HJC RPHA Max Helmet - Solid
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
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
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
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
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