HJC FG-17 Helmet - Solid
Great price for helmet with lots of features
Pinlock shields I like a lot, after having been through a snow storm without one. That was terrifying. Coming from a modular HJC, this one is a bit tighter but broke in okay after a few rides. Cheek pad is too tight though, very much like my Shark RSF3 helmet. I put in a Sena bluetooth system and it made my ears hurt, so I had to take them out. The strap is a bit too short in my opinion and a bit uncomfortable.
Those are my complaints but for the price you get really good protection and a pinlock shield. Coming from my Modular HJC, it feels like I am wearing nothing at all during some of my 10-12 hour rides on the weekends.
July 21, 2014
Nice helmet at a nice price.
I usually wear a 3/4 helmet while riding local, but I needed something to go fast in so my head wouldn't rattle off. This helmet fits nice, is a good price and is pretty comfortable.
I think the cheek pads are a little thick, but you can order thinner ones. (if they are in stock).
The vents are nice and easy to use. The fog shield thing is really nice. I had a little trouble putting sunglasses on with this helmet though. Maybe when it breaks in a bit more they will fit better.
July 17, 2014
Best Value for the $
DOT & Snell certified in a sub $200 helmet! Love this helmet- fits great and very comfortable. Added the pinlock insert to help with fogging (definitely need it).
June 30, 2014
I am really enjoying this helmet. The air flow has been sufficient so far this central Texas summer and I think it looks great as well. At first I was concerned that it might be too narrow for my face but after about a week of daily use the cheek pads seem to have molded to my face. Now i hardly notice I’m wearing it!
June 16, 2014
Good helmet, good value.
I bought the FG-17 as a summer helmet. It hasn't gotten really hot yet, but it's gotten warm and so far my head hasn't been the sweaty mess I expected. The solid white color (I'm glad this colorway is even available) reflects rather than traps heat, and is noticeably cooler than my black helmet. The venting also seems pretty good, and as this helmet has nothing blocking the air under the chin, I'm happy to trade the extra cooling for a little wind noise.
The faceshield feels nice and substantial and is reasonably antifog even without the inserts, and the ratcheting mechanism works fine for me. I don't have a problem keeping it locked in the position I want, and it's easy to move quickly to where I want while riding. I have a good field of view and optical clarity. The latch is also nice to have, and easy to use.
The faceshield, when open, doesn't go up and back over the head as far as on some other helmets. The top of this helmet, with its vent structure, is built up somewhat. This issue doesn't substantially obstruct my vision, and might even make for a nice little rain shield (or sun visor, if your faceshield is tinted -- mine's clear).
The liner seems pretty decent so far. I haven't tried to clean it yet, but it's also nice that even though I've been riding on warm (not yet hot) days I haven't felt the need to, either. The vinyl on the bottom rolls far enough in that when I set the helmet down, the liner fabric doesn't get mussed, but the soft fabric rather than the vinyl is still what touches my neck.
The fit is good and snug without being overly tight. The cheeks, as other reviewers have noted, are pretty snug, though. This hasn't been a problem for me at all, but could be for some riders. I haven't felt the need to compress the pads, though.
Despite the fiberglass/Kevlar shell, I don't notice a significant weight savings over my polycarbonate helmet (I haven't made comparisons on the scale). The built-up top seems to give the helmet a somewhat high center of gravity, and this may be the reason my neck doesn't feel any less fatigued. I quickly got used to the center of gravity, though.
I don't get much deflection from crosswinds or head turns, but most of the time in the city I'm not going super-fast.
The breath deflector is pretty small and a little difficult to insert, but holds its place better than on some other helmets. But anyway, I don't use it so it doesn't matter to me.
One gripe I have with this helmet is the chinstrap. Its placement is far enough back that it rubs uncomfortably on my neck if tight, so I have to leave it a little loose. But the bigger issue is that the closure is the old-fashioned double D-ring type (a built-in tab at least makes them easy to separate). This is good for security and reasonably good for adjustability in some ways, but for a street rider is a real pain in the butt for quickly removing the helmet or fastening/unfastening with gloves. I'd much prefer a quick-release, seatbelt buckle type of strap fastener that other helmets have, especially because I can't wear the strap tight anyway.
A nice feature the chinstrap does have is a simple snap that allows the user to quickly hand the helmet from the motorcycle. I'm not sure about the snap's durability, though, and keep wondering whether one day my helmet is just going to drop to the ground next to my bike.
Anyway, I like this helmet. It's SNELL rated, it's a good value considering the features it has vs. the price of other helmets, I'm glad I bought it and I would recommend it to others. I've also gotten some admiring remarks from other riders who've handled it.
June 9, 2014
This helmet is comfortable and provides good features for the price.
June 30, 2014
HJC FG-17 red
For the price, this is an awesome helmet. It comes with a lot of great features right out of the box. It's DOT and Snell approved and comes with a pinlock ready shield (mine came with a pinlock insert as well, although I believe the description says it's sold separately). The fit is more of an oval shape and check pads can be a little firm but after you wear it a couple times these soften up and fit snug. I love the center locking shield as well. The design is awesome, matches my bike perfectly.
June 26, 2014
Great helmet for the price
Turned out to be a great helmet once I got the size right. I just ordered my usual L without using the sizing chart and was way too tight. Return process was easy and exchanged for an XL. Helmet still fits tight in the cheeks but that's just the way it's made. Probably the quietest helmet I've owned and the vents work awesome. You can actually feel them on top of your head when open. Only drawbacks are tight cheeks and the strap is cumbersome to get the snap through the d-rings.
June 23, 2014