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Really nice helmet - DonV NM
Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: Weight, fit, sun shield
Cons: None that I can think of
I have been riding with an RPHA Max modular for the last year and decided I wanted something a little lighter with a drop down sun shield. I have owned a number of Shoei and Arai helmets and although you can't argue with their quality, 600 for a GT Air was a bit much for my wallet.The fit and finish are excellent, it is light, quiet and I feel it is a great deal for the money
Top quality at reasonable cost - Jason CA
Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
Pros: Aerodynamic, light weight, pinlock insert included, sun shield
Cons: Noise when top vent is opened
Before buying this helmet I did a lot of research both on line and at local shops. My finalists were Shoei GT-Air and HJC RPHA-ST. If you pull up the specs on these two they are very similar, expect the prices were about 150 apart. Shoei being the premium brand obviously had a lot of well-deserved praises, whereas reviews and analysis on the HJC is a bit sparse . When I tried them on at the local shop, both helmet felt tight to the point where I had trouble putting them on. My last helmet was a HJC CL-12 size XL, so I was rather surprised that my head had grown in size which is physiologically impossible. After inquiring with the staff, I was advised that these helmets shell designs are slender oval shape so they are more aerodynamically efficient. Whereas the traditionalentry level helmets are round. Both helmets fit very snug to my head and face at XXL size. However, I liked HJC a little better because the face pads gave me a little more room. Shoei had my face literally squeezed which was a bit stressful. Other than that, both helmets had the exact same features. Weigh almost the same HJC is actually a little lighter, same placement for the internal sun shield trigger, same placement for the lower and top vents. HJC actually looks more impressive because it has two air fins, where Shoei only had indentations to direct airflow. Placed my order for HJC on December 23, and Competition Accessories had them delivered to my placed on Christmas Eve. I was thoroughly impressed and pleasantly surprised, thanks for making my Christmas merry On Christmas day took the HJC out for a spin and see how it performs in the real world. Before going out on my bike, I installed the pinlock insert that came with the helmet. True to its claims, I was unable to fog my lens however hard I tried. However, the sunshield was easily fogged, which was disappointing. On surface streets the helmet was comfortable, and the vents excelled at keeping my head ventilated. I did noticed that the noise level was the same as my old helmet, which was both surprising and disappointing. Luckily I had my ear plugs with me so I did a quick stop and put them in. A short ride in the local canyon revealed the sun shield is unable to deflect direct sunlight at 3PM. On the way home I hopped on the freeway to see how it performs in high speed. It was there I discovered that the wind noise actually reduced substantially when I closed the top vent. At speed of 80mph, I experienced very minimal buffeting I ride a naked bike with no wind screen. When I turned my head to check the blind spot, the helmet remain very stable. Overall, I am very satisfied with HJC RPHA-ST. It is leaps and bounds above entry level helmets, and qualityperformance on par with the premium brands.