HJC RPHA Max Align Helmet
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
Just finished 400+ miles wearing this helmet and no stress on the neck from weight. Good visibility and the sun shield comes to the right level to provide eye protection from sun. Great fit, true to sizing chart. Next is the installation of SENA communication system. Super service, ordered on a Sunday night and it was delivered on Tuesday, Thanks Revzilla.
May 27, 2014
The helmet is stylish and very functional
The ease of disassembly and reassembly is crazy. The visor comes off with one slide and locks back in effortlessly. The dark interior visor is full cover and provides excellent eye protection. It fits snuggly around the cheek bones and jaw line but is not uncomfortable. Excellent helmet!
July 7, 2014
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
HJC RPHA MAX, hj-25 smoke shield, and quick releasae
Great people to deal with! RPHA seemed slightly small returned for the next size larger NO PROBLEMS. Rather than wait for the return I was permitted to buy anothed RPHA and when the return process was completed my credit card was credited with in hours This company will go the extra mile for their customers,which is why I keep returning. This is really a great helmit for the money, with many great features. Especially the ease in which the inner liner can be removed for cleaning. I would highly recommend this product!
April 28, 2014
Full Function Modular
I've been pleased with the RPHA MAX with a few rides under my belt. The fit is slightly round, but does not detract from the function. I find this a bit more comfortable when wearing glasses. It is slightly noisier than my current full coverage helmet, but this is expected due to being a modular and does not present a problem to me. It does have very good ventilation. I fully expect to test this more in the hot summer commutes. I like the more compact external shape as this reduces the bubble head look of some lids. I've attached a communication unit and the speakers fit well and cause no interference with my ears. I have plans for a 2 week trip later this summer and based on the preliminary use it should work great.
April 24, 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