Throughout his years in MotoGP and World Superbikes, Nicky Hayden has been a loyal Arai ambassador, and Arai have always repaid Hayden (and race fans) with regular official Nicky Hayden replica helmets in many of their ranges.
This is Hayden’s most recent design that he raced with in MotoGP and World Superbikes and it is now available in Arai’s ‘top of range’ RX7-V range.
The design was created by the famous Italian design studio Starline Designers, and it featured a red, white, and blue ‘Stars and Stripes’ design at the front of the helmet. There is a green stripe that runs up the center of the helmet and expands into a camouflage pattern on the rear. Hayden’s ‘NH’ logo is stamped on the rear and his race number ’69’ is positioned on either side of the chin.
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.
- 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
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Our Review of the Arai RX-7 V / Corsair X:
There are some significant changes to this latest Arai model compared to past models. Here is a summary of the most significant changes that you will find in this new version of the helmet:
- The outer shell has been made stronger and is slightly more round in shape, something that Arai maintain improves safety as obstacles you (hopefully won’t) hit are less likely to catch or snag on the lid.
- The visor mounting point has been lowered by 24mm, that Arai are calling the VAS (Variable Axis System’)
- The visor has a new opening mechanism that Arai have developed from Formula1 with a lever that makes it easy to operate
- The interior has been changed to allow for more chin room and an extra 3mm space is provided in front of the riders mouth
- The interior has a new frame which is thinner with new connection points allowing for more customisation and ultimately comfort.
- Ventilation has been improved to allow for significant increases in airflow with larger intake scoops added.
- A new chin curtain has been aded to protect you from the elements and to significantly reduce noise.
That’s the summary, so lets dive into a few of these points in more depth:
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.
Pricing & Availability:
Stock isn’t too hard to find for this Arai Nicky Hayden and you can expect to pay around £699 / $880, but you can get it cheaper than that online, so shop around for the best price. Check the links below to find out where to order it online:
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden helmet at Revzilla.com. USA based but ship globally.|
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden helmet at MotorcycleHouse.com. US based but ship most places.|
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden helmet at Chaparral-Motorsports.com. US based but ship everywhere.|
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden helmet at SportsbikeShop.co.uk. Best option in the UK, also ship everywhere.|
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden helmet at Demon-Tweeks.co.uk, another great UK based option.|
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden helmet at FC-Moto.com. Based in Europe with loads of stock and great pricing.|
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden helmet at MotoIn.de. German based and great for Europe.|
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden helmet at Amazon, who have various stock at good prices.|
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