HJC RPHA Max Align Helmet
I bought this helmet as an option for a second rider. I ended up wearing this a bit to break it in. I found it a bit tight after multiple rides and then noisy. At first it was fine and now its not. Overall not a bad helmet. The look is awesome and being modular is a plus. I normally wear and Arai XD helmet which is by far my favorite. Overall not bad, just not really for me.
September 14, 2015
Very good helmet
I replaced my Shoei Neotech with this HJC RPHA and feel it is just as good for $100 or so less. The fit works well with the shape of my head, thanks to the gear geek on the phone who said my Shoei head would fit well in the HJC. I have worn it riding for about 10 hours so far and after initially finding a few tight spots all has worn in to be comfortable. The field of vision is wide and better than my Neotech but I agree with other reviewers that the sunscreen shield is lighter (not as dark) than I'm used to. My eyes seem to have adapted as I don't really notice it now and I live in sunny south Florida where it is bright most of the time. I am concerned about the spring return feature that moves the sunscreen back to the "up" position. It doesn't have a very solid sound and feels flimsy. I'll see how it holds up. Ventilation is about the same as the Neotech but since I have a windshield, any ventilation is very reduced.
Overall I am pleased with this purchase. This helmet fits well, looks good, provides protection and is a good value.
September 7, 2015
Great fit and air flow
-About 4000 mi. this summer with HJC.
-Air flow is the best of the 5 helmets I've owned, I often use only the top vent (I can actually feel the airstream on my scalp when I open the vent). I only use the front vent when the inner shield is down, it directs air into my eyes drying them out.
-Fit is great as well, it fits my skull perfectly, no hard or hot spots. It does tend to press on my left ear, but it hasn't seemed to cause a problem even after 800 mile touring days.
-Hinge action is very smooth and controlled, but annoyingly, I cannot latch the front without using a hand on both the front and rear of the helmet. The latch mechanism also appears to be rather frail. I'm hoping not to test this feature.
-the face shield is very long (tall), I put a couple of rows of black electrical tape at the top as a sunguard and still have ample visibility.
-The inner shield works well, but is not very dark. I purchased the dark tinted visor and can use it and the inner shield together and see fine during our Texas summer days. I am able to minimize the light gap at the bottom of the inner shield by holding the release button as I slide the lever to put it into removal mode. The electric tape sunshield blocks the small gap of light at the top.
-Shield changes are easy. I like the locking shield feature.
-Wind noise is similar to other helmets with top vent open, reduced some with it closed.
-I purchased and installed thinner cheek pads to allow more ear and cheek room.
September 8, 2015
Great airflow, louder than expected
- Airflow is beyond compare; huge difference between vents open and closed
- Good fit
- Chin curtain keeps face warm on cold rides
- Louder than advertised; I use earbuds to silence the wind noise
- Chin curtain must be removed on warm days or the heat is painful
Overall: a good helmet at a great price, I would buy it again
September 3, 2015
Great Helmet with a Few Quirks
This is a GREAT helmet. I find it extremely comfortable to wear all (I've spent 17 hours in a single day in it with zero complaints), it looks great, breathes well, and has some good features like the pinlock sheild and sun visor. It's very light, especially for a modular, and very quiet.
There's no ear pockets for a headset, which seems like a ridiculous oversight in this segment. I had to cut some of the impact liner away to fit my speakers in, which means the sound has to travel through the cheek pad and chin strap. With the volume maxed out on my Sena headset it's just adequate at highway speeds.
The other issue is riding in the rain. I can't figure out where it comes from, but water splashes all over my chin and face when in the rain. I have tried covering any seam, vent, chin opening I can find, and it still happens. It will splash on the inside of the visor as well. This means if you wear glasses (like me), you'll have water droplets on 3-4 surfaces to try and look through, and you can only wipe one clean.
August 17, 2015
Big Improvement over previous helmet
I purchased the RPHA Max to replace my Scorpion EXO900 which was showing signs of age by some of the plastic pieces breaking. Decided on the RPHA Max after reading reviews on several sites and watching the videos. I wanted the PinLock feature and also wanted to return to the top-mounted sun-visor control.
I wear a size Large normally and that's what I ordered but was a bit concerned that reviews said this helmet ran small as I am on the high end of the Large sizing chart for this helmet (23 1/4) but it fit perfectly.
The latching mechanism is night and day more precise and easier to open and close than the Scorpion and the front locks with just a "snick" rather than the "clunk" of the Scorpion. It was so easy and smooth that I wasn't sure I had it latched properly.
The top vent works great and I can feel airflow over the top of my head even at lower speeds. I don't feel a lot of airflow from the front vent though.
Visibility is very good, I haven't installed the PinLock yet but even without it the shield does not fog as easily as the Scorpion did. The black latch in the center of the shield is a bit distracting if you ride with the shield in a higher position but not terrible and not very noticeable at all in the closed or city (slightly open) position.
There are no recesses for helmet speakers but I didn't consider that a bad thing as they generally aren't placed optimally for my ear position anyhow. I installed the SENA SMH10 with no problems and cannot feel the helmet speakers at all.
This helmet is WAY more quiet than the Scorpion was.
My nit-picks are that the sun visor is not dark enough. Seriously it's difficult for me to tell whether it's even down sometimes. Also I am a little paranoid that the rear vent holes just go straight through to the interior with no screening/mesh to cover them and look like an ideal place for a bee to crawl into. But I've had a previous "bee-in-helmet" experience so maybe I'm just over-sensitive to that. I blocked them on the inside with some adhesive backed mesh anyhow. It didn't seem to affect the airflow.
Overall very pleased but it loses a star for the sun visor and the vent holes.
August 10, 2015
A Good Starter Modular
This is my first proper helmet since starting riding, and it felt really good. However, as the days went on, I realised more and more small issues with it, though none being dealbreakers. Earphones cutouts were a little too small and shallow and a tad high up, pressing on my temples after fitting a Sena 20s. Small adjustments solved that. After a full year of use, mechanism becomes a little cranky but still very usable and it was not noticed until a change to a new higher-end modular. Love the sun visor with the snap release for a quick keep of it entering tunnels. Shield and lens-locking mechanism is very smooth and intuitive. Overall a good modular for new riders to have a feel and enter the market on modulars at a lower price point.
July 20, 2015
Priced right for a quality helmet
The RPHA-Max is slightly higher priced than most of the HJC line up, but some features are worth paying extra for. Better composite material (carbon fiber and fiberglass epoxy), lightweight, great ventilation, quiet noise level, wide range of vision, pinlock shield (comes with helmet),chin curtain, and overall comfort. I justify paying the increased price of the helmet due to the fact that it was noticeably lighter than the Sy-Max III (which was the original helmet of choice- with previous helmet being the Sy-Max II). Improvements could still be made to the RPHA Max--better cut out area for in-helmet speakers and a sun visor with less distortion. Overall, you are getting a well made, lightweight helmet, priced considerably less than high end name brand helmets. And yes, I would purchase this helmet again.
July 6, 2015