ARAI

SIGNET-X EL CRANEO BLUE FROST HEL­MET

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I have a big, fat 7-1/2 head and al­ways end up wear­ing an XL. I’ve worn the most ex­pen­sive hel­mets money can buy to the ones that barely pass DOT. I’ve learned it’s not the cost of the hel­met that makes a dif­fer­ence in com­fort, but it’s the con­struc­tion. The Signet-x is specif­i­cally de­signed to fit a long-oval head, and I fell in love with it from the ini­tial time I slipped it on. With al­most a slunk-like feel­ing, I knew it im­me­di­ately it had made its way to the front of the line of all my other hel­mets.

The ini­tial road test in­volved head­ing out to Laugh­lin, Ne­vada, from Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, for roughly a 600-mile roundtrip through both city, highway, and two-lane desert roads. For starters, the hel­met is ex­tremely quiet with the shield down and all the vents closed. This was in­stantly ap­par­ent, as I could hear the mu­sic com­ing from my 2017 In­dian Lim­ited stereo clear enough to un­der­stand the lyrics when typ­i­cally all you hear is Charlie Brown teacher noises. When the tem­per­a­ture went up, all it took were a few brushes with a gloved hand while go­ing 60-plus mph to fig­ure out how to open and close the vents. I’ve had hel­mets that cooled my head bet­ter, but with in­creased air comes in­creased noise. The Signet-x is a “Goldilocks” amount of flow that was just about right.

Graph­ics on the Signet-x line vary from solid col­ors, Su­per-joe racer dude, to this El Craneo Blue Frost model fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional Dia de los Muer­tos sugar skulls. I have a tra­di­tional skull tat­tooed on my wrist from about six years ago, and the graphic matched al­most iden­ti­cally.

At $829.95 it’s an ex­pen­sive lid for sure. But if it’s one place you shouldn’t sac­ri­fice money for safety, it’s your head. The Arai line is at the top of the food chain when it comes to qual­ity, and with proper care this hel­met should last for years.

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