HJC RPHA 10 Evoke Helmet
One heck of a helmet with a few flaws
I just want to say that I have 3 helmets right now since I just bought a new HJC RPHA-10. I have a Shoei Multitec from years ago that I wore up until the spring of 2014 and while nothing was wrong, the helmet was just too old (7 years old). I bought an HJC CL-17, making it my first "budget"/low-end helmet since owner a Raider years ago. I did have an RF-1100 for a year before a friend borrowed my helmet for a long group wide and went down and with money being tight, I "settled" for the CL-17.
I was debating earlier this spring between an RF-1200 (since I've had a Shoei before and I liked it), Bell RS-1, or the RPHA-10 since they were all close in price and after trying them on, the RF-1200 didn't really fit my head too well but the RS-1 and the RPHA-10 were perfect for me, a better fit than the CL-17 which broke in and was a bit too large now. But with a small baby, I decided I just got my HJC CL-17 so I stuck it with the CL-17 until I saw a price I couldn't pass up as mentioned above.
I'll do a first thoughts review now and maybe in mid-September I'll do another follow-up. If you do mind, feel free to move along . Also, everything will be rated on your basic 1-10 scale trying to be as objective as possible.
Rating- Using your basic 1-10 scale or my own MMA/Pro Wrestling scale.
1= Deplorabe. They couldn't pay me enough to wear it regularly (unless it was in the 3 figure range lol, then I'd consider it). A "Kenneth Allen"
3= Pretty bad. I would not buy it, again, unless I was paid, I will skip on this helmet/feature. A "Shungo Oyama"
5= Average, maybe I'd buy it again and maybe I wouldn't depending on the circumstances. I think we all know what a 5 is or what average means. A "Phil Baroni".
7= Pretty good, or above average. I would likely buy it again or the feature is something I could live with and not complain much. "A Heath Herring/gate keeper."
10= Cream of the crop, the holy grail. The "Royce Gracie of the 90s or Fedor of the early/mid 2000s or GSP of the late 2000s and early 2010s. Simply put, cannot be defeated.
The RPHA-10 is now available at a few places for $199 on closeout which is ridiculous and a deciding factor in my purchase. This helmet, when it first came out, had an MSRP $359-$554 depending on the graphics with the Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo Replicas being the most expensive one. Most places are still selling them at $300+ for just the solids, ahem *RevZilla*. So to be able to nab a supposedly great helmet at 50% off was just too good of a deal to let it pass by. 9.5/10 or Anderson Silva- Those PEDs helped a bit/
Isn't this the reason we get these things? Well, it's a day old and only 65miles on the noggin so I'll just get to the stats and go to the next area of interest. SNELL M2010 and DOT certified. 8/10 simply because it is not ECE R22.05 or Robbie Lawler
The helmet is obviously a bit more of a race fit helmet but I assume most of us have worn an race fit helmet before. Snug but man this one fit like a glove. Within seconds, I didn't even notice I was wearing it if not for one thing, that I will get to in a bit. I would say this helmet fits more of a neutral shape, some say round but it is not round like the CL-17. Definitely more neutral or maybe even slightly on the more narrow oval/intermediate oval than a true round. Love the fit, the liner felt better than I remember from trying it on a few months ago; the liner is very plush and just has a great quality feel to it. Feels like a soft pillow all around my head the moment I put it on and then it disappears completely, figuratively speaking. I tried on my CL-17 and the Multitec and there was a big change. It also feels better than my old RF-1100 as well.
The only thing that reminds me I am wearing a helmet, and is a slight nuisance at the moment, is that I feel like something is pressing on my right ear ever so slightly. I am hoping that after a few weeks, it will break in and that will go away. No pain but feels like my ear lobe is being folded in a bit even though it is not. 7.5/10 or Michael Bisping/
The eye port here, vertically is just average if you look at just the dimensions of the. The width of the shield is above average. With that said, there's a difference when you put it on and actually look through the eye port. Unlike my modular Shoei and the CL-17, I can actually see more vertically in this helmet than my previous 4 helmets (RF-1100 included). I'm not sure because I measured the vertical visor size and it's basically the same as my CL-17 but once it's on, I can barely see the top of the visor. It's really in the way the helmet sits or wraps around my head. It allows me to see more than my other three helmets. The width is exceptional as well. I can see my nearly my entire peripheral vision with little hindrance. I almost have to turn my head to see the sides of my visor, or the edge of the helmet.
Outside of what I consider outstanding vision, it comes with a pinlock ready shield AND a free clear pinlock insert. No need to spend another $30 or more for an insert although a light smoke would've been my preference. 9.5/10 or Prime motivated BJ Penn
Again, I wish I had my RF-1100 so I could compare but I don't and so this is where it gets a bit washy. The ventilation and airflow on this is excellent, much better than the Multitec and CL-17. Immediately I could feel the airflow from the top vent, free air just coming in. I want to say the top ventilation was, at the very least, as great as the 1100 but I'm going off what I remember from over a year ago. My head feels massive air coming in and I mean that by helmet standards.
With that said, the lower vent feels very substandard. I haven't been on the highway much so maybe at high speeds for a distance and my mind will change but as it stands, very substandard. I felt the 1100 had more air flowing through the chin vent and the CL-17 DOES have a bit more airflow as well. Because of that, the rating will go down quite a bit. If it was just based on the top vent, it'd be a 9. All things considered, still more airflow than the CL-17 but not quite as much as the RF-1100 and slightly above average. 7/10 or Frank Trigg
Oddly enough, maybe it's the shape of my head but this helmet is noisier than the RF-1100 and my CL-17. It's about the same as the modular Multitec. I was a bit disappointed and this is one area that I don't think will get better with time. Even though it has a great chin curtain, the air doesn't seem to seal around my neck well and that's where the air enters. I've taken my hand and put it around my neck (like a single hand chock) and it's eerily silent and I don't feel like my neck is that thin so I'm not sure why. This is the one true knock on this helmet and will receive my lowest rating although I wear ear plugs if I ride longer than 10 mins on the highway. 5/10 or Shonie Carter
This is where this helmet really excels and could be seen in the comfort/fit section; there's a reason it's so comfortable and while the liner plays a huge role, the weight or lack thereof is equally important. As I mentioned earlier, immediately after putting it on and feeling that soft plush feel, the helmet sort of just vanishes. The vision is great, liner wonderful, and helmet so light that I literally didn't feel the helmet. I must say that I've have never owned a CF helmet so I am not sure how that would feel and I know that would likely be lighter but I looked at the stats this morning and sure enough, I was not deceived by my senses or that new gear feeling. My XL came in at 1576grams/3.47lbs. While I don't have my RF-1100, I do have the stats available online. The RF-1100 in XL is 1746grams/3.85lbs. The HJC CL-17 in XL came in at 1754grams/3.87lbs. While the numbers seem small, I really do feel a HUGE difference. 9/10 or Chuck Liddell
Overall: I was hesitant to get another HJC due to the CL-17 feeling like just a decent helmet but nothing special like my two previous Shoei helmets. This RPHA-10 changed my mind completely. I honestly don't believe I could get anything at $199 and get all the things I got here. Overall, I would have to give the helmet 8/10 or Johnny Hendricks
If you want a helmet for $200 or less and not worry about it feeling less than "premium", this is definitely the one to get. I will update this in two weeks and see how things go.
PS, my heart feels like this helmet is a 9.5 mainly due to how great of a deal it was but my head stabilizes things and tells me it's an 8 right now after 65 miles and two days.
August 27, 2015
My helmet before this one was a bell qualifier, it was a sub $100 helmet, and was what I was wearing for a while. The noise level on the bell was so bad, it got no air inside the helmet, and it rattled around by just going 70 mph. I have a street triple so I thought that the noise level was supposed to be like that......then I bought the RPHA 10, I started laughing in my helmet on the highway about how quite this thing was, and how the wind did not shake the helmet around like my old bell did. Not to mention this helmet is so comfortable it was piratically night and day between my old bell, and to top it all off this thing looks amazing!
As you can see I am supporting the White Evoke graphic with a dark smoke windscreen, I can't describe how good this thing looks in the sun, and how the white shines off the sun. It turns heads everywhere. As far as the Evoke Graphic goes I was a little worried at first because I have always been a type of guy who goes for the solid colored helmet, and I was always afraid to get some crazy design, so I went ahead and purchased this helmet, and I'm glad that I did.
Overall the few things that worry me is the dials on top of the helmet, they seem pretty cheap so I'm gonna go ahead and just keep them opened, and prevent breaking them. Also I wish they stuck with the classic HJC logo because that R on the forehead kind of makes it look like a knock off, I personally liked the classic logo over the R, BUT I don't mind and I still think that the helmet looks good with it on. At the end of it all BUY this helmet and get ya self a dark smoke windshield, and I know you will be happy.
July 3, 2015
Above Average Helmet
I would like to start off by stating this review, while including looks, is more geared towards functionality of the helmet - mainly the airflow. Riding in western VA it gets pretty hot and I needed a helmet that provided just that. I got my helmet in Matte Black and it looks great!
Fitment was spot on with regards to utilizing Revzilla's sizing chart as well as prior experience with other HJC helmets. It was a bit tight, but after a few hours of riding it wears in nicely. Now the helmet is snug and I can't complain one bit on fitment.
Visibility on the helmet seems fairly wide to me, but my experiences with other helmets are too far in between to be of any relevance. I can let you know that I really don't need to turn my head while riding, but I do it as a safety habit. Moreover, the visor is very clear and very resistant to scratches. I have had a few rocks - small ones - ping me while riding, but no permanent damage is visible or noticed. It also cleans off very well without any issues such as paint or bugs.
The agility of your head with this helmet on is very well also. It is fairly light feeling on my head and I don't have any issues on my sportbike at multiple riding positions.
What I really like about this helmet versus other HJC helmets is that the streamline is very nice. At higher speeds I do not notice the wind knocking my head all over the place like other cheaper HJC models. The addition of the chin curtain is a very nice perk. Even if you go with another brand or model, make sure that it includes a chin curtain. I rode with and without it and you can definitely tell a difference in the way the air passes over your head.
Airflow is where I have the most concern. I don't feel like this helmet has enough airflow to cool me down while street riding. This helmet seems to be built for the 3/4 or fully tucked rider so if you aren't in those positions the majority of your time riding I feel there are other helmet options for you within this price range. While this helmet is fairly good at airflow through the chin vent to defog the visor (even when fully closed and pin-locked) the top vents do not seem to flow much cool air inward to force the hot air out.
Only other con I have is that the chin curtain has fabric that covers you chin. This is great to help reduce noise and keep your chin warm during colder days. While the minor inconvenience of putting it on and taking it off is not the issue, doing so actually breaks the curtain. It bends each time you put on or remove the helmet and eventually it breaks each time. I have currently a warranty order with Revzilla and can only say the best things about them as a company. My only suggestion to you is that you cut off the fabric and leave the chin curtain on. I glued the two pieces and am using it until the replacement arrives and it seems to work out this way. The curtain still seems to function as it should and that minor inconvenience is alleviated. However, it defeats the purpose that HJC developed it for so I would suggest that their R&D take a look into that and see how to best alleviate it.
Overall I would recommend this product, but would caution the airflow piece.
August 17, 2015
Mid-range price, excellent quality
I ride virtually every day of the week, so having a quality helmet was absolutely essential. Unfortunately I can't afford / couldn't bring myself to spend $750 on the big name helmets. This HJC was a perfect compromise; not overly pricey, but when you wear it, it feels very well designed and solid.
The padding is firm and has just the right amount of give, the shape is natural. It is quite light, and won't strain your neck on those longer rides.
My only issue is the venting; this summer I've ridden on days that are in the mid to upper 90s, and the venting really only provides decent cooling when you're upwards of 40mph. I have yet to ride in cool weather, but the helmet visor and vents seal nicely and I can't imagine having any major issue with a neck scarf in conjunction.
Overall, a great buy, and a great option for people who are looking for quality without the insane price tag.
August 17, 2015
looks better in person
the pictures on here doesn't do it justice. I was a little worried about how it looked, but when it came it was actually a very nice design. The cheek pads are a little small on me and creates some space. Probably buying larger cheek pads to accomodate this. Definitely quieter than my bell helmet. Got this helmet at a steal on closeout sale. Love the pin insert fog screen
June 29, 2015
Shocked how quiet and light it is.
The only reason this Helmet isn't getting 5 stars is because I would have liked a bit more air flow.
With that said, I love it. It's comfy, quiet and light! The Cheek and Forehead pads are removable and washable. The Chin Curtain is also removable for those really hot days when you need more air. It does get a little more noisy without it, but it's not awful. The seal on the face shield is great and I'm sure it won't leak. I'm really impressed with the helmet for the price.
It doesn't have a Retractable Sun visor like the more expensive helmets. It also doesn't have slots in the pads for Sunglasses. But, Sunglasses with somewhat thin ear pieces will fit, but the fit could be better.
When it comes down to it, for 250 bucks you can't beat this helmet! As a matter of fact, I think it's nicer than some of the expensive helmets.
June 29, 2015
Amazing helmet at a great cost.
Purchased the RPHA-10 Combust to replace a Bell RS-1 that i had an accident in. Difference to me was night and day. Graphics alone make people stare because it looks like custom paint that shimmers from a ghostly teal to violet. Fitment was very snug which I liked a lot, quality did seem quite a bit higher than the bell with nicer looking air vents that function great, a middle snapped visor which i found to be easier to open and close at Speed compared to the typical side locked visor which sometimes would close crooked, and far better helmet internals which are soft, plush, and stay cool. Ordered helmet with standard shipping and it arrived next day afternoon! Overall Was very impressed with my first purchase from RevZilla, and love the helmet alot. Will plan on buying from them again.
August 4, 2015
Great Helmet, The Video Review Under-sells It
I was reluctant to buy this helmet based on the Revzilla video, which was luke-warm. But this particular version was on closeout, so I grabbed it. Regardless of print, it's the RPHA 10 helmet. I've got about 1,100 miles in it, in a very hot North Carolina summer, and I fully recommend it. First, it's not round. I have a long-ish, 23.5 in. head and the Large helmet fitment is perfect. Less expensive helmets tend to be round-ish and heavy. This helmet is neither. While the cheek pads are tight against my face, I don't have pressure or a headache after wearing the helmet, including for 4-6 hour rides. While I mostly ride shield up on non-highways, the airflow works as well as more expensive helmets. Lastly, the weight difference between this helmet and more expensive ones is negligible, especially while riding on open road. The bottom line is that this is a great helmet. You can spend more, but you won't get more.
August 2, 2015