HJC recently released its new RPHA model of helmets to the U.S. market; this roughly a year after the lineup was made available in Europe. An updated RPS-10 (now named the RPHA 10) stands ground as the sole full face helmet of the bunch, but is accompanied by the new RPHA Max modular helmet. Both helmets are claimed to fill the middle ground that once separated HJC from other premium helmet manufacturers.
Ben Spies replica RPHA 10...
Ben Spies replica RPHA 10
The RPHA 10 is extremely close to the RPS-10 in terms of features and construction, although revamped graphics and a new chinbar vent good for increased airflow build on what namesake the RPS-10 has already made for itself. The RPHA 10 shell remains a PIM (Premium Integrated Matrix) construction and contains a mix of carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass and organic non-woven fabric that’s both strong and lightweight. Internally, the helmet boasts a soft interior for all-day comfort in addition to an ACS (Advanced Channeling Ventilation System) for head-friendly airflow. Dials on the leading edge of the HJC’s intake vents allow the wearer to attain the proper amount of airflow, while the overall shape of the helmet enhances ventilation but mostly aerodynamics and acoustics. Retail for the new RPHA 10 ranges from $359.99 for solid models up to $549.99 for the Ben Spies replica. Other graphic models are priced at $399.99
The RPHA Max takes HJC’s modular helmet offerings to the next level with its more expansive eyeport and aerodynamic shape. A three-way-adjustable sunshield comes standard and is activated via a sliding lever on the top of the helmet. Similar to the RPHA 10, the RPHA Max uses HJC’s recognizable one-touch locking system at the center base of the shield. Perhaps the most important aspect, however, is that the RPHA Max is claimed to keep wind noise to an ear-friendly 84dB at speeds averaging 62.5mph. Prices range from $459.99 to $464.99.
The RPHA Series is an important addition to the HJC lineup as it marks a change in the company’s production and marketing methods. As the company continues to turn more towards premium helmets, chances are we’ll see more of the technology it’s put into the RPHA series.