- One-Piece Liner
- Dry-Cool Liner
- Shell Construction
- Rear Vent and Ridge
- LRS Shield Removal
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!) And now we've brought this technology and comfort to an open-face helmet!
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.)
NOTE: Besides the protective aspects of Arai's shell material and single-piece EPS liner construction, there is a major comfort bonus for you, the rider: Arai's Snell-certified liners so soft and comfortable they can actually conform to your head shape within several days of continued use, minimizing "hot spots," allowing the most comfortable fit in the best possible (smallest) size that fits you. (So don't loan your Arai to somebody else, or it just might come back fitting them better than you.)
The SZ/RAM-III also features the latest version of Arai's INNOVATIVE DRY-COOL® LINING MATERIAL. The Dry-Cool® liner actually utilizes micro water cells to improve moisture and heat transfer from your head into the airflow around Arai's exclusive Space Frame Liner. Leaves your head dryer and cooler (hence the name) at the end of a long or hot ride. Dry-Cool also allows the liner to dry much faster between rides.
These days there are almost as many "revolutionary" shell-construction materials as there are new helmet brands. Who do you believe? Arai's decades of experience, research, testing, comparison and evaluation have led Arai people to conclude that fiberglass-based construction does the best job of performing a motorcycle-helmet shell's main job - spreading and dissipating impact energy through strength, structural integrity and impact-flexibility. The Ram-III's clc (Complex Laminate Construction) shell utilizes Arai's proprietary aerospace fiberglass technology to achieve a strong, flexible shell in a lightweight package.
Rear Vent and Ridge
Arai's distinctive Hyper-Ridge reinforcement band along the bottom of the shell adds reinforcement and shell strength. What makes this "minor" Arai feature significant? Many helmet makers reduce the shell material at the bottom of the helmet. But Arai maintains shell thickness to the very edge - and then strengthens it. Why? Because our experience tells us to. And because we don't think it's a good place to try to save a few dollars or a little weight.
(Strengthening the bottom also helps to significantly lower the helmet's center of gravity, contributing to a better overall balance, making an Arai rest easier on your head.)
LRS Shield Removal
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 humanly possible. If it were easy, everyone would do it.