To begin, we’ll discuss the helmet’s materials and its overall design and build quality. The HJC RPHA 70 outer shell is comprised of carbon fibre, aramid, and a carbon-glass composite.
Many of these materials are used in the construction of Formula 1 cars. It comes as no surprise the helmet weighs in at a featherweight 1.48kg. Making the HJC RPHA 70 one of the lightest helmets with some of the most protection.
HJC RPHA 70 shape & design
The RPHA 70 seems to follow a recent trend with motorcycle helmets, that of imitating the look of the vehicles they’re being worn in conjunction with. The RPHA has that distinct, sleek, sporty look, even coming with a modest spoiler mounted on the rear of the helmet.
Buckle & strap
With the RPHA 70, there aren’t too many in-depth safety features that will absolutely blow you away. The helmet buckle comes with a double-d ring to keep it securely in place.
Minimising wobble about when on the move. Although it may not seem like much, the general durability of the helmet is more than enough as to not undermine the helmet entirely.
In terms of ventilation, the RPHA 70 uses a pretty simple system of shut out vents. This includes one large vent on the top, two on the front and two independently closable exhaust vents on the rear. Simply push the slider forward to allow air in and then slide it backwards to seal it up again.
HJC RPHA 70 lining
The inner lining is moulded specifically to take the sliding ventilation system into account. The lining is also antibacterial, and fully removable and washable, making sure no nasty smells accumulate inside when the vents are left open.
Finally onto the visor. The RPHA 70’s visor is undoubtably one of the more prominent, stand out features. The quick-release style visor makes it extremely convenient to switch out if you’re in a bit of a hurry.
Meaning you don’t have to fiddle about with Allen key and screwdrivers as with the HJC F70 motorcycle helmet. The visor included with the helmet is amazing to say the least. With plenty of aperture allowing for a greater FOV and better peripheral vision.
The RPHA 70’s visor also comes with its own anti-fog insert, helping to prevent clouding in bad weather conditions.
Is the HJC RPHA 70’s worth the circa £350 price tag? Does it live up to the standard of other HJC helmets? Well, the answer is a lot more subjective than you might think.
The main bulk of that price tag is attributed to the material quality of the build, which is outstanding and should absolutely be taken into account.
The RPHA 70 doesn’t come with any extraordinary safety features or special add-ons; but these aren’t necessary for a helmet to be worthwhile. Overall, though, the RPHA 70 is worth it!