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HJC F70 full face helmet test


HJC F70 full face helmet test

In 2020, the Korean manufacturer HJC launched his hJC F70 full face helmet. A sport-GT oriented helmet, more affordable than the R-pha series. In order to reduce costs, HJC has made different material choices than those of the R-pha ranges. However, the F70 has a look quite different from what the manufacturer has accustomed us to. Even if it is dedicated to more touring use, the sporting inspiration always remains present. Tested from the heart of winter to the beginning of spring on the roads (and motorcycle license plateaus!) of the North, let's see together what this offers. hJC F70 full face helmet.

Different manufacturing techniques for this HJC F70 full-face helmet

In comparison with its cousin R-pha 70, THE hJC F70 full face helmet abandons the PIM+ shell to return to a “classic” fiberglass shell. An economical choice above all, allowing the F70 to pass below the €295.00 or even €265.50 mark for solid colors like the matte black of this test. This choice of materials implies a greater weight on the scale: 1,496 g fully equipped in size L (weight verified by me). For your information, the announced weight is 1,500 g to +/- 50 g with disassembled accessories.

weight of the HJC F70 full face helmet

Verified weight of 1,496 g in size L. We are on target compared to the value announced by the manufacturer

This weight remains average for what exists in this segment with well-distributed masses here. The F70 does not strain the neck and you can even plan long journeys without the slightest worry.

A fiber shell that doesn't compromise on safety or looks

This fiberglass shell was designed by computer using the manufacturer's latest manufacturing processes. The solidity is there, as evidenced by the eCE 22-05 certification. But this design method also allowed this full face helmet to adopt an ultra-worked look.

design of the HJC F70 full face helmet

The design of this HJC F70 helmet is far from leaving one indifferent

The brand's sporting genes are clearly present in this helmet, its design leaves no doubt! This is also the case with regard to the type of chinstrap closure adopted. Here, we find a double D loop from the sporting world. For beginners, this type of fastening requires some learning, however, it is the safest closure and always perfectly adjusted. This is also the only type of closure authorized in competition.

approval of the HJC F70 full face helmet

ECE 22.05 approval for the HJC F70

A complex ventilation system with advantages… and defects!

This helmet adopts the brand's ACS ventilation system, derived from that used in competition. We find 2 large air intakes at the chin guard, 2 front vents and 5 extractors at the rear.

air extractors on the HJC F70 full face helmet

The air extractors at the back of the HJC F70 full-face helmet contribute greatly to the look

Despite this profusion of ventilations, the hJC F70 full face helmet is not one of the best ventilated helmets I have tried. This is sufficient for a temperature around 20°C but not much more. Especially with a black color like the one in this test. I fear for the hottest days of summer.

ventilation of the HJC F70 full face helmet

The top vent directs air towards the screen, the bottom vent directs air to the lower part of the face

It is especially the top of the head that stays warm. The ventilation of the chin guard does the job quite well, and the orientation of the ducts towards the inside of the screen allows the mist to be removed. So good that even in the heart of winter, fitting the Pinlock (supplied with the helmet) was not even necessary! A first if I exclude the more exclusive good Roof RO200 and its air redirection system towards the screen via a selector. A very large nose deflector (removable) is present and plays a role in this absence of fogging. This is made of soft rubber, and also contributes greatly to the sporty look of the F70.

hJC F70 full helmet demisting system

The very effective screen defogging system

A visual field not necessarily suited to the most sporty positions

To reduce aerodynamic noise and limit airflow, HJC has adopted a very closed shell shape at the bottom of the helmet. In addition, a spoiler at the back of the helmet is present to optimize air flow. It must be recognized that the objective has been achieved, with a helmet that insulates cold air very well even when the thermometer flirts with 0°C. But this shape results in putting it on which is not the most comfortable...

The horizontal field of vision is very good. On the other hand, the vertical clearance is less suitable for “reclining” positions on the sportiest motorcycles. No problem on most of my roadsters but on the Ducati Streetfighter, the “top” of the opening is at the limit. The HJC F70 reminds us that it is not a racing helmet!

HJC F70 full face helmet test

A spoiler at the base of the helmet optimizes air flow... and is mainly there for the look!

Noisy, the F70?

Even if it is not the touring helmet with the best sound insulation, aerodynamic noise remains very limited. We do not reach the level of a Shoei gt air 2 for example, that said, wind noise is almost absent thanks to very good research on the shape of the helmet.

However, it is imperative to close the headset screen to obtain satisfactory silence. Leaving it ajar by a few millimeters creates a very unpleasant hissing sound. You must therefore go as far as the locking click. A simpler locking… which is not of the level of quality offered by the system present on the R-pha. Note that the notches in the movement of the screen are not marked enough for my taste.

HJC F70 full face helmet test

The top vent directs air towards the screen, the bottom vent directs air to the lower part of the face. The central pin allows the screen to be locked.

In the end, the hJC F70 full face helmet is quiet enough to consider long walks and ride comfortably on a daily basis. For long road trips and passages on expressways lasting several hours, still consider earplugs.

Practical aspects of the HJC F70 full face helmet

The F70 has a built-in sunscreen. This is operated by a lever located at the base of the helmet, left side. It is easy to handle, even with thick winter gloves.

order sunscreen full helmet HJC F70

The F70 sunscreen control, easy to operate with all types of gloves

The nose deflector, like the anti-swirl bib, is removable. The latter actively participates in the insulation of the helmet, expect an increased sound volume if you remove it. The interior of the helmet is completely removable and washable. Speaking of the interior, it is very comfortable and pleasant to the touch. Note that the pressure on the cheeks is quite pronounced. The fabric used, “Multicool”, is antibacterial and anti-perspiration.

Many optional screens are available but be aware that the change will be done using a screwdriver. Too bad when we know that more affordable helmets offer tool-free screen removal systems.

disassembly of the HJC helmet screen with tool

The HJC F70 screen requires a Phillips screwdriver to be changed

Finally, note that putting on glasses does not pose the slightest problem. Even the thickest frames fit without any problem (which is not that common!).

Ready to mount an intercom

THE hJC F70 full face helmet can receive a SMART HJC intercom, developed in partnership with Sena.

HJC F70 full face helmet test

The HJC F70 full-face helmet is pre-equipped to receive a SmartHJC intercom developed with Sena

Two models are available: the 20B and 10B which correspond in terms of functionality to the Sena series 10 and series 20. Expensive modules but references on the market.

See the product sheet

Weight3.5
Soundproofing3.8
Interior comfort 3.8
Field of view 3.5
Ventilation3.3
Quality / Finish 4.5

My opinion: a perfectible sport-GT helmet which has an excellent quality/price ratio

The HJC F70 full face helmet is not the most high-end touring helmet. However, for the price asked, it offers a lot and has an impeccable finish. The materials are qualitative and the general comfort suitable for daily use. The sporty genes of HJC are very present, and the F70 even has an even nicer look than its big brothers!
3.7

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Cedric

Driving teacher since 2008 and motorcyclist for almost 20 years, I am the motorcycle manager of the CFSR road safety training center, located in Valenciennois. We prepare students for their license but we also train future instructors throughout the region. I also launched the site “Le Moniteur Hors Des Clous!” in 2016 with the aim of sharing the particular view that I have on auto/motorcycle news and popularizing the principles of road safety. Benefiting on a daily basis from a privileged observer position, I try to shed particular light on road safety, legislation and training.

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