For 2013, Arai has introduced a new full-face helmet named the Defiant, scheduled to hit dealers this Spring. It may look more aggressive than its siblings, but Arai says the Defiant still offers the enviable array of upmarket features and benefits you've come to expect from the company's products. Arai touts the new model to "riders who demand more style on the outside, but who refuse to compromise in other places to get it."
Among its key features are Arai's patented FCS® (Facial Contour System) cheekpad, a design meant to offer unprecedented support and comfort while reducing interior noise; 5 mm peel-away cheek and temple pads so the interior can be tailored to your facial contour; and a fully removable/ washable/replaceable comfort liner that now features Arai's water-repellent Dry-Max(tm) material on the exposed areas of the cheekpads and neckroll, to repel water and provide a "luxurious" feel. The new IR Neckroll pad also has an improved shape to flow more air to the bottom of the helmet at lower speeds for improved comfort.
Outside, the Defiant's new IR chinvent and front spoiler edge trim offer a bold look, but they also house (of course) a number of benefits. The chinvent provides multiple adjustments, while the edge trim is flared along the bottom, creating a stabilizing down force while reducing buffeting, lifting, and turbulence-generated wind noise. The larger IC-4 upper front intake vents have slide-gate closures that seal more completely when closed, allowing for a cleaner airflow.The new Defiant also has Arai's patented Hyper-Ridge reinforcing band, and the helmet comes standard with a clear Pinlock SAI Max-Vision faceshield and anti-fog lens insert.
Defiant comes in an expanded size range from XXS to XXXL, in five solid colors and six graphic designs and colors. MSRP ranges from $619.95 to $759.95. It meets or exceeds both Snell 2010 and DOT standards.