Icon Airframe Carbon RR Helmets Review

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The Icon Airframe Carbon RR Helmet is a top of the line full face helmet design with a hand-crafted fiberglass/carbon fiber/dyneema shell construction. The face-shield is a ‘quick-change-fog-free’ proshield with side plates and provides zero distortion optics. The shield has also been incorporated with a prolock secure shield locking system. There are several removable/replaceable features on the Icon Airframe Carbon RR. The first is a removable, molded breath deflector to help reduce shield fogging. There is also a removable chin curtain, which can be installed to help keep unwanted airflow from coming into the helmet; and finally, there is the removable, HydraDry moisture wicking liner. Oversized intake and exhaust ports are going to guarantee you optimum air circulation. To learn more about the Icon Airframe Carbon RR Helmet, Icon gear, and other full face helmet options, check out our website: CompetitionAccessories.com!

“What Type Of Helmet Should I Buy?” Helmet Guide

When it comes to purchasing a helmet, the amount of options can be somewhat intimidating. In today’s market there are so many helmet types, choices, and brands; that if you aren’t 100% sure about what you want, you could find yourself completely uncertain of which helmet would be right for you and your riding style. If this sounds like you, worry no further. In our latest video guides, Reuben has taken different types of helmets (Open Face Helmets, Full Face Helmets, Modular Helmets, Dual Sport Helmets, Shorty Helmets) and discussed their features, similarities, and differences. He also describes which helmet might suit a certain type of rider. We hope that after seeing these videos, you’ll have a better idea for which type of helmet would be perfect for you. To see more information about the helmets in these videos, or our wide selection of various other motorcycle helmet brands, check out our website: CompetitionAccessories.com!


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:  CompetitionAcessories.com!

2013 Shoei Helmet Overview


For the fall, Shoei has just released several all-new helmet graphics. From off-road, to modular, to full face, any rider can find something in this new line up to get excited about. Be sure to check our blog regularly for more ‘in-depth’ reviews on these motorcycle helmet models; and check our website: CompetitionAccessories.com for pricing and other useful information on Shoei helmets and other products.

**The Shoei Qwest, RF-1100, and the X-Twelve are all great full face helmet options, with a few similarities, but also some significant contrasting differences. Want to know what sets each of them apart? Trying to figure out which helmet would be the best for you? Check out our comparison video below, where we go into detail about just what it is that makes these three helmets unique.

X-Twelve Helmet


Shoei X-12 Solids Helmets are made of sturdy materials for a dependable construction that will keep you protected in the event of a crash.


-Shoei X12 B Boz 2


The Shoei X-Twelve B-Boz 2 Helmet has a somewhat patriotic theme, with a bold, red-white-and blue color scheme, as well as those familiar stars and stripes.




-Shoei X12 Bautista



The Shoei X-Twelve Bautista is available in both red and blue. It’s decorated with an eye-catching graphic, that’s gauranteed to get you noticed.




-Shoei X12 Marquez




The Shoei X-Twelve Marquez has a great “racing-style” graphic with a red, white, blue, and black color scheme



Neotec Helmet


Shoei Neotec Helmets use Shoei’s AIM shell, which stands for Advanced Integrated Matrix. The Shoei Neotec Helmet boasts a lot of upgraded features when compared with its predecessor, the Shoei Multitec. It’s drop-down sun visor and improved chin bar are just a few of the convenience features included in the Neotec design.


-Shoei Neotec Matte Deep Grey

The Shoei Neotec Matte Deep Grey graphic is a sleek helmet, great for those who aren’t looking for the frills and ornate designs of graphic helmets, but still want something that has a cool look.


-Shoei Neotec Borealis

The Shoei Neotec Borealis Graphic has an eye-grabbing graphic, with its combination of black and electric yellow accents.


RF-1100 Helmet


Shoei motorcycle helmets have improved on the Shoei RF-1100 helmet by adding a host of improvements to increase rider comfort and overall performance. the RF-1100 offers excellent ventilation, low noise and high customer satisfaction.



-Shoei RF-1100 Chroma

The  Shoei RF-1100 Chroma has been available in several different colors and is now featured in green!

-Shoei RF-1100 Elektro

 The Shoei RF-1100 Elektro is a unique graphic with a black, white, and grey scheme; ideal for those looking for something “a little different”

-Shoei RF-1100 Glacier

The Shoei RF-1100 Glacier graphic comes in a matte finish with a Hi-Viz Yellow racing-stripe

-Shoei RF-1100 Merciless

The Shoei RF-1100 Merciless helmet features a tough graphic; sporting skull and cross bones paired with extended wings.

-Shoei RF-1100 Diabolic Feud

 The Shoei RF-1100 Diabolic Feud has an embellished cross graphic, and is available in either black or white

-Shoei RF-1100 Rollin

 The Shoei RF-1100 Rollin Helmet comes in a matte finish with a white center stripe trimmed with a “racing-checker” border

-Shoei RF-1100 Transmission

The Shoei RF-1100 Transmission comes in a very cool striped graphic, and  is available in either blue, black, or red

Qwest Helmet


Shoei has developed a brand new, high grade shell design. Ventilation has been integrated into the shell for a more streamlined look. The Qwest’s aerodynamically improved shape utilizes an air spoiler to reduce drag and lift; as well as diminish weight pressure on the neck while riding at high speeds.


-Shoei Qwest Ascend

The Shoei Qwest Ascend Helmet has an extended wing graphic with embellished stripes. Available in black and white.

-Shoei Qwest Passage

 The Shoei Qwest Passage Helmet is available in a matte black with either red, blue, or black accents.

-Shoei Qwest Prestige

 The Shoei Qwest Prestige comes in a patriotic graphic complete with a waving flag and an American Eagle

-Shoei Qwest Sonoma

The Shoei Qwest Sonoma has a nice, feminine graphic with decorative flowers and vines. Available in either white or black


VFX-W Helmet


With top pros leading the charge, the VFX-W is drenched in state-of-the-art features, and absolutely no stone was left unturned during its development. If you are looking for a new lid to hit the track or trail, look no further.


-Shoei VFX-W K Dub 3 off-road helmet

The Shoei VFX-W K Dub 3 is available in black & green, red & white, and blue & white.


-Shoei VFX-W Krack off-road helmet

The Shoei VFX-W Krack helmet has an intricate graphic with many different elements that come together to make one killer helmet. Available in black & yellow, black & red, and white.


-Shoei VFX-W Werx off-road helmet

The Shoei VFX-W Werx helmet has a simple design and is available in in several different colors, as shown above.


-Shoei VFX-W Solid *New Colors*

The new Shoei VFX-W solids come in bright new colors including: Brilliant Yellow, Pure Orange, and Silver.

Shoei VFX-W Grant Offroad Helmet

The Shoei VFX-W Grant Helmet has added a new green colorway to their line-up.

Shoei X-Twelve Helmet Review and New Graphics

The Shoei X-Twelve is a successor to Shoei’s X-Eleven Helmet. Both options are great additions to Shoei’s already sterling line of full face helmets, however, the X-Twelve has a few features that clearly put it a step above its predecessor. This helmet comes equipped with Shoei’s new Q.R.S.A. (Quick Releasing Self Adjusting) Base Plate System. The QRSA eliminates the need to adjust base plates for a proper seal. Each time the shield is lowered, the spring-loaded base plates pull the shield back to connect the window beading evenly, and supply a guaranteed wind/waterproof seal. The X-Twelve’s faceshield is a CW-1 shield that is both wider and taller than Shoei’s previous faceshields; and protects against 99% of harmful UVA & UVB rays.

The shell of the X-12 is SNELL M2010 Approved, with an AIM shell construction, and comes in five different shell sizes to give the rider the best possible fit. The rear of the shell has been integrated with an Aero Edge 2 Spoiler. This feature helps to minimize lift and wind drag at high speeds. The X-Twelve has a great ventilation system with five intake vents and ten exhaust vents making it the most aggressively ventilated helmet SHOEI has ever produced. The interior of the helmet has a 3D Max Dry lining as well as a Dual-Layer EPS liner. In the event of emergency situations, the X-Twelve has an E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick Release System). In an emergency, should you ever have to get your helmet off with little to no strain on your head and neck, the EQRS Mechanical tabs will disengage the cheek pads for easy removal by emergency medical personnel. A removable chin curtain can be used to reduce wind noise and turbulence  and the breath guard can be inserted into the upper edge of the chin bar to help reduce fogging by directing exhausted breath down and out of the base of the helmet. The X-12 comes with a five year warranty, and a few accessories including: a maintenance kit, nylon drawstring helmet bag, and an optional air mask.

Shoei has just released new helmet graphics for several of their helmet models including the X-12! Please note that several of these new graphics will not be available until January 2013.


-Shoei X-Twelve B-Boz 2 Helmet
-Shoei X-Twelve Bautista Helmet
-Shoei X-Twelve Marquez Helmet


Shoei X-Twelve B-Boz 2 Helmet: This patriotic style helmet has a bold stars and stripes graphic.

Shoei X-Twelve Bautista Helmet: The Bautista has an artistic graphic reminiscent of something you might see in a stained glass window. It’s intricate design is truly one-of-a-kind.

Shoei X-Twelve Marquez Helmet: The Marquez Helmet has a racer-style graphic with a red, white, blue, and black colorway.

You can check out the Shoei X-Twelve Helmet, other Shoei helmet models, and our broad assortment of motorcycle helmet brands on our website: CompetitionAccessories.com!