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Arai is the only company offering multiple interior-fit shapes to better address the infinite variety of riders’ head shapes and sizes.

No one pays more attention to the subtle variations and infinite possibilities of the human head shape than Arai. Why? Because it’s the secret to getting the best comfort and fit.

So for more than three decades, Arai has pioneered different shapes – and even different proportions within those shapes – in our various helmet models, working to offer a better fit for more people.

The XD-5 has Arai's INTERMEDIATE OVAL (IO) interior fit shape.*

*A Helmet needs to be tried on in order to determine a proper fit.


XD-5 Peak

The all-new peak is designed for more effective ventilation, increased high speed flow-through performance, greater range of adjustability for blocking the sun, and is more resistant to buffeting, all of which leads to an overall more comfortable riding experience. 

Three Distinct Configurations

The XD-5 offers three distinct configurations depending on rider preference or riding conditions. Change the look every time you ride, or even during the same ride. 

The XD-5 has the option to use just the shield for street use, just the peak (with a set of your favorite goggles) for off-road use, and the shield and peak combined to create a truly multi-functional ADV helmet. 


The new VAS-A Max Vision system allows for easier and faster shield swaps. The shield can be attached or removed without the need for any tools. The peak utilizes only one screw on each side for removal/installation. 

The amount of energy that any helmet can absorb is limited and we believe in a crash the only option is to have the helmet glance in a way that directs the impact energy away from the inside of the helmet. The shell of the XD-5 is designed to be round, smooth, and strong so that it can more easily ‘glance off’ impact energy in an actual crash. 

Chin Vent

The opening area for the XD-5 mouth-shutter is double the size compared to the XD-4. Thanks to the evolution in shell strength from the previous generation, the aperture could be made larger, and the mouth shutter could be made to flow more fresh air without the need for the mesh vents as seen on its predecessors. 

Inner Shutter

Working in conjunction with the mouth shutter, the inner shutter allows you to adjust the amount of airflow entering the helmet. If the inner and outer shutters are both open, the air will be directed towards your mouth. If the outer shutter is open and the inner closed, the air will be directed towards the shield and help to reduce fogging.  

Front Logo Vent

The effectiveness of conventional forehead vents could be limited by the rider's position, but with the front logo duct, airflow is unaffected by changes in riding position. Thanks to advances in shell technology, we can add holes in the forehead area for this vent without compromising the helmet's ability to protect.

AR Spoiler

Set in a position that makes it ideal for adventure riding, the AR spoiler contributes to reducing fatigue from turbulent air throughout long rides and works to draw out hot air from the crown area.

VAS-A Max Vision Shield Pin-Lock

The new max-vision shield preserves the wide field-of-view and high level of visibility expected of an XD model. The Pinlock insert for this model has advanced to be effective at resisting fogging, even in extreme conditions, across the entire field of view.

*The Pinlock insert is an optional accessory, with one included in the box upon helmet purchase.

Odor-Resistant Interior

The XD-5 utilizes an interior liner that has the same level of acidity as bare skin and has odor-resistant and stain-resistant properties. The headliner is equipped with a removable foam layer on both the left and right sides for temples and a removable foam layer in the rear of the head-liner, allowing you to remove 5mm of foam if desired for exceptional micro-fitting adjustability.

*Once micro-fit pads are removed they cannot be replaced.

Air Flap

The retractable pull-down spoiler reduces wind intrusion into the bottom of the helmet and helps to pull out hot and humid exhaled air around the sculpted leading edges of the cheek pads. This coordinated ventilation, combined with fresh intake from the chin vent, also helps to reduce shield fogging.  

*Optional ES Chin Cover can be used, but not included. 

Communications Device Capability

The Hyper-Ridge® has been re-sculpted to provide a flat surface on the sides to allow for the easy installation of a wide range of communication devices. This increases the bonding surface between the device and the helmet and helps to reduce buffeting or possible slip-offs.

Speaker Pocket

Speakers can be installed directly to the provided hook & loop panel without the need to remove the cheek pad covers. Both ear pockets are deep and wide, designed to accommodate thicker speakers with plenty of room to position them to increase comfort. 

Neck Roll Wire Pocket

A pocket to tuck away excess wiring and connectors as well as holes to easily run wires from side to side, have been incorporated into the neck roll to prevent wires coming loose while putting on or taking off the helmet. These features provide a smart way to tackle cable management inside your helmet.