HJC RPHA Max Helmet - Solid
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
HJC RPHA Max is very light and low profile
The HJC RPHA Max modular is a perfect fit for my intermediate oval head and is very lightweight for a modular. It has a low profile and all the button features are easy to use at speed. The top head vent works incredibly with moving air without noticeable noise. The chin vent however, did create some wind noise when open but did its job at ventilation. The view is uninstructed and the shield is simple to changeout. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the features, weight and price.
March 31, 2014
After long winter and absence of riding, I did decide to retire my 10 years old modular helmet, which is serve me very well, and we have some miles to talk about. I know, there is recommendation to replace helmet every 3-4 years, but in my personal opinion that is a bit over rated, but 10 years for helmet is nice age. Once again this is my personal choice, and you guys should follow MSF recommendations. Did my research ( Thank you Antony from Revzilla TV ) and decide to go with HJC RPHA MAX.
Just unpacking helmet there is feel of luxury. Helmet finish and details are flawless. I did have previously HJC 3/4 helmet and it was XL , so i ordered XL size and fit and feeling was outstanding . Nice snug fit without pressure points. Last week went for ride and surprised how quiet is comparing to my previous helmet, Great comfort and feel during a ride, vision is clear and wide. tinted drop down sun visor come handy, and didn't interfere with my eye glasses at all. Ventilation of the helmet is great. during a ride i did give a try of ventilation system. There is 2 vents one on chin bar and one is scoop like on top. both of vents did great job Top vent is generating some additional noise, but i can feel steady stream of fresh air taking heat out. During a ride ten was in 60's and I will give update once heat come back to Chicago !!
After ride I did install helmet speakers for some tunes. and thats only thing I wish HJC is left more room for speakers installation, but i have a bit ticker speakers( Iasus 3D ) for better bass response, and don't get me wrong there is plenty of room for other brand speaker install. I may consider new set of speakers in future.
Overall great helmet great "Bang for Buck" . Lot of premium features for 1/2 of price of German competitor, well, I will let you know in 10 years how is helmet doing.
March 23, 2014
Fit/finish - Along the lines of the "premium" brands but not as good as the "most expensive modular". Snug fit (good thing). No buffeting and no wobbling with a head check. Tight cheek pads but that's a good thing. Fits well in the crown.
Weight - Lighter than I expected. Even lighter than my previous 3/4 helmet. Also, very well balanced. No complaints.
Noise - HJC claims 2db louder than the "most expensive modular". I think they're being overly optimistic. I'd say about average for a semi-premium modular. (I've worn quieter and much louder.) I can still hear the stereo well although it's a bit muddled (to be expected with any modular/full face lid).
Drop down sun visor - Optically correct but not nearly dark enough. HJC sells 3 different versions (smoke, dark smoke and amber). This comes with the smoke. I'm about to pay $22 for the dark smoke.
Pinlock shield - 38* and no visor fogging even when I took it directly from the 70* house to 38* highway speeds. Impressive. Sun visor didn't fog, either. The locking, center mounted closure is handy (and simply unlocking it gives you a good vent to defog the eyeglasses in town) but it's difficult to use with heavy gloves on. Simple and easy with normal (3 season) gloves.
Double D ring closure - Mixed feelings about this. Because of the extra neck roll padding (to reduce turbulence/noise), it's a bit difficult to fasten and the snap for the excess strap is worthless as you just can't get to it. I'd much prefer a ratchet closure like Nolan has.
Eyeglass friendly - The helmet is too tight (good thing) to easily put on/remove with glasses on. Easier to remove the glasses, put the lid on then put the glasses back on. Fortunately, HJC has made it very easy to do so. I've bent more than a few glasses trying to fit them on after the helmet was on. No problem with this one.
Air flow/cooling - I can't comment on that as it's still in the 30s.
Overall, I'd say this is a very good, semi-premium helmet. My only real complaints are noise and double D ring closure. For $400+, it should be a little quieter.
March 9, 2014
Expensive but feel it's worth the investment
I spent more on this helmet than I had initially planned, but when I started shopping around I felt a versatile lightweight helmet that offered the protection of a full face was worth the investment. The matte black is very sharp and the helmet is quality made. We're still in the depths of winter where I live but plan on road testing it soon. The helmet fits extremely well. I'm sure you can spend a lot more but for me this was a great value. The helmet is DOT rated but I don't believe it's Snell rated. Revzilla rocks...good prices, great selection, fast shipping, and great customer service -- Get one today!
February 24, 2014
Great value for the dollar
Had my first long ride with this new helmet. I am a medium to long oval and this fit very well. It was snug / tight but not in an uncomfortable way. Rode for about 5 hours in all and never felt uncomfortable. Relatively quiet and I noticed significantly less buffeting from my old Shoei. Top vent really lets the air flow. If I had to pick about something, It seems to have slightly less height of view in visor, plenty of view side to side. There is a little distortion when using the sun visor.
December 23, 2013
Ouch - for long ovals
I have the long oval head shape and have a 5-year old Arai Profile, so I figured it was time to get something new. I had HJC's cheapest modular helmet years ago, so thought I'd try this upscale version. In case I had to return it, I wore it around the house with the tags a few times. Seemed comfy, so I took it on a 2-day ride. Day 2 made clear -- this helmet hurts, with pressure points at the forehead and thin padding up top. The internal sun visor was so distorted that I found myself making any excuse to not use it. It is a good value for a modular helmet -- it just doesn't fit my Arai Profile / Signet-Q head type, feels heavy (maybe because it has to carry its weight awkwardly as a modular) and the sunscreen makes things look wonky. Finding a long-narrow helmet with a sunscreen probably is not going to happen for me. Back to sweet, expensive, but comfortable, Arai.
November 4, 2013
Keep up the good work customers service is the key
October 21, 2013