Both excellent helmets. Both cater to different shaped heads. I've tried on Arai helmets before but they're a little uncomfortable for my head. Shoei on the other hand fits me really well.
Your best bet is to spend an afternoon and try on as many helmets as you can. You might even be surprised that a lower cost helmet may fit you even better than either of these helmet brands (doubtful, but it could happen).
Arai fits my pin, and I really like the comfort.
My wife's Shoei is way quieter though, but doesn't fit my noodle and I hate ratcheting face shields...
May be hope for me with the new X-11, as it apparently fits like an Arai... but damn they're expensive, even compared to the Arai's.
Arai Quantum2 fits me perfectly. I've tried the Rx7 Corsair and was willing to pay more but in the end it just didn't fit right. I've had an X11 and it was okay but the liner didn't feel as nice as the Arai. And as Gern said, I don't care for the ratcheting face shield.
Regardless of price, the Arai fits me best for 10 hour ride days, don't go by price go by fit and if the lid is expensive you have to ask yourself " How much is my head worth?? " Mines worth lots to me.........
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