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Arai Vector 2 Phil Read Replica Helmet

The Arai Vector 2 Motorcycle Helmet is the successor to Arai's hugely popular Vector model. New features for the Vector 2 Helmet include an SAI visor similar to RX-Q and Corsair V which provides wider field of vision. A replaceable interior liner has been modified to improve air flow around the head and to provide a more comfortable fit eliminating pressure points. The ventilation system has been revamped with a larger size switch and larger rear duct which will create 50% more vacuum..

  • Solid Colors
    • "Frost" indicates a Matte finish
    • "Diamond" refers to a metallic finish with metal flake
  • Complex Laminate Construction (CLC) shell that combines excellent shell integrity with light weight
  • Arai's exclusive multi-density, single piece hybrid EPS liner
    • Arai's multi-density EPS liner is like no other, comprised of up to 5 different densities in some models which is molded into a single piece 
    • The 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.) 
  • New ACF-2 front intake vent has an oversized intake opening for better airflow, and a sliding-door mechanism to more completely close it
  • Brow Vent Faceshield Ventilation System provides cooling air in upper face area without holes in critical forehead area of the shell or in the impact-absorbing liner material
  • Exclusive removable 5 mm Peel - away Cheek and Temple Pad layer-provides additional level of customization and fitment
  • Extreme peripheral view - same wider field of side to side visibility as the top-of-the-line Corsair V racing helmet (an additional 5mm on each side when compared to to previous Vector model)
  • New tuned rear vent/wing - Air inlets provide improved interior ventilation and heat removal
  • Hyper-Ridge band - newly sculpted lower reinforcement band provides stability and lower center of gravity for a lightweight feeling.
  • Larger side exhaust ports to increase airflow and minimize noise
  • Dual pivot chin vent to direct air to the rider or the shield for de-misting
  • Reinforced shell ridges with integrated side exhaust vents
  • Larger bottom opening for easier on and off
  • Removable/replaceable cheek pads with 5mm peel-away layer
  • Micro-fitting:
    • 5mm peel away cheek pad layer first introduced on the RX-Q comes standard on the Vector 2.  
    • Gives you the option of a thinner cheek pad set for a custom fit without having to purchase additional cheek pads
    • Expanding on the 5mm peel-away cheek pads, the Arai Vector 2 is the first Arai model to offer 5mm peel away temple pads as well
  • 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. This is a neutral head-shape design which tends to fit most riders well.
  • Meets or exceeds Snell M2010 and D.O.T. standards
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Arai Vector 2 Phil Read Helmet 4.7 5 83 83
Right Shape for an Oddly-Shaped Head This is my first time owning an Arai. My head is shaped such that most helmets are too round, making for an uncomfortable pressure point on my forehead. Not so with the the Vector 2. Having tried on other Arai helmets before, I was fairly certain that this would fit correctly. It did. Airflow is great, it is light, doesn't look like I'm wearing a jack-o-lantern, and the vision is great for somewhat upright to somewhat sporting riding positions. I elected to remove the nose diffuser due to my Italian heritage (Read: nose hits it). This isn't an issue in an Icon helmet, for example, but what the Arai offers is a form that is much truer to your face and head, not just your tape measure size. January 13, 2015
Comfiest helmet ever This is my third helmet and I'm very happy with it. The first two were made for a different head shape than mine (which is fairly round). The good: The liner is very plush, field of vision is very wide and the ventilation is good. I can ride for a very long time, even with a thin balaclava underneath. It is very comfortable! The pinlock sheild/lens system is excellent at preventing fog and is great at keeping rain out. Noise level is ok, not super quiet. The annoying: Arai missed the boat by not including a chin skirt! This causes air to whoosh around my face and makes the helmet a little louder. My hack for this is to use a Scorpion EXO-500 Aero Skirt (i have an XS helmet). It fits pretty well and prevents so much air flow. Others have mentioned an HJC skirt but this doesnt fit an xs size helmet. It's not perfect but if it fits your head i highly recommend this helmet.. January 11, 2015
Long live Ireland Awesome helmet. I stepped up from an intro helmet made by Bilt, from cycle gear. The fit is perfect neither large nor small. The fit is snug which I like particularly. If you watch the video on this helmet everything turns out exact. It does what it's supposed to and more. My only dislike would have to be the side pods changing lens is an easy process at first. All and all great buy. Arai seems to be top notch. December 12, 2014
Great helmet... Pleased with purchase I'm doing this review as an out of box assessment because I haven't ridden with it yet but most of my concerns were satisfied upon inspection, so I can't give a true opinion on air flow. My number one concern with this helmet was that the build quality would be inferior to my RX-7 Corsair. (replaced by the Corsair V) I was worried that maybe it wan't up to snuff, as Arai's entry level helmet, Coming from their top of the line helmet, despite the positive Revzilla reviews. Welp, I was wrong. I was very happy to open the box and find that it feels just as solid and well made as my previous helmet. The finish is just as beautiful, the graphics as carefully done, well designed and applied. All of the moving parts seem to be made with as much care as the top of the line Arai helmets. It even has the same heft as my RX-7, meaning it doesn't feel like cheap products were used to make it. I put it on and it feels very comfortable, exactly like my other Arai. I can't comment on noise but to say, I thought my RX-7 was always a pretty quiet helmet and they are supposed to be noisier, as their race helmet. I never wear ear plugs now. After wearing only Arai helmets for 12 years, I don't expect a difference. My vision from it is great, as well. I don't see this helmet being any problem or expect any regrets. It doesn't have the air vents of my RX-7 but it was about half of the price. In shape comparison, it's not radically different from the profile but a little wider, looking strait at it. I slapped a blue mirrored shield on it and it's great... ready for street and track. The shields on Arai helmets will always be a pain in my but to change, this being no exception but that's Arai, haha... I'd make this purchase again. (I wrote this for people wondering about the comparison, from a customer, to the top end Arai helmets, as I was... go for it.) December 10, 2014
Most comfortable helmet I've ever had Only knock on the helmet is that I had to upsize due to the closeness of the helmet to mouth. I believe this small clearence is for safety reasons but it's still a concern. I have a large head and this is the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn. December 1, 2014
I'm Lovin' It! This helmet fits me great and is a step up from the one I was wearing. I feel more secure in it. I have a small oval shaped head and the Arai Vector-2 cradles like a baby.Contrary to some beliefs I ride a Harley and also use this helmet with the pro shade system and love it! November 14, 2014
Delicate vents I wear this yellow helmet in full black leather pants, jacket, gloves, boots most of the time. Standard motorcycle, Ducati Monster 696 '13. Reporting after 18 months. The top vents, front and back are very delicate. One drop onto a locker room floor from a 2 ft bench is enough to crack them. Fortunately they are replaceable. Order several sets of air vents per year at $75. The eyebrow vents flow considerably, enough to make the eyes water on a cold morning. The eyebrow vents are limited in the number of openings/closings they can take, or falls, after which they need to be replaced as they will not hold lock position. The lock tab with slight visor crack (de-misting purposes) for over 65 mph is a bad design; the tab is thin and weak and requires considerable stress on the tab to insert--only a handful of uses is enough to require a new lock tab purchase. Have ridden this in mild southern California, as well as 90 percent humidity Florida in the summertime. Air flow is exceptional, really no need to go half shell or zero helmet like so many riders in the south. Just be in shape and be under 10% body fat. October 24, 2014
Arai Quality at a Fair Price. I've only ridden with this helmet for 200-300 miles but I really like it. I've been riding with a modular for the last 10 years and decided I needed to go with a safer helmet. I also purchased the shade system and pinlock insert and both work very well. I have always worn a large and after watching the fitment video and checking out Arai's website I realized I was probably wearing too big of a lid. I gave the medium a try, and yes it was tight at first, but after a couple of hours it is incredibly comfortable. I did have to adjust the top liner but that's the beauty of this helmet, Arai built that function in. One of the most important things to me was being able to wear my glasses and even though this helmet fits snug they've made it very glasses friendly. Great product and great tips on fitment from RevZilla. October 20, 2014
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Trev S: Great informative web site and the range is excellent. Dec 14, 2014
David R asked: I have the original Vector and when riding my Thruxton and Daytona 675 the top of the view port cuts forward visibility (or I have to tilt my head up - hard on the neck). Will that still be a problem with the Vector 2? Should I go for another model/brand (Shoei RF-1200 maybe)? Jun 16, 2014
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Richard F: I don't really have any noticeable visibility problems with my Phil Read Vector 2 helmet. Makes me wonder if you have the right size for your head. Might be too loose and top sliding down, or even too small (but I think the former is more likely). The V 2 is a little wider than my Shoe 900 something, but might not be quite as tall from top to bottom of the visor; however, I have had no problems so far. My only question is whether I get more air from the chin vent halfway open or fully open...?

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Steven L: If you find yourself riding in a more aggressive position, the arai corsair line is what you would want to look at. The other lines are more directed to upright riding. Corsair factors in the neck angle so it should resolve your issue. No experience with anything but arai here. Jun 22, 2014
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Patt H: Hmm I race in mine and do not have that issue . Tye new one has the wider port for more lateral vision. I have found that my previous Arau were to big and tended to sink low and forward on me. I got a pro to size me and have not had that problem Jun 16, 2014
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andrew w: I also have a Thruxton, and I have no issues with visibility -- my best advice would be to try it on while sitting on your bike.
Love the helmet overall -- pretty quiet, very comfy, good ventilation.
Jun 16, 2014
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justin s: I never had a problem with visability. I loved the helmet. Jun 16, 2014
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A shopper asked: I like to ride with the visor up a lot of the time. What is the noise factor like with the visor up with this helmet? Jan 2, 2014
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Robert S: I ride with the visor up as well. The helmet gets wind noise as any helmet does with air flowing through the frontal area but is no louder than any other helmet. I also have a Shoei RF1100 and they're about the same with the visor up for wind. However, the Vector 2 seems more aerodynamic with the visor all the way open. Just remember the Vector 2 has no detents in the visor mechanism to keep the visor in a semi-open position. Jan 3, 2014
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Jerry H: Riding with the visor raised on a Vector is similar to riding with a MX helmet. You are going to hear wind noise even with a properly fitted helmet, that's normal with any helmet. I have had several brands and didn't notice much of a difference. However, if you want an exceptional helmet, the Vector 2 is the way to go. Jan 3, 2014
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mark s: I wear glasses and also enjoy riding visor up. There's really not much noise or buffeting at all. Love the Vector 2 in every way. Jan 3, 2014
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Alex P: Its not too noisy Jan 2, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is it possible to remove the Arai sticker / label from the front of the helmet? Dec 3, 2014
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Michael S: I do not believe so as they are clear coated over. You would have to sand off the clear coat to get to the sticker and would likely damage the painted surface. Dec 4, 2014
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andrew w: Nope! The Arai logos are applied under the clear-coat finish, so you can't remove them (without a chisel). Dec 3, 2014
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A shopper asked: Riding a Ducati Multistrada and you may know of it's wind noise issue (though it does not bother me too much). Looking at getting a good helmet that is quiet for sport touring and have been seriously considering a Shoei modular as well. Would like you opinions. Fit is important, have worn Arai helmets for years, and Shoei fits as well...
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May 13, 2013
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Anyone: Its a rather noisy helmet but lightweight. I'm struggling to get used to it and it wears large. May 14, 2013
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Embed Video 165 / Arai Fit Guide

Arai Helmet Sizing:

Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows. Pull the tape comfortably snug, and read the length.

Size Head (in) Head (cm)
2XS 20 - 20 1/2 51 - 52
XS 20 7/8 - 21 1/4 53 - 54
SM 21 5/8 - 22 55 - 56
MD 22 1/2 - 22 7/8 57 - 58
LG 23 1/4 - 23 5/8 59 - 60
XL 24 - 24 3/8 61 - 62
2XL 24 3/4 - 25 1/8 63 - 64
3XL 25 1/2 - 26 65 - 66

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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