The HJC RPHA 1N is the same full-face helmet used by top-tier racers in the MotoGP and WorldSBK series. I’m not a racer, and even trackdays are few and far between for me. But one of my top priorities for a helmet is protection in the event of a crash, and the RPHA 1N has achieved FIM homologation for safety. The helmet also meets or exceeds DOT and ECE 22.06 standards for energy attenuation, penetration resistance, and chinstrap structural integrity. That gives me peace of mind.
HJC’s PIM+ shell is made from a blend of materials that includes carbon and carbon-glass hybrid fabric, resulting in a strong, lightweight lid. My medium RPHA 1N weighs just 3 lbs, 5.3 oz. The shell shape was developed using wind-tunnel testing to make it as aerodynamic as possible, and the back of the helmet has a large spoiler that smooths airflow and pulls hot air out of a large rear exhaust vent.
Inside is a Silvercool comfort liner that is anti-bacterial, moisture-wicking, removeable, and washable. It also has side channels to accommodate eyeglasses and sunglasses. For me, the fit is perfectly snug with no hot spots, and the thick neckroll does a good job of managing wind noise without making it difficult to pull the helmet on and off.
Since the RPHA 1N is designed to keep racers comfortable on hot, demanding racetracks, it has more ventilation than most full-face helmets. There are five vents along the forehead and two vents on the chinbar, all of which can be closed to keep out rain or cold air. There are two exhaust vents on the sides of the chinbar and two more on the back of the helmet. With all the vents open, the 1N moves a significant amount of air through its interior channels. The only downside is added wind noise, but that can be mitigated with earplugs.
For added security, the faceshield has a double locking system, and it is attached using metal screws with hinged D-ring heads that either lay flat during riding or fold out to remove the screws without tools. The shield filters out 99% of UV radiation, has an anti-scratch coating, includes a Pinlock anti-fog insert, and has outer posts for tear-offs. In emergency situations, the cheek pads can be pulled out so the helmet can be easily removed.
If you’re a motorcyclist who doesn’t compromise on safety and comfort, the HJC RPHA 1N is an impressive, top-of-the-line helmet worth considering. It’s available in sizes 2XS-2XL in solid colors for $699.99-$709.99 or graphics starting at $799.99, and it’s covered by a 5-year warranty.
For more information, visit HJCHelmets.us.