HJC RPHA Max Helmet - Solid
Tried to kill me
Do not buy this helmet if you ride a naked bike in wet weather, i loved this helmet until I went from my K1200RS to a F800R, riding home in the rain it flows right into the lock clip for the visor, getting water on the inside of the shield, and then the air pushes it in continuously and can get road water into your eyes, this almost caused me to crash. Very disappointed in HJC for this, should have found this defect during testing.
January 18, 2016
Small and light, perfect for small heads!
After searching for a modular helmet that is significantly lighter than fiberglass models and doesn't make me look like a bobble-head doll yet still contains the features I want, I have finally found it in the HJC RPHA Max Helmet.
My previous helmet was a Scorpion Exo900, bought because a representative at Scorpion assured me that it was manufactured in 3 shell sizes and I thought it would be a smaller profile. Nope, same big profile and even heavier! Also, it came down too far on my head, so the ear pockets were too low.
Fast forward 2 years to purchasing the HGV RPHA Max from Revzilla. I tried it on at a dealership in size Small, so I knew I'd need an Extra Small. This helmet fits my tiny head (hat size 6 7/8, head circumference at forehead 21.5 inches (55cm). The width and length of the helmet fits perfectly, ear pockets in exactly the right place, smooth function of the modular front, integrated "sunglasses" behind the visor, and about TWO POUNDS LIGHTER than any other modular helmet I have worn.
Regarding the low profile of this helmet:
* 8" across the widest part of the front (eye level) of the helmet with the modular face open. The Exo900 is an inch wider
* When the face mod is flipped up, the helmet is still a full inch shorter than the Exo900
* 22. 5 inches measured from the padding at eye level, run around the back of the helmet to the padding at the other eye. Essentially, a partial circumference measurement and again 1" shorter than the Exo900.
Not only do I NOT look like a bobble head doll when riding anymore, but also riding with a much lighter carbon fiber helmet makes my neck feel much better. If you have herniated discs in your neck, too, the HGV RPHA Max will ease the stress due to it's feather weight.
January 16, 2016
This is a very good helmet for the price
I have worn it for several hours on 2 rides. I ride behind a fairing and windshield. The only negative issue is with the penlock shield. In the rain and 50 degree weather I experienced some fogging. This is of course no fault of the helmet. The light weight, fit and noise level are much superior to the $200 price range helmets I have always purchased. I am a fan of HJC and own several of their helmets. They did a good job on this one. Over all I am very happy with the purchase.
January 19, 2016
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
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