We’re fairly massive followers of Arai’s lids over right here.
From our current evaluate of the Regent-X (reviewed by our gal Mika Lee-Philipsek) to our related protection of Arai’s Defiant-X and open-faced XC, practically each unit we’ve gotten our fingers on has ranked a 4.5 or larger on our 5-star scale – and with good cause. The corporate’s legendary Spherical, Easy and Sturdy shell continues to set expectations in the present day for rotational pressure resistance… and actually, once you’re working with a spherical lid, the probabilities are infinite.
In actual fact, we’ll go away a pleasant posit right here from Arai’s related press launch that higher explains how Arai’s noggin protectors do what they do finest:
“Arai’s ongoing philosophy is to keep away from as a lot potential influence power as doable from entering into the helmet. Retaining power exterior of the helmet means much less power will get into the helmet leading to much less power for the inside liner to take care of.”
“Realizing that the inside area for a liner is proscribed, Arai prioritizes the liner to soak up influence power and is unwilling to remove any of that restricted materials to deal with points like attempting to handle rotational power or add options resembling inside sunshades. Such designs diminish the helmet’s already restricted capability to soak up influence power.”
Enter the 2023 Contour-X, Arai’s new reply to the street rider and the sport-touring rider gunning for lengthy distances at excessive speeds. She’s been outfitted with the standard Peripherally-Belted Complicated Laminate Building and new matting/resin for a lighter construct.
A recent 5mm flare on the base of the lid now makes doffing much less of a chore, whereas the left facet of the Contour-X now reveals off a flatter facet (with an additional layer of matting and tweaked ridge) to assist in mounting comm units (plus further room to suit the heart of the operation on the inside of the helmet’s lining!).
An additional raised vent on the brow makes for a complete of seven consumption vents (plus six for outflow), all of which promise 40% improved airflow; tie the whole lot up with that stabilizing wing-shaped rear spoiler, the odor-resistant, brushed nylon liner, and the identical VAS protect system because the Corsair-X, and also you’ve acquired an ideal contender for 2023.
What do you consider the brand new Contour-X? You’ll want to try the lid your self on Arai’s web site as we begin lining up our gear to be reviewed for 2023.
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