HJC SyMax 3 Hi-Viz Helmet
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
Does not fit like SY-Max I or II
I bought a SY-Max when it first came out and loved it. The fit and function were great. I liked it well enough to use it for 60,000 miles. In fact I still have it. My nephew uses it when he comes to town.
I also bought the SY-Max 2 when it first came out I put over 100,000 miles on it. The chin guard broke off while closing it. Very comfortable and I liked the sun visor.
So I bought the SY-Max 3 because I was so happy with the other two Sy-Max helmets. HJC changed the shape of the helmet to a more round European shape. After an hour on the road it gave me a headache and hot spot on my forehead. I talked to a HJC rep and she said I should have tried it on prior to buying it and suggested I buy a larger liner to give more room (at my expense). It was not any better.
July 29, 2012
very good helmet for the money, lots of features
After trying much higher end helmets, I thought this looked like it had the features I wanted, and ordered it. I'm pleased with the whole package. It is quieter than my former helmet and has a nice fit and weight. The tinted visor is just dark enough and easy to deploy, though raising it is shockingly quick. I didn't expect it to be Blue Tooth capable, but it was, and the HIgh Vis yellow is a good color for our dark Northwest climate. A good purchase, and I'm pleased.
July 23, 2012
I relied on both the web video and contacting Revzilla customer service before buying this helmet.
Great choice from an excellent company, Revzilla.
July 16, 2012
WASNT SURE ABOUT MODULAR BUT I LIKE IT, LITTLE MORE NOISE THAN I THOUGHT BUT I CAN STILL HEAR MY MUSIC
June 25, 2012
Hi Viz HJC Flip up
after reading many Flip up helmet reviews i have chosen to put my money on this helmet, this one ONLY
Harie G in Aussie ride ausSTie
March 10, 2012