The Pro Shade System is Arai’s answer to an internal sun shade. By having an external drop-down sun shade, as opposed to one positioned internally between the shell and EPS liner, impact-absorption performance is not diminished. Maximum EPS thickness is retained across the front and at the sides of the head where an internal drop-down lens and its pivot mechanism would be located, allowing optimal rider protection. It also allows Arai helmets to keep their Snell rating.
Additional benefits of the external Pro Shade System is that the shade has several positions to deal with different light conditions, allows sudden bursts of light to be dealt with by just dipping your head slightly (without having to take you hand off the bars) and when fully up can still block overhead glare – even from street lights at night – internal sun shades offer only up or down. Finally, the Arai Pro Shade System shield can be added to the helmet of your choice or moved from one helmet to another.