HJC RPHA 10 Lorenzo Replica Helmet
Excellent bang for your buck
Comparable to my Arai in build quality, weight and comfort.
Only down side is the lack of air flow from the mouth vent. Air flow up top is excellent, but the mouth vent /breath guard aren't that great. Otherwise, it's definitely my favorite helmet.
July 20, 2015
Buy from RevZilla, Trust the Gear Geeks!
I'll start with the good:
This helmet is light, and comfortable! I found that air moves very well through the top and keeps my head cool. I love the pinlock ready face shield. And the Ben Spies graphic was WAY cool until it started chipping. Peripheral vision is great.
Now the not-so-good
I received this helmet as a gift for Christmas. It did not come from RevZilla (1st mistake#. After 3 months of sitting on the shelf, in the box until it was riding season, and 4 months of riding, I am NOT very impressed with this helmet. Right out of the box, I had to replace the chin curtain #yes the chin curtain! The cheapest replaceable piece that could have easily been caught when installed at the factory) because it wasn't sewn to the actually fastener and flapped around like a dog's tongue. HJC wouldn't replace it because I didn't have a receipt, and the store It was purchased from was out of business. the cheek pads are already so squished that the helmet is loose and wobbles on my head and it was fitted properly in the store. I inspect this lid after nearly every ride, and every day I find a new chip or scratch. My commute to work is LESS THAN A MILE, on well maintained roads, in LOW traffic. I don't hang it on the bike, I don't bang it into things, and I don't pick at it. While riding recently, the chin vent cover came off while I was opening it, bounced off the tank and is somewhere on the highway. The way it seems to be deteriorating, I'm not sure I trust it to protect my head, should I happen to come off the bike. For the pricing I would expect better shell durability.
Do I think this will happen to every HJC helmet? NO
Do I think there is a possibility that mine is a dud? YES.
Buy From RevZilla! They are reputable, and they are fantastic to deal with! The Gear Geeks will point you in the right direction and help you make wise choices when selecting gear on nearly every budget.
July 9, 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
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
Great track helmet. Very good air flow, although doesn't feel good getting back in it after sweating for 20min.
July 27, 2015
This helmet looks and feels awesome. Interior is high quality and easily removable.
July 17, 2015