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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.
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories and welcome to our review of the Arai RX-Q. Now if you have been around on our website for a while you may have seen the older Arai RX-Q video we had and it was out of date and I wanted to do a better one, the older one was from before my time so lets get into the details of the Arai RX-Q. Arai calls it the ultimate street helmet, they have taken a lot of inspiration from the RX-7 line or the Corsair V which is their high end race helmets. It is a replacement for the Quantum 2 which was a very popular helmet choice. It is an all new model, if you are in Europe you probably know this one as the Quantum ST. Some specific changes from the Quantum 2 in mainly the head shape. Unfortunately a lot of riders are not happy with that, if you have a very round head shape in other words you have a lot of width to your head and just a very round shape, that's what the Quantum 2 was designed to fit. The RX-Q is an intermediate oval, so if that's your case and you want an Arai helmet the RX-Q is going to be your best bet in that line up. The intermediate oval is what Arai finds to be what most people are most comfortable wearing. You are going to spend anywhere from 500 to 700 dollars on the RX-Q depending on the graphic or the solid that you go with. First of all lets talk about the weight I have a scale we can throw it on and you can see it is fairly average for a motorcycle helmet, it is 3.5 lbs. This helmet is not super heavy but also not super light either. However when you have this on your head, it is designed for comfort, long distance riding, and high performance riding as well. The reason it doesn't feel super heavy when its on your head is it actually has a very low center of gravity and that's thanks to this hyper ridge that is built in along the base of the shell. Arai also does something that is unique that a lot of other helmet manufacturers don't do is they maintain the same shell thickness all the way down to the bottom of the shell. That provides again a low center of gravity but also some additional support and structure in the base of the shell. That hyper ridge also provides an additional level of rigidly along the base of the shell, so if you take a hit along this area on the shell, the shell is designed to spread impact so its going to spread that impact as far as it can so you don't want it to continue down passed the shell. Sometimes you can see a less expensive helmet in a bad crash will leave a crack down in this area here because there is no more support for the shell to continue to spread that impact. This hyper ridge will help transfer that impact back up the helmet so its not transferred to your body. I have a raw shell here that is a unique thing to take a look at and it is an RX-Q shell and it is actually hand laid fiberglass. All Arai helmets are hand made and they have true artisans and craftsman that build these shells to exact specifications. These helmets go through three separate quality control checks throughout there manufacturer and they do some really neat things. Not only that hyper ridge along the base of the shell but also peripheral belting. Anytime you have any kind of hole in the shell for ventilation or for the face shield it is a weak point so they provide additional belting along those areas to provide additional rigidity to the shell so they can manage that impact as best as possible. Another thing you can see is they take the same shape as an egg and that's something Arai has done for years, the rounder the helmet the more strong it is going to be and also your not providing for any means of catching on the pavement or the ground in a form of a crash. The purpose for that is so it will slide right along the ground and wont catch and cause even more injury because of it catching. Even the vents on the top of the helmet and the spoiler on the back are designed to break away in an accident. They are attached with basically and industrial double sided tape so it is stuck on very well for regular use but in accident it will break off. Taking a look at the inside you can see the reinforcement here, they do put on a spoiler and drill holes for the vents. Again just a very very strong shell construction. Last thing I want to talk about on this raw shell is you can see where most helmets have a significant recess where they would install the base plate mechanism for the shield, you may notice all Arai's use this pod system which is essentially a cover over the base plate and that's because the base plate does not sit or does not have a home in the shell. It has a very shallow recess where that goes where as most helmets use all sorts of springs and other things to clip a shield in which requires a little bit more of a detente in the shell itself. Arai's method is to try and keep that round organic shell shape consistent so you don't compromise on the shell strength and protection. The EPS liner is no different it is a one piece EPS liner and the one I have here has several different colors that's not what you would see traditionally from the factory, they usually cover them in a black coating. This one details the different types of foam that are used and you can see its the one piece liner so a lot of times you will see other manufactures claim they have a two piece EPS liner or a multi-density EPS liner where what they have found over the years in all helmets different impacts require different types of foam. When we see a serious impact you want that foam to be able to absorb the impact along with the duration of that impact which is going to require a firmer foam or multiple impacts that Snell 2010 requirement is for it to absorb the same impact multiple times. The liner takes different densities of foam especially along the face shield area and chin bar. The biggest thing with Arai is it is a multiple density one piece liner. They do not use any glue on softer foam they make it so everything works as one and uniformly. Lets talk about the ventilation it is fairly straight forward it does have some really nice features to it. You do have a chin bar vent that directs air up onto the face shield to prevent fogging. There are pinlock shields available for this no anti fogging coating on the inside of this helmet so it will fog up on you if you don't do something about it you can get the pinlock insert and that is just the way Arai has chosen to go with there anti-fog, the advantage there is no anti-fog coating to wear off over time. Arai face shields do run a little bit more money as well. A lot of that is thanks to the face shield vents. The reason they put these vents on the face shield so it does not compromise the safety of the helmet. They know that the shell is already weak due to the eye port so they did not want to take any more away from that shell construction. The vents on the face shield channel the air through air passages that go throughout the helmet. This also vents to your temple area where a lot of helmets fail to direct air. You do have two chimney style vents on the top, it does have ram air type scoops that will push air down into the helmet. If you look at the back of the helmet there are some exhaust vents. This is the most effective way to keep a helmet cool because it draws the warm air right out the back of the helmet by creating an area of low pressure and it acts like a vacuum. You also have some static ports on the back here and it functions by also drawing the warm air right out the helmet. Finally out the base of the neck roll your also getting some exhaust vents, so that air that is pushed in will be able to flow through the entire helmet all the way out the back to keep you comfortable. Lets talk about removing the face shield because there is not a base plate system to use to remove the shield. What you do is you open this all the way and a little gray lever will pop right out. There is one on each side on the shield, all you do is simple pull up on those levers until they click and then once you have done that you can take the face shield and continue rotating it up and it will come right out. Very easy to remove and replace it just takes some practice to get used to it. Finally to replace it you will see there is a notch and you want to point that top corner to the top corner on the pod here. You simply push the shield back in until it does go any further and then close it and that's it so its back in and ready to go. There is no ratcheting system on an Arai face shield its just a smooth friction. Lets take a look at the inside at the features of the Arai RX-Q. First and for most it is a fully removable interior so you can pull this out you can wash it, or replace it if you need too. Another thing you will notice is they have brought over their emergency cheek pad release system from their race helmets, so it provides EMT's a way to remove the helmet without causing further neck injuries. You can see you just pull on that tab and the cheek pad is going to come right out of the helmet. You will see the orange tab has a note to notify emergency staff how to operate it. They can pull those right out while you are still wearing the helmet. What that does is it provides a much larger area for them to remove the helmet without them to cause further neck injury, you can see the neck roll comes right off as well. Now you see how much larger that opening will be so they can slide the helmet right off of your head. One thing that is unique about Arai helmets as well is when you pull the cheek pads out that is actually the raw shell, they actually put the EPS foam liner on the cheek pads itself. This is going to do a really good job at absorbing impact and you can see it is labeled 30mm which is the size of the cheek pads. Of course you can go up or down with the size depending on how they fit for you. What Arai has that is very unique is two things a facial contour system and a customizable cheek pad. There is a thin piece of foam here that can be removed or taken off. This helps for better fitment with the helmet if it is causing you be uncomfortable and it causes any pressure points. This is one way of customizing the fit of the helmet without having to go out and by brand new cheek pads. You will also notice they use different densities of foam throughout the construction of the cheek pad and they use their facial contour system. What this actually does is craddle you face and makes for better fitment of the helmet. You can remove the liners of the chin strap as well they just have a little yellow snap at the top, this is another area if your sweating a lot you want to be able to clean these up. The crown liner itself is attached with a couple of snaps and Arai uses a very low profile snap design. You will see some manufacturers have more larger snaps and that can get uncomfortable at times. The snaps from Arai actually stick to the snaps in the EPS liner and they run flush to the shell. You are getting very high levels of construction here with lots of different types of material to absorb moisture and wick it away from your head and also provide for lots of ventilation. They do this so when air does come inside the helmet it has a lot of space to transfer to your head and keep you comfortable. Last but not least you can see the interior here as I mentioned it is painted black for the factory model so it does look nice and finished. One thing you might be able to see here is you can see the exhaust port for that intake vent for vent on the face shield. This will direct air through a tunnel and down around to the side of your temple. You see the cheek pad is attached with a nice secure attachment point and it goes right into the shell itself. Last but not least you do have a small chin spoiler built in which you may think is kind of on the smaller side but what is really neat is you can extend it. Little attention to detail like this is what sets Arai different from other manufacturers and im not saying that there arent other good helmet manufacturers, definitely shop around and watch other product videos but the attention to detail that Arai puts into safety its very apparent in their construction. They are going for safety above all else. They don't look for any modern wild designs they look for safety first. You get a lot of bang for the buck even though it is a lot of bucks, Arai helmets will last you a long time. If you have any questions about them we have a lot of experienced people on the phone here at Competition Accessories and you can give us a call or shoot us an email, leave us a comment on our youtube channel and we will get back to you. Don't forget to like our facebook page and also if you subscribe to our youtube channel you with stay up to date with all of our product and video reviews. Last but not least even though this is expensive you can also earn up to 5% comp a cash back on future purchases. Thanks for watching this review of the Arai RX-Q and we will see you next time.
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This review is for Arai PRO Shade System
great arai sunvisor system - Mark B   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: Easy to install, works great, no more changing visors for me
Cons: [None]

I pre-ordered this and waited for a while for Arai to finally release it. Wow.. so worth the wait. I think the sunvisor was the only thing missing for Arai. They already had the best helmets, now they have this sunvisor. I installed it about 3 weeks ago and use it daily. I just ordered a 2nd one along with an new Arai for my wife from compacc. I got a nice discount too, because of the CA cash I had earned on my shield and sliders kevlar jeans order..Great company.. Great product.. Thanks to Davie in customer service for putting up with all my questions and emails

This review is for Arai PRO Shade System
Arab PRO Shade System fits need - Milkbone   IA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: Good fit. Covers field of vision well.
Cons: At the time I order it had very limited availability.

Covers field of vision well but gets out of the way when not needed. Competition accessories was very good at keeping me informed during the backorder process. Worth the wait.

This review is for Arai SAI Max Vision - Pinlock And Other Replacement Shields
At last, a reason to prefer the Corsair V - Duke W   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: Easy change-out, works flawlessly with the pinlock inserts designed for it
Cons: Not standard on every Arai helmet it fits

Anti-fog inserts are a must on Arai helmets, so when I needed a new Corsair V, I bought one of these at the same time. The difference is night and day from the old-style pinlock shields. There is no limitation to the clear field of vision from the rider's point of view. The last reason to prefer an older helmet is now gone well, except for the paint schemes -- I really miss the Tommy Gun paint job -- they don't have anything that evocative any more. Yes, I know that the Corsair V is supposed to be a racing helmet, and they therefore think you don't need an anti-fog visor, but this is safety equipment, guys, and should be standard on every helmet it fits. Oh, one more note if you have a spare old-style pinlock insert, be aware they won't fit the new design. Buy an insert at the same time, and you won't have to wait to be safe go ahead, ask me how I found that out.

This review is for Arai SAI Max Vision Pinlock Anti-Fog Shield Inserts
Call it a necessity - Duke W   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: Product actually works as advertised, really wide, tall field of clear vision
Cons: Shouldn't these be on every Arai helmet

Anyone who's ever worn a helmet in the rain knows that you either anti-fog, or you don't see. While there are lots of ways to anti-fog, the best way is to not have to in the first place. If your face shield is anti-fog, you don't have to worry about whether you treated it or not, or whether you put the anti-fog in your pocket before you left. That's why this product rocks so hard. It flatly works. Unless you're a mouth-breathing troglodyte, you won't fog this. The combination of pinlock pocket and silicon seal works to provide a clear, fog-free view that will last a couple of rainy seasons of daily use ask me how I know. Another plus this new design puts the edges of the anti-fog area outside the seals for the eyeports, so your view is unrestricted. Nice The only drawback this doesn't come standard on every Arai helmet. It really should. They're one of the safest helmets on the market, so why doesn't this vital piece of safety equipment come standard on every helmet they sell Don't know, but if yours didn't come with one of these, you need to get one -- before you need it and don't have it. Don't delay, buy today

This review is for Arai SAI Max Vision - Pinlock And Other Replacement Shields
Fog Free and Happy in my Arai - Side Road   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: Easy to install, Love it.. Now I am Fog Free..
Cons: [None]

No fogging issues with this visor. Now, if it would only keep my glasses from foggingRiding last winter with the RX-Q, I had a lot of fogging issues. While it was easily mitigated with the front vent, who really wants to open it at 30 some odd degreesI have read that other people had issues with the pins. I just straightened out he visor, as shown in the video, and popped it in place. Very simple and took but a couple of seconds to install it.It does take a little bit to get used to as it gives the impression of being cracked open on the bottom when all you are seeing is a small area that is not covered by the insert.

This review is for Arai SAI Max Vision - Pinlock And Other Replacement Shields
Works good, certainly fog free - RON   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: Fog Free, Good Fit
Cons: slight reflection in some conditions

Works well. I have the dark smoke and light smoke on separate shields, easy interchange. Dark for sunny, light for daytime cloudyovercast. Only negative is minimal ... slight reflectivity off the inner surface, so on bright days the lens is not crystal-clear ... but it's close, and it doesn't fog.

This review is for Arai RX-Q - Corsair V Helmet Shield Cover Sets
Corsair V Helmet Shield Cover - poule d'eau   LA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: easy to replace. good fit and form. nice product, quality parts.
Cons: hard to match color. selection limited

sometimes schitt happens and a great helmet is useless without a proper working face shield. Arai has the parts and it's an easy fix. remember to use the silicon lube, may help the shield from sticking and breaking the shield cover tab. wish the color selection was larger, my grey replacement was darker than original helmet color but looks ain't everything - safety first.

This review is for Arai PRO Shade System
PRO Shade Reviw - SlowRider   TX Recommended by Reviewer: No
Pros: Easy to install and use. Visually consistent with helmet aesthetics.
Cons: Shade not as dark as it could should be.

Had high hopes for this solution to glare and direct sun in the eyes. The PRO Shade didn't really help either problem. The shade portion is handy and provides some relief from the direct sun like a cheap pair of sunglasses would do. Unfortunately it could do more in this regard. Also, should the shade be in the up position and the wind catch it, stand your helmet and head will snap back with a fair amount of force.Have been accustomed to a high-quality and well thought out products from Arai. This one may not have been as thought out as it could be. Seems like improvements will help it. Perhaps the next version will be perfect

This review is for Arai PRO Shade System
Not a bad solution, Probably the best Arai will offer. - Jim J   GA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: Provides a quick sunshade option, no need to carry multiple visors.
Cons: Now you have 4 surfaces to clean or potentially scratch.

I love Arai and have for years. But I have been caught after dark with my tinted visor and also needed a sunshade on my clear visor. Arai needed a solution, this is what they came up with. I used it on a 600 mile trip last week and it worked perfectly on my Signet Q. In and out of tunnels, did a great job. In the raised position gave a nice shade and lowered was just like a dark visor. No problem with distortion, noise, wind drag. The main issue I see is that now you have an inner and outer dark section that accumulates bugs and dirt and of course the clear section to clean. Any one of those surfaces could get dinged and the total package is not cheap. You can't just add the sunshade to a normal visor.Arai claims this is a better solution because they do not have to change the design of helmet for an internal drop down visor and, in their opinion, affect safety. I'm not an expert so I won't dispute the claim but bottom line, this is the Arai solution. It was worth the price to me.You really want to know what works The Transitions visor that Bell and Akuma use. THAT is the perfect solution and could be adapted by every helmet manufacturer. I don't know why Arai and Shoei and others resist that elegant and effective solution.

Sizing Chart & Specs for the Arai Base Plate Set - Corsair V, Vector 2 and RX-Q Helmets
Arai Helmet Sizes by Head Circumference
Arai Size Head (cm)Head (in)
2XS50.8 - 52.120.1 - 20.5
XS53 - 5420.9 - 21.3
SM54.9 - 55.921.7 - 22
MD57.2 - 58.122.4 - 22.8
LG59.1 - 6023.2 - 23.6
XL61 - 61.924 - 24.4
2XL62.9 - 63.824.8 - 25.2
3XL64.8 - 6625.6 - 26

We do not guarantee the fitment of a helmet based on these charts
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