HJC RPHA Max Align Helmet
Fantastic helmet at a decent price = excellent value
Well I had an HJC CL2 Max in 4X for my large head, but when the lining wore in it became too loose. There was too much movement and wind noise in the helmet so I decided I needed to get a good replacement helmet. Since I wear glasses and based on my riding needs I liked the convenience of another modular helmet.
Willing to spend around $500 I started looking at Nolan, Shoei, and even tried on the Schuberth. The Nolan I tried on was pretty comfortable as was the Schuberth. The Arai was not as comfortable and I did not get a chance to try a modular but tried a conventional full face helmet. Then I tried the HJC RPHA full face helmet. Very comfortable and confirmed the right size I needed - 2X. Based on that experience in a local store I shopped around online for the HJC RHPA Max Align and found it at Revzilla for a decent price. It arrived in less than a week in great condition.
This is a great helmet. The fit was snug at first and is still somewhat snug after a couple of weeks, especially in the cheeks. The rest of the fit was PERFECT for my head.
Ergonomics for this helmet is fantastic. Peripheral vision is much better than with the CL2 Max, and the shape of the sides of the base is such that I can even turn my head to the side more than I ever could before.
Ventilation is great because there is a clear air gap between the top of the liner and the inner surface of the shell. I can even feel the air swirling around up there and moving my hair! The chin vent also allows a lot of air in (even a tiny fly came in once!), and the lining fits closely around the neck so that all the incoming air is pushed out through the rear vents for a nice through-flow. The supplied chin curtain seals off the bottom front of the helmet nicely against the underside of my chin, which is great for noise but traps the warm breath-air below the nose deflector. I like the fact that the chin curtain is attached to the chin bar and just clears the point of my chin without help. Perfect.
The sunshade visor works as designed and has 3 positions, none of which hit my glasses as with some other helmets - major win, since I don't have prescription sunglasses (and could not really be bothered to be switching.
The shield with supplied Pinlock works perfectly - as expected - slick one finger operation to open and snaps shut easily. It swings up fully and is easy to remove and reinstall from the helmet.
I had a Pinlock on my previous helmet and liked it so much that it was a requirement on the next helmet. While I get no fogging on the shield, the nose deflector causes my glasses to fog up on cool mornings and cracking the shield does not help much. No problem though - just pulled off the nose shield and the problem went away.
I transferred my Sena SMH10 system over from the old helmet to the RPHA Max. The cushions were easy to remove and reinstall. The speakers fit in the recesses but were partially blocked by a part of the padding. I feared that would mean muffled sound. Not so. The Sena never sounded better and louder than it does now, and with a fuller music sound. The difference between the old and new helmets was NIGHT AND DAY. I still have to tweak the settings for the phone though, since my wife said I sounded muffled. Granted I was doing 65 mph plus at the time.
I also stuck a GoPro mount on the right side of the helmet and was able to find curvature that suited the curved stick-on base mount. Works well when recording footage.
Weight-wise - the Max Align is not as light as the 2X full face RPHA helmet I tried, which was feather-light - just a little heavier than the Schuberth! But it was still lighter than the CL2 Max.
As for noise - quieter than the CL2 Max that's for sure but I have not worn any other helmets other than these so I have no idea how quiet it is supposed to be. All I know is that at 70 mph on the freeway (where it is usually a bit windy) I can still hear my radio through the Sena speakers, despite hearing a fair bit of wind noise. At least the wind does not appear to be rushing up and in from around my neck! Maybe the Sena is adding to the wind turbulence and the noise but since that is a "must have" on my helmet, I have to live with that.
The graphics are very nice with white, grey and black - good for visibility, along with the reflector on the liner at the back of the neck to aid with visibility when headlights shine on it from behind.
All in all, an excellent helmet for a decent price. Good quality construction, and great value for the money. Buy one!
April 20, 2015
Rates up there with the Big boys at 1/2 the price.
I found this helmet to fit perfect I wear a LG size and this fits better than my 3 previous HJC Modular Helmets. Its the lightest of the bunch . I really like the drop down sun shield. The air flow is the best out of all my full helmets and its as light as my full face and lightest of all my modular. For the money its a real good value and my go to helmet now. It is also a good looking helmet!
April 27, 2015
Best Modular HJC has made yet.
I waited for a good break-in time before writing a review. I wanted a lot of riding time and to do some thinking about what this helmet is and is not when compared to others on the market in respect to features and not necessarily price. HJC has really hit a home run with the RPHA MAX. Pulling it out of the box I immediately noticed the helmet bag. This "aint no" ordinary bag. This bag looks like one you'd get with a much more expensive helmet. Pulled the helmet out and the flat black gave life to the shape and contours of the helmet the other colors just don't do justice. The style is of course the first thing other people notice and even my boss was blown away when I first rode up to work wearing the RPHA Max in all its flat black glory.
I purchased the XL as my previous HJC helmets have also been XL. The overall design of the helmet is smaller and more compact. The outer shell is much smaller than the modular it is replacing. The initial fit was TIGHT, surprisingly tight. This was a little more snug than the usual "new" feeling before break-in. The inner shape is a touch different than the usual round HJC making it even more snug for me front to back. This being said after having worn the helmet for some time and let it heat cycle in the sun and with my head in the shell the inner pads have started to conform to me nicely and the tight feeling has been replaced with a positive snug fit rather than an annoying pressure.
This is the first helmet I've had that didn't require the use of ear-plugs of some sort while on the interstate. This is a welcome feature. Is it tomb silent? No. I can still hear the wind a little and of course my loud exhaust ever present but the sound level is not deafening and can be endured for long periods of time.
The pin-lock face shield is excellent. This is usually a feature found on modulars that cost much more, but HJC has put this at a great price point. The main shield locks tight and seals well around the entire face cavity killing any wind noise in that area and keeping dirt, dust and debris from entering around it.
The inner sun shield is definitely not dark enough. Of course non of the helmets with an inner sun visor are dark enough. A quick trip to the local window tinter and a request for a scrap of tint from another job made the fix cheap and easy. I just tinted the outside of the visor with some high quality 30% tint (30% added to the 50% or 60% that's already there) and the visor is now plenty dark enough to block out the sun.
I added the Scala Rider G9x Bluetooth system to the helmet. The construction of the neck roll made this a little tough to get the wires routed, but patience and planning and everything went it just fine. In fact there are nice recesses just above the chin strap and right where the ear sits that allow the small speakers to be placed.
The airflow on the RPHA Max is amazing. I do get a little air coming through even with the vent closed. More than likely because of the effectiveness of the scoop. With the vent open I get airflow all the way down to my neck. Since I live in Southern Arizona this will be great in the summer.
All in all I would easily recommend this helmet to anyone looking for a new modular. Comparing to the other brands by features you'll save a ton of cash, get a light and safe helmet, and have people asking you where you got such a cool piece of hardware.
April 23, 2015
This helmet is great! HJC has really raised their game with the MAX helmets. The fit was dead on for my head (a little more round than oval) and the features are top of the line. The sun visor could be a little darker (I may order the darker one). But it has very good coverage. The main shield seals very tight and the included pinlock system is a bonus. Right after it arrived we had a day of 45 mph wind gust and since I ride a Goldwing I wanted to test for noise and buffeting in changing wind conditions. It passed with flying colors. Very little buffeting and very quite even in crosswinds. The fact that this helmet is so light is wonderful. Much less fatigue.
My only problem is now I have a couple Scorpion EXO900's for sale.
April 13, 2015
large fit and wear well
I had to step up to this model since my head seemed to be too big for all other normal helmets. There is a little bit more noise than I thought with face shield down. Air flow is best I have ever had. Overall good helmet just wish price was not so steep.
April 7, 2015
Love This Helmet!
I tried on 7 or 8 helmets before the HJC RPHA Max, and this was the one that fit the best and which features I most liked. I like helmets with "o" ring fasteners because for me they are more comfortable under my neck than the newer styles. This has the "o" rings. The helmet is very comfortable. I love the built-in sunshield; it eliminates the need for me to wear sunglasses and it deploys with the push of a button. I ordered separate narrower cheek pads to customize my fit. The only negative I found is that the top air vent made "crackling" sounds in the wind, even when closed. I put tape over it and have not had any problems with air flow. This helmet is well-made and offers lots of flexibility in terms of the shield, etc. I highly recommend it.
April 7, 2015
Great modular helmet for the price
Got these for the missus and me. My work helmet is a SHOEI Neotec which is much heavier than this one. Little more wind noise with the RPHA but pleased with the venting, ease of operation and fit. You will need the pinlock shield, the shield fogs up quickly in humid weather.
March 9, 2015
Want to return this Helmet
Where do I start? I really want to return this helmet but the box got wet in the rain. I am stuck with it now. First thing I really don't like is the sun visor. It doesn't block out any sunlight. I purchased the dark grey one shade to see if it would block the sun but the results are the same. The so called darker one is almost the same as the stock shade. Waste of money. Second thing I don't like is the to vents on the rear of the helmet. I was riding through phoenix AZ, when I encounter rain. Rain entered the two air vents on the back of my helmet. The water dripping down my neck was freezing and cold. Not so pleasant.. This helmet is not comfortable at all. The padding is so spaced out in the inside top of the helmet that my head hits the Styrofoam. Not comfortable at all. I have a Goldwing and I ride long distance on every trip. The good thing about this helmet is its weight. No rain, short trips, need something light weight, then this is the helmet for you..
November 24, 2014