Gear Pick: HJC FG-17 Helmet

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Gear Pick: HJC FG-17 Helmet

A decade ago, riders on a budget didn’t have a lot of great choices when it came to finding a certified helmet with good features at a decent price. HJC has always been a brand about value, and their latest product offers many features you’d expect to find in helmets that sell for twice the price.

The HJC FG-17 features wind tunnel tested aerodynamics, a lightweight shell, a Pinlock-ready visor, and advanced ventilation.

Price: $170

HJC FG-17 Helmet
HJC FG-17 Helmet

Why We Like It: In the past, when buying a helmet at a lower price point, all you could ask for was the proper certification (DOT, Snell, ECE). Nowadays, companies like HJC are incorporating a lot of high-end features at a price that riders on a budget can afford. Superior ventilation, comfortable liners, Pinlock-ready and lightweight shells should help keep everyone happy and protected.

Less Expensive Competitor: The Scorpion EXO-R410 is priced at about $10 less and offers a solid set of features for the money. Remember that helmet fit is a very personal thing, so do make sure to try before you buy.

You Should Also Check Out: The Icon Airmada costs around $180 and is a well-reviewed and solid alternative to the HJC.

  • Rameses the 2nd

    When it comes down to motorcycle helmets, you get what you pay for. My first full face helmet was HJC CL-16. Not a bad helmet, but the vents were mainly for display and Airflow didn’t exist. Cheek pads were stiff and never adjusted to my face. I switched to Shoei and what a difference it made for me. A helmet lasts 5 years; buy a nicer helmet and you will be much happier and it will improve your riding experience.

  • appliance5000

    Snell 2010 and pinlock – revzilla has a good description. Wish this had come out a few months ago.

  • skongara

    After reading the ICON Airmada review here on RA, I decided to include it in my search for 2nd helmet. None of the local stores had the helmets I was looking at (Bell RS-1, Bell Vortex and Icon Airmada) so I couldnt try them on. I spoke to a trusted online store rep and he mentioned that the ICON’s are actually made by HJC. Any truth to that? Anyway I ended up getting the RS-1. For some reason I always get a negative feeling to anything related to ICON.

    • Jorn Bjorn Jorvi

      “Made by”, not exactly. Made from the same factory is more accurate. Smanecessarily. es often don’t have the capital to sink into helmet building equipment, so other companies will license out the factory for production of these helmets. Shoei and arai won’t do that, but hjc commonly does, as does another that I’m spacing out on right now.

      As far as whether or not hjc factories pump out icon helmets, I can’t say for sure but my assumption is yes. I asked an icon rep on this site once if his company would ever produced dirt riding gear and he said no, but that the company Thor is a sister company and that I should buy that instead. I know for a fact Thor has had helmets built by HJC (I have one retired one on my shelf that has an HJC sticker on the Styrofoam liner), so its safe to assume that a ‘sister’ company would share the same distributors and production resources.

      Does that mean icon is poor quality or close to hjc in that regard? Not neccessarily. The company may have it’s own QC and standards, despite sharing equipment with another. The Thor helmets, for example, are much higher quality than hjc helmets and currently protect some of the top pros. Nothing to bawk at. Icon is more on par with Thor than hjc in the quality aspect.

      • Davidabl2

        My understanding is that pro helmets are individually hand-crafted, and hand-fitted, and so are not really comparable to production helmets?

      • skongara

        Thanks for the info.

  • Justin McClintock

    Just bought one of these actually. Haven’t had a chance to wear it much. That said, reviews are that it’s venting isn’t stellar. Well, I don’t really care…it’ll be my winter helmet (it accepts a pinlock straight from the factory). I use an EXO-1000 for the summer. The EXO spoiled me though. That’s why I got this. I can’t not have a built in sun visor anymore.

  • Von

    I tried on this helmet and it fits great. I have a more round than oval head though, most HJC fits more round than oval. Know your head shape. Icon is for longer oval heads, for instance. This is a really great helmet at the price point. It looks nice with graphics.