Product Comparison: Shoei J-Cruise vs Arai XC

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General Specifications
About the Product
For those looking for a one-with-the-road experience without sacrificing the safety and performance features expected of a world-class helmet, your search ends here. Packed with innovative features like the smooth-operating, distortion-free CJ-2 shield (complete with an industry-first integrated air dam), a built-in internal sun shield, advanced ventilation, and a fully removable 3D Max-Dry interior system, the J-Cruise does it all while keeping you safe and connected with the road ahead.
The XC is yet another example of Arai’s decades-long tradition of improving on what works, redefining how open-face helmets can look – and protect. The most telling feature is the extended coverage in the lower jaw-cheek pad area – extending 1 3/16” forward compared to the previous model (and traditional open-face ¾ helmets).
Key Specs
Open Face
Open Face
Intermediate Oval
Medium Round
Safety Rank
Shell Material
Hand-laid interwoven layers of fiberglass with organic fibers and resin
Super Fiber Laminate
Interior Material
3D Max-Dry
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Shoei J-Cruise Open Face Motorcycle Helmet
  • Love the helmet and zero regrets. In case you need a comparison, I ride a 2015 Ultra Limited, V&H Dresser Duals with Monster Ovals, 7” windshield, hammock seat, I’m 6’ tall with a standard upper body length.
  • Great helmet. Just ordered one for my girlfriend tonight. Get the size right and most people will love this helmet.
  • All in all, this is a fantastic touring helmet. I feel safe with it on my dome, and can enjoy my tunes and CB radio so much more than ever before.
  • The Shoei fit is legendary and this helmet is no exception. Removable interior lining is typically Shoei-plush too.
  • This is the best open face helmets I have ever had. The sizing is true to the measurement chart and as described in the Revzilla video. The quality of this helmet is what you would expect from shoei products.
Arai XC Open Face Motorcycle Riding Helmet
  • The fit and finish of the helmet is top notch(as it should be for the price). The visibility is outstanding and the airflow is excellent.
  • The helmet feels like a full face, but the open chin realy lets the air flow. It's more comfortable than my full face helmet for city riding with the shield up or down.
  • Great helmet with the perfect fit for long oval head shapes. The best open face helmet made!
  • I have heretofore Resisted buying an open-face helmet, but finally bit the bullet with this one. I'm glad I did! The helmet comes forward around the chin area, giving fairly good protection for the lower face.
  • I give it a 3 star because it does have an impressive safety rating for a 3/4 helmet and I didn’t get to wear it on the bike because I am returning it.
Size & Weight
3.75 lbs.
3.5 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Shoei J-Cruise Open Face Motorcycle Helmet
  • Large has been a perfect fit for me but a LG J-Cruise was unbearable. Pressure points at the frontal and high temples. This was not going to go away with a 10% break-in.
  • Fitting a J&M Elite 629 headset was a bit of a chore, as the molded-in pockets were not deep enough to accommodate the speakers without some judicious trimming.
  • This helmet is a great fit for those that need a little more forehead room. My head measured a tad over 22in. so I ordered the medium and it was true to size.
  • It's an intermediate oval M, but so is my full face Arai RX Q. But the Arai never hurts. It's a very comfortable fit, for the short or long ride.
  • It is beautiful, functional and is very comfortable. However, we expect that and particularly for the price.
Arai XC Open Face Motorcycle Riding Helmet
  • It is light and comfortable, surprisingly quiet, and does not press uncomfortably on my ears like so many others.
  • I bought this helmet for my fiancée. She loves the comfort, fit and the weight.
  • Helmet is light and feel very comfortable, I like the way the ear fit you can add in intercome and don't feel any bump on the ear.
Wider and Taller Field of Vision, Large field of vision protects from 99% of the sun’s damaging UV rays, 3D injection-molding ensures distortion-free view throughout the entire field of vision, Integrated air dam reduces wind turbulence inside shield, Comes Pinlock® EVO ready
Clear faceshield
Large upper vent shutter for ease of use with riding gloves
Front and rear vents
5 mm
Cheek Pad
31 mm
SHOEI’s in-house wind tunnel, The J-Cruise’s advanced shield system, SHOEI-exclusive Multi-Ply Matrix AIM shell and Multi-Piece EPS liner
Extended coverage on both sides- 1 3/16" longer, Convertible cheek pad features a 5MM layer that can be removed if necessary, Front and rear vents are taken directly from the RX-Q, Side cowl exhausts, Multi Density EPS liner
What customers say about "Features"
Shoei J-Cruise Open Face Motorcycle Helmet
  • It has a full face shield that protects you from 99% of the sun’s UV rays. The shield locks firmly in place when closed and nothing rattles going down the road at 80 mph.
  • The sun visor stays well clear of my nose and provides great relief.
  • As good as it gets save for a bluetooth system like N-Com. The optics on the shield and visor are stellar.
  • Ventilation is good. Comfort of the liner and chin strap are top-notch. Easy to install a com-system.
  • I can’t leave my helmet on top of my mirror any more. Guess I have to start securing it in my Tour Pak. I do hear the engine resonating in my helmet but not to the point it’s bothersome.
Arai XC Open Face Motorcycle Riding Helmet
  • It's a terrific helmet for a passenger, it offers full face feel and protection with a bit more comfort and airflow and great visibility.
  • The helmet comes forward around the chin area, giving fairly good protection for the lower face. I love the flip-up face shield! Plenty of room for glasses.
  • Wider view love the openess , yet still feel very safe with it on , great ventalation for those hot days , yet still keeps your head warm and safe on the cold days.
  • The chin strap is too short first of all and really annoying to snap. I don’t like the chin pads-too bulky. It gets really hot in the helmet.
  • Expensive helmet and then you have to buy the cheek pads that you think will fit and they are not in stock. Buying helmets online comes with risk.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
5 year(s)
Other Information
499.99 $

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