Arai has added more features to its 2011 edition of the popular Vector model. The Vector-2, like its predecessor, is “created for the rider who doesn’t want or need a lot of bells and whistles, but who still wants the quality, fit and performance,” the company says. Upgrades were made in ventilation, fit and field of view. Features include:
• A 5-mm-wider eyeport, which allows for more peripheral vision per side. The eyeport stems from Arai’s Corsair-V and RX-Q helmet models.
• Shell improvements include larger side exhaust ports to help increase airflow while keeping street noise to a minimum. The helmet’s chin vent was also redesigned and placed within the chin bar, giving the helmet a distinctive look, while the Hyper-Ridge also gets a fresh design, encircling the shell bottom to enhance the helmet’s strength while providing a larger opening to make it easier for the rider to put the helmet on and take it off. These improvements were made without increasing shell size or weight.
• New comfort and fit features include peel-away cheek and temple pads. Riders can now tailor these pads by peeling away 5 mm layers until they obtain the proper fit. This feature eliminates the need to buy optional pads.
• Ventilation upgrades include the ACF-2 front intake vent, which now has a more complete closure mechanism, and the ACR-2 rear exhaust vent/wing combination. There’s also a removable liner, which until now was only available in Arai’s more expensive models.
The Arai Vector-2 comes in sizes XXS to XXXL, and in a wide array of solid colors and graphics. MSRP for solid colors is $479.95, while graphics are priced at $609.95.
Contact: Arai Helmet Americas Inc., 610-366-7220, www.araiamericas.com