HJC IS-17 is a replacement of it IS-16 model which was also popular for its advanced features. Now, seeing that HJC made some unique adjustments and upgraded new features to make it a suitable choice for all riders and road bikes. And with features that modern, you will not be able to resist and soon make your mind to buy this amazing helmet.
But, you think we are bragging about this. We would like you to go through the whole expert review on HJC IS-17 motorcycle helmet to get to the bottom of it.
HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet Review 2018
Safety Level & Shell Design
First of all, the surprising factor in HJC’s IS-17 helmet is its weight which is not more than 3lbs in the size of XL with an internal sun visor. If do compare it with other helmets then it will outweigh others by weighing less.
The “Neutral” shape made it suitable for all-around fit to most of the head shapes. In doing so, it provides more aerodynamics and comfort to the rider which anyone can ever get in this range of helmets. Thus, it is one excellent helmet in context of weight and reasonably balanced.
It is the definition of lightweight, strongly composed shell helmet built to provide safety in worse circumstances.
Graphics and design are not what you will be getting in HJC’s IS-17 helmet. Although, all HJCs helmets are quite stylish with value-added features to keep you safe on the road.
Speaking of features, HJC’s IS-17 has an advanced polycarbonate shell composition with the use of CAD technology. It has been through an extremely rigorous procedure of testing the strength and aerodynamics of helmets. Also, it succeeds in it.
The IS-17 helmet is certified by not one but two safety standards – Snell M2010 & DOT.
Inside this polycarbonate shell, it has a multi-density EPS liner which by the way is an impact absorbing layer with varying densities of foam in order to reduce the injuries in case of any major or minor motorcycle accident.
The efficiency of the ventilation system is quite debatable actually.
But, don’t worry!
This is why we are here to provide the expert advice and insights.
HJC IS-17 has top vents and chin vents for ventilation. First, let’s come to the chin vents. If you are one of those people who can’t compromise safety with swag then it is definitely for you. Because most cruiser riders and summer riders don’t consider full-face helmets since it is too difficult to get proper airflow through it. But, not in this case.
Because HJC’s IS 17 chin vents are exactly made for this kind of situation. The chin vent allows the air to pass through vent holes inside the helmet towards the top of the helmet through your face. The slider is quite reliable to channel the airflow intake even with wearing motorcycle gloves.
However, the top vents are not up to the mark. In fact, the top vents are quite disappointing when it comes to getting continuous airflow inside the helmet.
The top vents of HJC IS-17 have an advanced channeling ventilation system (AC-S) which allows the full front-to-back airflow system that helps in getting cool air inside the helmet’s top area to draw humidity and heat from the helmet through rear exhaust ports. But, the major issue has seen in the IS-17 is “top vents are not properly lined up with EPS liner.” The result, no matter how much air passes through the top vents, some of it blocked through the EPS liner.
So, as AC-S recognized for full front-to-back airflow, HJC IS 17 is not offering what we expected it to be.
Thus, IS 17 may sure have the impact absorption but at the cost of irregular airflow at the top area of the helmet.
Face Shield & Visor
As we were talking about the summer riding, if you ever feel like you need sunglasses while riding then don’t worry! Because HJC has taken care of it.
You wanna know how?
Well, the HJC’s IS 17 motorcycle helmet has a centrally mounted slide on the top to keep harmful UV rays at bay. Also, it is equipped with plenty of more features like RapidFire 2 shield replacement system for easy removing and installing of the shield. Means, in case of an accident, you can quickly remove the shield from your head without any extra tools.
Visibility is outstanding in this IS-17 helmet which makes it a suitable choice to ride even in the night. HJC IS-17 enabled with a 3D design Optically-superior anti-scratch pin lock face shield which provides 95 percent UV protection and as the name implies, an anti-scratch coating on it. Moreover, it has an anti-fog facility to ride in the winter season.
However, you will be disappointed to know that the Pinlock EVO anti-fog resistant lens sold separately.
If you think that we are done talking about face shield and visor then you are so wrong. Because there are plenty of other advanced features which we haven’t even discussed.
The next big thing HJC equipped IS-17 with is, “One-touch integrated smoke-tinted sunshield (HJ-V7)” which has a centrally mounted slide on top of the helmet which you can use to lower the tinted visor to keep harmful rays out. You can even use this slide with gloves on.
So, like we said, you won’t need sunglasses with HJC IS-17 motorcycle helmet except for your power glasses.
Interior Liner & Comfort Level
Comfort is one thing that we all require in any aspect. Same goes for a motorcycle helmet. So, after reviewing the shell design, ventilation, and visibility, what every rider need to know, “how comfortable this helmet is?”
Indeed! We couldn’t agree more & you couldn’t be more right.
There is no point of all that safety and ventilation if that helmet is not comfortable to wear while going on long rides. Isn’t that right?
This is why HJC made sure you won’t just turn down a helmet because it is not comfortable. Thus, HJC used the SuperCool Interior facility in an IS-17 helmet which is an antibacterial and moisture-wicking fabric which dissipates sweat two times faster than any ordinary fabric.
And like other HJCs helmets, cheek pads are removable, washable and interchangeable in all sizes.
More importantly, the cheek pads are custom fits, which will allow you to travel for long durations comfortably.
You won’t believe but HJC IS-17 helmet is a relatively quiet helmet. Quieter than the average helmets available in the market. You may see signs of some noises from sides but only when your helmet doesn’t fit you well.
In fact, there are multiple reasons for a helmet to be noisy like size, fit, motorcycle type, speed, and riding gear too.
So, another suggestion, don’t forget to wear the right motorcycle riding gear while riding a motorcycle.
Noise won’t be an issue with HJC IS-17 motorcycle helmet because EPS holes already blocked some holes which not only blocking the airflow but noise as well.
Final Thoughts: –
In a nutshell, we can say that HJC IS-17 is one remarkable helmet. If you are a street racer and love to ride and commute on daily basis, IS-17 can be a suitable choice of a helmet which will not provide you the comfort of daily commuting but its advanced features and innovation will make sure you are safe on the road.
Nevertheless, you should go through all the details before taking any decision. Also, if you would like to add something or ask something then please don’t hesitate to mention in the comment section given below.