Arai embodies the typically Japanese pursuit of perfection like almost no other company. Founder, Hirotake Arai, was actually a hat maker, but he also happened to be a motorcycle rider, and in the 1950s he developed his first helmets. His son and successor, Michio Arai, took over in 1976, and made Arai synonymous with putting safety at the heart of everything. His obsession with detail and pursuit of quality still shape each individual helmet to this very day. That includes everything from the super-smooth shape to the extra-strong shells, exclusive use of double 'D' fasteners and adjustable cheek and temple padding. So, of course, a helmet from Arai never comes cheap. But worth every penny.