Joe Rocket Speedmaster Carbon Helmet
Very light and well fitting, but very noisy.
I bought this helmet as a replacement to my aged and overweight Icon Mainframe. The fit is much smaller than that of the Icon. I wear a medium Icon, but a large Joe Rocket. As has been stated before, this is just a rebranded HJC helmet, but that doesn't mean it's a bad deal. It is more expensive than the HJC was, but It is still one of the cheapest full carbon helmets are the market.
It is VERY light. It is not the lightest available, but it is far lighter than its glass counterparts. You don't realize how heavy a helmet is until you have one that weighs half a pound (or more) less. I was surprised out how light it is. The carbon is very nice, but there are a few aesthetic imperfections in the top layer; a couple of spots have kinked weave, and there are some spots where the carbon itself seems to be right at the surface of the resin coat. You have to wonder if these imperfections are on the inner support layers as well, or if it's just superficial.
The face shield is a clear, fog free type that is very thin and flexible. Not really the best quality, but that leads us back to the price tag. The detents on the lock mechanisms don't seem to be aligned with one another properly. The shield sits a slight bit crooked on the last detent before fully closed. It also doesn't seal very well, and attributes a lot to the wind noise in this helmet. It also does not like cool, humid nights. It doesn't "fog" up, per se, but it does get a nice coating of mist, even if it isn't misty. These are mostly just trivial complaints, but they are there, nonetheless. The field of view is spectacular. vertical FoV is acceptable, with the nose guard and forehead pad easily visible, but horizontal FoV is amazing. At full head turn, there is still no visible helmet. This is a big deal for me.
The fit is smaller than I'm used to, and I had to bump up a size from my Icon, but that was easily taken care of with proper head measurements before ordering. It is a little more round than I'm used to, and the face is a little closer to my chin than I would prefer. Waiting to see if maybe a larger helmet shell with smaller pads is a possibility.
Holy air flow batman. This thing flows like the Nile. It's great, even on hot days. The downfall is the turbine jet engines pointed at both ears. Do yourself a favor, and buy stock in ear plugs.
Aerodynamics are pretty good. There is no where near as much lift at speed with this helmet as there is with other helmets. The only issue I have is, high speed runs like to torque the helmet backwards a little bit, and the rear pad likes to dig into my neck and fatigue just that one spot. Not a huge deal, but on extended rides, this could prove to be a deal breaker for some. Also, the little plastic spoiler insert lasted all of a week before falling victim to wind resistance during a high speed run.
All in all, this is a great helmet for the price point. It is a huge upgrade for the older style helmets, and the weight is fantastic. If you need a safe, light helmet that doesn't break the bank, and looks great, seriously think about this one. It is well suited for different types of riding, but if you have a bluetooth and like to talk while riding, maybe look into one with a little less airflow.
July 4, 2016
Very Happy With This Product
Bough this helmet for the weight. Very happy with it. It is noisy, i wear ear plugs when riding so i dont care. But it makes sense that it is noisey as it is one of th lightest helmets you can get. My head mesured 59cm but i ordered the medium helmet and the fit was perfect. It fits snug as its suppose to.. Im riding an 05 cbr600rr
June 30, 2016
Most bang for your buck. Under $400. Real carbon fiber. I get so many compliments.
June 7, 2016
Nice, but loud and windy
This helmet is actually made for Joe Rocket in an HJC factory. It started out as the XSpeed XCF3000 (I own the XSpeed version) before Joe Rocket started selling it as the Speedmaster. It uses the same shields and every feature is the same. They are the same helmet. The helmet is loud due to the great ventilation. Problem with the ventilation is that even with all of the vents closed it still flows a lot of air. Bad if you are riding in colder weather. I ride with ear plugs on longer rides so I'd rather it be loud than not flow enough air as Texas is really hot in the summer. Overall, I like the helmet and have been riding in it for almost 2 years. It has held up really well. The guts have been washed multiple times and still look good. I wish the strap pads and chin curtain were removable so I could wash them also. The finish is still excellent after 2 years. No quality control issues with it. The visor gasket is not sealing as good as it used to and I wish it had a shield venting feature like the Bell RS-1. The little silver spoiler thing on the back is loose on mine too, but it's never fallen off.
September 11, 2015
Nice, but noisy
I like this helmet because it looks pretty good. I got a black one and the carbon finish looks sweet. The entire thing is the carbon weave, except for the plastics for the vents. This is a noisy helmet and I've started wearing earbuds to make it bearable. Even when I got down behind my windshield, I could hear the afterburners like I was on a rocketship. The ventilation is not great. I've tried adjusting while driving and I don't notice a difference. The shield does not fog and it feels like a wider FOV than my Arai, which was important to me. I probably could have gone with another Arai in a bigger size, but I wanted a carbon finish. Not a bad helmet, just loud. I commute 50 miles each way on the highway and it's nice to hear the bike, but it's ALMOST too much. You get what you pay for! The carbon arai is expensive!
July 22, 2015
One of the best carbon fiber helmets that doesn't dent your wallet
I have been using this helmet for last 4 months now. I am 5'5" and I ordered a small size. It seemed to fix a little too tight initially but as I started using it, the fit seemed correct.
-Very light weight
-Moderate price range
-Wide vision, no need turn around too much to look over your shoulder
-Looks like it will withstand moderate to high impact. Thankfully, I have not tested that aspect yet and I hope not to
-No sun visor
-Wind/engine noise is noticeable (but can be significantly reduced with foam earplugs)
Overall a good helmet in entry category for carbon fiber helmets. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light weight, durable and moderately priced helmet.
July 20, 2015
i am way stoked on how good it fit.
I wear a 7 3\8 to 7 1\2 fitted hat. The large size helmet fits perfect. Very happy on how light it is. I don't feel like a bobble head doll. Kind of noisy, but I don't care about the noise. I definitely recommend this helmet.
June 10, 2015
First off, I was quite impressed with how quickly it shipped to me. I ordered my helmet at 1pm Tuesday, and it arrived at my door by 10am Wednesday, and I live in Maine where everything is always a few days behind.
I've been needing a new helmet, and decided to treat myself with a fancy carbon fiber one. I've been reading all of the reviews, and I'm partial to Joe Rocket brand (everything I own), so I decided to give this helmet a shot.
Everyone kept saying that it ran large, so I ordered the next size smaller. I normally wear a small, so all I had left was X-small. It's just a hair too tight, but I'm hoping after a few wears it'll fit just right. I didn't know that Joe Rocket was basically an HJC helmet, which is good to know as far as sizing and needing extra parts.
I like it so far, then again, it's only been 24 hours :p
April 9, 2015