HJC RPHA ST Helmet - Solid
Overall a decent helmet
I upgraded to the RPHA ST from my IS-16. I'll compare the two now.
Pros: I love the included pinlock shield and center locking mechanism! It is more of a round oval which gave me that little bit extra room so my Scala Rider mic is not pressing against my face like with the IS-16. The internal visor works differently than the one in the IS but works effectively and the stock tint is fine for my rides in and out of sun/shade.
Cons: I personally don't feel extra air flow over the IS-16. I do get blasted with air with my stock bike screen though so some air comes up into the helmet from there vs through the RPHA's vents. The lever for the visor is smaller and on the side, a bit harder to access with gloves compared with the center lever on the IS-16. I'm sure they moved the lever to try to improve airflow. No cut-outs for comm speakers. Padding feels thinner. Worst aspect for me is the deep groove the forehead pad leaves on my forehead for hours after wearing it. There is a large horizontal seam through the middle of the thin pad. I mostly commute to work and would prefer to look 'normal' soon after the ride. Maybe it is a badge of honor.
Overall it is a decent helmet. If I didn't need the more oval shape, though, I would have tried the IS-17 and paid for the pinlock upgrade which would have saved a few dollars.
June 22, 2015
Nice light helmet
Big improvement over my HJC IS-16 in all areas. Absolutely zero fog on the vizor here in cold MN.
May 18, 2015
This helmet is a great value
I purchased this helmet as I needed to replace my 5 year old helmet. The HJC ST fits very nice, not too snug and not loose. The vents are very effective at keeping my head cool on the highway. The helmet is a little louder than my previous helmet but its worth it as the additional vents are nice. Rode 150 miles so far and I am happy with this helmet.
May 11, 2015
Couldn't be happier for the quality and price
If you're looking for a mid-level cruiser/touring helmet without spending the money on a getting a low-level Shoei or Arai this helmet is great.
It's lightweight, comfortable and provides good ventilation. I think its quiet, but I'm also coming from a non-DOT half helmet.
I think it might be more of a round head fit, whereas my head is slightly longer/more oval shaped.
Pair it up with a dark-smoke windscreen and you're cruisin' in style.
April 27, 2015
Good Helmet for the Price
This helmet is an upgrade from the HJC CL-Max II. I wanted to go with a full face rather than a modular to get a quieter helmet. It turns out this helmet is not that much quieter. Only slightly so I still need to wear ear plugs. The helmet does require some break in time but was only a couple of days and now feels really good and slightly on the tight side. The venting is good, especially the top and exhaust vents. I can really feel the air flow on the top of my head. The chin vent doesn't seem to move much air however and I'm thankful for the pinlock shield (which works really well). As another reviewer noted, my biggest and only complaint is the chin curtain. I think this is a really poor design. It is difficult to install and my thumbs were sore from pushing in the pins/buttons. It has also popped off when I either put on or take off the helmet. Big annoyance and I curse it every time it comes off. Good thing the chin curtain isn't why I purchased the helmet.Overall I really like the looks, comfort, pinlock, and drop down visor. I've tried the Shoei GT-Air and I think the HJC is a great alternative to the GT-Air and definitely at a better price point. I'm happy with this helmet.
March 13, 2015
A solid lid
I've had this helmet for a few weeks now and I only have a few nitpicks.
1st, the chin curtain was a royal pain to get in and have it stay there. Though I have gotten to the point where I can get it in every time, it seems like it doesn't take much for it to come out. Hopefully it doesn't pop off while going down the road.
2nd, the flip down visor fogs up really quick on cold days though I suppose that is expected. I plan to treat it with some anti-fog.
3rd, I wish they had more options for graphics (I ended up just going with matte black).
Last I'll just make a note that this isn't the quietest helmet out there by any stretch but it is much quieter than the Scorpion I had previously.
Other than those bits it's a great helmet for the money. It's a sharp lid, it's relatively quiet, it's comfortable, it's light, the sun visor works great (when it's not fogged up), it comes with a pinlock and locking shield with solid detents.
Again, it's a great lid overall and I would recommend it to anybody looking for the same features I was as this has them all for a good price.
November 20, 2014
Great Bang for the Buck!
For the money you really can't ask for any better. Purchased this to upgrade from my intro level Bell Arrow, and it's much more aerodynamic and quiet. Also wanted the internal sun visor so I wouldn't have to switch out the lenses on longer rides and it works like a charm. I was looking at this helmet and the Shoei GT-Air because it's hard to find a high quality, truly functional full face with the internal sun visor in the lower price ranges and now that I've put some miles on it I'm happy with my choice and the amount of money I was able to save running with the HJC as opposed to the much more expensive Shoei. No complaints!
November 4, 2014
Boom, here's your bang for the buck!
I purchased this helmet based on certain criteria but mostly due to my desire for an internal sun visor. After considering the Shark Speed-R, Nolan N86 and Shoei GT Air, I ultimately went with HJC's RPHA ST. My decision was based on a review from a UK supplier called Two Wheel Centre (see their YouTube video). The RPHA ST is also the test-winner of the new MOTORRAD Magazine helmet test, in front of such prestigious models like the Schuberth S2, X-lite X-702 GT and Shark Speed-R. I've ridden nearly 400 miles with it now and can say that it's a very comfortable and well-made helmet. My only gripe would be that there is significant wind noise while at freeway speed, even with earplugs. I'm assuming that the noise is coming from the unusual side air foils, which help vent the helmet very well. The external shield is high-quality and crystal-clear and the internal sun visor is sufficiently smoked for me. All in all it's a great helmet, despite the wind noise, considering it's a couple of hundred less than its comparable alternatives. Once ordered, they had it to me the very next day... thanks for the great customer service Revzilla!
October 25, 2014