HJC CL-Y is a motorcycle helmet especially designed for people with smaller heads. You know what that means? It means, it is suitable for children, ladies, and men with smaller heads. It is a reasonably basic full-face helmet which is highly popular among ladies. Now that the market is fully focused on premium motorcycle helmets for motocross, Moto GP, and other racing reasons, it is difficult to find a helmet which can fit on a smaller head. There are only few options available in the market that fit a head with smaller size. So, when someone trying to outfit his daughter or son with a decent motorcycle gear, he had to compromise.
But, not anymore! Because if you are looking for a helmet which can fit a small size head then you should check out the HJC CL-Y motorcycle helmet which is made only for riders of small-sized heads. Not only it comes in affordable price but has many variants to select from. So, let’s find out what this helmet has to offer.
HJC CL-Y Motorcycle Helmet Review 2018
Safety Level & Shell Design
If you’re worried about the safety of your kid or your girl then you shouldn’t. It is because this helmet is not only fit superiorly but also provide protection to your head with true youth polycarbonate shell which is lightweight and protect your head from injuries come from severe impacts. In order to absorb impacts during accidents and collisions, it has a dual density EPS (expanded polystyrene) liner. Dual density liner is very rare to see in this range of helmets.
Consider yourself lucky to have such fine feature in this range.
CL-Y is made for small heads, right?
Plus, it’s nicely designed into a small, lighter, and compact motorcycle helmet which will make you feel lighter while wearing it. That’s great for safety too, because the lighter the helmet. The smaller the inertial forces will be acting on the head and neck area.
Good news is, HJC CL-Y wind-tunnel tested helmet which also passed the DOT safety standard. So, in our opinion, you can relax about the safety because the helmet has rigorously tested for aerodynamics. But, don’t be careless!
HJC CL-Y has an integrated flow-through ventilation system with forehead and front/side vortex vents and one chin vent. The helmet has two rear venture exhaust vents as well.
First let’s talk about the forehead vents. The forehead vents has sliders to channel the airflow inside the helmet. These two forehead vents allow air to pass through the shell in the shock absorbing lining area to provide cooling airflow in the forehead area. This will make cool air to pass through your head and stale air will vented out of the two rear venture exhaust vents which are always open. So, when it comes to ride in the summer, you can always count on CL-Y helmet in providing the cool air even in hotter days.
Now let’s talk about the chin vent. The chin vent is we think the weakest link of the helmet because this vent helps in passing the cool air onto back of the visor for de-misting reasons. It is a good thing but you need to know that CL-Y is not a Pinlock-ready helmet so too much air can make it foggy.
Nevertheless, the helmet’s chin vent is closeable comes with a central switch to direct air. So, our suggestion, CL-Y is good for non-sweaty riding during summer but when it comes of winter riding, CL-Y will not be a smart choice.
Face Shield & Visor
If we leave the Pinlock-ready anti-fog system then the CL-Y is a complete package and do everything you could possibly think of. For starters, it has large eye port design for maximum visibility. The extra-large eye port will allow you to cover more areas while riding on road. More you will see, more you will be aware of dangers down the road.
So, visibility is outstanding and one can comfortably ride in night. CL-Y equipped with flush-mounted shield/ratchet system which is simple and easy to use. This 4-position positive-lock ratchet HJ-05 Face shield comes with scratch-resistant coating and provide 100 percent protection from harmful UV rays.
And at last, if you use to wear eyeglasses then its compact size will not come in your way. On the contrary, it has an eyeglass friendly design which makes it easy to wear glasses while wearing the helmet on.
Interior Liner & Comfort Level
Nylex Interior liner is what HJC offering in CL-Y motorcycle helmet. Although, it is not the same liner which we see in other top-of-the-line HJC helmets but Nylex interior is what you would be happy to have rather than some ordinary sticky foam.
Nylex liner is plush, moisture-wicking fabric which will dissipate the excess sweat and moisture from the chick areas and make you feel dry and cool for longer period. The cheek and crown pads are full removable and washable. So, feel free to wash them whenever you required.
Overall, the plushy against the skin and soft-cushiony feel will make you feel more comfortable inside the helmet. Plus, the cheek pads will make sure the helmet fits you well.
Final Thoughts: –
In a nutshell, we can say that CL-Y is a relatively low price helmet so you got to taken into account when assessing its build quality and features. So, don’t compare the material, fit, and finish with premium helmets. However, the helmet has proved that it can provide great level of comfort, protection, and visibility in such low range. It is a very basic helmet with no Pinlock-ready anti-fog system or drop-down sun visor for example. But, it is still a helmet with value for money. Plus, it meets the DOT standards which clears whatever doubts you have of using the HJC CL-Y helmet.
In our opinion, if you have a very low budget and looking for a helmet of small size head then you can opt for HJC CL-Y helmet. CL-Y is available in different range of designs and colors which are absolutely child – and lady-friendly.
Overall, it is a helmet worth checking out.