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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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Great helmet for the money Helmet fits great. And flow keeps your head cool and the mask clear. August 17, 2015
Finally a comfortable helmet! Spent a lot of time trying on helmets with no success. Read about aria helmets and thought the price was higher than some but if it fits it's worth it. This helmet is so comfortable and light weight I would recommend it to anyone, especially a female! The comfort with the cheek pads are beyond expectations. I had the most trouble finding the right fit before this helmet. Smells were too small and mediums were too big. The size small in the aria helmet fit as though it were custom made. The view is amazing and the vents are great. This helmet has everything a beginner to intermediate could need. I need to spend more time switching shields though as it's easy to take off but more difficult to put back on. I am extremely happy with my purchase!!! June 29, 2015
Worth the $$$ A minor collision with a sideview mirror in my Bell Bullit necessitated a new helmet purchase. The near miss was a reminder of the importance of safety so I spent more for an Arai. While I miss the super cool retro look of the Bullit, the Arai is vastly more quiet and aerodynamic and that alone is worth the money. The inside padding encases my noggin better, thanks in part to Revzilla's great customer service tips on fitting. Air flow and vision are all great. Here's hoping I won't need to test Arai's great reputation for safety... August 10, 2015
Loud! I'll make this sweet and simple. This is a great helmet with one MAJOR flaw. It is way too loud. So loud I cannot use my Sena headset, and on longer rides I feel I need to wear ear plugs. The fact that my old 100$ Scorpion helmet is much quieter is pretty frustrating considering the amount this helmet cost. July 28, 2015
Solid Helmet I got this helmet right before a 4000 mile road trip over two weeks. Here are my observations during the break-in period. Pros: Good airflow Comfortable padding Looks great De-fogs easily Cons: Slightly short (chin sticks out a bit) Poor front vent placement (I ate a few bugs) Chin strap not well positioned for helmet lock Louder than helmets I've had in the past I have a... long face, so I was initially pretty worried that my chin was sticking out too much, but as the foam was broken in, it because a bit less noticeable. The lower front vent placement on the inside is the only real gripe I have with the product. If the holes were placed just slightly wider, I wouldn't have to drink bug puree. July 13, 2015
Amazing I could not be more happy with this helmet and with Revzilla in general. My items were shipped and delivered extremely fast. The customer service through Revzilla is outstanding. The helmets fit great and look awesome. July 10, 2015
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
Great entry-level to the mid-price range! First time rider, but not a first time helmet user. I definitely have an intermediate oval head, but slightly "filled" cheeks. I got the XL that came with 20mm cheek pads (despite the manual saying it'd come with 25mm). Regardless, I was able to pull off 5mm and it is PERFECT. I also just went with the Diamond Black - gloss finish with metallic flakes. Just enough "pop", but nothing flashy. The SAI lens system took a bit of time to get used to, but switching lenses is simple and quick. Air flow is great. I live in tropical weather, where heat AND humidity is a factor and I have no problems staying cool with this helmet. Again, for under $500, it's great quality with decent amount of "features" and design advantages. Love mine and looking forward to keeping this in use for a long time. July 4, 2015
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Arai Vector 2 Phil Read Helmet
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
john f: old school Jul 3, 2015
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 close the brow vents? I wear contacts and too much air on them dries them out. I like to be able to shut off ventilation as needed.

Thank you.
Aug 24, 2015
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Ali S: Yes of course you can close the vents, or open them for that matter. Aug 24, 2015
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J C: Yes, the brow vents close when you don't need them. Aug 24, 2015
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David B: Yes you can Aug 24, 2015
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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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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
White/Black / XS 863975 814330 Out of Stock
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White/Black / MD 863977 814332 Out of Stock
White/Black / LG 863978 814333 In Stock: Ships next business day
White/Black / XL 863979 814334 Out of Stock
White/Black / 2XL 863980 814335 In Stock: Ships next business day