Arai has traditionally rejected styling fads that might in any way compromise the safety of its helmet designs. Arai’s uncompromising approach to safety, together with the comfortable nature of its lids, has created a remarkable following among elite racers, both two wheel and four wheel.
Did you know that Arai does not pay sponsorship to professional racers? It simply provides a few free helmets each year (typically no more than six) to prominent racers who seek support. Foregoing huge amounts of sponsorship money, racers such as three-time F1 champ Sebastian Vettel choose to wear Arai. Not much more needs to be said.
Without straying from its core design objectives, including safety and comfort, Arai has introduced the new Defiant model for “riders who demand more style on the outside, but who refuse to compromise in other places to get it.” Just two of several Defiant color schemes are pictured above. The “aggressive” look of the Defiant did not require Arai to stray from its strict design parameters for the shell of its helmet, which remains round and smooth to resist rotational forces when a rider is sliding. The extremely hard outer shell allows Arai to use a softer inner liner to more effectively manage impact energy resulting from a crash. Like all Arai helmets sold in the U.S., the new Defiant is both Snell and DOT approved. Here is a video discussing Arai and its helmet manufacturing techniques.
We attended an event where Arai introduced the Defiant to a group of journalists, and had a chance to try on the new helmet. It seemed even more comfortable than the Arai I am currently wearing (a Signet Q). We will have a full review of the new Defiant within a couple of months.
Some of the features employed by the Defiant to enhance comfort and aerodynamics are described in the press release from Arai below.
(Allentown, PA) For 2013, Arai introduces a new full-face model named the Defiant. It is scheduled to arrive at Arai dealers in late Spring.
If the Defiant name seems a little out of character for Arai, the helmet itself is as well. Much more aggressive looking than its siblings, the Defiant still offers Arai’s enviable array of upmarket features and benefits. In fact, Arai touts the new model to “riders who demand more style on the outside, but who refuse to compromise in other places to get it.”
Among its key features inside are Arai’s patented FCS® (Facial Contour System) cheek pad, a design so advanced the company says it combines unprecedented support and comfort, while further reducing interior noise; 5 mm peel-away cheek and temple pads micro-fit the interior to your facial contour; and the fully removable/ washable/replaceable comfort liner now features Arai’s water-repellent Dry-Max™ material on the exposed areas of the cheekpads and neckroll that prevents water absorption in wet conditions and provides a “luxurious” feel. The new IR Neckroll pad has an improved shape to flow more air to the bottom of the helmet at lower speeds for improved rider comfort.
Outside, the Defiant’s new IR chinvent and front spoiler edge trim are said to offer more than just a bold look: typical of Arai, they houses a number of rider benefits. The chinvent provides multiple adjustments and functions “with tangible rider benefits,” while the edge trim is flared along the bottom, creating a stabilizing down force while reducing buffeting, lifting, and turbulence-generated wind noise. Another visual feature of the new Defiant is its larger IC-4 upper front intake vents whose slide-gate closures seal more completely when closed, allowing for a cleaner airflow. The new Defiant also has Arai’s patented Hyper-Ridge® reinforcing band, and the helmet comes standard with a clear Pinlock SAI Max-Vision faceshield and anti-fog lens insert.
Defiant comes in an expanded size range from XXS to XXXL, in five solid colors and six graphic designs and colors. MSRP ranges from $619.95 to $759.95. Like all individually- handcrafted Arais, it meets or exceeds both Snell 2010 and DOT standards.
For complete information, please see your nearest Arai retailer, or log onto www.AraiAmericas.com/defiant.