HJC RPHA Max Align Helmet
I bought this helmet after a lot of online research. It is close to the lightest modular helmet available and has gotten very good reviews. I commute to work on my 2006 Yamaha FZ1, about 34 miles round trip, and I have done a couple of multi-day road trips wearing this helmet and it is holding up very well. I would give it nearly five stars after almost a year of regular use. The ventilation system is the best of any helmet I have ever owned. On one road trip last summer, we were riding in temperatures ranging from 94 to 98 degrees, and the ventilation was so good that I had to close the top vent because the hot outside air was overheating my forehead! Very nice to be able to flip open the helmet when stopped in warm/hot temperatures. In less extreme temperatures, the vents work very well at keeping a noticeable amount of cooling air moving through the helmet while riding. One thing that I noticed right away with this helmet is that it is very stable at speed and is not as subject to buffeting as the KBC modular that I previously owned - and substantially lighter on the head as well. I have never owned a helmet with a pinlock visor system before. The pinlock visor system works amazingly well at eliminating fogging. After 38 years of holding my breath at stops during cool/cold weather to keep the visor from fogging, I found myself still doing that for the first couple of months after I bought this helmet, only to discover that the visor does not fog up at all, even when breathing normally at stops. It comes with one pinlock visor insert - a $35.99 value. Visor changes are easy, with a well engineered, simple and stout quick-release system. No worries about breaking off tiny little molded plastic parts with this system (been there, done that.) The chin strap is well padded and very comfortable – again, the most comfortable of any helmet I have owned. The only item that I cannot speak to is riding in heavy rain, as I have not yet done that with this helmet. No leakage around the visor or through the vents in the light to moderate rain that I have ridden through. The few nits that I have with this helmet are very minor – the moveable tab on the double d ring isn’t as easy to use for releasing the chin-strap as the fixed tab on the Arai’s that I have owned in the past, the internal dark visor does fog up when using it and stopped in cool/cold conditions (Yes, I am spoiled now by the pinlock visor.) Deploying the internal visor requires a firm push forward which rolls the helmet slightly forward and down on your head, so the helmet needs to be repositioned (pushed back up slightly) afterward. Same with closing the face piece on the helmet. But that happens on any modular helmet. Too bad it isn't offered in more colors. I bought my first full-face helmet in 1977, a Bell Star, and have owned a number of different brands since then, including AGV, Shoei, mostly Arai’s and most recently (before this helmet) a KBC modular. If you have not owned a modular helmet before, you really should try one - I don’t think you will go back. This state-of-the-art helmet is light, comfortable, stable at speed, reasonably quiet and very versatile with the modular design, pinlock visor and retractable internal dark visor. I consider this helmet to be an excellent value.
April 17, 2014
Best helmet I have ever had.
I am a 63 year old veteran rider. This helmet is quieter than any helmet I have had, however, wind buffeting on my VStrom does cause some noise. Not sure any helmet can eliminate that issue so I am ordering a larger windscreen. When I duck down behind the windscreen I am in a quiet world with road and engine noise pleasantly controlled. This helmet is light! My neck is not sore at the end of the day as it has been with my many previous helmets. Everything works smoothly and the quality is quite good as is the price. I hope this helps in your quest for the perfect helmet. Safe travels!
March 31, 2014
Light, Comfortable, But Noisy
Outstanding light weight and shape reduces buffeting at highway speeds over 70. Very comfortable on long rides. Only complaint is the noise level. Even with the vents closed it is noisier than the HJC-CL Max it replaced. Went to the Revzilla Phila store to buy the helmet which was an enormous help. Staff there was wonderful, and really helped with my numerous purchase needs, most importantly the correct helmet fit and selection.
April 5, 2014
HJC RPHA Max is very light and low profile
The HJC RPHA Max modular is a perfect fit for my intermediate oval head and is very lightweight for a modular. It has a low profile and all the button features are easy to use at speed. The top head vent works incredibly with moving air without noticeable noise. The chin vent however, did create some wind noise when open but did its job at ventilation. The view is uninstructed and the shield is simple to changeout. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the features, weight and price.
March 31, 2014
WAY better than Schuberth for much less
I don't care if HJC copied schuberth or anyone else, this is the best modular going PERIOD. Comfort, fit, quietness, it beats everything I've tried hands down. I test drove Schuberth C3Pro and it's definitely nice...this is BETTER, more comfortable, quieter, more stylish, and with 3 shells instead of 2 it doesn't give you the mushroom head look like schuberth. I imagine the profit is higher on Schuberth and others so HJC is not going to get as good of retailer reviews. But they truly have the resources to make the best, and believe me, they did. You wont be sorry with purchasing this helmet
February 9, 2014
I had no problem installing speakers
ridden in mine for 25k miles and overall it's a worthy modular. not as quiet or plush as my Shoei Qwest but it is my go to helmet since it is a modular AND has my Sena SMH-10 with aftermarket speakers installed. while there is indeed no cutouts for speakers, I had no issue with either the stock Sena nor higher performance drivers I swapped in. nice features include great visability, wonderfull ventilation (desert 114+ summer) and availability at reasonable cost of small parts to replace those that might get lost. ie: breath guard. the Align graphics look sharp! yes I have the Align
February 9, 2014
After long winter and absence of riding, I did decide to retire my 10 years old modular helmet, which is serve me very well, and we have some miles to talk about. I know, there is recommendation to replace helmet every 3-4 years, but in my personal opinion that is a bit over rated, but 10 years for helmet is nice age. Once again this is my personal choice, and you guys should follow MSF recommendations. Did my research ( Thank you Antony from Revzilla TV ) and decide to go with HJC RPHA MAX.
Just unpacking helmet there is feel of luxury. Helmet finish and details are flawless. I did have previously HJC 3/4 helmet and it was XL , so i ordered XL size and fit and feeling was outstanding . Nice snug fit without pressure points. Last week went for ride and surprised how quiet is comparing to my previous helmet, Great comfort and feel during a ride, vision is clear and wide. tinted drop down sun visor come handy, and didn't interfere with my eye glasses at all. Ventilation of the helmet is great. during a ride i did give a try of ventilation system. There is 2 vents one on chin bar and one is scoop like on top. both of vents did great job Top vent is generating some additional noise, but i can feel steady stream of fresh air taking heat out. During a ride ten was in 60's and I will give update once heat come back to Chicago !!
After ride I did install helmet speakers for some tunes. and thats only thing I wish HJC is left more room for speakers installation, but i have a bit ticker speakers( Iasus 3D ) for better bass response, and don't get me wrong there is plenty of room for other brand speaker install. I may consider new set of speakers in future.
Overall great helmet great "Bang for Buck" . Lot of premium features for 1/2 of price of German competitor, well, I will let you know in 10 years how is helmet doing.
March 23, 2014
Fit/finish - Along the lines of the "premium" brands but not as good as the "most expensive modular". Snug fit (good thing). No buffeting and no wobbling with a head check. Tight cheek pads but that's a good thing. Fits well in the crown.
Weight - Lighter than I expected. Even lighter than my previous 3/4 helmet. Also, very well balanced. No complaints.
Noise - HJC claims 2db louder than the "most expensive modular". I think they're being overly optimistic. I'd say about average for a semi-premium modular. (I've worn quieter and much louder.) I can still hear the stereo well although it's a bit muddled (to be expected with any modular/full face lid).
Drop down sun visor - Optically correct but not nearly dark enough. HJC sells 3 different versions (smoke, dark smoke and amber). This comes with the smoke. I'm about to pay $22 for the dark smoke.
Pinlock shield - 38* and no visor fogging even when I took it directly from the 70* house to 38* highway speeds. Impressive. Sun visor didn't fog, either. The locking, center mounted closure is handy (and simply unlocking it gives you a good vent to defog the eyeglasses in town) but it's difficult to use with heavy gloves on. Simple and easy with normal (3 season) gloves.
Double D ring closure - Mixed feelings about this. Because of the extra neck roll padding (to reduce turbulence/noise), it's a bit difficult to fasten and the snap for the excess strap is worthless as you just can't get to it. I'd much prefer a ratchet closure like Nolan has.
Eyeglass friendly - The helmet is too tight (good thing) to easily put on/remove with glasses on. Easier to remove the glasses, put the lid on then put the glasses back on. Fortunately, HJC has made it very easy to do so. I've bent more than a few glasses trying to fit them on after the helmet was on. No problem with this one.
Air flow/cooling - I can't comment on that as it's still in the 30s.
Overall, I'd say this is a very good, semi-premium helmet. My only real complaints are noise and double D ring closure. For $400+, it should be a little quieter.
March 9, 2014