HJC RPHA 10 Helmet – Same as the RPS-10, or all new?

HJC RPHA 10 Ben Spies Monster II

The HJC RPHA 10 helmet might look really familiar to you if you are up to speed on current helmets.  That’s because it is virtually identical to the HJC RPS-10 which was the newest flagship for HJC Helmets, straight off the MotoGP grid.  So what, if anything, has changed?

In truth, not much.  But that is mostly because the RPS-10 has been widely received with great praise.  I have personally worn an HJC RPS-10 for the past 18 months.  I have had it well over triple digits on the track, taken it on multi state trips, and spend most mornings and afternoons inside that helmet as I commute back and forth for work.  So why the new name?  HJC has decided to use the European RPHA model designation (that they have been using all along over there).  This will eliminate any confusion between the continents, and gives HJC a whole new platform for their high end helmet efforts.  The only significant change for the new HJC RPHA-10 Helmets are the chin vent.  Rather than a small switch, they have gone to a larger slider with a bigger opening.  This should be much more effective at getting some airflow up onto the face shield.

HJC RPHA 10 Cage Helmet

The HJC RPHA-10 uses HJC’s Advanced Premium Integrated Matrix Shell (P.I.M.).  The Advanced PIM shell

consists of Carbon Fiber, Aramid, Fiberglass and Organic Non-Woven Fabric.  These materials combine to make a shell that is stiff and strong, while remaining incredibly light weight.  The lighter weight is fantastic for everything from competitive riding to long days in the saddle.Wind tunnel testing is what really sets the RPHA 10 apart from the crowd, in my opinion.  HJC Helmets extensively tested these helmets in their wind tunnel facility.  The result was a helmet that does not buffet, does not lift at high speeds, and is exceptionally quiet for a race helmet.  The ventilation system on the HJC RPHA-10 is also excellent.  Besides the vents in the chin bar, two intake scoops on the top of the helmet have a ram air effect, forcing air down into the helmet.  From there, the Advanced Channeling Ventilation System in the liner distributes the air over your head, and exhausts the warm air right out the back of the helmet.

If you are in the market for a high end helmet for street use, track days, or even club racing, the HJC RPHA-10 is a great option that won’t break the bank.  They retail for $360 (solids) to $550 (race replicas).  You can view our website to see our current pricing and discounts, as well as see the other graphics and colors that are currently available.


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