Arai Vector 2 Blarney Helmet
I got this helmet right before a 4000 mile road trip over two weeks. Here are my observations during the break-in period.
Slightly short (chin sticks out a bit)
Poor front vent placement (I ate a few bugs)
Chin strap not well positioned for helmet lock
Louder than helmets I've had in the past
I have a... long face, so I was initially pretty worried that my chin was sticking out too much, but as the foam was broken in, it because a bit less noticeable.
The lower front vent placement on the inside is the only real gripe I have with the product. If the holes were placed just slightly wider, I wouldn't have to drink bug puree.
July 13, 2015
I could not be more happy with this helmet and with Revzilla in general. My items were shipped and delivered extremely fast. The customer service through Revzilla is outstanding. The helmets fit great and look awesome.
July 10, 2015
Worth Every Penny
This is a great helmet for many reasons. I know its expensive, but the level of comfort and protection it offers makes it worth it. I live in Southern California so it can get very hot. This helmet has an awesome ventilation system, I can actually feel the cool air on my head. I upgraded my visor as well to the proshade system. It is a little tricky to switch out visors on this helmet and I need a tinted visor during the day. The fit is great and doesn't give me a headache as others have. Its fairly quiet too. And lets not forget the design, I'm a Irish girl so this is sooo me. :)
Overall a great helmet and worth the money.
May 22, 2015
Great entry-level to the mid-price range!
First time rider, but not a first time helmet user.
I definitely have an intermediate oval head, but slightly "filled" cheeks. I got the XL that came with 20mm cheek pads (despite the manual saying it'd come with 25mm). Regardless, I was able to pull off 5mm and it is PERFECT.
I also just went with the Diamond Black - gloss finish with metallic flakes. Just enough "pop", but nothing flashy. The SAI lens system took a bit of time to get used to, but switching lenses is simple and quick.
Air flow is great. I live in tropical weather, where heat AND humidity is a factor and I have no problems staying cool with this helmet.
Again, for under $500, it's great quality with decent amount of "features" and design advantages. Love mine and looking forward to keeping this in use for a long time.
July 4, 2015
Finally a comfortable helmet!
Spent a lot of time trying on helmets with no success. Read about aria helmets and thought the price was higher than some but if it fits it's worth it. This helmet is so comfortable and light weight I would recommend it to anyone, especially a female! The comfort with the cheek pads are beyond expectations. I had the most trouble finding the right fit before this helmet. Smells were too small and mediums were too big. The size small in the aria helmet fit as though it were custom made. The view is amazing and the vents are great. This helmet has everything a beginner to intermediate could need. I need to spend more time switching shields though as it's easy to take off but more difficult to put back on. I am extremely happy with my purchase!!!
June 29, 2015
A great helmet for fast riding. City riding not so much, and also the cheekpads are very flimsy and might have to change them after less than 3 months of use.
June 15, 2015
Typical Arai quality
Let's start off with it's an Arai. This is my 5th or 6th Arai. Been wearing them for many years. It is lighter then the one I am replacing (Quantum II). There seems to be more field of view. It is considered Arai's entry-level helmet but this term is misleading, it is a fantastic value. Fyi, this helmet has the 2013/2014 graphic but the distributor ordered a new batch and it was manufactured in 2015 so it has the full five-year warranty. No guarantees they all are but it was a nice surprise.
May 25, 2015
Arai Vector 2 VS Shoei RF 1200
There is something called "confirmation bias" where a person positively will rate an item higher then it really is to justify their purchase. In my case I was absolutely hoping to prove to myself that my Shoei RF1200 was a superior helmet to the Arai Vector 2 because I was very satisfied with my Shoei, but I wanted to see what all fuss was about with Arai, so I gave it a go.
I must say, I now know why everyone seems to love Arai helmets. It' hard to describe, but this helmet is greater then the sum of its parts. I look for some key ingredients when I purchase a helmet and those are:
1.) It needs to be light
2.) It needs to flow a ton of air (I live in the dessert and it's hot)
3.) It needs to not make my head look like I have a fish bowl on top of me. Large profile helmets look ridiculous
4.) It needs to have a very wide field of vision
5.) It needs to fit properly.
I don't really care so much about a quiet helmet because I wear ear plugs, but the Arai is still pretty quiet, but the Shoei might edge it in quietness (very close IMO).
The Arai meets all of the above criteria and right when you put it on you know there is something different about this lid. The fit is perfect for me. When you set the Arai next to my Shoei RF1200, the Arai looks to be a tiny tad larger, but when you put the Arai on my head, it actually "smaller" then the Shoei RF1200, and the only thing I can conclude is that the base of the Arai is wider at the neck preventing that "light bulb" shape look causing me to look like the Great Gazzoo.
The air flow in insane. Seriously, this is where it blows my Shoei out of the water. I ride in 100 degree temps and when I am going down the road at 65 mph, I literally can feel my lips blowing due to the amour of air coming in, it's that good!
If I get up to speed (over 85mph), my eyes will water from the wind coming in through the eye ports!
Which bring me to the next huge thing is the visor on the Arai has these little air vents that click open and pipe a good amount of air right at my eyebrow location. This must be some sort of patent for Arai, because why every helmet manufacturer doesn't do this is beyond me?
At speed in full tuck, I give the edge to the Shoei for buffeting less then the Vector 2, but at the 3/4 or upright position i give the edge to Arai Vector 2.
When side checking to change lanes, I give the edge to Arai.
On fit and finish, I give the win to Arai. I got the Vector 2 Crutchlow lid so it's fairly high viz and has a matte finish to it. My Shoei RF1200 is very nice and it's a shiny finish so it's not really an apples to apples comparison on exterior finish. But I like the vents and buckle better on the Arai.
One area that the Shoei seems to excel is the changing of the visor. The Arai gets some getting used to and I know this operator error on my part, but I had a heck of time changing out my shield to dark smoke on my Vector 2. I have seem guys at the track change out their shields in 3 seconds so I just have to get the hang of it. But the Arai has a wider field of vision then my Shoei RF1200.
It's tough to cough up 5 bills for a lid, but I'm kind of a gear nut so I put money into helmets and don't feel one bit bad about it, because in an "OFF" I think this lid will pay me back in spades.
May 13, 2015