HJC RPHA Max Helmet - Solid
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
Love the new RPHA Max
I was looking for neck pain relief, but got SO MUCH more! Great modern shell styling and I love the light weight and the built-in features. This is the lightest modular ever, and comes with a built-in visor which enhances your vision 100%. Having a small head, I have always had trouble with a good fit, but this is perfect...they offer 3 shell sizes with 6 insert sizes ...so I have finally found a great fitting helmet!.My friends are amazed at how light this beauty is...and the price is great, lots of bang for the buck!
Went with the black so I could have it pinted to match my tank.
Mahalo nui loa!
October 21, 2013
Great look for a modular.
I purchased this as an alternate helmet to my RPS-10 and it fits very similar. The inside is not as soft as the RPS-10 but is better for heat management. A bit noisier than my RPS-10 but that is to be expected. Overall nice helmet.
October 13, 2013
Purchased and returned the HJC RPHA Max modular helmet.
Purchased and returned the HJC RPHA Max modular helmet. The first thing that I noticed was the helmet did not seem to fit my head well as the cheek pads were touching the lower part of my ears so it felt that the helmet was not all the way on my head as with other helmets I have plenty of room. Normally I would wear a size large but because I wanted to wear something under the helmet for cold weather I ordered a size XL, this seemed to fit fine aside from the ear thing. The other thing was the sun shade comes down to far creating a small space at the top where the sun can shine in and be a distraction. When HJC first introduced the internal sun shield in the snow helmets there were issues with the sun shield which were later fixed in the IS-16 that I have. The mechanics for the shade seem cheap as with the vents, although the chin bar release seemed to work well and was easy to get to, the detent at the top for the chin bar seem difficult to engage, although the helmet was new and some break-in might have been a help. I would not recommend this helmet, spend the extra money and get the Shoei. Because of the lack of room in the helmet I’m fairly certain that installing a Bluetooth would have been problematic, I expected that the size XL would have roomy to accommodate the Bluetooth and ‘cold weather head dress but simply too small.
September 13, 2013