Arai Vector 2 Phil Read Helmet
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
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
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
Best Helmet I've Ever Worn
Lightweight, great fit, comfortable, excellent wind protection. Highly recommended. Been riding for a year and searching for the right fit during that time. This is hands down the best I've come across or tried.
February 27, 2015
I bought this to replace my 6 year old Vector 1. Love the helmet! It fit a little different than my Vector 1. But with the adjustable cheek pads, I had it fitting perfect in minutes. Got the High Viz and glad I did. My riding partners say the color hurts their eyes.....Its working!
February 23, 2015
Excellent helmet, quality and style package, user configurable and accepts blue tooth speakers well
I really love this helmet, the colors and style are outstanding as is the finish. I also give it high marks for quality in materials and construction. It is my best helmet decision by far.
I was a little worried about the fit as normally I am an XL, but selected an L as the only choice being available at the time I ordered. Thanks to the top notch customer service at Revzilla and a personal conversation with Ethan I took the plunge and ordered the L. To my surprise the helmet arrived within 2 days! Trying it on I found the fit on the tight side (no surprise) but with the modifiable nature of Arai's excellent construction was able to arrive at a cheek pad configuration that fit me snugly and safely. For insurance I've ordered a second set of cheek pads as back up to my personal modifications.
The ear cavities are generously cut so I've been able to fit my Bluetooth speakers easily.
The multiple air intakes work quite well here in SoCal, and flow fresh air at speed.
One small constructive criticism is that the shield lift point can be difficult to push past the detent. Once closed the shield seals very well and helps the overall noise level to stay down....however as new it is pretty snugly cinched down and one glove handed shield push ups can be finicky as you coast to a light or stop.
Really if you can afford this helmet, buy it!
February 16, 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