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HJC IS-17 Helmet

Item: P256216

The drop-down sun visor of the IS-17 means you can leave that extra face shield at home, giving you more room for your gym clothes or beer. Read More

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Shape: Intermediate Oval

Weight: 3.57 lbs.
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HJC IS-17 Helmet

If you've ever thought, "I wish I had sunglasses right now" the HJC IS-17 might be the helmet for you. A centrally mounted slide on the top of the helmet will lower a tinted visor to keep the rays at bay. To keep the sun's energy in check, the IS-17 features a moisture wicking interior liner coupled with generous intake and exhaust vents for channeling cool air in and hot air out. The IS-17 is perfect for the daily commuter or anyone else who doesn't want to fuss with swapping shields in and out. 

Features:

  • Advanced Polycarbonate Compact Shell is lightweight and features superior fit and comfort by using CAD technology
  • Impact absorbing multiple density EPS liner
  • One-Touch Integrated Smoke-Tinted SunShield (HJ-V7) deploys quickly and easily even with gloves on
  • SunShield features three positions with locking mechanism and easy removal with optional tinted shields available
  • Optically-Superior Anti-Scratch Pinlock Face Shield (HJ20M) features new 3D design with 95% UV protection
  • Face shield has anti-scratch coating and can be upgraded with optional Pinlock insert (sold separately)
  • RapidFire Shield Replacement System provides ultra-quick and tool-less removal and installation of the faceshield
  • 2-Stage faceshield closure system with one-touch center open/close shield locking system for an extremely tight and secure seal
  • ACS (Advanced Channeling Ventilation System) provides full front to back airflow which flushes heat and humidity up and out
  • SuperCool Interior made from anti-bacterial, moisture wicking fabric
  • Crown and cheekpads are fully removable and washable
  • Integrated air deflector is included
  • All IS-17 cheekpad sizes are interchangeable for a custom fit
  • Chin curtain sold separately
  • Meets or exceeds DOT Standards
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The drop-down sun visor of the IS-17 means you can leave that extra face shield at home, giving you more room for your gym clothes or beer. Read More
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Great despite some flaws
What's up, ZLA! Here's another helmet review for you guys as I continue the unending search for the ONE.

I'll start by saying I have 2 other full faces and they both have their strengths and weaknesses. I'm always switching between the two based on the weather, how far I'm going etc... I thought something like the IS-17 would eliminate the need for multiple helmets with all of its features and it accomplishes that, but not perfectly. I still gave it 4 stars and here's why:

I'll start with fit. Don't want to spend too much time here since we're all different. I'm a Large in every helmet except Icon and this HJC was no exception. The large fits me perfectly. It has that new helmet just a little too tight needs to be broken in feel. The interior is plush and soft and has a high quality feel to it. It did create some pressure at my temples but that's probably due to it not being broken in yet. I'm an intermediate oval and wear a 7.5 hat. Large fits great.

Features. There are many and that's probably what you're most interested in. I'll start with the drop-down visor. The included one is a joke. It's such a light tint it might as well be clear. I ordered the helmet with a dark smoke inner visor and swapped it out immediately. Anyone want to buy a backup light smoke? No? Didn't think so. Once you switch to a tint that actually does something, it works really well. Even the dark smoke could be a little darker but I won't nitpick. It works. There's no anti-fog, though, and it will fog quickly if you drop the visor when stopped with the shield closed. I raise it at every traffic light to keep from fogging. Kind of a pain. It's also not optically correct. The distortion is very noticeable at first but I did get used to it and it wasn't much of a distraction after about 5 minutes. But those first few minutes felt really weird. The HJC mechanism isn't the best, either. Every other company has a switch or lever at the side that's easy to find with a glove and feels smooth and snappy. HJC gives a long slide at the top of the helmet that's hard to find since it's directly in line with the release button and the top vent switch. There's a lot going on at the top of this helmet. Overall, the ability to adapt to night and day without changing shields is well worth the annoyance of a switchboard on your head.

The face shield is a godsend. No anti-fog coating but it comes pinlock ready. So there's even more money you have to spend, but it's well worth it. I ordered the helmet with the pinlock insert and installed it immediately. It works absolutely perfectly. It won't fog on you at all. Not even a little. That's what makes the foggy drop down visor so frustrating. Finally a definitive solution to fogging shields, but then having to deal with fog elsewhere. The pinlock system adds weight, though. So don't be surprised when you feel the heft of the shield. You're trading weight savings for absolutely zero fog and in my opinion, it's a worthwhile trade. The shield release system is about as easy as it gets with only Bell and Shoei being slightly easier. Visibility is good but it's tricky with the pinlock shield in place and the inner shield dropped. There's a lot in your peripheral vision with all those pieces crossing each other. Not so much that head checks are ineffective, but it's really distracting. Not enough to deter me, though, and it's something I feel I'll have. I trouble getting used to. Had to mention it, though.

Ventilation feels non-existent. Opening the top vent did nothing. I couldn't feel any air flow with it open. In fact, most helmets get a lot louder when you open a vent but that didn't happen here so I wonder if the vents on the IS-17 do anything at all. But there could be a reason for that which I'll get to later.

The noise level of the 17 is very acceptable. Wind noise is very low, but road noise is very high. My Bell Vortex has such high wind noise that I can't hear anything else. My Icon Alliance muffles wind noise wonderfully but also muffles everything else. The IS-17 is right in between those. Wind noise is low, but you'll hear every car you pass, you'll have no trouble hearing your engine and you'll hear anyone coming up behind you. So for those of you who want dead quiet, this isn't it. But if all you hate is wind noise, you're covered.

It's got a great shape to it. Mine's a large and there's no bobble head effect. It's pretty perfect in that respect and looks like you want a helmet to look if that makes any sense. I got the intake graphic in blue. Paint quality is beautiful, high gloss with nice lines and gradients with a good mix of solids and metal flake. Definitely worth the few extra bucks for the graphic.

So far, all my complaints have been minor and easily fixable, but I have one major complaint that will prevent me from wearing this helmet until the solution becomes available. This thing desperately needs a chin curtain. Badly. Horribly. In the worst way. I got so much dust in my eyes I had to pull over. Not safe. Pieces of leaves got sucked up in there as well. It made for a very difficult, distracting, and overall unsafe ride. At the time of my writing this, there is no chin curtain available but ZLA has informed me that it will be available soon. I'll be ordering it the second I see it. That might also be why I didn't notice any airflow from the vents. I'm not exaggerating here, so much air is sucked into the helmet I could feel it around my temples. With that much air flowing from underneath, I'm not surprised I didn't feel any air from the vents. I'll leave a follow-up review as a comment after I get a chin curtain on there.

So my overall review on this is that it's a good helmet out of the box but 3 accessories make it really great. The dark smoke internal visor, the pinlock insert and (when it's available) the chin curtain. It's a little heavy so I'm not sure it's a great option for long distances, but for short to medium trips it's borderline perfect. It could very well he the best commuting helmet ever made, especially those days where I ride to work in the dark and then ride home in direct sunlight. If you're looking for just one helmet to do it all without changing shields or having to carry extra stuff, the IS-17 fits the bill. Just know that while it's not perfect, it does everything very well after you add the 3 very necessary upgrades.

Any questions, just leave a comment.
November 1, 2013
Ride:
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Look at other brands with interior visors
I've had this helmet for a month.
Fit is true, weight is good, vents are decent, noise is loudish, as expected at this price point.

The internal sun visor on this helmet is really subpar. Even when you get a Hjv7 Dark Smoke replacement for the sunvisor, it is the same shade as the stock, no darker. The mechanism feels not terrible, but it seems like the retraction will get worse over time, with the spring wearing out.

Why does this helmet not come with a chin curtain? I purchased one as a separate product locally.

The visor and internal sunvisor do fog up pretty bad, unless you have the visor cracked, or have the pinlock. Pinlock won't help the internal visor though. I am considering spraying it with some Rain-X Plastic.
June 7, 2016
Ride:
2001 Suzuki SV650S
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
Lot of helmet for the buck, and saved me in a crash.
Great helmet for the price, I felt the weight for it was average for a modern full face helmet. It was comfortable to wear on long road trips. Could not tell if there was any air flow on the helmet with the vents open.

I was wearing this helmet when I got rear ended, the driver who hit me said I was thrown up into the air on impact. This helmet definitely saved my head from getting split open.

If I didn't end up with such a bad neck injury I would buy another.
November 22, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Good entry level helmet
I bought this helmet for the internal sun visor, and because of Matte Black. Fits well, but pretty noisy. Visor works well, but I would prefer it a bit darker. Comfortable, and room to install a Bluetooth speaker system.
October 19, 2015
Ride:
1983 Kawasaki KZ1100A
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
Could be 5-Stars if I did not have to fix some issues out of the box
I was a little disappointed initially with this helmet.

1. The pressure boom inside was intolerable over 40mph for rides longer than 45 min. It literally felt like my head was going to explode after a long ride. Installing the HJC Chin Shield fixed this. HJC, its $5, just put it in the box with the helmet. So buy this with the helmet (Link Below)

2. Visor fogged over pretty easy. Installing the clear Pinlock made fog a thing of the past. Buy it with the helmet (Link Below)

3. Horrible clicking noise from the left side of helmet. After the third ride with the helmet I could not take it anymore. I called Revzilla and spoke with Josh. He offered to take it back under warranty but suggested that I look at the visor pivot first and make sure it was factory seated right and there was no slag in there (Had not removed it at this point to install pinlock visor). Sure enough I remove the visor and reinstalled and the clicking is gone. Go Josh!!! I have removed and installed the visor a few more times and it has not come back, so I think we are good.

4. Internal visor is not a replacement for sunglasses and that is a HUGE disappointment. I am tempted to buy the dark smoke IS visor but reviews state its not much better. This is a disappointment as this is the real reason I bought this helmet, to wear with my prescription glasses on long rides.

5. Inside the helmet there is a small cushion liner at the top. At speed this liner would bounce between the top of my head the top of my helmet. I fixed this with a piece of Velcro between the cushion and the foam core. Problem gone.

Now that I have fixed some of the initial issues it is a very nice helmet save for the internal shield that is too light and reviews saying the dark shield is not any better. Again, a Big disappointment. I have gotten a few compliments on its design and looks. It is very comfortable, maybe a tad tight on my cheeks.
September 24, 2015
Ride:
2008 Yamaha XVZ1300TF Royal Star Venture
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
Excellent Helmet for the money with one complaint
This is a fantastic helmet considering what I paid. Comfortable, good fit, looks nice. My only complaint is that the internal visor isn't tinted very strongly, so I find myself shopping around for a darker visor. I would have been better off with the CL-17.
September 30, 2015
Ride:
2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
2 / 5
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2 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Improvement needs improving
I had the IS-16 previously and thought it was the best helmet for the money. The IS-17 made some noticeable improvements over it's predecessor . Better vent controls, lock down face shield, and a more solid fit all around. The drop down sun shield that they made as a "slow release" is a step backwards though. For one, I've only had it a week and the visor is so slow it won't full retract without me having to push it. More importantly, when I'm entering a dark tunnel on the Freeway in heavy traffic, the last thing you want is something slowly dragging across your vision. The IS-16's quick release was simply better and more reliable. APART from that I would give this helmet a top rating.
March 12, 2015
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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A lot of helmet for the money
This is a really nice helmet for the price. It seems to be made from high quality materials and has a nice finish. I like the central latch for the face shield which allows use with either hand. The vents are easy to operate but less effective than I had hoped they would be. On really hot days I have to leave the shield open one notch to increase air flow.

One of the best things about this helmet is the built in sun shade. Some reviewers say it isn't dark enough, but I think it's OK. You could combine it with a smoke colored screen to get more protection.

My head measurement falls right between L and XL so I went with L because that's what I have worn with other brands. The fit is perfect for my slightly oval shaped noggin. I found the cheek pads to be too tight so ordered a thinner pair.

My only real complaint is that this is a pretty noisy helmet. On most rides I wear foam ear plugs which reduce the harshness of the noise without getting in the way of hearing traffic.

The IS-17 is a great helmet for anyone on a budget.
July 16, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Good solid helmet, needs a couple tweaks to be perfect
I have an HJC dirtbike helmet and I was satisfied with the fit and quality, this helmet has the features I was looking for (pinlock-ready, internal sunshield) and it fit my budget, hence my purchase.

The fit is just what I expected from my other HJC for my fairly big head (size XL), the cheek pads are a little tight, the rest is perfect. It is comfortable to wear for extended periods. The drop down sun visor is a little awkward to deploy and retract until you get used to it. Having three positions for the visor to lock into is great, I use the first detent, any lower it would clip my big nose.

I have two minor gripes about this helmet.
One is the helmet should have included the chin wind deflector. It only costs $7. I get so much air coming up through the chin, I can't tell if the vents work. The air also howls in my ears at higher speed, if I close the gap with my hand, the noise goes away. If you buy this helmet, order the deflector with it.
The second gripe is that the tinted sunshield is not as dark as I was hoping it to be, and have read that a replacement is no darker. I don't know if this is just an HJC thing, I have not used other helmets with sunshields. Granted, it is definitely better than no tint at all (I have ridden into a low, setting sun and still could see the road and traffic well enough), but I am going to try applying some tint film and darken it myself.

Overall, this is a good value helmet, it is well made and comfortable, it just needs a couple mods to make it perfect for me.
April 22, 2014
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Good value
This helmet is a great value for the price, and the retractable sun shield is indispensable. Wind noise is a bit loud inside. Two things are different from my old IS-16: the XS is quite a bit tighter (could be my old XS stretched out over time), and the sun shield retractor seems not so good. In my older IS-16, the sun shield snapped up and down reliably and solidly (although the lever on top broke off easily when i dropped the helmet once from about 2 feet off the ground). On my new IS-17, the sun shield retracts slowly and not completely. I have a feeling these parts are not made to last, but we'll see. Overall, it's still a good looking helmet and a good value.
September 8, 2015
Ride:
2007 Ducati Monster 695
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Great back up helmet and for passengers has just enough features (like internal sun visor and good ventilation). Not very noisey.
Garrettfz07 on Oct 6, 2017
Internal visor and a solid brand I have used in the past.
B A on Sep 2, 2017
Great back up helmet and for passengers has just enough features (like internal sun visor and good ventilation). Not very noisey.
Garrettfz07 on Oct 6, 2017
Researched many sources. Consistently good reviews
Carl G on Sep 26, 2017
Internal visor and a solid brand I have used in the past.
B A on Sep 2, 2017
crash rating, reviews, price, second sun shield
S T on Aug 30, 2017
Design
Marshall M on Jul 6, 2017
The integrated sun shield is great along with the pin-lock!
Kenton H on Jun 23, 2017
I already own the same one
Nazar O on Jun 10, 2017
Great pricepoint with outstanding functionality
Shane H on Jun 5, 2017
Sub 200 bucket with pin lock, great ventilation. What more can you ask for?
Silvestre C on May 29, 2017
I have an HJC 3/4 helm, its VERY noisy. Also I wanted the added safety of a full face. Plus I have difficulty wi glare even with sunglasses, the internal sunshield can help with that. So, MORE SAFETY, less noise, better visibility options, and more high speed comfort. All will add up to a better ride.
jeffrey w on May 2, 2017
Mid range helmet with the features I wanted.
Frank S on Apr 16, 2017
I have used the IS-16 for the past few years and it was a great helmet for the money. The IS-17 is supposed to be even better.
T B on Apr 8, 2017
because it hurts when a rock hits you in the face at 60 mph.
Timothy Y on Mar 23, 2017
I was looking for a spare helmet at a good price with a built in sun visor.
Allen G on Feb 27, 2017
i wanted an inner shield and this looked like a great deal
jon m on Jan 7, 2017
have hjc 3/4 helmet & like it. feels a little snug in cheek area but not yet ridded with it
Richard F on Sep 6, 2016
I like the sun shade option and the fit is right
Renea on Jun 8, 2016
over 100k miles using HJC helmets. It is my opinion that HJC make the best value helmet for comfort and safety on the market. IS-17 with sunsheild and pinlock is great!
ERNIE M on Mar 31, 2016
Great reviews. Supposedly fits intermediate oval head.
william o on Mar 19, 2016
Style,features, and price. Love the drop down sun visor
Billy P on Feb 7, 2016
If you have a round shaped head, consider this helmet.
Katherine K on Jan 12, 2016
This is my second IS-17. Good fit and price. Some noise but I ride with earplugs.
David W on Sep 21, 2015
I have had two HJC CL-16 helmets, the first one saved my life in a crash, the second is still being worn. I purchased this to upgrade to the extra ventilation and drop down visor. Excellent products at a very fair price. Highly recommended.
Alfred C on Aug 19, 2015
Recommended by experienced rider friend
JimmyB50 on Aug 16, 2015
Sweet color and long list of features for a low price
Jack W on Jul 29, 2015
needed a new helmet and wanted one with sun shade
larry h on Jun 25, 2015
Price and reviews
Robert U on May 25, 2015
fit, color, cost and prior experience w/ this model
Steve B on May 22, 2015
Price and options, first street helmet. looked like a good entry level and still good protection
Steven B on Apr 30, 2015
I like the interior sun shield that comes down and retracts with the press of a button. Very Nice.
Molly N on Apr 28, 2015
Cost and features
Bummer - returning this because the sun visor distorts your vision.
Christopher F on Apr 23, 2015
The Look
Christopher H on Apr 19, 2015
Gift for my dad! Will be his first helmet (first bike hopefully coming soon).
Mazen A on Apr 13, 2015
Commuter. Sun visor in the hat.
Andrew R on Mar 21, 2015
GREAT REVIEWS AND LOOKS AWESOME
Manuel G on Mar 12, 2015
I needed a helmet for my girlfriend. Wanted the drop down visor. Not willing to spend the money on a Shoei for her (I have a Shoei).
Benjamin F on Feb 27, 2015
Good prices free shipping, quick shipping
TIM H on Feb 19, 2015
I tried it on and it fitted well
mark g on Jan 5, 2015
Have used it for years. An excellent helmet, simple look and great price
Jules M on Jan 4, 2015
Thought that this helmet will be a good one.
david b on Dec 24, 2014
Safety.
C A on Dec 18, 2014
Buying as a gift and this appears to offer good value for the money and is a well known brand.
Stephen D on Dec 11, 2014
An internal shield in a full-face helmet
Carla N on Dec 8, 2014
Based on the reviews, video and explanation. Looking for a touring helmet for an older rider with a rounder head. Price contentious as well. Good visibility with the internal visor.
Michael H on Sep 24, 2014
Two friends have HJC IS 33 models (purchased from RevZilla) and are impressed with the value. I've been wanting a new helmet, so thought I'd try HJC myself.
keith on Aug 1, 2014
HJC brand recognition and having owned HJC in past very good helmet. Also Revzilla helmet review sealed the deal for me.
kentho66 on Jul 26, 2014
for looks
Greg P on Jul 4, 2014
Great reviews. Bang for the buck!
ROGER M on Jun 7, 2014
Good features for a good price
Steven M on May 30, 2014
inside sun visor, good noise reviews, experience with HJC helmets.
David H on May 21, 2014
Researched many sources. Consistently good reviews
Carl G on Sep 26, 2017
crash rating, reviews, price, second sun shield
S T on Aug 30, 2017
Looking at an HJC IS-17 Helmet, what if my head measurement is 22-3/8"? It's between Small (ends at 22") and Medium (starts at 22-1/2). Any suggestions?
A shopper on Sep 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have this in XL and and it fits comfortable, so my guess is this helmet runs true to size so I would go with the medium. I once tried a helmet that was too snug and it gave me a headache. As long is it does not fit loose. You'll know right away as soon as you try it on, which would be good to do before taking off the tags in case it does not fit and has to be returned.

Good value, BTW. I like mine.
What is the difference between this model and the IS-16?
Nicholas Q on Oct 23, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Lighter, better ventilation, but most significantly is the new dropdown sunshade which retracts more quietly than the 16.
I own this helmet and like it allot however, I would like to have a darker sun visor. Do they make sun visors for the IS17 that are darker than the stock visor. Or is there a film that maybe I can use over my sun visor to make it darker? Thanks.
A shopper on Jan 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I dont think you could use a film tint on the internal visor mainly because of the double contour, and I dont think they offer a darker internal visor, you might check in the helmet accessories I do think they offer a tinted outer (Main) shield.
Would you recommend this as a beginners helmet?
A shopper on Nov 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes
Does the Internal sun Visor have UV Protection? Im assuming it does but just want to make sure.
A shopper on Nov 27, 2013
BEST ANSWER: yes it does
Helmet fell and the visor now comes out when I open it, need to replace the plastic mechanism holding the visor in place - can I do this?
A shopper on Oct 13, 2015
With the sun visor adjustment on the top of the helmet has anyone had issues with water leakage riding in the rain?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It doesnt rain much where I live, like 2 inches a year :P SO maybe I am not a good person to be answering, thught I'd help out though. However I have had no issues with that. We do get microfine dust storms though and not a bit of an issue. I will say though in temps above 100 it is warm inside, but really what helmet isnt at that temp ? I rather sweat than not wear a helmet though.
Will the visor stay open under speed if it's clicked to the smallest opening?
What is the measurement of the smallest opening you can set the visor to?
Can you purchase a chin skirt or do you think the one from my HJC IS-16 might fit?
Thanks.
A shopper on Jun 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: To answer first question yes it will stay down at high rates of speeds I have gone 95 + with mine and it never moved.

Second question I do not know the measurement but you can leave a very tiny gab and you can not notice it at all. And it will stay at that gab and not move.

Third question I don't have answer for that one. When i ride in colder weather I use a full face ski mask and that works great with the helmet.
I hope this helps you also the sun visor is amazing I love it and I have to wear glasses and the visor clears them completely.
Does the IS-17 have cutouts or space for communication system ear speakers?
Jeffrey D on Mar 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: there are no specific cutouts, however, I installed the smh10r in my is17 and there was plenty of space to fit the speakers behind the ear padding... while wearing the helmet, you would never know they were there
Is the stock sun shield smoke or dark smoke tint? Feedback on the internet is unclear, some say that they ordered the dark smoke shield separately and it was the same as the stock shield.
A shopper on Jan 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is really somewhere in between. I live in Texas and when I am on the road during the hours of 10:30am and 5:00pm the tint by itself is fine. When the sun is rising or setting I must where my dark tint sunglasses as well. I would suggest the yellow tint for all occasions in addition to sunglasses during the day and regular glasses at night if needed.
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