HJC FG-Jet Hi-Viz Helmet
Great Looking helmet but sizing is way off
This is the only open face helmet in neon yellow that you can get. Too bad it is two sizes smaller than HJC claims it to be.
My head felt like it was in a vice, an XXL was too tight for a 126 pound girl. I am not sure what is going on at HJC I own several HJC helmets and this one was unusable.
August 19, 2013
Great for hot weather & city commuting
I wear a full face helmet for long trips, but that helmet is too hot for stop-and-go traffic in the city so I needed a cooler alternative for my commute to work. This helmet is very cool - it's covered with vents in addition to the circulation that comes up from below the visor. The visor is long enough that the airflow doesn't blow in your eyes or become otherwise annoying. The sunshade is easy to flip down/up while on the go and makes a nice addition to the helmet (as I often forget my sunglasses until I make a turn at the end of the street right into the morning sun). I usually wear a large in other helmets, but bought a XL based on reviews here and made the right choice. I don't wear this for long trips so I can't comment on the long-term comfort, but it's great for short trips.
June 23, 2013
Great helmet, lots of features, only minor quibbles
I'm in the military so virtually everything I buy is hi-viz, not JUST because it has to be--though the helmet doesn't have to be at all according to our instructions--but because I'm a firm believer in being seen from as many different vantage points as possible--this helmet will certainly help! The finish is very nice and professional--no cracks/tears where parts are fitted together, no flaws in painting or coloring, no unfinished edges that need sanding or deburring, etc...it's a very nice-looking helmet and VERY easy to spot in a crowd. At least on the helmet I got, it didn't have a cheesy white HJC sticker on the front as shown in the illustration, but a nicer raised/textured logo like the one featured on the black Jet helmet in the video review. I was surprised that there were so many vents for 3/4 helmet but it did flow air nicly though it was hard to tell beyond the air already coming up below the shield...note however that the vent mechanisms are dials rather than rockers/switches so while you can tailor the amount of venting you get to a limited degree--though why would you want to given how small the vents are to begin with--it's not terribly easy to maniuplate with gloves on. The lip of the visor has a small edge along the entire length, but otherwise, there's no thumb tab to aid in opening/closing. I couldn't pull the liner away from the shell to mount my Cardo G4--not a deal-killer or a drawback per se, I just used the adhesive mounting plate, but it's worth noting for those of you thinking about using a clamp mount for your bluetooth/intercom. The liner includes smaller flaps near the ears for internal speakers below them but you'll need to mount velcro to the inner shell for them to stick; I only bring this up because my wife's GMax 3/4 helmet actually had fabric "pockets" that allowed us to simply drop in the bluetooth speakers. The fabric liner itself doesn't offer full "skull cap" coverage across the top--instead, there's a single "stripe" of material that goes from the font to the back of the crown padding that fits around your head; depending on how tight it is on you, you just MIGHT be able to feel the insde shell/inner venting channels on the top of your head to the left and right of that center panel...note that you can see this momentarily in the video review during a discussion of the removable liner. Note too that because of this design you will therefore get a VERY strange/pronounced helmet hairdo when you remove it...a bit of a reverse mohawk because you've got the center stripe of the liner pinning down a swathe of hair across the middle of your head while the rest is open to the inner shell of the helmet; of course, those of you with little to no hair obviously have less to worry about than I did! The very front portion of the forehead liner has an opening with several venting holes in it, but for some reason, it gave me a nice, sharply defined red line straight down the middle of my forehead--I'll be cruising with a cap for after the ride or a small beanie while it's on from this point forward. The inernal sun visor is fantastic and part of the reason I bought this helmet over other 3/4 alternatives. You can stop it at any point along its path to full deployment--which is great, because it's got a very pronounced curvature inwards...at full extension, it hit the bridge of my nose until I adjusted the helmet on my head just slightly; I have seen this compaint on a few other reviews of the same helmet/helmet line.
Still, I consider all of these to be minor issues--it's relatively quiet for a 3/4 helmet, pretty comfortable even after several straight hours of wear, and comes with a lot of features that I wouldn't have expected in a $150-ish helmet.
June 3, 2013
A Dual-Sport Gem
I was looking for a helmet for dual-sport riding. I prefer the visibility and light weight of an open-face helmet for this kind of riding. I also consider a face shield to be a must-have item. This is a well-made, fairly quiet, and very comfortable helmet. The drop-down visor is also a wonderful feature, especially for those of us with eyeglasses with transitions lenses - they don't darken under the UV resistant shield.
Be sure to check the size chart before ordering. If you wear a large in most other brands, you may need an XL like I did. Thanks to Revzilla for making the swap so easy.
April 15, 2013