Dakktapus
 
 
 
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    May 24, 2013
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Arai Vector 2 Helmet - Solid 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
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good for the right fit...
PostedSeptember 3, 2013
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Dakktapus
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:18-24
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
...unfortunately I am apparently not. When I first received the helmet, I wore it for about an hour around the house. It was quiet, the vents worked, the field of vision was incredible and it is SO LIGHT. I had been shopping a while for helmets since mine (an icon) was giving me a slight hotspot after long rides and this one was the only "better" brand in my price range that didn't press on my head in store. After feeling confident it fit I rode to work (10 mins away) and around town with it, loving how much of an upgrade it was to my cheapo icon. It's noisy/whistley with the vents open but that's the trade-off for great airflow.
Then I went on a proper ride.
2 hours in and the hotspot on my forehead was KILLING me! Now if I ride for more than an hour I constantly have to shift it to different points on my head just for some relief, it's terrible and I obviously can't return it and I'm not spending another $450 dollars anytime soon. I'll probably cut out the scratchy padding on the forehead and replace it with some sort of moleskin strip or gel-type thing to see if that helps any.
All and all, it's a great helmet, don't get me wrong. Just make sure at speed, when the wind will be pressing it to your face, it definitely fits.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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TCX X-Street Shoes Get your street style on with the new X-Street all-uses riding shoe. Vintage sneaker construction with soft, breathable, full-grain leather or casual blue denim and a distressed-look rubber sole. Yet still equipped with signature TCX protective features including ankle guards and reinforced toe and heel counter. Features UPPER breathable, full-grain leather or blue denim PROTECTION ankle guards, reinforced toe and heel counter. CLOSURE laces INSOLE molded EVA with antibacterial, moisture wicking face fabric. SOLE distressed-look vintage rubber sole Also available in a waterproof version !
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Female Buyer of Male Shoe
PostedMay 24, 2013
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Dakktapus
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:18-24
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I originally wanted the female version of this shoe after a long amount of debate, only to find out they were out of stock everywhere.
After then debating between the waterproof and this version, I got these in the white, as I needed breath-ability and comfort during work, where I am always on my feet, moving, changing positions and working under the sun.
I wear between a female 8 and ordered these in a 6. They fit to a T and accommodated my wider feet easily. I put in the insoles I used in my other boots and they work beautifully now. I was sure without a heel it would be hard to re-affirm my position on my bike (I'm 5'0"), but really the super-flat sole helped with staying steady in the long run. I will say that the white gets dirty quickly but it adds to the distressed look.
I treated them with leather treatment to keep it soft and supple, but when it comes down to it, these are around-town street shoes. I would not take them on the freeway or to the twisties, as protection is minimal at best. Tying the ankles up tight makes them dig in and keeping them loose raises the chance of them getting torn off in a crash, so with that being said, it's up to you how much safety you want to sacrifice for comfort. For me and my needs, these were just what I was looking for.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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