Dani Pedrosa, Maverick Viñales, and Jonathan Rea, among many others, wear the Arai Corsair X. That little bit of info should be enough to convince you that this helmet will rise to whatever level of track day shenanigans you can throw at it.
My goal in reviewing the Corsair X specifically for track day use was to bring into perspective what the advantages of a top-level helmet are for mere mortals. The most impactful items to note for me on a race track, when talking about gear, are comfort and safety. Being comfortable is absolutely crucial when pushing your boundaries, because it allows you to focus on the task at hand and not the zipper digging into your leg or chafing chin strap..
The Corsair X has comfort covered in spades. While there are plusher helmets, lighter helmets, maybe even more aerodynamic helmets, the Corsair X sits atop your head in such a way that you will forget it’s there. When picking up this piece of protective kit, you’ll instantly know that it’s a solid piece of safety equipment. Its substantial feel initially had me worried that I’d soon be a bobblehead, but the opposite was true. Once on the Corsair X disperses its weight quite evenly, allowing any memory of heft to soon disappear.
The ability to carry its weight at speed is a further testament to the development and tuning this helmet has had. While I was only able to sustain speeds of 140 MPH, the Corsair X’s aerodynamics and airflow really came alive. It’s at these higher than usual speeds that it becomes apparent the Corsair X has been bred for far more than I can offer. The Corsair X was pumping air across temples and brows while staying stock still, and allowed for easy head checks with very little wind resistance—all in a day’s work for this racing juggernaut.
The Corsair X is not just about slicing through the air, it’s for protection. While I have yet to experience a down with this helmet, I feel confident in Arai’s track record for never compromising quality for features. Something you’ll never see on an Arai are holes in the brow. This is the reason for the visor air inlets and proof of Arai’s steadfast recognition that with so many impacts occurring on the forehead, punching a hole here will only weaken this area— and Arai doesn’t do weak.
If I did have to find a fault on the Corsair X, it would be whistling. I’m guessing this has to do with my taking a naked bike to the track, and the times the whistling happened were less than I can count on one hand, so this is a minimal issue at worst. When doing head checks on a particular off-camber slight left I would get a high-pitched whistle that I believe was coming from the top vents. Maybe this was a fluke, as I’ve never heard this on the road before, or maybe it was some strange combination of wind, nearby barrier, and head angle. Either way, it was the only flaw I could find on what realistically amounts to a flawless helmet.
If you find yourself considering the Corsair X as an option you should feel confident that this helmet will not let you down on any front, even the street as I mentioned in my earlier review. If you need more convincing, just head over to Arai.com and check out all the other riders that have chosen Arai to help them on their way to becoming racing legends.
Photos via: 360 Photography and Essential Moto
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