Top 5 HJC Helmets of 2021

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Although a relatively new brand compared to the other top brands, HJC Helmets have been making a lot of impact on the motorcycling industry. With their comfortable, highly protective and feature-packed helmets, it is quite surprising that they have maintained such affordable prices on their models. Some of their premium offerings contain most of the features premium helmets do for a couple of hundred dollars less. The HJC RPHA 11 series even has many unique licensed designs, so if you ever wanted a helmet that makes you look like Venom, HJC have you covered. In this list of the top 5 HJC helmets of 2021, we have picked out the best HJC helmets in Australia and ranked them.

Top 5 HJC Helmets of 2021

  • RPHA 70
  • RPHA 11
  • IS Max II
  • F70
  • C70

Warranty

HJC’s RPHA series benefits from a 5-year warranty from the date of purchase or 7 years from manufacture. All other models have a 3-year warranty from the date of purchase or 5 years from the date of manufacture. HJC’s helmet warranty does not cover problems that arise from the wearer’s misuse, negligence, modifications, accidents, etc. A change of fluorescent colouring isn’t subject to warranty as this is a typical characteristic; it may fade or degrade depending on the user’s environment. All face shields are covered for up to a year from the date of purchase. Again, this warranty doesn’t apply to any problems that arise from user’s misuse, negligence, modifications, accidents etc.

1HJC RPHA 70

Pictured: HJC RPHA 70 (Top 5 HJC Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-face

Certifications: ECE 22.05 | DOT

Shell: Carbon Fibre | Aramid | Fibreglass | Organic Non-Woven Fabric

Sizes: XXS – XXL

Shell Sizes: 3

Weight: 1.40kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes

Included Visor: Clear Visor | Drop-down Sun Visor

Liner: Anti-Bacterial Multi-Cool fabric

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Internal Sun-Visor And Easy Visor Replacement

+ One Of The Best Ventilation Systems

+ Well-Priced For The Quality And Features

Cons

Internal Sun-Visor Doesn’t Drop Far

The HJC RPHA 70 is one of the most well-ventilated helmets on the market. Featuring a large vent on top, two on the front, and two closable exhausts on the rear, it may sound standard, but HJC has optimised the airflow inside the helmet to such an extent that nothing can compete. With all of this airflow, however, comes a lot of noise. Fortunately, it isn’t noisy enough to require earplugs, but they do help.

The quick-release visor system on this helmet is one of the easiest that I’ve ever used. You need to ensure that the visor is open and press the two small levers on both sides. Additionally, the peripheral field of vision is rather expansive. Plus, the forward view has no noticeable distortion. Unfortunately, the large rubber breath guard can obscure your view of the dashboard in some circumstances. An internal drop-down sun-visor is also included with this helmet, which is a brilliant addition. Unfortunately, it doesn’t drop down as far as I would like it to, but it is still incredibly effective at blocking out sunlight.

Overall, this is an excellent helmet that can compete with the likes of Arai and Bell, particularly their premium offerings. For a helmet that’s priced much lower than its competitors, it’s incredible. I expected a helmet with these features working so well together to be far more expensive.

2HJC RPHA 11

Pictured: HJC RPHA 11 Pro (Top 5 HJC Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-face

Certifications: ECE 22.05 | DOT

Shell: Carbon Fibre | Aramid | Fibreglass | Organic Non-Woven Fabric

Sizes: XS – XXL

Shell Sizes: 3

Weight: 1.3kg

Liner: Anti-Bacterial Multi-Cool fabric

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pinlock Compatible: Yes

Included Visor: Clear Visor

Pros

+ 5-Year Warranty

+ Lightweight

+ Advanced Shell Construction With Many Designs

Cons

No drop-down sun vison

Ventiliation slightly lacking

Constructed from a powerful compound of carbon fibre, aramid, fibreglass, and organic non-woven fabric, the HJC RPHA 11 is an incredibly high-quality sports helmet. It comes with a 5-year warranty, and you get to choose from a wide range of licensed designs, such as DC, Marvel, Disney and Fox. Of course, getting these incredible and varied designs will cost slightly more, but it is well worth it if you are a die-hard fan.

A bonus is an exceptionally low weight. The HJC RPHA 11 is only 1.3kg. The weight, paired with the aerodynamic design, allows you to perform unhindered shoulder checks, significantly reducing rider fatigue. It is marketed as a slightly more sports-focus design when compared to the RPHA 70, which is tailored toward general road use. In saying that, unfortunately, the RPHA 11 does not include an internal sun-visor. This affords the rider a more vertical field of view when riding in a tucked position. In addition, the ventilation on this helmet, although effective, is still lacking compared to other helmets of this price range.

3HJC IS-Max II

Pictured: HJC IS-Max II (Top 5 HJC Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Modular

Certifications: ECE 22.05 | DOT | SHARP 4/5 Stars

Shell: Advanced Polycarbonate Shell

Sizes: XS – 5XL

Shell Sizes: 2

Weight: 1.75kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes

Included Visor: Clear Visor | Internal Sun Visor

Liner: Anti-Bacterial Multi-Cool fabric

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Many sizing options

+ Extremely Ergonomic

+ Very Comfortable

Cons

Feels Heavy After Long Periods

Doesn’t Come With Pinlock

With a massive range of sizes, the HJC IS-Max II helmet is made to accommodate most riders, especially on their daily commute. Although it is light for a modular helmet, coming in at 1.75kg, this is still quite heavy compared to most other helmets. I took the helmet on a long ride, and by the end of the day, my neck was rather sore. Thankfully, these issues did not exist on the daily commute. However, the HJC IS-Max II is still an incredibly ergonomic helmet. Everything clicks into place without a problem. The visor switching mechanism is easy to operate, as well as the sun-visor lever.

Thankfully, the HJC IS-Max II is also an incredibly comfortable helmet. The liner is shaped perfectly to fit snug on my head, plus it is anti-bacterial, removable and washable. This is one of the safest modular helmets on the market, scoring 4 out of 5 stars on the SHARP test. However, this helmet doesn’t come with a Pinlock, even though it is compatible, which is a questionable exclusion and a definite negative. But if you are in the market for a modular helmet, you can’t get much better than the HJC IS-Max II.

4HJC F70

Pictured: HJC F70 (Top 5 HJC Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-face

Certifications: ECE 22.05 | DOT

Shell: Fibreglass

Sizes: XS – 2XL

Shell Sizes: 2

Weight: 1.5kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes

Included Visor: Clear Visor | Internal Sun Visor

Liner: Anti-Bacterial Multi-Cool fabric

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Very Quiet

+ Huge Amount Of Features For The Price

+ Internal Sun-Visor Covers Most Of My Vision

Cons

Only Two Shell Sizes

Breath Deflector Obstructs Vision

The HJC F70 is an excellent quality fibreglass helmet with an incredible price tag due to its many features. It comes with an internal sun-visor, which covers most of your vision, and a breath deflector, which prevents any fog. With all of the vents closed and the chin curtain in place, this helmet is one of the quietest I have ever worn. One of HJC’s strengths is its ability to construct a highly efficient ventilation system, and the HJC F70 continues that trend. As a result, I can feel the air circulate all around my head before the warm air and moisture are effectively evacuated out the rear of the helmet.

This helmet doesn’t come without downsides, however. First, the HJC F70 is only produced in two shell sizes, meaning if you have to get an extra small size, you may end up feeling like a bobblehead while riding. This can cause a significant amount of fatigue over time and can slow you down with shoulder checks. The one other downside is that the breath deflector obstructs about a third of my vertical field of vision when installed. Thankfully, the positives greatly outweigh the negatives on the HJC F70.

5HJC C70

Pictured: HJC C70 (Top 5 HJC Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-face

Certifications: SHARP 5 Stars | DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Polycarbonate

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 2

Weight: 1.5kg

Liner: Removable | Washable

Intercoms Compatible: No

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pinlock Compatible: Yes

Included Visor: Clear Visor | Internal Sun Visor

Pros

+ 5 Star SHARP rating

+ Quick Release Visor

+ Removable & washable liner

Cons

No integrated speaker pockets

Doesn’t come with pinlock

Cheek pads can be very tight at first

Are you looking for one of the safest budget helmets on the market? The HJC C70 scored an incredible 5/5 stars on the SHARP safety test. The features in this helmet include a drop-down sun visor, a quick-release system, low weight, removable and washable liner, and incredible peripheral vision. In addition, the vent slider located on the top of the helmet is operated easily—no need to do guesswork before you start riding.

Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to this helmet. Depending on head shape, the cheek pads can be too tight-fitting and will take time to wear in. There is also no integrated speaker pockets. This helmet also does not come with a Pinlock visor, despite being Pinlock ready.

Final Thoughts

The HJC RPHA helmets are both incredible, top-tier helmets. The main difference between the 70 and the 11 to keep in mind is that the RPHA 11 is more of a sport-focused design, while the RPHA 70 is street-focused. Personally, I don’t visit the track much, so I am especially fond of the RPHA 70. The HJC IS-Max II is one of the best modular helmets on the market. It is lighter than most other modular helmets and is one of the safest.

The HJC F70 is an incredible, feature-packed, fibreglass helmet with an incredible amount of ventilation and a drop-down sun-visor. While the HJC C70 is one of the safest helmets on the market, with a 5 out of 5 SHARP rating, despite its low price. HJC is a great brand. While the name might not be as recognisable to most people as a brand such as Bell or Arai, they are definitely able to compete with them, thanks to the great pricing and amazing amount of features.

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