Maverick Vinales was given his first name by his father, who was such a big fan of the Top Gun film that he decided to name his son after the Tom Cruise character in the movie. Fortunately Vinales has lived up to his name and has been one of the most exciting younger riders to emerge in the MotoGP premier class in years.
Maverick Vinales has also fully embraced his name and has toyed with Top Gun related themes for his helmet designs over the years. This is his helmet design that he first wore in 2017, the same year he joined the Factory Yamaha team.
The design takes inspiration from the F14 Tomcat jets from Top Gun, and it incorporates the ‘caution’ signs featured on the jets, and places them at various points on the helmet. The rear exhaust vents on the helmet also feature text that reads ‘Warning Hot Gases‘, replicating a jet engine exhaust warning sign.
The top of the helmet features large letters that read ‘MVK’ and black stars are stamped on either side of the helmet. The red, grey, and black colourway adds an industrial and aggressive vibe to this design.
This Vinales replica is now available in Arai’s RX-7V range, which is also marketed as the Arai Corsair X in the USA. Despite the name difference, this is the same helmet.
The Arai RX-7V / Corsair X is Arai’s top-of-range helmet model and as such it comes with a price tag to match. This model dumps all of Arai’s cutting edge technology and latest product features into one helmet wWile it makes a perfectly good day-to-day helmet you should keep in mind that this is essentially a race-spec helmet and many of the features comes alive when riding at speed.
OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION & FEATURES:
The RX-7V (The European name for the model) and Corsair X (the US name for the model) represents the summit of Arai’s knowledge, experience and know-how in helmet technology. With a completely new PB-SNC2 outer shell, the revolutionary VAS (“Variable Axis System”) visor system and a significant increased smoother area around the temples, the RX-7V offers the new benchmark in the premium helmet segment. From the new Eco Pure liner with an even slimmer frame, to the new ducts, improved diffuser and the integrated Air Channels, every part shows the attention to detail that is so typical for Arai. Arai has continually improved the “glancing off” performance by learning from real scenarios. Thanks to the new stronger and smoother shell and VAS, the RX-7V is closer to the ideal helmet shape than ever.
Top of the range sport helmet with new and improved features: The RX-7V is the new and improved, popular RX-7 GP helmet. It has benefited from a huge range of upgrades to make your track ride comfortable.
New visor change system: The whole look of the helmet has been overhauled to offer better vision, aerodynamics and comfort. There’s a new, easier to change, visor system called VAS and smaller side pods that change the aerodynamics of the helmet.
Improved aerodynamics, less drag: As a racer, or anyone that wears a track helmet, aerodynamics is important. As well as the side pods change, Arai have also put the rear wing lower back, to accommodate for the ride position and improved the ventilation aerodynamics.
19% better ventilation: The ventilation on this helmet is highly improved, yet as you’d expect from a quality lid, there’s little wind noise. The lining is anti-bacterial Eco pure, which ensures the helmet has a long life and there’s a recess for speakers offering better comfort.
Better fit all round: The chin is now placed slightly further out, reducing the chance of kissing the side of the helmet and a chin curtain reduces wind noise dramatically. Finally and maybe most importantly, the shell is the strongest shell Arai have ever produced and Arai produce different shell sizes for every two sizes of helmet offering the ideal aerodynamics and shape for all sizes.
- Five year Arai warranty
- VAS (Variable Axis System) shield and side pods are exclusive to the RX-7 V / Corsair X
- Dual function lever releases both the side pod and the face shield for quick and simple face shield removal
- VAS shield latch system captures and holds the face shield closed and provides a de-mist position to slightly crack the shield open
- VAS MAX Vision face shield provides excellent visibility in all seasons thanks to the included Pinlock insert
- Neckroll is removable and has additional exhaust channels to remove interior heat
- Cheek pads have the Emergency Release Tab feature
- IC Duct5 forehead vent provides 11% more airflow than the Corsair V, features 3 positions and is overall large and easy to operate with gloves
- PB SNC2 Shell has superb tensile strength due to a variety of carefully-positioned materials and light weight resin
- Arai’s R75 shell shape creates a rounder, smoother helmet to enhance energy and impact dispersion
- Snell 2015 and DOT approved
- Strongest PB-SNC2 R75 shell construction
- Smaller side pods, more shell surface area
- Increased field of vision, taller and wider visor
- Improved high speed aerodynamics
- Adjustable skull cap, forward, backwards and removable padding
- Fully removable and washable Eco Pure interior and cheekpads
- Double-D retention system
- Speaker pocket in cheek pads
- Quiet and comfortable with new vent ducts and chin curtain
- Larger space in mouth area for a more open feeling
- Chin cover blocks turbulent air and increases negative pressure
- Longer and straighter diffusers for improved aerodynamics
Maverick Vinales Arai helmet gallery (click to enlarge):
Check out the 360 degree video of the Maverick Vinales hemet:
Our review of the Maverick Vinales RX-7 V helmet:
Let’s cover the shell first. The shell has been made stronger than previous Arai models and Arai have managed to do this and make a weight saving at the same time – this model is noticably lighter than the previous RX7/Corsair and Arai have stated that the improved resin used on the shell contributes to a 30g weight saving.
The shell of the new Arai RX-7V / Corsair X is rounder than most premium race helmets (which usually go for sharper and more sleeker shapes). Arai has intentially made a rounder helmet as they claim that it improves aerodynamics and makes for a safer helmet as it improves ‘glancing off’. Arai used the term ‘glancing off’ a lot in the launch of this new range and what is basically means is that the design has an increased ability to dissipate energy, while the rounder shell makes it easier to glide over surfaces. The ducts on the helmet have been glued on to the shell so they will snap off if you come off the bike and they won’t run the risk of digging themselves into the floor or catching on anything that you may have the misfortune of sliding through.
One other noticable difference that becomes clear when you first slide your head into this new Arai helmet is that there is more headroom inside the helmet than the previous models, and more space has been allocated to the chin and mouth area which should make it feel less claustrophobic.
The opening mechanism for the visor has been given a makeover and Arai have employed a single lever system to operate the visor that can be done with relative ease even when wearing riding gloves. It worked fine for us, and even at speed when it was locked down using the thumb-latch we didn’t detect any leaks or air hitting our face. The face shield is lower than previous models and it also seems to offer a greater field of vision, especially when you are tucked in with your head down. The lower shield means there is 24mm of extra space above the cheek pods which aids safetly as it increases the available surface for ‘glancing off’.
Ventilation has been improved in the RX-7 V / Corsair X and the central air intake is 20mm longer which allows more air into the helmet. The ventilation controls have also been revised and the buttons are bigger and run on a slider mechanism, meaning it is now easier to contorl the air intakes with riding gloves on. There are eight adjustable vents which can be modified to give greater control over airflow and ventilation, which is nice.
Where to buy it:
There are loads of buying options for this Maverick Vinales replica helmet and the best prices can always be found online. Check the links below for some of the best offers.
|Check out the Maverick Vinales Arai helmet at Revzilla.com who are US based but ship globally. Free shipping available.|
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|Check out the Maverick Vinles Arai helmet at SportsbikeShop.co.uk. UK based but ship everywhere, recommended.|
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|Check out the Maverick Vinales Arai helmet at MotoIn.de. German based but ship most places. They have dedicated UK and US sites also.|
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