HJC SyMax 3 Helmet
Most comfort I've found in a helmet
though i've only been out to ride a few times this season, this helmet is greatly light weight and doesn't have a lot of "drag" when it comes to gusts of wind. I enjoy the room it holds for earbuds or bluetooth if you prefer and the memory foam inserts are a great fit
April 9, 2014
This is a great helmet for the price.
A few days after getting the helmet I took an eight hour two day trip. The ride was on highway and rural curvy roads. It was comfortable, not very noisy, good visibility and ventilation. The minor problem I had was with the sunvisor. The visor would nearing touch my nose. After a few minor adjustments with the helmet strap the problem was solved.
April 2, 2014
From previous experience with Sy-Max II, I went up one size from medium to large. The Sy-Max III large was just as tight as the old Sy-Max II medium. Measured the interior circumference of the new helmet. It was 21-1/2". My head is 22". By the size chart I should wear a medium. By the size chart the measurement on this new helmet was for a small. Sent it back. Ordered the extra-large. It is a teeny, tad bit "shaky" on the top until I put on my head-slik. I always wear the head slik to keep the helmet from taking on the helmet-hair smell. That fixed the slight wobble. The inner visor seems to come down lower than it did with the Sy-Max II which is great. I think its because the head sits higher in the dome of the helmet. The only other issue so far are the chin straps. The left strap isn't long enough to get a good grip to pull the helmet on/off. Also, the soft material that covers the chin straps is a little itchy. I ordered the chin curtain for it. It was a little hard to install but works great.
I also ordered the smoked face shield and will add the 1-inch strip of black paint across the top, as I have with all my other shields. Will also add the quick-release for the chin strap which will probably alleviate the problem with the left strap being too short. Also, the eye shield latch is more toward the center of the shield making it much easier to raise the shield than the Sy-Max II. PLUS, it has a space for your glasses to slip on and does not press them into the side of your head making it sore. This helmet is a great improvement over the Sy-Max II. Recommend the helmet, but beware of size issue. We are pleasure riders - short and long-distance.
March 24, 2014
Great helmet. Typical modular noise.
It fits great.
It's not extremely heavy, but you are carrying around an internal visor and the parts to make it modular.
I like the look, but setting it down (fuel, parking lot, whatever) will scratch the finish.
Haven't tried anything bluetooth attached to it.
The visor lever is on top of the helmet. Not a deal-breaker, but not ideal. The two positions are close to one another, so if you overshoot the 1st by a little bit you're stuck with the second until you reset it and try again. I have to use the 1st as the 2nd hits my nose.
The wind noise is pretty rough, but it is modular and I have a giant helmet allowing for plenty of room on the bottom for wind to sneak in.
March 9, 2014
Great helmet for the price
I decided that I wanted a modular helmet after having owned a full face HJC for the past 3 years. A friend of mine had a SHOEI Neotec that I tried on and didn't find that comfortable. The Symax III has many of the features that more expensive helmets have (integrated sunshield, pinlock shield) at a cheaper price. The helmet looks great, fits true to size and is not too loud considering it's a modular helmet. I'd definitely buy this helmet again.
March 3, 2014
Solid helmet for the price
This is my first HJC helmet. I've own 3 Nolan helmets prior and decided to try something different. So far I like this helmet but I do have few gripes. 1. The lever for inner sun visor is located on the top of the helmet which makes it difficult to get to while you are riding/moving. It should be located on the left side near the chin like most other modular helmets. 2. The outer visor and face shield are on a different hinge mechanism. Which means when your visor is up and you open the face shield, the visor totally blocks the lever for the inner sun visor. Very annoying. 3. I preferred the buckle style micro chin strap of Nolan rather than the standard double DD ring. It take that much longer to strap and unstrap. If HJC can make these changes to their next Gen helmets, I would definitely buy another in the future. Otherwise, I might go back to Nolan. And please keep your current helmet shape (round/neutral)!
February 17, 2014
Nice features for a decent modular helmet
I finally got the proper sized helmet after returning the one recommended by the gear advisor at Revzilla. I'd read all the reviews and decided to get an XL (I wear a 7 3/8 hat with a round-ish head), but wanted to talk to a gear-guy just to make sure. He was adamant that an L would fit me properly, so I ordered that one. WRONG! If you're thinking of ordering one of these, go with the reviews and err on the side of larger. After some frustration and a few choice words, I returned the L and ordered the XL. I'm very happy with the result. I wanted a decent modular helmet that didn't break the bank, but one that I could rely on for a few years. This is definitely going to do the trick. For my roundish head, the fit if snug but doesn't pinch anywhere. It is very easy to flip up when stopped and snap back into place when I want to get moving again. I really like the flip down visor, since I've never found a full-face helmet that is comfortable and works well with sunglasses. As other reviewers mentioned, it is a bit on the noisy side, but I don't find it too overwhelming. Maybe that is because my bike rides relatively quiet (full fairing I generally keep it under 6K rpm), but it works for me. I haven't yet attached audio components, so I cannot review that aspect of the helmet. Overall, I'm pleased with the helmet, would recommend it.
January 21, 2014
Features are excellent
I'm an HJC fan in general but this helmet is fantastic. It's the first modular helmet I've ever had, I never bought one because many of them look ridiculous, but that's not the case with the sy-max 3. The modular feature is great but what I really like about the helmet is with the built in sun visor theres no need for extra shields. Also the pinlock system is awesome, with the insert in place fog is never an issue.
November 15, 2013