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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-06-2020, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of replacing my 5 1/2 year old HJC CL-SP with a new helmet. I was thinking about the HJC i70 and I'm wondering if anyone has one and if they like it. I know a helmet is something that while someone may like it the next person may now. I'm just looking for some feedback before I try to find a dealer near me that might have one (Vermont dealers sometimes don't carry a lot of helmets). Thanks.
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Just looked at the Revzilla site and there are 38 reviews on that helmet. That'll give you a start.
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I think HJC & AFX are some of the best affordable helmets out there.
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I'm going to suggest a Shoei RF1200. Here's why:

Those HJC are on the lower end of the helmet spectrum price-wise, and in terms of features. Nothing wrong with that. I'm not of the opinion that one needs to spend a lot on a lid to be safe. There is an adage "buy a hundred dollar helmet if you have a hundred dollar head" used to justify more expensive lids; that said, my head is worth a heck of a lot more than $800 too. I think just about any full face with a DOT/Snell will do the job.

That said, I had an HJC RPHA ST for 4 years; good helmet, but noisy and not the best aerodynamics. The composite material gives off a weird resonance, for me. I then heard the updated model, the RPHA 70 ST was much improved. It has better aerodynamics, but still has a weird resonance. I just bought the 70 a couple months ago. I was happy with it, until yesterday.

I was recently GIVEN an RF1200, and man am I impressed. I've heard it praised over and over again, but figured it couldn't be that much better than what I had. I was wrong. It is the smoothest and quietest helmet I've ever had.

Now, all that said, any polycarbonate helmet I've had has been quieter than the composite RPHA. So the i70 might be fine. I actually considered that helmet before I bought the RPHA 70. But I now see why the RF1200 gets praised. It is pricey. If you can afford it, I'd suggest it.
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My Shoei GT-Air is much more quieter and no leaks like the HJC that I wore the previous 4-years.
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I do have to say the my HJC is not the quietest helmet. Might have to some checking online. I was hoping to find someone who owned a i70 to see what they said about it but the input is good.

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No helmet is quiet enough to negate the need for earplugs at speed. But I’ve tried some that were so loud that they’d give you a headache even with plugs.
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My HJC IS-MAX BT is the one that fits- I can ride 8-10 hrs without getting a headache. If you liked your HJC buy another. My experience through 3 of them is that they haven't changed their shape modeling like some other mfrs have.

I love how other people are so happy, even eager, to spend your money. IMHO the OP asked about a specific model from a specific manufacturer. If you can't help him with that specific request you ought to close the thread without comment.
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Depends on your head shape, especially if you spend a lot of time in the saddle. For instance, I can tolerate a Shoei on a commute, but not on an all day ride.
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I'm thinking of replacing my 5 1/2 year old HJC CL-SP with a new helmet. I was thinking about the HJC i70 and I'm wondering if anyone has one and if they like it. I know a helmet is something that while someone may like it the next person may now. I'm just looking for some feedback before I try to find a dealer near me that might have one (Vermont dealers sometimes don't carry a lot of helmets). Thanks.
snikr, according to some reviews HJC i70 seems like a decent helmet for the price, here in Canada they are listed at CAD$175, so in the US they must be a bit over US$110, for that kind of price you can't go wrong, especially since you had some good experiences with HJC. Also as you know helmets will fit all heads, but everybody will experience pressure points and fit differently, ideally you should try it first, but not sure which store would allow it due to covid.

https://fortnine.ca/en/hjc-i-70-elim-helmet
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