Arai Vector 2 Phil Read Helmet
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
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
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
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