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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..
"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
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
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.
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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
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...?
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
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 problemJun 16, 2014
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
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
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
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... Attached photo of my mug... (I don't wear glasses when riding - not needed)May 13, 2013