HJC SyMax 3 Hi-Viz Helmet
Nice Helmet for the Money
This is my third Sy-Max. With neck problems the light weight fits the bill. Styling, lining comfort, sun shield and air flow all a plus. My only gripe is that they haven't made it any quieter than the Sy-Max II. Still wearing ear plugs. Rick M
January 24, 2016
Best for the price
I have ridden for the last 3 years wearing the Symax 3....4 different bikes and 30K+ miles...all different conditions...and I really like the Symax 3. It doesn't have the fit and finish of a $600 helmet, but it didn't cost me $600 either. What it did was provide me an acceptable level of features and comfort for the price. If it were quieter, i would rate it 5 stars, but that is really my only knock on this helmet. It's been dropped a couple of times, and starting to show some wear and tear, but still functions perfectly. Comfort is above average, the buttons and latches and visor are durable and easy to use with gloves on. It flows very well as long as you are riding a bike that provides you with enough airflow to keep you cool. Great helmet for the money. There's not much more to say than that.
December 2, 2015
Very happy with this helment.
After 20k+ riding with this helment (just this riding season), I'm very happy. I would sum it up like this..... It's a great value for the price point. It's not perfect and it doesn't suck.
HJC also fit me like a glove. Have had several different ones over the years. I got the high-vis and it has faded on the top, but still serves the purpose. I think if I get another, I will go with white next time.
There are other helments I would like to have, but @ $800 plus dollars I can't justify the worry of dropping it, or having it stolen etc... I know it's my head, but....
November 27, 2015
This is a great helmet.
I'm really happy with this helmet. Originally I purchased one after measuring my skull but opted for the next larger size. The return was a breeze and return shipping with cheap. Great options on the helmet. Definitely watch the revzilla video on these helmets first.
August 26, 2015
Exactly what we were looking for.
Wife and I decided we both needed a helmet upgrade. She had a full face with 'girly' designs. I had a black modular that was...um...budget. We choose the HJC because it was modular, had a sun screen (wife said instantly yes because of this feature alone) AND it is bright yellow. We both noticed other riders with HiViz helmets were more easily seen. Had our first ride today (80+ miles to go to brunch).
We both ordered based on the size chart. We both find the size chart to be right on!
I had a short solo ride to the closest gas station with an air pump while wife was getting ready. I intentionally did not wear ear plugs for this short ride. I found this helmet to be quieter that what I was using before. Riding with ear plugs later in the morning I found the helmet to be less noisy at speed (60-70 mph) that what I had before; but, there was a different character to the noise. There was more low frequency noise than I was used to hearing. But, this impression may only exist because the overall noise level was lower than I was accustomed to.
I found that even new out of the box the comfort level was really good. There is good room immediately around the ears. (space for intercom).
One thing I noticed was that turning my head from side to side there was less variability on air flow forces on my neck muscles. This is a good thing. I ride a 'standard' bike, with an upright riding position.
The restaurant where we stopped had large windows. We could see our reflection when we pulled up. The HiViz really stood out.
Helmets are such a personal thing, it is hard to write or make sense of written reviews. Head shape and personal preference are the rule of the day. Frankly, I was really surprised that just using the size chart for two different riders, (extra small and large) and buying sight unseen, worked out so very well. We both would do this again.
NOTE on sizing: Wife was just in upper bound of the "extra small" range on the chart. I was just in the lower bound "large" range on the chart. We ordered just what the chart said. It worked for us (and worked well).
August 15, 2015
Really like the helmet...
Bought this helmet after many months of research on ALL the different helmets out there. I had a HJC helmet for years and really liked it. So went with the HJC helmet again as i have a round head and they fit round heads. I ordered the white, and it doesn't seem to be as hot as my black one. Really think that they have improved the air flow in the helmet and really like the snap on lens very easy to change the lens. I also didn't think that it was any heavier than my other helmet. Really pleased with it. Would recommend it for a middle of the road helmet.
September 23, 2015
Good fit with nice features
Had to go up one size but glad I did, great fit. I like the improved air flow technology. Nice vision and I like the pin lock ready visor. The built in sun visor is a great feature. Modular design is a plus. Higher end features at a good price.
September 1, 2015
Good helmet for the money.
This helmet is overall a good helmet. The vision is good , the fit and finish are good I love the drop down tinted visor. The chin bar latch works great, and the air flow seems to be adequate. The wind noise level is mid to higher range but I wear earplugs and it make the level on the low side. I have installed a sena headset and can hear it without any issues at all at highway speeds. I definitely recommend this helmet to anyone that is in the market and not looking to break the bank.
September 1, 2015