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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 89 89
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
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
Great Helmet! 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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
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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