HJC FG-17 Helmet - Solid
Great for guys with skinny fingers
This is a DOT & SNELL rated full face helmet. I have the yellow graphic and it looks stunning in person. For the price I got it at, it was a steal. The outer shell is fiberglass, has really cool graphics. The yellow matches well with a Hi-Viz jacket. It has 3 vents that can be opened/closed; 2 on the top sides and one chin vent. It also has rear exit vents that are always open. This is my first helmet so take my review with a grain of salt. At 75+ mph this helmet is quite loud. I would def recommend earplugs. Even if you have vents closed, cold air will still get in. Doing head checks, will result in your glasses being pushed into the bridge of your nose.
They say the chin strap helps but I doubt it. The chin curtain looks like a joke. It doesn't look like it's gonna help at all. There's a reason it's only $X dollars. I decided not to buy it after seeing it in person; it is a perforated, plastic piece that doesn't looks effective. You'll have to use earplugs if doing on longer 75+ mph rides.
I bought the small version and it fits me perfectly. I recommend this helmet to all new riders because it is a great helmet with good features. With such an affordable price tag, you also don't compromise on safety features (it's snell rated) and you can swap out the shields for a tinted one.
I also want to note that when you order this, don't get the pinlock right away. Wait until you get the shipment- I was told by Revzilla staff in Philly store that sometimes HJC ships these lids with the pinlock insert included. I was one of the lucky ones and hence returned my pinlock insert. Pinlock works but if you have glasses- it's unfortunate because your glasses will fog up while the helmet visor will be clear. Again, this is not the helmets fault but just wanted to mention this.
March 24, 2016
Great for the price
It's my first helmet, so I can't really compare to anything other than what I tried on to compare the night I bought it (in the retail location here in Philly). I do know it was a great buy compared to others at this price point.
November 9, 2015
This helmet is great
I went from a cheap oversized helmet to the fg-17 and I couldn't be happier. It's a great helmet, very light weight and comfortable. Air flow is perfect when you want it and not there when you don't. The only thing that annoys me sometimes is that there is a decent amount of wind noise. Besides that I would definitely recommend this helmet!
October 26, 2015
Good helmet, love the color
Good helmet. Matte Black looks really good. Just need to keep it clean and scratch free. Brian at the Philly shop was unbelievably helpful in getting me sorted out for gear including this helmet.
October 26, 2015
This helmet has been fantastic. I'm a daily rider in Boston and have used this for 3k miles. I have 2 other helmets but this blows them away- HJC 3/4 helmet and the Speed and Strength SS700 Dogs Of War.
This is one of the safest helmets on the market and under $200. I find it truly comfortable and have done rides over 500 miles long straight through with no issues. The screen provides an excellent view. I bought a black smoke screen for summer riding and the helmet looks mean with that on, absolutely love it.
The noise is pretty standard but I use foam plugs regardless of helmet which greatly enhances the ride. The foam is still in excellent condition and the helmet is yet to smell (I do use a bandana). The screen can fog in certain conditions as any helmet does but it is minimal and easily fixed by raising it slightly or putting in the pinlock lens insert.
The matte black look is great, the helmet feels very secure/safe, and the features are solid. It is easy to change screens, the screen is easy to open up even with gloves, and the airflow is good.
I certainly recommend this product to anyone, especially if you are on a budget but want the best in safety.
October 20, 2015
Really good helmet
Really nice helmet for the price..good fit and made out of good materials.
October 19, 2015
Got the helmet delivered after a wait of 8 days. Was not at all happy about the sluggish delivery, but the moment I opened the box all my frustration flew away. The helmet is one of the best I have ever used. The graphics and overall look is stunning. Vision is also good , easily gels with my prescription glasses . It's too light when compared to my previous helmet. The pinlock lens rocks. A great value for money helmet.
November 25, 2015
Excellent budget helmet
Great budget helmet, feels sturdy, comfortable, and affordable.
October 5, 2015