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How to Change an Arai Helmet Visor or Face Shield
Arai Vector 2 Review
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 and welcome to our video review of the all new Arai Vector 2 helmet. This is Arai's entry level helmet and when I say entry level its still going to be a premium helmet. Its going to have the same complex laminate construction, so the shell is still going to be that hand laid fiberglass which is extremely and incredibly stiff. One thing that you see on all Arai helmets is this hyper ridge that is molded into the shell itself. This allows them to make the opening of the helmet a little larger so you can get the helmet on and off easier and still have a helmet that fits snug. Another thing that it does is it adds additional stiffness along the base of the helmet. This is a weak spot on the helmets because its open. If you have an impact here that hyper ridge is really going to reinforce the helmet. It also serves as a shock wave buffer so if you hit up here that energy wave is going to be reflective back up and not continue down towards your body. Looking at the aerodynamics of the Vector, there are some differences between the Vector 1 the older version to the Vector 2. First thing they changed was the chin vent. It doesnt really look a whole lot different from the outside but the Vector 2 has more channeling for that air to get inside the helmet to your face and the face shield. They have redesigned the air wing on the back so if you look at the original Vector and the Vector 2, the Vector 2 actually has scoops at the back of the wing that are going to pull more air over the back of the helmet and these vents draw all the warm air out of the helmet which is the most effective ways to cool off the inside of the helmet. There are also some small static vents at the back towards the base of the helmet. Another thing that they have changed on the Vector 2 is the new face shield is going to be wider. It is a wider eye port so you have better vision. Out of the helmet itself it still has those brow vents that are built in, so talk about the ventilation you have a chin bar vent which has two positions, then you have brow vents. Instead of having vents up on the brow of the helmet itself they put them in the face shield and the reason they did that was because they don't want to compromise the integrity of the shell. You can see that the brow vents are directed through these air channels. Those direct the air down around to your fore head so you get some nice air flow there. This top vent is closeable with a simple slider switch and it operates easy with gloves. The same thing goes for the back you can open and close these rear vents and its actually two positions with that slider switch. Moving on to the inside of the helmet. Arai has actually changed a lot about the inside of this helmet as well. The original Vector just had removable cheek pads. The Vector 2 has a fully removable interior. You will see the neck roll is nice and flush, that helps keep the wind noise down. We will go ahead and remove the cheek pads here. Another thing Arai does with their helmets is they give you an option to take some foam off of the cheek pads, so rather than having to buy a thinner cheek pad you can actually tear away this top layer of foam, its called their micro fitting cheek pads. Pull that off and that's going to give you an extra 5 mm of room up in the cheek pad area. Another thing they may notice is they use multiple densities of foam. You have different types of foam and they are contoured to fit your face. They are also springed as you can see when I push it forward, that helps when you are taking the helmet off. Arai does not use snaps on their cheek pads they are basically little tabs one on each side of the cheek pad. To remove the crown liner it is just basically four snaps, two in the front and two in the back. You can take the whole liner out, you can wash it and replace it. Another part of Arai's micro fit system is the tear away temple pads. This allow you to get a little extra room in that area, so if you feel like there is too much pressure on the sides of your head you can actually tear these off of the interior of the liner. On the inside of the helmet you have Arai's single piece EPS liner, which is basically multiple densities of foam but they mold it into one liner piece so you don't have different pieces of foam inside the helmet. Check out this helmet it is definitely a great option if you don't want to spend the money on higher end race helmets from Arai. You can subscribe to our youtube channel by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner to watch all of our latest product and video reviews. Also check out our facebook page, and you can take a look at the Vector 2 on our website at Competition Accessories. We will see you next time.
The new Arai Vector 2 Thrill Helmets have been completely redesigned in almost every detail. To continue the success of the very popular Vector helmet, Arai has made huge improvements to offer better safety and convenience.The new features on the Arai Vector 2 Thrill Helmets include a wider aperture for better view of the road. The Arai Vector 2 uses a SAI visor similar to the Corsair V, larger front duct with a larger size switch, larger rear duct creating 50% more vacuum, larger side vents. The New Arai Vector 2 Thrill Helmet as a newly replaceable interior liner and a modified ventilation system. The interior has also been improved to allow better air flow around the head, offering a better comfortable fit and preventing pressure points.
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Arai Vector 2 Helmet Review
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Introducing the Vector 2, the latest version of Arai's hugely-popular less-is-more Vector model. Specifically crafted for the rider who doesn't need all the bells and whistles of other Arai models. But who can't imagine not getting the Arai family's unmatched three generations of handmade magic with care and craftsmanship, rider protection, performance, comfort and fit.
The kind that's earned Arai 12 straight J.D. Power and Associates Number One rankings for Customer Satisfaction - while no other brand has earned even one!
(The fact that the Vector 2 costs a little less doesn't hurt either!)
What becomes immediately obvious is that, while still adhering to its less-is-more design intent, the new Vector 2's impressive array of features, benefits, updates and upgrades results in an Arai helmet in which more costs less.
The Vector 2's CLC (Complex Laminate Construction) shell utilizes Arai's proprietary aerospace fiberglass technology to achieve a strong, flexible shell in a lightweight package
NEW! Chinvent Design
The placement of the new chinvent design within the Vector 2's chinbar gives it a distinctive look all its own - while flowing a lot of air into the interior
A rubber breathguard also comes as standard equipment
This design encircles the bottom of the shell, enhancing shell strength (in an area where some manufacturers actually reduce shell material)
The Hyper-Ridge also provides a larger opening in the bottom of the helmet, making it easier to get the helmet on and off - without either adding weight or increasing the shell size
NEW! ACR-2 Vents (Rear Ventilation)
Turned rear vent/ wing: New ACR-2 rear exhaust vent/ wing combo features wind-tunnel tuned air inlets that accelerate the airflow over the large exhaust-vent holes, greatly improving ventilation performance by markedly increasing the efficiency of interior stale-air and heat removal
A single large slider easily operates all three vents simultaneously
Organic Shell Shape
The Vector 2 is another example of Arai's organic shell design philosophy - an Arai helmet shape is created to conform more closely to the human head shape, making it look better and "flow" better in the wind
Arai believes this shaping is best done by human hands and experience - not computers
"Computers solve things mathematically. Hands build for humans."
NEW! Fully-Removable Liner
An upgrade from the previous Vector's fixed liner, the Vector 2 gives you a fully removable liner
Further, it is designed with a full-perimeter crown pad with minimal frame support for increased comfort
The removable/ replaceable cheekpads also have removable washable covers for easier, thorough cleaning
NEW! ACF-2 (Front Ventilation)
New ACF-2 front intake vent has an oversized intake opening for better airflow, and a sliding-door mechanism to more completely close it
The Vector 2 features larger side exhaust ports at the bottom rear to increase airflow while at the same time working to reduce noise levels
The new Vector 2's faceshield eyeport features the same extremely-wide peripheral view of Arai's top-of-the-line Corsair V racing helmet, and RX-Q - 5mm on each side - providing better side-to-side visibility and awareness of the world around you
Arai's multi-density EPS liner is like no other, comprised of up to 5 different densities in some models - and molded into a single piece
Arai pioneered this technology more than 20 years ago and is still - to our knowledge - the only helmet offering a single-piece hybrid liner and its unique benefit: the direct-fused contact area that each EPS call shares with its neighboring cells creates a mutual support - as one cell is crushed under impact, the surrounding cells assist with the energy absorption. (Liner pieces that are simply fitted or glued together cannot rely on such a high-level support bond.)
The incredible feature of the 5mm peel away cheekpad layer, first introduced on the RX-Q and now available on the Corsair V, is standard on the Vector 2
This feature gives you the option of a thinner cheek pad set, for a custom micro-fit, without having to purchase an optional cheek pad set
Expanding on the benefits of the 5mm peel-away cheekpad design, the Vector 2 is the first model to incorporate 5mm peel away temple pads
Adding to the benefits of multiple interior shapes, this feature now takes micro fitting within an interior shape to a higher level, giving you advantages offered only by Arai
Interior Shape: Intermediate Oval - This shape is designed for the rider whose head has a front-to-back dimension that is longer than the side-to-side dimension
Standards: Meets or exceeds both Snell and DOT
|Arai Helmet Sizes by Head Circumference|
|Arai Size|| Head (cm)||Head (in)|
|2XS||50.8 - 52.1||20.1 - 20.5|
|XS||53 - 54||20.9 - 21.3|
|SM||54.9 - 55.9||21.7 - 22|
|MD||57.2 - 58.1||22.4 - 22.8|
|LG||59.1 - 60||23.2 - 23.6|
|XL||61 - 61.9||24 - 24.4|
|2XL||62.9 - 63.8||24.8 - 25.2|
|3XL||64.8 - 66||25.6 - 26|
We do not guarantee the fitment of a helmet based on these charts
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