GMAX GM78 Helmet - Solid
Good first timer helmet
Good balance of cost and features for a beginning rider while still having a comfortable fit and style.
February 10, 2014
All bells and whistles
It may not be Snell rated, but I'm convinced the features will prevent some situations where a top of the line helmet will be needed. An internal sun visor slides into place with ease for when you turn the corner and become blinded at dawn. The light on the back of the helmet (can also flash) gives motorists another point of visibility. All in all, this helmet is of great value.
January 20, 2014
i got the helmet and had to try it out, so I went out and it was pretty cool at first. but like 30 minutes later a sharp pain on the top of my head hurt so bad. worst pain ever. will not buy another one.
December 28, 2013
Received damaged, size chart was off.
I have no doubt the GMAX GM78 isn't a good helmet. It's just receiving one that actually is manufactured properly. I ordered this helmet twice, once the size was not true to the chart and the second helmet came with a broken sun visor. I really wish that wasn't the case because the helmet has a lot of cool features. I don't know what GMAX is doing in their shipping process, but it seems a bit careless. Revzilla on the other hand has been awesome with my returns and offers outstanding customer service, so that's worth some salt I guess.
November 27, 2013
Wanted the added brake light, but now I never use it!
I bought this for three reasons, the rear light safety feature, the built in tinted lens, and the extreme value for a helmet that has those things and more. After 3 months of owning this and riding almost everyday, I have only accidentally used the rear light when my kid turned it on without me knowing (I don't own the wireless module - yet). My favorite feature is the built in tint lens. I also have the "bubble" that others complain about but its a small warp that comes from the mechanism that moves the lens up and down and by now, I have to look for it to notice it. Pros: comfortable, amazing vents, pockets for Bluetooth speakers (I made my own for the cost of a Jackson!), quiet, well made. Cons: not a lightweight, does fog, larger than normal shape.
November 25, 2013
Just two complaints.
Good bang for the buck if you ask me.
I like the light on the back as well as the vents.
It has the same noise level as my previous CJ-16 helmet from HJC.
My main complaints are about the visor vent which is loose and always falls to the open position instead of locking in the off/on position.
Second the 'chin gaurd'(?) doesn't completely block all the air that would otherwise rush into the helmet. I often find myself with a constant rush of air up inside the helmet with lots of particulates that get in my eyes...
Final comments are the vertical field of view is much smaller than my M size HJC helmet. This Gmax is an S for reference. Also the sun visor is badass and convenient except I find myself without sunglasses when I'm off the bike.
November 9, 2013
Saw this helmet and was drawn to it originally by the price, but I got much more than expected! Definitely worth the respectable price tag! First off the helmet looks great! The first thing I noticed upon putting it on, It fits almost perfectly! As far as comfort goes, it fits wonderfully but is slightly heavy. Nothing to concern ones self over but just a minor discomfort on long trips. So far I have had no concerns with durability and would trust this thing to hold its own in the unfortunate case of a crash. Decent air flow, I still find myself lifting my visor very often at stops but that may just be due to the Florida heat. Other than that the led on the back gives me a little more ease of mind during night riding and the slide down sun visor is an AWESOME feature. Comes in handy a lot. I am overall very very impressed with this helmet. I would highly recommend it.
October 28, 2013
Good Helmet for the Cash
I was buying a whole new set of gear, so I couldn't afford to lay down $400+ for a helmet, but I still wanted something that would save my dome in a crash.
For cooling, it's great. as others have said, it can fog up a little at stoplights, but I tend to open the visor at that point anyway. Also, it clears in seconds once you start moving.
The airflow inside is nice, it doesn't blast you in the face drying out your eyes and nose like some do.
Fit is good, could use a tad more flex when putting it on and off, but it may loosen up a bit with time in that respect.
Noise level is good, I can hear cars, sirens, etc, but it's not deafening like my 1/2 helmet is.
It does have a little weight to it, it's not unbearable, but like in shoes, a few ounces mean a lot.
Overall, I'm pleased with it.
September 27, 2013