- Shell Construction
- One-Piece Liner
- Organic Shell Shape
- Removable Liner
- Ventilation-Chin Vent
- LRS Shield Removal
These days, there are almost as many "revolutionary" shell-construction materials as there are new helmet brands. Arai's decades of experience, research, testing, comparison and evaluation has led us to conclude that fiberglass-based construction is best at performing a motorcycle-helmet shell's main job - spreading and dissipating impact energy through strength, structural integrity and impact-flexibility. The XD's clc (Complex Laminate Construction) shell utilizes Arai's proprietary aerospace fiberglass technology to achieve a strong, flexible shell in a lightweight package.
Arai's EPS liner is like no other, comprised of several material densities molded into a single piece. Arai pioneered this technology more than 20 years ago and is still, to our knowledge, the only helmet offering a single-piece hybrid liner and its unique benefit: the direct-fused contact area that each EPS cell shares with it neighboring cells creates a mutual support - as one 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.)
Organic Shell Shape
The Corsair introduced Arai's concept of the enhanced "organic" shell shape now used on all of the latest-generation Arai models. It has a more natural appearance, conforming more to the head's natural shape. Designed to "flow" better with the wind, it also looks better on a rider's head, smaller and less bulbous. And it seals better to further reduce noise, which enhances Arai's legendary comfort even more.
Arai's quality is so singularly advanced that it reaches the world's highest level of racing, a place so technical, so demanding, that most other helmet makers can't even imagine it, let alone compete in it. We're talking about Formula One auto racing.
(Arai holds the unbelievable distinction of being chosen by more than half of the F-1 grid! Including the new 2006 world champion and three of the top-five drivers.)
One of the benefits of Arai's F-1 involvement that has come down to motorcyclists is that we learned the best way to ventilate a helmet is to pull the hot stale air out, rather than trying to push new air in. (This led Arai to introduce the world's first diffuser-mounted motorcycle helmet, the RX-7 series, one of our most-copied features ever!) The new Vector's ventilation employs these same principles, creating a flow-thru system of exceptional cooling via its four oversized (1 intake and 3 exhaust) ventilation vents. The vent controls are larger and easier to operate with gloved hands, and each has three-position settings for more control of the airflow.
First introduced by Arai in the late '80s, removable liners have evolved into extremely-comfortable and convenient features. The Corsair's interior comfort-liner components are fully removable, washable, and replaceable. More importantly, the Corsair's features Arai's innovative DRY-COOL® lining material that actually utilizes micro water cells to improve moisture and heat transfer from your head into the airflow around our exclusive Space Frame Liner. DRY-COOL® not only leaves your head dryer and cooler at the end of a long or hot ride (hence the name), it also allows the liner to dry much faster between rides.
Ventilation-Dual Pivot Chin Vent
The Corsair also introduced Arai's patented Dual-Pivot® chin vent: Two-position dual-pivot hinge mechanism allows for increased airflow capacity to two areas. The first vent position directs air directly to face, through a carbon-coated foam filter; the second position directs air to shield to aid de-fogging.
Arai's LRS tool-less shield-removal system has to be one of the most misunderstood shield systems on the planet. But watch racers Nicky Hayden and Kenny Roberts, Jr. swap Arai faceshields on video while wearing the helmet and you see for yourself how really easy it is.
Riders ask us why Arai continues to use side pods when others have gone pod-less? After all, pod-less systems are easier to make, requiring a simple flat surface beneath the pivot point. Yet Arai's experience says that flat spots in the curved shell shape diminish shell integrity, whereas continuing the shell's three-dimensional curve beneath the shield pivot-points (that nobody sees) maintains shells integrity.
Our way is complicated and costly, requires a significant commitment of R&D resources, and is possible only with the experience and talent capable of creating a system of pod components that must incorporate extremely difficult compound curves in order to work with the shell's "natural" curvature.
But the Arai Way is about building motorcycle helmets the best way possible. If it were easy, everyone would do it.