HJC RPHA Max Align Helmet
Good Deal, Great Features
The RPHA Max has a lot of great features, but you pay for them. I'd say it's a very good value, but if the price point is too steep, look at the HJC Sy-Max III.
June 15, 2015
This is my third HJC helmet and the second consecutive one that has left me less than satisfied. It is comfortable, lightweight, and water resistant. The helmet kept my head dry and comfortable for an entire day of riding in the rain. However, with the helmet providing a dry noggin it now needs a lube job and is very noisy while opening the face shield and flip-up. My biggest source of dis-satisfaction comes from a constant rattling sound at freeway speeds. Thankfully, I wear earplugs.
June 8, 2015
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
A good choice
The helmet fits well, is reasonably quiet and lighter than most modulars. I like it. The one annoyance is that the visor clip is distracting with the visor partially open. That being said, I am happy with the helmet overall.
June 1, 2015
Close but no Cigar
Well this was a disappointment after all the reading I finally got a chance to find a medium and large copy of this new effort by HJC and frankly I was crushed because on paper it looked like a winner for sure.
First of all lets get right away to fit. The departure from the HJC norm was not working for my roundish head shape . It was exacerbated by the compactness (normally a desirable thing) in the Medium which is my size in Arai and other high end examples was just a bit too much in this model. There are two snaps on the top of the cheek pads which drilled into my face and I recalled a similar problem on a Bell Mac 9 I had the misfortune of wasting a couple hundred bucks on recently so this was by itself a deal breaker as I felt sure the Large would eventually work loose and not be safe.
Next, and again a deal breaker for me was the Audio. In spite of other reviewers who insisted the Sena 10 was a match for this lid , it was my opinion that it would not be a good fit at all. The pocket , if you want to call it that , is both shallow and misshapen for anything close to the shape of the Sena line of speakers and the rim was not suited for a clamp mount either .
Come one people you want to sell lids come up with a better solution for Sena's as that is what most of us use now and even larger speakers eventually will be needed for more bass in the mix.
That said if it were not for the snaps putting holes in my head in a matter of seconds and the lack of consideration for Audio this helmet would be a winner . Arai admittedly has spoiled me as they just don't have any issues like this and i buy them for close to the same money from a friend in the bizz so as much as I do not like the scratchy liner in the Neotech, it looks like if I am to add a Modular to my mix ,that one will have to be it . Now if I can just find a DEAL on one of those. LOL
Good shopping. Revile Rocks normally but the review on this lid was a bit off in my view ......
May 29, 2015
Best bang for buck modular
At this price point...you really can't beat it. It has all the features one can ask for...but at a price that's beats everything out of the water. It's light and comfortable...quieter than most modular. The sunvisor is a bonus but it could be a shade darker.
May 26, 2015
This is my 2nd RPHA...
Although I like the helmet, be warned....Do Not leave the chin bar open when the helmet is sitting around. My helmet fell about 18in and broke the entire hinge mechanism on one side. My fault, but a very weak area. That said, I replaced it with the same helmet. True to fit, for HJC. Very light, wide view, and fairly quiet, with vents closed. A bit expensive though.
May 18, 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