HJC SyMax 3 Hi-Viz Helmet
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
Fitment guide is right on
Just got back into riding after a 30 year hiatus and just bought my first Harley. One day on the bike convinced me I wouldn't ride without a helmet again.
I was a little leery about buying a helmet over the internet but with the return policy, I took the chance. The fitment chart was right on.
I thought a lot about the color and the reactions I would get, but the modular feature and high visibility of the yellow won out.
I get very positive comments from every type of rider when I stop. Not having to remove the helmet every time I do is a huge plus. Everyone comments they see me coming from way off.
The DD rings are still the pain I remembered them to be, but with an aftermarket quick release, I couldn't be happier.
All the gear all the time. I'm way too old to heal and I seem to have gotten softer in the head over the years.
June 30, 2015
Good product for the money.
I love this helmets style but the wind is loud without earplugs although that's usually when I'm running 90 down the freeway so... airflow isn't as good as I had hoped but I can feel some relief when the weather is hot. My biggest drawback is that my wife's helmet front face is broken and will not stay in the open position now. Will taking it apart soon to see what happened. Mine still works great and for the money, I really like it. Would very much like to upgrade to the next level next season and hopefully have less noise and more airflow for the 700 dollar price tag.
June 3, 2015