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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..

  • 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 4.8 5 95 95
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
Good Overall 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
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
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
Awesome ventilation This is my first helmet, so I don't have a whole lot of other helmet experience to compare to, but I am really pleased with it. I actually bought it from the dealer the day I bought my bike, so I had the chance to try on a lot of other helmets and the Arai fit my roundish oval head the best. The air flow is utterly amazing. Whoever designed the brow vents is a genius. The brow vents are so awesome I don't think I ever want a helmet without them. It feels like you're riding around with the visor up. I will definitely buy an Arai again May 3, 2015
All around great helmet In the middle of winter here so I've been wearing it around the house to break it in. Yes, my wife is afraid. I've owned a Vector 2 before so my ratings are based on previous experience. I expect this one to be no different. Watch the Arai video on how to change the shield. It's much easier than some people think. Takes about 20 seconds, including the Pro Sun Shield. Excellent finish inside and out. I've owned many different brands, but I keep coming back to Arai. To me, they really do look and feel better. February 9, 2015
Great helmet, good price Great style, good fit. More expensive than other brands, but worth it for the protection. March 16, 2015
Adjustable shape for nonstandard heads I've got a very odd head shape, and was directed to the Vector-2. With the tear out 5mm pads inside I was able to get it perfectly into shape for me. It's quiet and it fits well, and the visibility and airflow are great. March 1, 2015
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Brad J: Love this helmet for comfort, looks. Just crashed in my original one. It saved my life. Gotta have another one. Jun 29, 2015
Young K: Sale & friend's recommendation Jun 24, 2015
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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Jun 18, 2014
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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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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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