HJC RPHA Max Align Helmet
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
Looks awesome out of the box!
Although I haven't had the opportunity to ride with this helmet yet (health reasons) I really am happy with how this feels wearing it. Love the modular design and internal visor features too. I never had one before but this came highly recommended. My dad liked mine so much he got one for himself too. I honestly don't think I'll be disappointed.
December 10, 2014
Fog resistance is all it's worth
Pros: fog resistant visor works great, decent air flow through the vents, comfortable and lightweight.
Cons: Price for product ratio less than desirable, double visor cast a lot of glare, needs more vents, very noisy,
December 1, 2014
Nice helmet albeit a bit pricey
Seems like a sturdy and well built helmet. Noise level is surprisingly good. I love the look of this helmet with the reduced shell size HJC uses. I only have two minor complaints so far: 1. The top mounted sun visor control is kinda awkward to use while riding. I would much prefer a side mounted control. 2. The price is a bit steep for HJC. They are pushing into the Shoei range without the reputation. Of course I'm not qualified to say if the quality matches Shoei or not.
November 17, 2014
I bought my RPHA-Max as my first modular helmet. I'd been wearing an IS-16 up until that point. I've been wearing the RPHA-Max for just over a year now.
I have a very long head, so most of the typical modulars are out for me. I was very happy to find that the fit of the RPHA-Max is quite different from the Schuberts and so forth because it actually fits me. So if you are struggling to find a modular that doesn't press on your forehead, try the RPHA-Max.
It has gotten noisier over time - no where near as noisy as my IS.16, but certainly noisier than when I first got it. This has built úp over time, and it may just be that I notice the wind noise more now due to the helmet being otherwise very quiet.
There is plenty of room for my comm speakers and mic.
The only issue I have with it is occasional water intrusion. I have no idea where it is coming from, but it rains inside during really heavy downpours or at higher (60+mph) speeds. Just enough to be annoying.
Overall, I love it!
October 11, 2014
Not much better than IS MAX
My comparison is to the IS MAX BT which I retired and replaced with RPHA. RPHA wind noise is slightly less than IS. I use earplugs with both. No difference to me between internal material. Comfort and absorption is equal. RPHA airflow is equal or slightly less than the IS. I have found the best GoPro mount to be my helmet because the video is smooth and without vibration. The RPHA does not have a mountable surface on top. One would need to figure some awkward side helmet mount. The RPHA sun visor is said to be less dramatic. However, I did not mind the quick snap of the IS. RPHA recoil on the sun visor is so lax that I need to manually press the visor back into its helmet cavity. Stability of the helmet is much better at speed than the IS. However, this may be due to the IS being a size large and the RPHA being a size medium. Both visor and internal pads of RPHA are slightly more difficult to remove compared to the IS. I don't have a need for the Pinlock system, so it is not an advantage to me. Overall, I would choose the IS over the RPHA and save a few dollars. Perhaps I got use to the IS and was expecting more by paying more for the RPHA. Not so except being more stable at speed. I have a Shoei helmet too. I rate the Shoei a decorated tin can compared to both my HJC helmets.
August 4, 2014
Didn't love it.
I am an admitted gear head, and own no fewer than five helmets. The RPHA Max, while well built and attractive, just didn't do it for me. The biggest deal breaker was the shape. I have a "Shoei head," and the RPHA Max in my size (62cm, so XXL) had ample space at the sides was but pressing on my forehead. First, though, some positives. What a great looking helmet! The paint was flawless, and in the sun literally sparkled. The shell is pretty small, so you don't look like an Apollo astronaut with it on. The liner was comfortable as were the pads, though I wouldn't put them in the same category as Shoei for sheer plushness (but then again, nobody else is). All the controls were very easy to operate even with gloves on, and seemed sturdy. The top vent has huge channels and nothing to block the air flow, so should work well. Now, my negatives. While the face shield was perfectly clear and free from defects, the sun visor was distorted. That should never, ever happen on a helmet in this price range. I also thought the stock sun visor was nowhere near dark enough, but maybe that's personal preference. It was a "light smoke" at best. The face shield latch is positioned dead center, and while it is easy to manipulate and positively latches, I found it to be distracting in my field of view, especially if the shield is open even a small amount for venting. Also, while offering a great field of view from side to side, I found the FOV to be quite narrow top to bottom. Now, admittedly, all of these (except the distorted sun visor) are subjective. I ordered this because I dropped my Lazer Monaco and did some structural damage to it. Thought I'd try something different and ordered the RPHA Max. Maybe, MAYBE, if the shape had suited my melon I'd have gotten used to the rest (except the distorted visor, which I detested), I found nothing about the helmet so negative as to prevent me from recommending it (except the..well, you know...) but it just wasn't for me. So, in the vein of trying something different I ordered...another Monaco. But this one is carbon fiber, and a different color than my old one ;-)
July 17, 2014
Works as advertised. I should have have paid more attention to the sizing information. After a break in period the helmet is slightly too large now. Wind wants to move it around my noggin a little bit. Great helmet.
August 4, 2014