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HJC RPHA-10 Review

I just want to say that I have 3 helmets right now since I just bought a new HJC RPHA-10. I have a Shoei Multitec from years ago that I wore up until the spring of 2014 and while nothing was wrong, the helmet was just too old (7 years old). I bought an HJC CL-17, making it my first "budget"/low-end helmet since owner a Raider years ago. I did have an RF-1100 for a year before a friend borrowed my helmet for a long group wide and went down and with money being tight, I "settled" for the CL-17.

I was debating earlier this spring between an RF-1200 (since I've had a Shoei before and I liked it), Bell RS-1, or the RPHA-10 since they were all close in price and after trying them on, the RF-1200 didn't really fit my head too well but the RS-1 and the RPHA-10 were perfect for me, a better fit than the CL-17 which broke in and was a bit too large now. But with a small baby, I decided I just got my HJC CL-17 so I stuck it with the CL-17 until I saw a price I couldn't pass up as mentioned above.

I'll do a first thoughts review now and maybe in mid-September I'll do another follow-up. If you do mind, feel free to move along . Also, everything will be rated on your basic 1-10 scale trying to be as objective as possible.

Rating- Using your basic 1-10 scale or my own MMA scale.

1= Deplorabe. They couldn't pay me enough to wear it regularly (unless it was in the 3 figure range lol, then I'd consider it). A "Kenneth Allen"

3= Pretty bad. I would not buy it, again, unless I was paid, I will skip on this helmet/feature. A "Shungo Oyama"

5= Average, maybe I'd buy it again and maybe I wouldn't depending on the circumstances. I think we all know what a 5 is or what average means. A "Phil Baroni".

7= Pretty good, or above average. I would likely buy it again or the feature is something I could live with and not complain much. "A Heath Herring/gate keeper."

10= Cream of the crop, the holy grail. The "Royce Gracie of the 90s or Fedor of the early/mid 2000s or GSP of the late 2000s and early 2010s. Simply put, cannot be defeated.


Price
The RPHA-10 is now available at a few places for $199 on closeout which is ridiculous and a deciding factor in my purchase. This helmet, when it first came out, had an MSRP $359-$554 depending on the graphics with the Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo Replicas being the most expensive one. Most places are still selling them at $300+ for just the solids, ahem *RevZilla*. So to be able to nab a supposedly great helmet at 50% off was just too good of a deal to let it pass by. 9.5/10 or Anderson Silva- Those PEDs helped a bit/

Safety
Isn't this the reason we get these things? Well, it's a day old and only 65miles on the noggin so I'll just get to the stats and go to the next area of interest. SNELL M2010 and DOT certified. 8/10 simply because it is not ECE R22.05 or Robbie Lawler

Fit/Comfort
The helmet is obviously a bit more of a race fit helmet but I assume most of us have worn an race fit helmet before. Snug but man this one fit like a glove. Within seconds, I didn't even notice I was wearing it if not for one thing, that I will get to in a bit. I would say this helmet fits more of a neutral shape, some say round but it is not round like the CL-17. Definitely more neutral or maybe even slightly on the more narrow oval/intermediate oval than a true round. Love the fit, the liner felt better than I remember from trying it on a few months ago; the liner is very plush and just has a great quality feel to it. Feels like a soft pillow all around my head the moment I put it on and then it disappears completely, figuratively speaking. I tried on my CL-17 and the Multitec and there was a big change. It also feels better than my old RF-1100 as well.

The only thing that reminds me I am wearing a helmet, and is a slight nuisance at the moment, is that I feel like something is pressing on my right ear ever so slightly. I am hoping that after a few weeks, it will break in and that will go away. No pain but feels like my ear lobe is being folded in a bit even though it is not. 7.5/10 or Michael Bisping/

Face Shied/Vision
The eye port here, vertically is just average if you look at just the dimensions of the. The width of the shield is above average. With that said, there's a difference when you put it on and actually look through the eye port. Unlike my modular Shoei and the CL-17, I can actually see more vertically in this helmet than my previous 4 helmets (RF-1100 included). I'm not sure because I measured the vertical visor size and it's basically the same as my CL-17 but once it's on, I can barely see the top of the visor. It's really in the way the helmet sits or wraps around my head. It allows me to see more than my other three helmets. The width is exceptional as well. I can see my nearly my entire peripheral vision with little hindrance. I almost have to turn my head to see the sides of my visor, or the edge of the helmet.

Outside of what I consider outstanding vision, it comes with a pinlock ready shield AND a free clear pinlock insert. No need to spend another $30 or more for an insert although a light smoke would've been my preference. 9.5/10 or Prime motivated BJ Penn

Ventilation/Airflow
Again, I wish I had my RF-1100 so I could compare but I don't and so this is where it gets a bit washy. The ventilation and airflow on this is excellent, much better than the Multitec and CL-17. Immediately I could feel the airflow from the top vent, free air just coming in. I want to say the top ventilation was, at the very least, as great as the 1100 but I'm going off what I remember from over a year ago. My head feels massive air coming in and I mean that by helmet standards.

With that said, the lower vent feels very substandard. I haven't been on the highway much so maybe at high speeds for a distance and my mind will change but as it stands, very substandard. I felt the 1100 had more air flowing through the chin vent and the CL-17 DOES have a bit more airflow as well. Because of that, the rating will go down quite a bit. If it was just based on the top vent, it'd be a 9. All things considered, still more airflow than the CL-17 but not quite as much as the RF-1100 and slightly above average. 7/10 or Frank Trigg

Noise Level
Oddly enough, maybe it's the shape of my head but this helmet is noisier than the RF-1100 and my CL-17. It's about the same as the modular Multitec. I was a bit disappointed and this is one area that I don't think will get better with time. Even though it has a great chin curtain, the air doesn't seem to seal around my neck well and that's where the air enters. I've taken my hand and put it around my neck (like a single hand chock) and it's eerily silent and I don't feel like my neck is that thin so I'm not sure why. This is the one true knock on this helmet and will receive my lowest rating although I wear ear plugs if I ride longer than 10 mins on the highway. 5/10 or Shonie Carter

Weight
This is where this helmet really excels and could be seen in the comfort/fit section; there's a reason it's so comfortable and while the liner plays a huge role, the weight or lack thereof is equally important. As I mentioned earlier, immediately after putting it on and feeling that soft plush feel, the helmet sort of just vanishes. The vision is great, liner wonderful, and helmet so light that I literally didn't feel the helmet. I must say that I've have never owned a CF helmet so I am not sure how that would feel and I know that would likely be lighter but I looked at the stats this morning and sure enough, I was not deceived by my senses or that new gear feeling. My XL came in at 1576grams/3.47lbs. While I don't have my RF-1100, I do have the stats available online. The RF-1100 in XL is 1746grams/3.85lbs. The HJC CL-17 in XL came in at 1754grams/3.87lbs. While the numbers seem small, I really do feel a HUGE difference. 9/10 or Chuck Liddell

Overall: I was hesitant to get another HJC due to the CL-17 feeling like just a decent helmet but nothing special like my two previous Shoei helmets. This RPHA-10 changed my mind completely. I honestly don't believe I could get anything at $199 and get all the things I got here. Overall, I would have to give the helmet 8/10 or Johnny Hendricks

If you want a helmet for $200 or less and not worry about it feeling less than "premium", this is definitely the one to get. I will update this in two weeks and see how things go.

PS, my heart feels like this helmet is a 9.5 mainly due to how great of a deal it was but my head stabilizes things and tells me it's an 8 right now after 65 miles and two days.
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Good deal. Those where supposed to be good helmets. Glad your happy with it.

But, who the hell are all the people you named and what do they have to do with anything?
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Nice write up. Where did you pick up the helmet for $200?
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Nice write up. I am not fond of HJC. I think the quality is just too low. Arai for the win!!!
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Nice write up. I am not fond of HJC. I think the quality is just too low. Arai for the win!!!
I used to feel that way as stated I was a Shoei guy but for $140, the CL-17 is a decent helmet especially at that price. Now the Rpha-10 is a whole different beast. There's no way you could try on a RF1200 or a Corsair and say that it is infinitely or even noticeably better. As they say, try it before you knock it. As noted, I was hesitant to try the Rpha1 because it's made by HJC but it was between that and the RS1 since the 1200 didn't fit right. I will say this much, you WILL NOT FIND A BETTER FEELING HELMET UNDER $200 let alone $300 assuming it fits you well. Look at the satisfaction rate on RevZilla. 197 out of 198 recommended the helmet and it received an overall score of 4.8 out of 5.

Anyhow, if it wasn't for $199, I probably would've went with the RS1. Absolutely no regrets and I would buy it again for $350.

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Thanks for the review.

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I used to feel that way as stated I was a Shoei guy but for $140, the CL-17 is a decent helmet especially at that price. Now the Rpha-10 is a whole different beast. There's no way you could try on a RF1200 or a Corsair and say that it is infinitely or even noticeably better. As they say, try it before you knock it. As noted, I was hesitant to try the Rpha1 because it's made by HJC but it was between that and the RS1 since the 1200 didn't fit right. I will say this much, you WILL NOT FIND A BETTER FEELING HELMET UNDER $200 let alone $300 assuming it fits you well. Look at the satisfaction rate on RevZilla. 197 out of 198 recommended the helmet and it received an overall score of 4.8 out of 5.

Anyhow, if it wasn't for $199, I probably would've went with the RS1. Absolutely no regrets and I would buy it again for $350.

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Did you try on an Arai
Lol, not into low end lids yet owned a Bilt until a few weeks ago? No worries, years ago I owned a Raider.

Anyhow, yes I have worn an Arai and I recall it feeling very good. Quantum I think and I was thinking then it wasn't worth the $500 or so it was back then. My buddy liked it and so did I, just not at that price. Not worth twice or three times something like this one. I have tried on nearly every brand here in the U.S. with the exception of Schuberth. I liked the older Shoei helmets before they started becoming a bit more long oval. Honestly, out of all the "premium" helmets, the only that I liked a lot and almost shelled out a lot of money for was the NEXX XR2 Carbon helmet. Tried fellow track guy's NEXX who wore an XL and that thing was so nice and so light. Now that was a true 10 in weight.

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Lol, not into low end lids yet owned a Bilt until a few weeks ago? No worries, years ago I owned a Raider.

Anyhow, yes I have worn an Arai and I recall it feeling very good. Quantum I think and I was thinking then it wasn't worth the $500 or so it was back then. My buddy liked it and so did I, just not at that price. Not worth twice or three times something like this one. I have tried on nearly every brand here in the U.S. with the exception of Schuberth. I liked the older Shoei helmets before they started becoming a bit more long oval. Honestly, out of all the "premium" helmets, the only that I liked a lot and almost shelled out a lot of money for was the NEXX XR2 Carbon helmet. Tried fellow track guy's NEXX who wore an XL and that thing was so nice and so light. Now that was a true 10 in weight.
Understand this. I had a Bilt Helmet. I crashed in it and lost 45 min or so of memory. That is not good. I have an HJC helmet also. Similar quality. I threw both helmets in the trash. Arai is the best I have every put on my head and I plan to get another one pretty soon. You would understand if you really tried one on, and rode in one.
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Arai is too noisy. I love my Shoei RF 1200.
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Understand this. I had a Bilt Helmet. I crashed in it and lost 45 min or so of memory. That is not good. I have an HJC helmet also. Similar quality. I threw both helmets in the trash. Arai is the best I have every put on my head and I plan to get another one pretty soon. You would understand if you really tried one on, and rode in one.
You must have missed the part where I said I thought the Arai I borrowed for a bit was quite nice but I mean, how would I know if I really tried one on or not since you know more about me than I do, apparently. Honestly, just couldn't justify the price.

Anyhow, glad you like the Arai but as you can see, I was once a bit of a Shoei elitist and of the mindset that only a Shoei and Arai would do as they have always been mentioned in the same class by most sportbike riders. Over the past 3 years, research and wearing the HJC lids and objective data confirmed by doctors and scientists have lifted the advertising veil. Yes, extremely nice helmets but worth the $500+ price? Naw. There are helmets every bit as "nice" for less than that but to each their own. As long as they are wearing a helmet, all is good.

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You must have missed the part where I said I thought the Arai I borrowed for a bit was quite nice but I mean, how would I know if I really tried one on or not since you know more about me than I do, apparently. Honestly, just couldn't justify the price.

Anyhow, glad you like the Arai but as you can see, I was once a bit of a Shoei elitist and of the mindset that only a Shoei and Arai would do as they have always been mentioned in the same class by most sportbike riders. Over the past 3 years, research and wearing the HJC lids and objective data confirmed by doctors and scientists have lifted the advertising veil. Yes, extremely nice helmets but worth the $500+ price? Naw. There are helmets every bit as "nice" for less than that but to each their own. As long as they are wearing a helmet, all is good.
I prob did, sorry. Sometimes I speed read and it does not work out.
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Don't get too enamored with your Aria helmet. They are excellent lids and they are hand made to a very high quality but my experience with them has not be that great. The ones I've had didn't hold up well over time and with use. Plus they don't fit my head as well as other helmets.

The last one I had was a Quantum E which lasted about 3 years before it wore out and started to fall apart. After 3 years I had worn holes in both cheek pads and all to the trim had fallen off the bottom rim of the shell. Plus the shield never did seal all that great on the eye port gasket. The paint and finish of the shell however was by far the best I've ever seen in a helmet. But for the price I was very disappointed in the product after it wore out.

I've got a number of Shoei helmets that are far better in my opinion. The paint and finish of the shell is just a notch below the Aria. But they fit me better, they are quitter, they last MUCH longer, the shields fit much better.

I would never give Arai the money they are asking for their product again.
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Don't get too enamored with your Aria helmet. They are excellent lids and they are hand made to a very high quality but my experience with them has not be that great. The ones I've had didn't hold up well over time and with use. Plus they don't fit my head as well as other helmets.

The last one I had was a Quantum E which lasted about 3 years before it wore out and started to fall apart. After 3 years I had worn holes in both cheek pads and all to the trim had fallen off the bottom rim of the shell. Plus the shield never did seal all that great on the eye port gasket. The paint and finish of the shell however was by far the best I've ever seen in a helmet. But for the price I was very disappointed in the product after it wore out.

I've got a number of Shoei helmets that are far better in my opinion. The paint and finish of the shell is just a notch below the Aria. But they fit me better, they are quitter, they last MUCH longer, the shields fit much better.

I would never give Arai the money they are asking for their product again.
It comes down to money because these "premium" lids are meet or exceed the same specs so when we are talking about how safe they are, it isn't that different at all. Now the high end helmets are usually about quality comfort but look at this; is a paint job, aka graphics, on a helmet worth at least $150 or more? Because that's the prices for alot of these Shoei and Arai helmets when you compare the graphics vs solid lids. For $150, you can get a decent helmet on sale.

Another thing to note, these helmets may be good for at most 10 years according to most scientists and of course the manufacturers recommended no more than 7 years. So how much money do you want to spend is up to each of us.

Again, not knocking Arai or Shoei or any top end helmet but it all comes down to money and the thought process. There is no factual, scientific data that proves a certain brand of helmet DEFINITIVELY better than any other helmet. I was definitely happy with my two prior Shoei helmets and they were definitely higher quality than my HJC CL-17, as they should be since they were $300 more, but the RPHA-10 has changed my opinion on so-called HJC being "bargain" helmets. It's every bit the quality of the RF-1100 and much lighter.

In the end, it is about fit more than anything else. I would've purchased a $400+ RF-1200 if I didn't try on the RPHA-10 and the RF-1200 and would not have discovered how well the RPHA-10 feels while riding. I'm glad to have tried it because I just kept thinking all of the HJC helmets felt like the CL-17 (their second cheapest helmet and the best selling helmet on the market).

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