The Corsair-X features a host of improvements and updates, and it all starts with the all-new Variable Axis System (VAS) shield system. Utilizing a variable axis that incorporates a moving pivot point, the VAS mechanism allows for a lower shield mount position. This results in a much smaller and lower pivot cover, yielding an average of 24mm more shell area above the cover than the Corsair-V model. By creating an even more round and smooth shell along the Snell test line in the critical temple area, Arai has further increased the Corsair-X’s ability to glance off objects during impact.
Not only does the VAS system improve the helmet’s glance off capabilities, it also allows for easier shield removal and replacement. Dual-function levers release both the pivot cover and the shield itself, allowing visual access to the shield mechanism and dramatically simplifying shield changes. A larger shield latch, derived from Arai’s Formula One helmets, further eases shield operation by providing improved control of the shield’s latching and de-mist functions.
The Corsair-X exterior also features the new IC Duct-5, which provides 11% more air flow than the previous Delta Duct-5. Larger, three-position switches make vent operation easier and help limit road noise and water intrusion when fully closed. The new Type 12 diffuser is 20mm longer, taking 19% more air than the previous design, while the new VAS Max-V (BV) shield provides increased visibility in all types of riding (a clear Pinlock-120 shield is included with the Corsair-X).
Underscoring all this is the latest Peripheral Belting & Structural Net Composite2 (PB SNC2) shell. Hand formed by Arai craftsmen and created from proprietary net strands, special synthetic fibers and new resin, the Corsair-X shell offers both incredible tensile strength and flexibility. And as with all Arai helmets, the Corsair-X is built to Arai’s unique R75 shape concept, resulting in a rounder, smoother and stronger shell shape that will more easily glance off impacts, instead of catching.
Inside, the Corsair-X features a new Eco-Pure anti-microbial liner, which stays fresher longer by helping to maintain a neutral PH balance close to the skin. Interior crown padding is improved by a new, softer and thinner frame material for better comfort, while removable temple padding layers and an all-new replaceable top pad allows for a more customized fit. Further customization is available via Arai’s Facial Contour System (FCS) cheek pads, which feature removable 5mm, peel-away layers. Other interior updates include speaker recesses, a large, removable chin curtain, a new, replaceable chin vent that flows more air, and a new emergency release strap tab. Finally, additional room in the mouth area allows for a more open feeling when worn, yet the Corsair-X remains easy to take off and put on.
“The Corsair is certainly special to Arai, as it has always been our flagship model, representing the culmination of our vast experience in helmet design and unwavering focus on rider protection,” said Brian Weston, Managing Director of Arai Helmet, Inc. “This is a model that represents the very latest innovations from Arai, and we feel the Corsair-X does just that. It’s has earned the Corsair name.”
At launch, the Corsair-X will be available in a variety of solid colors, including Black, Black Frost, White and Aluminum Silver. Also available will be the latest in racer replicas, including the Hayden, Pedrosa and Vinales, as well as a special 30th Anniversary Freddie Spencer replica. The Corsair-X will be available in October 2015 and will retail for CDN $996.00 to $1016.00 for solid colors and CDN $1169.00 for graphic options.
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