Arai Vector 2 Giugliano Helmet Review

With the original Vector full-face helmet Arai listened to needs of riders who wanted a high-quality helmet, without all the pricey bells and whistles.  With its affordable price and outstanding quality, the original Vector Helmet from Arai was hugely successful upon its release.  New for 2012, the Arai Vector 2 Giugliano Helmet picks up where its predecessor left off.  The new version of the Vector 2 Helmet adds new features to improve overall safety and convenience.  This particular model of Arai Vector 2 Helmet features the unique graphic design of Italian Racer Davide Giugliano.
The exterior shell of the Vector 2 Giugliano Helmet is hand-made and built with the same quality of the more expensive helmets from Arai.  The shell is constructed of DOT approved Complex Laminate to give it strength, flexibility, and a low weight.  Like all Arai helmets, The Vector 2 helmet incorporates Arai’s organic shell design philosophy to make it fit more closely to the shape of the human head.    To further enhance shell strength, Arai has added an outward-flaring Hyper-Ridge around the bottom of the helmet.  The outward-flaring Hyper-Ridge also creates a wider opening on the bottom of the helmet, allowing it to be taken on and off easily.  One important improvement over the original Vector helmet is the larger eyeport.  The  larger eyeport gives riders better viewing for increased safety, and a greater feeling of openness for increased riding pleasure.  The graphics package on the exterior of the Arai Vector 2 Giugliano Helmet uses a flamboyant design in the colors of the Italian national flag (green, white, and red).
One of the biggest areas of improvement of the Arai Vector 2 Giugliano Helmet over its predecessor is ventilation.  The Vector 2 Giugliano Helmet has a new ACF-2 intake vent on the front of the helmet, designed to bring in a ton of air.  The ACF-2 vent has a sliding door mechanism that can be used to adjust the amount of air that comes into the helmet.  For even more inflow, an extra vent exist on the chin of the Vector 2.  To efficiently remove stale hot air from inside the helmet, the Vector 2 also has new ACR-2 exhaust vents on the rear of the helmet.  These large vents double as wings and have special inlets designed to accelerate the airflow over the exhaust vent holes.  In addition to new vents on the front and rear of the helmet, the Vector 2 Giugliano Helmet feature new larger vents on the side as well.
Unlike the original Vector Helmet, the interior liner of the Vector 2 Helmet is fully removable.  This plush interior liner includes full-perimeter crown padding for extra comfort, as well as removable cheekpads.  The 5mm peel away cheek pad system allows for you to have the option of a thinner cheek pad set, without having to go out and buy an optional cheek pad set.  The Vector 2 also has a 5mm peel away system for the temple pads.  Vector 2 Giugliano Helmets also feature Arai’s multi-density EPS liner.  The EPS liner system uses up to five different densities molded into one singe piece to create mutual support between the cells during impact.  If one cell is crushed under impact, its neighboring cells will jump in and assist with absorbing energy.  This EPS liner system is unique to Arai and will not be found in any other helmets on the market.  With its unmatched quality, superior comfort, and advanced safety features, the Arai Vector 2 Giugliano Helmet is the perfect choice for the serious rider on a budget.  Check out this and other motorcycle helmet options on our website:!

Shoei Qwest Helmet Review

Shoei has constructed the Qwest helmet with a high-grade, aerodynamic shell design. It’s improved shape utilizes a air spoiler that reduces drag and lift, as well as diminishes weight pressure on the neck thereby reducing rider fatigue. An upper air intake vent has been positioned in a way to maximize air volume into the interior of the helmet and supply premium air flow. The cheek pads of the helmet have been made with 3-D center pad/multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads. Shoei has incorporated a Q.R.S.A. (Quick Release Self Adjusting) base plate that allows for tool-less shield removal and installation. This spring-loaded base pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal. The face shield has a scratch resistant coating and 99.9% protection form harmful UV A&B rays. This Shoei helmet is Snell- M2010 DOT certified. Check out the Shoei Qwest Helmet, other Shoei helmet models, and our broad selection of motorcycle helmets for all riding types on our website!

**Shoei has just released four, brand NEW graphic options for the Qwest! Click on the link and take a look at these awesome graphics!

Shoei Qwest Ascend Helmet: The Ascend has a very cool extended wing graphic, and embellished stripe accents

Shoei Qwest Passage Helmet: The Passage has a simple design with a matte finish and color trim accents. This helmet is available with red trim (shown here), blue trim, and black trim.

Shoei Qwest Prestige Helmet: The Prestige has a patriotic graphic, complete with a waving flag and American eagle.

Shoei Qwest Sonoma Helmet: The Sonoma has a feminine graphic of flowers and vines. It is available in either a white or black option.

-Shoei Qwest Ascend Helmet
-Shoei Qwest Passage Helmet


-Shoei Qwest Prestige Helmet
-Shoei Qwest Sonoma Helmet

HJC RPHA X Helmet – A Premium Off-Road Helmet from HJC

The HJC RPHA X Helmet takes design features and technology from their MotoGP development, and brings it to the off-road world.  The HJC RPHA X Helmet competes with helmets costing hundreds more, and stays right at the front of the pack when it comes to bang for your buck.

First and foremost, the HJC RPHA X Helmet uses HJC’s Advanced Premium Integrated Matrix (PIM) shell, brought straight over from the helmet they race in MotoGP, the HJC RPHA 10.  The Advanced PIM shell consists of Carbon Fiber, Aramid, Fiberglass and Organic Non-Woven Fabric.  These materials combine to make a shell that is stiff and strong, while remaining incredibly light weight.  A size medium RPHA X weighs in at just 2.92lbs (1325 grams), which will definitely provide a competitive advantage and reduce neck fatigue.  The HJC RPHA X Helmet is manufactured with 3 different shell sizes, which means your helmet will have a shell size that is closest to the size you need for your head.

Everyone who rides off road, whether it be some form of racing or just recreational trail riding, knows that it can be hot, sweaty work.  Even when the weather is nice and cool, riding a dirt bike can be a real work out!  The RPHA X addresses cooling issues a couple of ways.  First of all, the HJC RPHA-X features a ton of ventilation.  11 intake vents and 4 exhaust vents ensure that plenty of air is able to flow through the helmet – even at low speeds.  The large eye port not only provides unrestricted vision out of the helmet, it also allows plenty of airflow around your goggles, keeping you cool and your goggles fog free.  HJC also uses their Cool 4 Ever interior lining on this helmet, which is designed specifically to not only wick moisture, but physically stay cooler against the skin.  Cool 4 Ever fabric is also anti-bacterial, odor free, and light weight.

HJC RPHA X Helmets are available in several different colors and graphics, you can view all of the currently available options by viewing our website.  You are sure to find one that looks great and works with your riding gear and bike.  HJC Helmets have been around for a very long time, and we are super excited to see a new top of the line helmet developed for the moto world.  HJC RPHA X Helmets retail for $355-$365, and you can check our website for our current pricing.


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River Road Gunnison Gloves Review

The River Road Gunnison Gloves have a ‘Dry Techno’ waterproof, breathable, membrane that keeps water and wind out. Its Thinsulate thermal insulation traps and holds body heat to keep your hands warm during cooler rides. There are forearm cinch straps that will also help to keep out the elements as well as provide a snug, secure fit. As an additional adjustment feature, there are wrist straps with hook and loop closures. Leather has been incorporated into the palms for grip and protection. These River Road gloves come with a one year manufacture’s warranty. Check out the River Road Gunnison Gloves, River Road gear, and other motorcycle glove options on our website:!