HJC SyMax 3 Hi-Viz Helmet
Wrong Shape for My Head
This is a good-quality helmet at a fair price, but the helmet shape is too round for my intermediate oval head. (Arai helmets fit me; Shoei helmets don't.) I will have to make some modifications to this helmet to get it to fit me. I feel pressure both on the forehead and at the back of my head. Other HJC helmets have fit me well, so I was surprised by the fit on this model.
June 12, 2014
Great helmet, a bit noisey
I wish someone would make a quite helmet, that is my only gripe with this product.
July 7, 2014
Great value for the features in this helmet!
This is a great value. Modular helmet, easily replaceable shield, slide-down sunscreen, removable and washable pads, communication-ready, Pinlock compatible, good weight, and I love the Hi-Viz color! The only thing missing, for me, is more ventilation. I am in Mississippi, and gets H-O-T in the summer. Great helmet at this price-point!
May 21, 2014
Good quality, bright helmet
This is my 2nd HJC. I was really looking for Hi-Vis and was forced to go to the higher priced SyMax 3 when I could have gotten the same from a lesser model HJC, but not available. I have a Scala Cardo bluetooth setup, so the stock HJC access is not of use to me and slightly altered how I could mount it.
I like the inner sun shield and the 3-positions. However, two knocks on it. First, the tint is too light, I'd prefer it to be darker to potentially eliminate the need for sunglasses, but still a good supplement to them. Second, the slide is very touchy and does not seem "solid" in the clicks. It takes some practice to get it to set in the click regularly.
The Pinlock-ready shield is easily removed. MUCH easier than my older HJC. I highly recommend adding the Pinlock anti-fog insert as I have used it on another helmet and it is worth the extra money ( <$30).
I wanted Hi-Vis and this certainly is that!
May 7, 2014
First helmet, great choice
This is my first helmet, in fact I never even tried on any other; once I found this, it was perfect for me. However, I have nothing else to compare this to, especially in-use.
That said, the air flow is decent, but not great. I've ridden with it only in 70 to upper 80 degree weather, both with the vents open and closed. While you can tell a difference when the vents are open, it's not significant. Actually, it's hard to tell if they're open or closed in 45mph traffic unless a decent wind is hitting you. I personally keep the visor up a notch or two, and that helps dramatically. The only time I keep it closed is in the rain. The visor has never closed or budged when I keep it in a partially opened notch, even at 70+ mph.
When closed, the visor doesn't fog up unless you're a mouth breather, so long as the vents are open.
With the chin bar down, my field of vision is uninhibited from the sides, only downward; I have to tilt to see the gauges.
Wind noise is definitely significant. I don't mind it, and I have to doubt for the price there's any other helmet that could be considered "quiet," but even with vents and visor closed, it's tough to hear my helmet speakers.
Disassembly and cleaning are quick and easy, including the visor.
There's plenty of room to run wires for speakers, and even what appear to be pockets for them as well.
With the chin bar up, the helmet feels top heavy and awkward; too awkward to try and drive with it like that. However, it's a nice thing to have on a hot day at a long red light, also great for grabbing a quick drink.
I'd recommend giving this a shot if you're interested in a modular. I paid a bit more at a local shop, but that way I knew the fit was perfect, and I needed it right then. I'd suggest trying this on locally, and coming back here for the price if time isn't an issue.
June 13, 2014
So this is my first helmet ever and I bought it cause I got it for around $200 and I figured that was a pretty good deal. I like the screen visor inside but it wasnt dark enough for me so I bought the dark smoke visor screen from Revzilla and now its very good to ride during sunny days.
It is a little heavy and loud with wind noise but I dont have much to compare it to. Neither is a big issue but I got my fiance a regular HJC helmet and I like the lightness of it.
If youre a bigger guy with a bigger neck then I fully recommend this helmet. I'm still happy with it and I will be wearing it for a few more years or until some jerk on a cell phone helps me test it out. It is solid and im sure it would hold up easily in a crash. The insides are very soft and easy to remove and clean.
June 11, 2014
Very Good Helmet
This is the second HJC helmet. The last was a Is-Max. It was a great helmet. The new Sy-Max III is excellent. Fit is great. Very quiet. Excellent visibility.
April 21, 2014
Good for the price - smaller outside shell than Nolan N104
I had a 7 year old HJC modular that has served me well with zero problems, but I wanted to move to one with an internal sun shield. Since I wear glasses (which is the reason I go with the modular helmet to put it on and remove it without removing my glasses) I was tired of either having to carry prescription sunglasses or a tinted and clear face shield. This way I use my regular glasses, keep a clear shield on the outside and have the tinted internal shield any time I need it with a slide of a latch.
Originally I went with the N104 from Nolan. It was a nice helmet, a bit more expensive, but good quality. I didn't get to ride with it as I had to return it. Nolan's outer shell was much too big to fit in the saddlebags of my FJR1300. My new HJC fits with no problems. The larger outer size of the N104 also made it feel bulkier.
I feel the venting could be a bit better, but it works well enough. The noise is about the same as my older HJC. When my windshield on the bike is up there is little to no noise, but with it down and the helmet getting the full blast of the air the helmet is noisy, too noisy to ride any distance without earplugs. I found this to be the same as the old HJC modular, and the same as a full face SNELL helmet that I have. I do notice wind noise is less with the outside visor up, but this really doesn't work with the windshield of the bike down as now I get blasted in the face with bugs and small chunks of road debris. Too bad the helmet is not quieter with the visor down, but this may be more of a design of the FJR causing excessive turbulence
Compared to the N104 I like the HJC design better as you can open the chinbar with the external visor up. This may sound odd, but on the N104 you can't. If you have the external visor up when you open the chin the visor gets forced closed. So that means you have to fight getting the chin bar open and then have to reopen the visor once the chin bar is back down. This is not a problem on the HJC as opening the chin bar does not affect the external visor. This is a design difference between Nolan and HJC. Nolan's bar pivots so the chin is kept lower and closer to the helmet, which I really don't care about as I don't ride with the front open once I am out of a parking lot.
Another note: The N104's internal visor did not come as lows as I would like. The HJC internal visor has 3 positions. 1 is medium - and good coverage. The 2nd is low, and is perfect for me. 3 is so low my nose is now behind the visor and is rubbing it. The N104 never came low enough, plus had a squared / flat bottom edge instead of a rounded edge. These differences made a big gap in coverage of the internal sun shield and put a major line in the field of view. This combined with the odd angular lines of the external visor and the lines from the pinlock shield made it overwhelming to look through or around all these lines in the field of view.
The HJC has none of these issues and the internal sunshield has much better coverage and adjustability. I also like the "soft" closure on this model of the HJC compared to their lower price models where the sunshield BANGS back open loudly and violently.
Overall, great helmet for the price. It has the pinlock posts but not the insert. Once you buy the insert you are almost at the same price as the N104 which comes with the insert.
May 19, 2014