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
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
Great Bang For The Buck !!!!
The fit of this helmet was spot-on with what the video review said. The overall build quality and finish is superior and the appearance of the helmet is fantastic. I really liked the fit and comfort. Since I wear glasses, pressure on the temple area can't be so tight that it jams the temples of my eyeglasses into my head. HJC did a great job on this and the padding is just right. If you wear glasses, be sure to give this helmet a try.
December 23, 2013
Louder than I expected and needs more air.
This is my first helmet... just started riding this season.
I watched a ton of videos on Revzilla and read a bunch of other reviews on helmets and I decided on this one between the N104, Neotech and Shark Evoline 3.
It's louder than I expected even though (I think) it's supposed to be one of the quieter helmets based on what I've read/watched on Revzilla.
The helmet fits pretty well, it pushed a little on my forehead in the beginning but it's getting better the more I wear it and it seems like it'll fit fine. I purchased a 2XL, my head is 24".
I have issues with the sunscreen fogging when I exhale when stopped... The visor fogs sometimes when stopped at a traffic light even with the pinlock installed... not sure if there's something else I should be doing.
About the ventilation... It seems like the chin vent is working ok I guess but I would expect more air from it... and especially for the size of the top vent there should be way more air if you ask me.
I am always not though... so it may be fine for someone else.
I suppose I would still recommend this helmet even with the grips I have with it. It seems to be a decent average helmet.
September 23, 2013
HJC rpha max
this may be a home run for HJC....Only thing I don't care for is the stupid D ring fastener....and no room or window for a headset....fit and finish are great,vents very well but top vent is a bit noisy....you will need the pin lock shield on cool mornings and rainy days....
May 21, 2013
Light, quiet, comfortable - best way to describe this helmet!
I replaced my Nolan N103 for this helmet and the difference is amazing. The weight, or lack thereof, is instantly noticeable. Getting it on and off is easier than the Nolan and the padding conforms well with my cheeks which reduces wind noise much better than any other helmet I've owned. Airflow (venting) is also much better than the Nolan. The only minor complaint and the reason I gave only 4 stars for features is because the inner visor fogs way too easily. The pinlock shield is fog-free but with the visor down, I have to crack the shield and open the chin vent to clear the visor. Small price to pay for an otherwise great helmet.
April 29, 2013