HJC IS-17 Intake Helmet
Better luck next time
This is my first helmet, so I have nothing to compare it to. The internal sun visor was my main reason for choosing it, but after only a few weeks, the button on the slider to lower the visor broke off. HJC has horrible customer service- no eta on a replacement slider, no returned calls, and a lot of "I don't know, let me transfer you." The chin curtain made very little difference, and even with the vents closed, a lot of air gets in through the top vent- it doesn't seem to fully close. Yet on the flip side, with both vents fully open, it does not seem to move air well at all. One of the rear exhaust vents broke off when the helmet bag caught on it pulling the helmet out, but a little glue fixed that. With the pinlock insert it had never fogged up on me, but the internal visor fogs up easily- the chin vent works well to clear it up once moving though. The helmet is very loud and huge. (I have a small, but it's massive) I do notice it's really difficult to turn my head in it for checks, and the wind really affects it if you aren't positioned just right. Gets the job done but will probably be replacing it with a Bell RS-1 and transitions visor. Know what your getting into with this one.
April 11, 2015
I bought this helmet for my first bike. The fit is great and I love the built in sun visor. I did expect a little more air flow but is still more than enough. Only downside I have seen is a little noisy from the wind but not unbearable. Overall I love this helmet and plan on getting my girlfriend the same helmet.
July 4, 2014
I've owned three HJC helmets and this is the best one so far. The inside shield is one of my requirements, so that limits my helmet selection. However, this helmet has all great features. The center locking tab on the visor is great and the visor seals significantly better than my previous HJC helmet, IS-MAX. Ventilation is excellent. Noise level is normal. You can't go wrong with this helmet.
June 9, 2014
Great features at a good price.
Bought this helmet for a birthday gift for my lady. She finds it very comfortable and loves the graphics. The built in visor and good airflow are great features. The one feature we couldn't find on other helmets was its designed with kind of contours the padding which allows the rider to wear eyeglass/sunglasses very comfortably. She is very happy. That makes me happy.
June 9, 2014
this product has great craftsmanship
GREAT HELMET! SUPER FAST SHIPPING! ill continue buying products for this great site!
May 31, 2014
Nice and shade does the job!
Bought this because it was the cheapest helmet with the drop-down shade, a feature I really wanted. My head is a big 2XXL and this fits a little snug but I'm sure it will mold to my big noggin soon enough. The included shade is the lighter smoke version (I assume) and I thought it was going to be too light but it seems to cut the painful glare just enough to make my viewing pain free. Yes, PAIN-FREE as I'm very sensitive to bright light and this seems to lessen it just barely enough to get rid of the pain. I've also tried it with sunglasses and they fit under the shade just fine. Now I no longer have to search for my ever disappearing pair of sunglasses, just grab the helmet and go.
I like how the shade can be in 2 different down position levels, higher and lower. When in the higher level, it doesn't hit my nose. In the lower position I can avoid my nose being hit by pulling the whole helmet up a little - flexible.
Mine is the red graphic which looks real nice. Noise is about average and I don't ride with a wind-shield so noise is inevitable. So far I've been riding in cool/warm spring weather and can't tell if the air vents do anything - I certainly don't notice any difference between open and closed.
On the first day I noticed lots of air seemed to come up under the chin and shade when the main screen was fully open but that seems to have lessened (maybe the wind was just blowing up that day). I may get the wind/chin piece but that should come with the helmet in the first place. Also, the add-on anti-fog screen is something I'm interested in but 'tis not the season so I'll have to wait to try that feature. Cost of replacement screens seems reasonable, my old helmet (Scorpion) had ridiculously expensive replacements.
The main screen can be set at any of 4 levels of open and it seems to stay that way although I haven't gone more than about 60 mph with it. Wind blast on my Vulcan 900 feels like a tornado at anything past 40 mph (and I own a Hayabusa too, but its sitting in the garage with a nail in the tire right now). Hopefully the helmet works out with the sportbike as well.
Great helmet for the price. My only nitpick is that I had to pay an additional $4.50 for my big head 2XXL. I don't see any other on-line retailers adding that extra charge. I think it's big brain discrimination!
May 5, 2014
Great starter helmet, looks sharp
This is my first helmet purchase and so far I'm pretty happy with it! I was right between a medium and a large on the chart, and since my husband's medium helmets of other brands were uncomfortably tight, I chose the large. Go figure it was too large but I had no problem returning it and getting a medium which fits great! And as I mentioned, this is my first helmet purchase, so I have no other helmets to compare to it. I don't typically wear dark sunglasses, so I think as the passenger, the internal visor will be perfect for just taking the glare off on super sunny days. The one thing I wanted to mention is I wanted a purple helmet, because I'm not a frilly, flowery, pink-wearing kind of girl. In some pictures, the purple didn't look very purple, more like a bluish-purple. But in person, there is no doubt it is PURPLE. And in pictures, it looked like the purple faded into white as it reached the back of the helmet. Ah, no. The purple fades into PINK, and the HJC labels on the front are also PINK. Luckily it's not an irritating, super-girly "Barbie" pink but a soft pink. But there's no doubt it's pink. However, the helmet still has an aggressive, sporty, "don't f*ck with me just cuz I'm a girl" design. So in spite of having pink on it, I'm keeping it.
April 17, 2014
This helmet is not too big looking
Once again delivery was very quick. It was one week after ordering that I received this helmet. Being in the military and living in Okinawa, JAPAN most of the helmets here are not DOT approved, and the ones that are cost $350-$500. I thought this helmet would be too small because I have an older version of the same helmet that is bigger looking yet it is a large size. The fit of this helmet however is perfect. There was no movement inside the helmet when I put it on for the first time and it was not tight at all. The shade visor worked perfectly and quickly when retracted, eliminating the need for shades. Although I wish it was a darker shade. It gets pretty sunny during the day here in Okinawa. The only problem I have, which is my own fault was not ordering the chin curtain. I neglected to read that at the bottom of the description that it was not included. I am in the process of ordering it now. The blue color that I ordered is sharp and bright and the design looks almost like wings. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good helmet with built in sun shades. Just don't forget to order the chin curtain!!!...
January 31, 2014