection - since that is the most likely thing to hit the ground first. 3/4 helmets were ruled out.
There is no question that the chin protection offered up by any of the following helmets is not as substantial as a dedicated full face helmet, but I felt that the increase in pv and reduced fatigue may be offsetting factors.
I initially ordered a "Mamaba" from Bonehead Helmets - developed for skydiving. This all carbon fiber helmet is EXTREMELY light at only 25 oz. and provided fantastic pv and was well made. The only problem is that it fit so close I couldn't wear glasses under it. While this is only a subjective observation I don't think it would protect as well in a crash as a "regular" helmet. Then again, it was not designed to do so. Sent it back. $315.00.
The Schuberth J1 Helmet is probably exactly what I need, but I am unwilling to part with $600.00 plus shipping and duty from Europe at this time. At 3 lbs, 4.4 oz it is still fairly heavy and there have been many reports of problems with the flip down visor, and their buckle system is cumbersome at best...
Dainiese makes an interesting helmet named the Jet Stream Tourer, but curiously enough I could not find it priced in their store. I think this would make an excellent summer helmet - it supposedly flows tons of air. Very well thought out - typical Dainese engineering.
Another option is the Airoh Urban Jet. Once again I could not determine pricing. This brand in the past has had a reputation in Europe as being kind of cheap, but apparently lately they have stepped up their quality quite a bit.
So, the hunt goes on....