I pull no punches when it comes to talking about helmets. I used to rock non-DOT, vintage and open-face helmets all the time, style was my priority, but a few crashes and many thousands of miles later, you will be hard pressed to find me pulling my head into anything other than a high quality full-face. Until very recently, that is. The CT-Z from Arai is not your average open-face helmet, in fact I would put it smack dab in the middle of an open-face and a modular. The full shield and larger coverage of the helmet are safer and more secure than most 3/4 helmets, and with the dark shield and visor it's darn good looking, too.