How to Change an Arai Helmet Visor or Face Shield
Arai Defiant Helmet Review at Competition Accessories
ARAI 2014 Vector 2 & Defiant
Hey this is Reuben with Competition Accessories and we just wanted to make a quick video on how you change the face shield out on the Arai helmet. A lot of people get intimidated by Arai helmet face shields because of the side pod they have where you cant see whats going behind it. What we have done on this helmet here is we installed a clear pod so we could give you a better look at the inner workings of the base plate mechanism and show you how it works. Basically to remove the face shield what I want you to see is this little gray lever here, there are one of those on each side of the helmet. When you raise your shield to the top position those will pop out. Now if your helmet is a little older or a little worn out they might not pop all the way out like a brand new helmet. With the face shield all the way up you just need to lift those levers all the way up. Once you have lifted those until they click, to take the shield off is very simple, you are just going to grab it from the top , rotate it back and pull it off. It comes right off really quickly. You will see guys out at the track if you watch racing at all like the isle of man for instance, they will pull into the pits and they swap face shields on or off in just a matter of seconds. It is one of those things you have to get the hang of. To reinstall the shield is a little trickier, there is a horse shoe shape cut out on the end of the shield here, that's going to line up with the top curve on the helmet or the pod and with the clear ones you can see the round tab that its going to slide over. Your going to slide that in on both sides and its not going to really click or anything, you just have to get it down and on to there like that. Once its in I find it easier to have the helmet facing away from you and then you are just going to close the shield. When you close the shield what happens is this opening this cut out right here slides over that little notch right there, so that is what limits the shield as It opens. That's how to change the Arai face shield out, hopefully that helps you out. You can go to our youtube channel if you click on this link in the upper right hand corner and subscribe to us. We have a lot detailed videos on helmets and other products. You can also check us out on facebook and check us out online, see you next time.
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our review of the All new Arai Defiant full face street helmet. If your one of our YouTube subscribers your probably getting one of the first up close looks at this all new helmet from Arai , were really excited to show it to you sit back and relax because its going to take a while because this is a really awesome helmet and it comes with that Arai price tag its not a cheap helmet by any means but you'll see you do get what you pay for with a motorcycle helmet . First of all the new Arai Defiant has a very cool shape to it the base shape of the helmet is very similar to other Arai's, its a very organic round shell shape that Arai is famous for they believed very firmly in keeping the shell shape very simple so it does a really good job at distributing the impact forced over the broadest area possible , they look to the shape of an egg for inspiration very strong shape and the Defiant has does have a little bit different of a look to it especially in the chin area it has a very close to the face chin bar not so close that it was in the way for my face, and well talk about sizing in a minute. But i was able to touch the chin bar with my lips if i tried but not so close that it was uncomfortable or felt like it would be unsafe but definitely a very cool looking helmet for sure. Looking from the front of it and the Defiant name as it implies it has a bit of an attitude this particular one here is the asteroid graphic its available in several different colors this one right here is my favorite Kawasaki green , so definitely a nice looking helmet. Now talking about the shell i have a raw shell up here this is actually from an RXQ but this is going to have the very same design principals as the one that they are building for the Arai Defiant. So its an organic fiberglass shell these are actually hand made mold by hand by true professionals who have spent countless hours perfecting the art of creating a perfect uniform complete shell that its going to be incredibly strong, distribute impact over a broadest area possible , and Arai has really done their homework when it comes to saftey in helmets . So you can see its a very round shape one of the things i love to do with the helmet, if you have a helmet at home you can try this, grab the chin bar and give it a squeeze and you shouldn't be able to flex it much a little flex is okay because you want a little bit of deflecting force with the shell but with Arai i mean you cant really get it to budge , i could probably stand on this thing and it wouldnt move. So very very very strong shell materials are used in the construction, and that round shape is to not only spread the impact over a large area it also prevents catching on the ground so if your sliding its not going to have any hard edges to grab onto . In fact all the external things that Arai ever puts on the helmet like this rear wing they are actually designed to break off if you get hit with any amount of force when you crash that way you don't grab and twist your neck or anything like that. Speaking of the vents, you have a pretty neat vent system on the chin of this helmet . Now normally a chin bar vent just directs a little bit of air up onto the face shield to help reduce fogging and to be honest a lot of the time chin bar vents aren't very effective , some times you open them and you cant even tell if its open or closed some helmets are better then others . Looking at how this one is designed i think its actually going to be really effective , chin vent there's actually two positions you can see there are several openings in the front here. When you slide it down you can see it just opens this top slit that one actually directs air up onto the face shield much like the defroster of your car you can see the openings right here above the little breath deflector included. If you want more you can open it to the second position and that opens the four openings here the lower portion which directs air to your mouth , so if you look inside here it may be a little difficult to see there are actually some openings inside the chin bar here where that air is going to flow right through the chin bar and directly onto your face. So you should have plenty of air though the chin bar of this helmet . Very nice touch from Arai that you don't see a chin bar vent that will be that effective on most helmets . Moving up from there you have the brow vents now if your not familiar with Arai they use these on a few of their helmet models especially the Corsair V its well known for it and thats their top of the line race helmet, and its the vents that are built into the shield here. And you can see you can open and close them they actually do have two positions and they direct air not just to the forehead but actually to the temples and if you look here there's actually two intake ports that seal up next to the face shield and when you open it it actually directs air around to the temples and around your ears which is an area which most helmets miss when your looking at ventilation most helmets don't have any type of vents over the ears or the sides of the head here. So what Arai is doing is they are putting air in that area and it actually goes over your temporal artery which is one of the main artery's for your brain. Its really shown to keep you cooler, very effective vents . The other design influence that Arai has, on these vents is they don't want to compromise the shell in this area . Since you already have a large opening here in the helmet the most vulnerable part of the shell a very large opening to the eye port they feel that drilling any holes close to the edge here is going to really compromise on how well this helmet can protect you in a severe impact , that's the reason they build them onto the face shield , yes that does make their shields a little bit more pricey but the trade off is a helmet that is going to protect you a lot better. Moving up from there you have two intake vents on the top of this helmet that I'm already a huge fan of , they have a very unique closing system almost like a garage door,you slide it back it does have two positions and it is going to function like a ram air scoop. So as your riding air is going to be forced down inside the helmet just with the natural airflow as you ride but the other thing that is really nice about it is it seals up really well so Arai has already claimed this its going to seal up really well to prevent wind and water from entering the helmet . If its colder out acclimate weather conditions you can close these and that's also going to prevent wind noise too. Any time you have a real clean surface for the air to flow over like this its going to help keep the helmet quite its just a large chunky scoop that's just always up there in the air so definitely a nice design job by Arai there. You also have exhaust ports on this helmet, two on the sides here that are static ports these are always open , as you ride there an area of low pressure is formed that really helps to draw warm air out the back these also work very well in conjunction with the face shield vents , that vented air that coming through the face shield around your ears has somewhere to go right off the bat .Its a really effective way of keeping you cool . Then again under this rear wing which is designed for two purposes, its going to help the helmet stable at speed reduce lift it also really helps with the ventilation system to draw warm air out. You have two positions on this one here just slide it back to half way open slide fully back to have those fully open. So there's 3 vent holes across the top of the helmet here that you might not be able to see its kind of a translucent smoke on that rear spoiler . Now speaking of air flow there is a chin spoiler here that is designed to help reduce lift and buffeting at speed you can see it kind of protrudes forward a little bit and thats going to help keep the helmet stable it also directs air around the sides of the helmet here . Taking a look at the inside there's a few other things to notice before we get to the insides i will mention the fit . This is going to fit with Arai's Intermediate oval internal shape so that's going to be very similar to the Coarse Air V , I've worn lots of different Arai helmets this is the size Medium which is the size i pretty much always take in most helmet manufactures this helmet is extremely plush very comfortable inside but its my size it fits me very well so intermediate oval shape and one thing that they've done is they have increased the opening size at the base of the helmet so if you ever have a hard time getting your helmet on and off or get a lot of pressure on the ears this is going to help you pull it on and off really comfortably .There's another element to the design and that really factors in when your looking for comfort getting the helmet on and off , these cheek pads have emergency quick release on them. There's a little tab here that informs emergency personnel that they can pull these out , just give this orange tab a pull here you can see the cheek pads slide right out and what that does if you pull this out is it is going to enlarge the opening a bit further so now you can see how much larger the opening is on the inside. If you do go down maybe your incautious or they suspect a neck injury they can pull your cheek pads out which allows them to slide the helmet off your head with a lot less force committed to your neck or head. Going back to the fit and getting the helmet on and off though they have what they call their FCS which is facial contour system this is the way that the cheek pad actually conforms to your face to keep you comfortable you can see its got a real nice curve to it . There's actually a patented spring inside here and these are actually removable covers on the cheek pads I'm going to go ahead and pull this off so you can see how this works definitely a pretty neat design so its obviously fit on there pretty well but you can kind of slide it off get a look at it. Ill bring it back to there so you can see it , this is a patented spring that Arai has developed to keep the cheek pads right up near the cheeks that black portion there. And you can see if i push on it it actually springs back so what that does for you is pulling the helmet on or taking it off it pushes the cheek pad completely out of the way so its not pulling on your ears or anything and then once you've got the helmet on it pushes up against your skin cradles your face really comfortably and that does a couple of things. Obviously its comfortable easier to get your head in and out of the helmet but it also gives you a better seal so wind noise and unwanted air water coming from up inside the helmet underneath will be much significantly reduced so that's going to help keep you comfortable and keep the helmet a little bit quieter at speed the other thing that is really neat about this cheek pad is there is this 5 millimeter pad over the top here this grey pad that's actually removable so you can actually pull that off and gain 5 millimeters on each side in the cheek pad so in this helmet if it gets to you and in the cheek pads are just way too tight if its not going to get there with normal break in you can go ahead and remove this pad to customize the fit before needing to change a whole size of the cheek pads so that's really nice. And while were here you can also see the different density's of foam that Arai uses depending on what part of the face the cheek pad is touching they used different densities to give you a really good comfort the fabric they use everything is super soft so its very comfortable I'm a huge fan of the way Arai's Feel when they are on your head and rightly so they are an expensive helmet they should be really comfortable right . Taking a look at the inside here you do have a removable crown liner which we will go ahead and pull out here so you can see the ventilation. So just a few snaps and that's gonna come right out again very soft comfortable material very breathable material lots of openings for ventilation so it can reach your skin you can see the different densities of foam that they use in the liner system there these also have adjustable temples , so again here you have a layer of foam that is designed to be removed if you feel like you need a little bit more room on the side so very customizable when it comes to fit with the Arai Defiant. You've seen these types of design elements with the Signet Q which they've had out for a little while now but it has been very well received . Now taking a look at the inside here you do have plenty of ventilation we've already looked at the vents on the outside so you have a pretty good idea of where they are and a couple of intake vents at the front a few intakes at the back and again its going to flow lots of air through the liner now this is the EPS foam liner that is actually going to absorb impact in the event of a crash. Arai does a really good job at designing that to work with the shell and they use a one piece EPS liner with multiple densities of foam so depending on where the impact happens the optimum density of foam for that impact and for that location on the shell itself depending on how it can absorb and handle that impact. Lots and lots of research goes into these helmets one other detail we didn't mention yet is along with this little chin lip spoiler you also have an extend able chin curtain so if it is cold of you want a little bit more protection from the wind you can extend this out and its going to give you a little bit more flow of air over the bottom of the helmet again really reduces the amount of wind noise your going to get when your riding . Lastly well talk about the face shield this is Arai's SAI Max vision Shield that actually includes a pin lock insert so you might notice there are two small black posts on either side of this shield as well as a little lip that goes all the way around here and that is for the max vision pin lock insert what your going to do is remove the face shield and insert that pin lock lens in between those two posts and it actually sits it has a silicone bead that sits on that lip and it drops in and what that does it seals the inner shield from the outer shield there's a little bead of air in between the two and it insulates really well and is a very good solution for fogging issues if you live somewhere and it gets cold rains a lot where your dealing with fog putting in that pin lock insert will make a huge difference and we have a whole separate review video on the pin lock insert system if you want to check that out. Now to remove the face shield we have to talk about that , we have a whole separate video of that of how to remove your Arai face shield it kind of intimidates a lot of people . Arai is different they have what they call pods on the side they cover the base plate mechanism the reason Arai has done that if you look at the raw shell i have here is they have bolted on all the base plate mechanisms to the external part of the shell and that allows them to maintain the curvature as much as possible with out having to make more of a recesses house all the springs nuts and bolts that most other helmets typically use . This translates to a shell that can absorb impact better over the side of the head and its not going to compromise its not going to have sharp edges inside of the shell there where that base plate mechanism resides. Because of that though you have this pod that has to go over the outside which is helps to make the helmet look better obviously and it also hides all the base plate systems so you cant really see whats going on .So to remove the shield you have to raise the shield to the upper most position you'll notice that they're are little grey tabs that pop out at the bottom there there's one on each side . What your going to do to pull the shield off is lift those up until they click and then you literally grab the shield and then keep rotating it back wards and pull it off and it comes right off, and here you can see the little channels that the base plate actually sits on and then to reinstall it . On the upper parts of this pod here if you just line up this part of the shield you can just slide that right in on both sides i usually find that if the helmet is facing away from you on a table like this just slide those in until it kind of clicks into place and then close the shield and then that's it its back on . Guys that race in these helmets get so good at that that they can actually swap the shields while they are still wearing the helmet which is incredible, very very quick and easy shield changes once you know how to do it . Nothing to scary a few crunching sounds but that's the way its designed to work. While were talking about the shield the last thing ill point out is these little pucks here they are kind of like little sliders that they have to put on these and the reason they have to do that and that goes into how they are attaching the shield itself and that helps keep the shield away from the paint and the finish on the shell of the helmet because they have the shield tolerance so close in fact if you zoom in on this area is here you can see how tight the shield fits down against the shell of the helmet that helps to keep wind noise down it obviously prevents any unwanted whistling and it also give the helmet an aerodynamic efficient look and its just going to help the helmet preform better weather your on the race track or on a long trip . The Arai Defiant is something I've been waiting for from Arai its a new model every time there's a new model from Arai its exciting it does not disappoint its everything you'd expect when Arai puts their name on a helmet you know its going to be good , if there any questions about the Arai Defiant that we didn't answer you could leave us a comment on our YouTube channel or give us a call wed love to answer your questions . If you have any feed back about the helmet or have actually had a chance to ride in one already go ahead and write a review on our website or in the comments here wed love to get your feed back about the helmet to .