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Finally a good value in a well made modular
I must say this newish offering from HJC hits on all the points I was looking for in a Modular lid. The helmet does little of the things I read in reviews as cons and other than the design is not the lightest possible weight as some newer ones it is reasonable and under way never feels heavy .
The sun shade operates flawlessly and comes down in steps to accommodate anyone's need for full coverage , the pin lock installed easily and my experience with these in the past has been positive. The operations of all HTC sunshades and visor removal and such mechanical pieces have always been industry leaders and this one is no exception.
The air does move but is not too obvious as some of my Arai lids but it obviously does move a decent amount of air and the helmet fits so snug that it is going to important to break in before you take a long trip. To this point , I bought my size and while I fall between the medium and Large and went with the medium as the shell size is noticeably smaller than the large and that is always a good idea. Yes it WAS snug. Too snub but starts to loosen up pretty fast when you ride as much as I do. First day was too snug for sure but it is already just about perfect after only one or two long rides in the mountains.
Next is the comm unit install. I absolutely love the way these HjC lids are fitted and while it did make a few challenges for the Sena units that I use it does work and there are no issues once you take some care and trial and error . By that I mean the sea clamp unit is not the best option so I used the stick on which has worked well in the past. Placement of the unit is important and a fine line between enough boom room for mic and not interfere with the chin bar closure and angle of the mount . To say it requires a finess would be an understatement . There is a little hole in the neck/cheek pad outer edge that MUST engage a clip inside the bottom edge of the helmet to fully mount and that is the exact point that you need to mount the adhesive backed mount for the Sena. Rear ward of that you will need to cut a gap for the wires to feed down into the helmet for speakers.
FWIW I DID try and use the hybrid good to avoid all this "Finessing" but the helmet fits so perfect and SNUG that I could feel the boom on my face and it was not acceptable at all.
So there it is . Everything buttons up perfectly and the detail and construction of this helmet is amazing . If you just can't adapt to a snug fit , then go up one size but remember after break in you may be wearing a helmet that can rotate on hurt you nose on a head crash, I made the choice for safety rather than instant comfort and this was the right one for me.
Sunny side up . ,
June 10, 2015
First new helmet in a while
I chose this helmet for two reasons and they are both because I wear glasses:
1) It's modular so I can flip up the front to put on/adjust my glasses.
2) The slip down sun visor because I can't wear sunglasses and corrected glasses.
I picked the "Style" specifically for it's paint job. I just really like it. It looks exactly like the picture. True to color and everything. I was really happy about that. I get a nice stylized helmet that is still as neutral as a solid color.
The fit is pretty snug. I have a narrow dome and bought a small. It fits great. The head wiggle test has little to no wiggle but it's not squeezing my head either. My helmet hair says that it's not putting a lot of pressure on the sides of my head. Not sure how else to describe it. It's snug but not tight.
I have a good field of view in this helmet. I have really good peripheral vision and I don't see the helmet in my peripheral. I do see the top and bottom though but that doesn't bother me much. Speaking of the vision, the sun visor is a really cool feature but I don't know if a standard style bike rider would find it useful. I ride a crotch rocket so it's great for me but when I sit up straight the bottom of the visor cuts my vision. I have to be leaning forward and looking sort of up to have my full vision through the drop down visor. It helps and I'm glad I have ti but it's not as big of a selling point as I though. When I wear my glasses and use the drop-down visor I have to choose to either cut my vision with my glasses or the sun visor. It might help to roll the helmet forward more to avoid this but I'm not sure how that affects the safety of the helmet.
The modular part of the helmet is great. It is smooth and easy to open one handed. The locking mechanism feels secure when you click it in place. What I mean is you will know that you locked it down by hearing and feeling the click of each side. I like this because it leaves no question to whether it's locked down or not. I use the modular part every time I put on my helmet to easily put my glasses on and suit up while the bike is warming up. I flip it down just before riding off.
As a last note, the foam around the temples has a gap where my glasses slide into place. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but it works great until I want to lean forward. It holds the glasses in this groove so I have to physically push them up before hitting the throttle. Can be bothersome on long rides if I'm going to be up and down a lot.
I think the IS-Max 2 Style was a great choice and it works exactly like I wanted it to. For a helmet in this price range I feel I got every pennys worth out of it.
March 23, 2015
Good looks, light weight, great value!!
This helmet has a lot of great features. I wear glasses and i can put on and remove this helmet without taking them off. It has channels for the ear stems so no pressure on your face. the fit was a little tight( I ordered a large) and the cheek pads were so tight it hurt my face to close the chin bar. Swapped out for xxl cheek pads and now the fit is great. My communication system installed with no problems. The drop down sun visor is awesome. The chin bar is easy to use and the helmet is pretty quite for a modular helmet. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking a modular helmet.
February 7, 2015
Great Value, updated features,fast shipping, great price
Perfect for touring/commuting...no need to remove your helmet to communicate with passenger or the cashier at the gas stop.
Metal pins/latches connect the lock on the front bar....face shield is easy to remove and replace ( 1 lever on each side). will accept sun glasses ( ear stems) if needed( it has an interior drop down tinted shield- but out here in the SW...some dark shades help on those long bright days)... HJC continues to evolve their line of modular helmets with great results...the new "flat finish" on this model makes it up to date along with better interior and cooling when compared to earlier models...would purchase again.
January 26, 2015
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Rick H: appears to have everything I want in a helmet for now. Modular, sun screen, good venting and great graphicsJun 7, 2015
fabian v: because i have an other HJC helmet, and is an excellet productMay 28, 2015
Ryan S: The Shark Evoline didn't fit. HJC provided larger sizes.May 24, 2015
P A: I'm a HJC fan because they make helmets to fit my big head. I like the design of the helmet tooApr 24, 2015
Brian H: I currently own an HJC and love it. But it is 8 years old I wanted a new helmet with the sun visor and other improved features. I hope I love this one just as much. I was ready to buy the matte black one until I saw this one, it just looks way cool. I also found the reviews on Revzilla very helpful and informative.Apr 21, 2015
James J: Best style helmet per the reviews at a competitive price.Feb 9, 2015
Raymond B: Style, Options....multi-position sun visor, modular design, hopefully comfort and revzilla's no restocking fee if it's not!Jan 23, 2015
Scott H: I really liked the looks of this helmet. The IS-MAX 2 got good reviews and I liked the video review revzilla did. It has great features for the price range I was looking at.Dec 27, 2014
Joseph N asked:So this helmet has conventional helmet chin strap D Rings and well as a snap together male/female clip on the helmet strap. Is the intention of this is for both chin strap fasteners to be used together? If not then how to get rid of the female part of the snap clip? Have never seen a helmet strap like this yet. Nice looking helmet though.May 13, 2015
Brian H:I have owned this helmet for a few weeks now and love it. The strap is just like any other strap. The addition of the snap is to prevent the end of the strap from slapping you in the face while driving at higher speeds. It actually works too, I really like the feature. I don't always use it, like when driving at lower speeds 20 - 35 mph it is really not necessary. Hope this helpsMay 13, 2015
Ronald F:Not quite Joseph ....as you place the strap thru the double "D"rings and then weave it back thru one of the "D" rings...the excess strap is then folded back on it's self and secured with the snap ...the snap is NOT intended to secure the helmet to you head...the snap keeps the length of strap from flapping in the wind....hope this helpsMay 13, 2015
James J:The conventional d-ring fastener secures the helmet around your chin. The additional male and female "snaps" on the chin strap is for securing the extra strap not used in the d-ring which when snapped, eliminates any flapping the chin strap might do when exposed to the wind while riding. Hope this helps.May 13, 2015
Joseph N:Thanks for the replies but the male/female fastener i am referring to is not the snap at the end of the helmet strap but a separate snap together fastener in addition to the d rings. I would post a link to a photo but this Forum will not allow links to be posted.May 14, 2015
Timothy A:The snap is only used to hold the extra length in place after you fasten the helmet. This stops the strap from flapping around and slapping your neck. You should always us both D-rings to faster the helmet.May 13, 2015
A shopper asked:I am looking for a heated visor for is-max2 style helmet. Is there one aviable. Kind of confused, on revzilla, under details, it says hj-17 but while searching for this product, it doesn t say it fits this helmet?Jan 27, 2015
Ronald F:if you search Revzilla for a "heated visor" a result showing a HJC IS-Max 2 SNOW helmet will display...looks to be the same helmet with a heated visor...to make sure I would: contact HJC direct - Google HJC helmets for the link...
they're out here on the west coast ( PST), unfortunately Revzilla won't allow "links" to other web sites to be displayed in this message - the contact info on the HJC site will give you both Emails and Phone numbers...hope this helpsJan 27, 2015