HJC RPHA-10 Helmet | SR Tested Product Review

Jorge Lorenzo replica helmet evaluated

HJC's decision to sponsor Jorge Lorenzo and to release an RPHA-10 Lorenzo replica helmet was one of the most business-savvy moves the company has made in recent years. Turn the TV on during a MotoGP race and there sits the helmet, in action, on the front of the grid, and in the exact same graphic that you'll find at your local dealer. It's marketing genius. But does the RPHA-10's performance parallel its ability to make you look like the two-time MotoGP champ? We recently put one through the SR ringer in an attempt to find out.

HJC says that the RPHA-10 is intended to fill the middle ground that once separated the company from other top-tier helmet manufacturers, and hints that updated lid will start HJC on a path toward a more premium lineup of helmets. At the core of this direction change is a few standout features, including a PIM (Premium Integrated Matrix) shell that’s constructed from carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass, and an organic non-woven fabric; an Advanced Channeling Ventilation System that’s intended to push hot air up and out of the helmet; and a SilverCool Plus pad system, which promotes comfort and hygiene by way of moisture-wicking and odor-free materials. That being said, the single biggest difference between the RPHA-10 and the helmet it replaces, the RPS-10, is an updated chinbar vent that’s designed to flow more air toward the wearer’s face.

A helmet’s weight, aerodynamics, and ability to quell wind noise are equally as important as its ability to keep your head cool, and HJC’s addressed these concerns by endowing the RPHA-10 with a sleek-shaped shell that uses the vent channels’ shape to flow air smoothly around the lid. The benefits are immediately evident; our size medium RPHA-10 weighed just 3.30 pounds and remained completely stable at freeway speeds. What’s more, the helmet was superbly quiet at speeds above 75 mph and never put any excess weight on our neck. The RPHA-10’s padding impressed us as well, and didn’t chafe our skin in a way that some of the bottom-tier helmet liners do. An added bonus is that the pads are removable and washable.

The RPHA helmet has just a few negatives to speak of. We’re not sold on the shield’s center open/close locking system for instance, and found it less convenient than a standard lock system (the shield never lifted open on the track, so HJC’s claim regarding a secure seal seems valid). The shield doesn’t disperse water, which made it difficult to see during a stint down rain-soaked roads, and while we were happy with the chin vent’s performance, the ventilation system as a whole let us down due to what felt like an inability to flow air toward the back of our head.

Those downsides weren’t enough to overshadow the helmet’s aerodynamic benefits, lightweight construction, and comfortable padding, in our opinion. And ultimately, we feel like the RPHA-10 really is more than just a head-turner.

Important to mention is that the RPHA-10 is available in other racer replica graphics, in standard graphic treatments, and in solid colors. Pricing between each design varies.

Details
HJC RPHA-10 helmet
Retail: $359.99 - $549.99
Sizes: XS-XXL
www.hjchelmets.com