If you are a racer that probably goes through 3 to 4 helmets a season, you aren't dropping $3500 on helmets, that I can guarantee you.
Then you'd be wrong as nearly 80% of arais sales are to liscensed road racers.
you'd also be wrong in assuming that even club level racers wont buy them, as that is also one of their biggest markets
as to what you get for the money...
it's like buying a set of Joe rockets leathers, or a set of custom made vanson/Z Custom leathers.
bot hdo the job, but i know which one i'd pay for.
people have different priorities when it comes to helmets.
my top priority is proper fit and comfort with better than average protection.
thus the reason i buy the helmets i do.
and yes, I would not count HJC helemts among those i would buy. They are heavy, have substandard interior fabrics and padding, and are overall on the low end of the mid range market
I'd also like to point out that in todays market, paying even $600 for an Arai replica, is not the norm.
Most go between $400 and $600 on ebay all day long.
I bought mine a local dealer wiht three shields and two packages of tearoffs for $650