HJC IS-17 Helmet
Great Features for Under $200
I upgraded to this helmet after using a HJC CL-16 for 5 years, the CL16 in large had always been a bit big on me so I went to a medium for this helmet, which after a couple hours of riding was just the right amount of snug. For a helmet in the sub $200 category its nice having the flip down visor, and the quick shield detach seems much more durable and smooth than the older HJC shield locking system. Wind noise isn't the best but definitely better than other budget helmets I've worn. Overall very happy with the helmet.
November 15, 2015
Good entry level helmet
I bought this helmet for the internal sun visor, and because of Matte Black. Fits well, but pretty noisy. Visor works well, but I would prefer it a bit darker. Comfortable, and room to install a Bluetooth speaker system.
October 19, 2015
Everything I Wanted/Needed
I was looking to replace an HJC IS16 but wanted something a little more cold weather worthy. Other reviews said the IS17 flowed a little less than average air which is a good thing when it's cold. I like the Hi-Viz version because there is enough of it to be effective but is broken up well with the graphic pattern. I always liked the idea of Hi-Viz but didn't want to look like a glow in the dark cotton swab. A riding buddy said it pops from behind riding at night. All the special features work well like the locking face shield, internal visor, and the pinlock visor. I greatly appreciate a fog free view since I ride year round. The padding was thicker than I anticipated, compared to the IS16, and is very comfortable. My only knock on this helmet is a little more "helmet head" than usual.
November 30, 2015
A real let down.
I have an IS-16 (daily use) that needed to be replaced. I also have the LS-17 for long adventures and thought the IS-17 would be an improvement over the IS-16. They really talk it up but it is really bad. It is the loudest helmet I have ever used, including MX, 3/4, and 1/2 helmets. The paint is very thin and rubs off. It does not flow as much air as the IS-16. The LS-17 flows more air than both but has no internal visor. The new visor is a little better but still not dark enough. It is way overpriced, It would be ok for $100 less. Still looking for a good commuter helmet...
November 16, 2015
Excellent Helmet for the money with one complaint
This is a fantastic helmet considering what I paid. Comfortable, good fit, looks nice. My only complaint is that the internal visor isn't tinted very strongly, so I find myself shopping around for a darker visor. I would have been better off with the CL-17.
September 30, 2015
Could be 5-Stars if I did not have to fix some issues out of the box
I was a little disappointed initially with this helmet.
1. The pressure boom inside was intolerable over 40mph for rides longer than 45 min. It literally felt like my head was going to explode after a long ride. Installing the HJC Chin Shield fixed this. HJC, its $5, just put it in the box with the helmet. So buy this with the helmet (Link Below)
2. Visor fogged over pretty easy. Installing the clear Pinlock made fog a thing of the past. Buy it with the helmet (Link Below)
3. Horrible clicking noise from the left side of helmet. After the third ride with the helmet I could not take it anymore. I called Revzilla and spoke with Josh. He offered to take it back under warranty but suggested that I look at the visor pivot first and make sure it was factory seated right and there was no slag in there (Had not removed it at this point to install pinlock visor). Sure enough I remove the visor and reinstalled and the clicking is gone. Go Josh!!! I have removed and installed the visor a few more times and it has not come back, so I think we are good.
4. Internal visor is not a replacement for sunglasses and that is a HUGE disappointment. I am tempted to buy the dark smoke IS visor but reviews state its not much better. This is a disappointment as this is the real reason I bought this helmet, to wear with my prescription glasses on long rides.
5. Inside the helmet there is a small cushion liner at the top. At speed this liner would bounce between the top of my head the top of my helmet. I fixed this with a piece of Velcro between the cushion and the foam core. Problem gone.
Now that I have fixed some of the initial issues it is a very nice helmet save for the internal shield that is too light and reviews saying the dark shield is not any better. Again, a Big disappointment. I have gotten a few compliments on its design and looks. It is very comfortable, maybe a tad tight on my cheeks.
September 24, 2015
This helmet is a great value for the price, and the retractable sun shield is indispensable. Wind noise is a bit loud inside. Two things are different from my old IS-16: the XS is quite a bit tighter (could be my old XS stretched out over time), and the sun shield retractor seems not so good. In my older IS-16, the sun shield snapped up and down reliably and solidly (although the lever on top broke off easily when i dropped the helmet once from about 2 feet off the ground). On my new IS-17, the sun shield retracts slowly and not completely. I have a feeling these parts are not made to last, but we'll see. Overall, it's still a good looking helmet and a good value.
September 8, 2015
New female rider
This is the first full face helmet I have used, keep that in mind with my ratings above as I have nothing to compare to.
I did much research on helmets and got lots of feedback that this was a great first full face helmet. Thus far, I have been very happy with it. I started off riding with just a half helmet and this helmet has done wonders for making me feel safe and confident in my riding.
The only strain on my neck was for about the first two hours of wear, and then it was a non-issue after that. Going from the half helmet to the full helmet, I was worried about my field of vision, and although I definitely think the field of vision could be a little wider, we should be turning our heads anyway.
I absolutely love the drop down visor. It leaves just enough room on my nose and cheeks to not cause any field of vision issues looking down. It could be a little darker, but it does the job. Also works fine with a few different eyeglasses I have. I like the mechanism a lot too. Occasionally it doesn't retract fully, but we're talking maybe 2 centimeters and it is in no way impairing vision. I have noticed there is a small rattling now, and I think it's this visor. Occasionally I find it annoying but I have a music earbud in most of the time anyway.
I'm not sure if the locking visor is any different from a helmet that doesn't have a lock but instead has a tight gasket, but I like it. I think the locking mechanism is easier to find and use than finding a small plastic tab that most other helmets have.
In the month I've had it, I have ridden in 90 degree weather, 50 degree weather and rain (welcome to buffalo). I didn't find my head sweating in the heat, but I also didn't feel any significant ventilation unless the visor was open. In the pretty heavy rain there was no fogging and vision wasn't impaired at all. One 50 degree night I had no problem with the visor fogging up, then the next night I did. I'm not sure what that was attributed to. I did notice though that if you just crack the shield for a second then close it, it doesn't begin to fog back up again. The vent definitely needs to be open though if the visor is closed. Which wasn't a problem even in the cold temperatures.
I am very picky about what is touching my neck, and I love how comfortable the strap is. I also love the breath guard. Small features but important for me.
My biggest issue with this helmet that would stop me from buying again is the lack of a quality chin skirt, even as an additional purchase. In the cooler weather the only part of my body to be cold was my chin/upper neck. When I used my own underarmour type sleeve to cover my neck up to my mouth, it must have blocked the venting and I was unable to ride with the visor closed without it fogging up.
October 1, 2015