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Review: Arai RX-7 GP, Arai’s most sportive helmet

Reviews and tests 18 January, 2015

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We are before one of the most sportive and well known helmet from Arai, the RX-7 GP. It is a helmet used by motorcycle racers like Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden or Cal Crutchlow and safety is its main feature. The RX-7 GP was developed with the SNELL M2010 in sight, one of the most stringent helmet standards for impact-absorption test, in addition to the mandated ECE Regulation 22-05 standard. 


The sport and safety are the main features we find on this helmet. Apart from the homologations the Arai RX-7 GP has obtained, the helmets’ shell has been made from Super Fiber, a mix of fiberglass and polyester resin. On the internal shell we find expanded polystyrene. Its peripheral band ensures great rigidity and excellent resistance as well.

On the other hand, we have to highlight that the Arai RX-7 GP uses the R 75 standard, in which the surface angle is never more than 75º, helping to more efficiently disperse the kinetic energy in the event of a fall.

The weight of the Arai RX-7 GP in its L size is about 1.500 grams.

Detail of the helmets’ shell


The helmet’s aerodynamics is another much studied feature of the Arai. It incorporates details on its external shell that avoid turbulences and internal noise. All is perfectly integrated, such as the spoilers, that have a double function: aerodynamics and air inlets/outlets.

The helmet has been designed for wearing in a very sporty position, with complete integration between the racer and the motorbike.

The Arai RX-7 GP also includes a spoiler located in the back of the shell, which reduces turbulences at high speed. It also has five different positions that adapt to different riding positions and different speeds, also reducing noise. 

Detail of the spoiler located on the back of the shell, with five different positions 

We have to mention the chin guard, which is adjustable in two positions. This helps the helmet for a better aerodynamics and thermal protection. Remember to lower this component when putting the helmet on.


Another much studied aspect is the helmet’s ventilation. We find an air inlet placed on the chin, with three positions: closed, half closed (for better ventilation on the visor and to avoid misting) and completely opened (the air comes directly to our face). On the upper visor we find two air inlets that enter into the helmet’s ventilation system, that avoid our face guiding the air into the rear area.

On the upper shell we find other three air inlets (one in the middle, two at the sides) all of them adjustable between flanges “on-off”.

The air inlets are opened and closed with “on off” system flanges.

If we talk about the air outlets, we find two little non-adjustables orifices located on the shells’ sides. Side by side with the spoiler, we find other two extractors that we can open and close through two tabs. A final air extractor is located on the back of the interior padding.


The Arai RX-7 GP has a Super Adsis I visor, which offers an excellent peripheral view of the outside. The isolation is an important factor on the helmet and the two flanges we find on the front shell sides help this insulation. On the other side, the pivot we find at the bottom of the visor has been designed for a safe closing of the visor.


The Arai RX-7 GP includes a rigid and much resistant padding. We have to highlight the Emergency Release System, that allows us to remove the lateral pads easily. All the interiors are removable and washable.

The padding of the helmet is removable and washable

The Double Ring closing system assures a great closure of the helmet and it is the only system approved for riding in track.


We have to remember we are before a very sporty helmet, designed for using on the track and, sporadically, for road. Arai has a great variety of helmets designed for different purposes and user profiles. The RX-7 GP is in the market with several graphics and design, so you can check them out at our webpage www.motocard.com.


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