HJC SyMax 3 Hi-Viz Helmet
Just too loud!
This helmet is just too loud at highway speeds. If I don't wear earplugs, I get a huge headache. Also, it has horrible wind protection, there is a huge amount of air turbulence coming from the bottom of the chin, you either have to wear a scarf or have a thick beard. This is by far the worst modular helmet I have ever owned ( I have owned a Nolan and a Schuberth C2).
November 27, 2013
HJC SyMax 3 Hi-Viz helmet has great features
Hi-Viz color looks terrific. Modular helmet and flip down sunvisor exactly what I needed. Mike Clarke of RevZilla customer service was extremely helpful with sizing not only for the helmet but also for my boots and glove purchases....sizing was spot on...excellent customer service!!!
October 29, 2013
A great value helmet in hi viz
I live in an area with it's fair share of motorcycle/auto collisions so it just made sense to me to get as much hi viz color on my riding equipment as I possibly could. This helmet fills the bill. Whereas old farts used to ignore me, now old ladies see me coming and take the ditch! When I go by a lot of older cars, their engines quit! Wild animals scatter in all directions and bugs quit flying! I passed another biker the other day and saw him stop and throw his helmet on the ground! A cop buddy of mine says the color makes him want another donut! Plus, it fits great. The only complaint I have is that the shape of the helmet puts quite a bit more wind force on my neck when I look to the side at higher speed. Finally, the guys at Revzilla are the best. I got the wrong size on the first lid and they changed it out right away.
October 28, 2013
Good helmet packed with features
When it was time to finally replace my five-year-old hi-viz full-face helmet, I wanted more features. And this HJC flip-up did the trick. It came in a hi-viz color, but added two new features that I've always wanted: A flip-up front, and a retractable sun visor.
The flip-up latch mechanism feels very solid and snaps into each position with authority. By that, I mean that there's no question that you've either fully raised or lowered it because you hear a solid snap when it's engaged. And the one-hand latch is great and easy to use.
The sun visor mechanism is great. I can easliy find the slider on the top of the helmet that lowers the visor, and popping it back up is a simple tap on the button on the top of the helmet. Both motions are easy to make while riding. My only gripe is that the sun visor is not very strong (dark), but only a mild smoke tint.
July 29, 2013
True to It's word
I have several HJC helmets, but this is my first Symax. After viewing the vid from Revzilla I was sold. Also did some checking and the Revzilla price was better than others. I received the helmet in just two days after ordering. Size was right on and the features were on the money. Already been wearing it on long rides and it was very comfortable. Noise level as not the most quite, but better than some other modular helmets I have had. I ordered the Hi-Viz because I want to be seen, and that color does the job. Overall the purchasing experience was great as usual and the helmet is as advertised.
May 20, 2013
best of the symax series
This is my 3rd generation of Symax helmets & it is the best.
Fit (size small) was perfect from the first try on - no break in needed as in the past.
Peripheral vision is greater than any of helmets I wear.
The color definitely is of high visibility - expect some kidding.
The only fault is the "new improved" detent system for the sun visor, it is clunky & does not work well when riding. The old style was far superior to the new set ip.
April 1, 2013
This will be a great helmet
I returned a helmet that was too round for my head. Shipped it on Thursday and this helmet arrived on Wednesday. Much better fit. We are still getting snow so have not had a chance to ride, but everything looks like I made a good choice. Bring on some spring weather.
Cannot believe the ease and speed of the whole process. Great job Revilla!!!!!
February 27, 2013
Worth the wait
I went through several original SyMax helmets. Was quite disappointed that the SyMax-II brought the chin bar in so much that it rubbed my chin. No Sale. I've been in an FS-15 Carbon for the last couple years, waiting to find another workable modular. Scorpion, Nolan and BILT were the only units I found that gave me the chin room I required, but -none- of these were comfortable enough for me to ant to wear for extended periods. Finally the S-III came out, but none of the colors (Black, black, white or silver# met my "Must be visually loud enough to wake the dead" criteria. Then HJC finally cought onto the HiViz bandwagon and my order was assured.
Having had it for a couple months now, I offer the following comments: The ventilation is good, but it falls short of excellent IMO. The chinbar release mechanism is _superb_, and the latching is solid and secure. The viewport is quite wide, and the faceshield is optically quite good. As with others, I add my vote for HJC to incorporate a FRICTION slider for the internal eyeshield. From OFF to the first stop is quite a throw, but from I to II is hardly anything. And position II puts the shield into the bridge of my nose. The internal shield is a nice feature, quite hard to do without once you've had it. But the ergonomics could stand a bit of work, and I'm probably going to take my Dremel to it in order to avoid pressure ridges in my face. The internal pieces are all well-formed and the material is cool and comfortable. Glasses are a snug fit however, no real relief channel for the earpieces. As a supermajority of Modular-wearers also require glasses #by my observational data anyway#, I don't understand why this is such a common failing among manufacturers. The noise level seems quite low, certainly better than my old S-I by an order of magnitude. As for the ventilation: it seems quite reasonable. #The FS-15 -is- a hard act to follow here however. It is just superb# Vents are easy to work with gloves. We haven't had any rain yet, so cannot report on weatherproofing around the shield as yet.
Lastly, I already owned a Sena SMH-10 bluetooth unit prior to my purchase. I was able to install it onto the SyMax-III with no problems, and it works perfectly.
September 13, 2012