The HJC F-70 is one of the new entries from HJC into the mid-priced helmet market, the RPHA 70 is one of the giants of the sport-touring world. So, we’ve headed out on our road test, measured our data, and brought back our results for the two HJC helmets.
HJC F70 vs HJC RPHA 70 Road Test + Video
The HJC F70 and the HJC RPHA 70 are the two greatest entries into an impressive range of sport touring helmets. Both are made of fiberglass and come with top tier sport touring features including light weights and drop-down sun visors. Hardly surprising given how well respected HJC is for standing up to the premium competition with everyday prices. But things got a bit confusing with the F70.
The HJC F 70 comes at a recommended retail price of about 310 Euros, or 350 USD, which is only 70 Euros away from the RPHA 70 and only 110 Euros more than the HJC i70. So the question is: how much are you getting for that extra 70 to 100 Euros? That’s why we set out on our road test and measured our data to find out.
Road Test Setup
As we head into our HCJ RPHA 70 vs F70 road test, if you’re not familiar with our setup then this will just be a quick reminder. We measured the helmet’s internal temperature through a thermometer placed in the EPS of the helmet. We also had our decibel meter taking measurements from inside the helmet from a microphone placed near our rider’s ear.
For the day’s airspeed, we used an anemometer mounted on the bike. And lastly, we had our rider’s speed and the exterior temperature on the dash. We performed both our tests at 130 km/h (or 80 mph) on long stretches of highway.
HJC F70 Specs
To get a good idea of what we’re dealing with here, this’ll give you a quick run down of the specs for the HJC F-Seventy. The helmet is new for 2020 and comes at a recommended retail price of about 310 Euros or 350 USD.
The outer shell is made of HJC’s Advanced Fiberglass Composite and comes in 2 outer shell sizes. This is definitely one of the areas where HJC kept costs down, since more shell sizes often means more cost for the manufacturer. Nonetheless, the helmet is very lightweight at about 1480 grams, or 3lbs 4 oz. This is about as light as most of the helmet’s competition from the Nolan N87 Plus, AGV K3 SV, and Shark Skwal 2.2.
For ventilation, the HJC F70 Helmet comes with a large adjustable chin bar vent, two top vents in the brow, and an rear exhaust out the back to let the hot air out. The eye port of the F-70 is incredibly large in addition to being anti-fog pinlock prepared with the insert in the box. You can open the visor with either hand, but you will need tools to remove it. The helmet includes a drop-down sun visor with the lever on the side of the helmet.
Lastly, for the liner, the helmet uses HJC’s Multi-cool liner, has a double D-ring chinstrap, has glasses grooves, and is prepared for HJC’s SMART Bluetooth comms system. The helmet has an intermediate oval head fit, is ECE 22.05 rated, and has not been SHARP rated yet.
HJC F70 Road Test
When we road tested the HJC F-70 Helmet it was a cool autumn day with the day’s airspeed at around 115 km/h. The interior temperature of the helmet came out at around 15 degrees Celsius, or 59 Fahrenheit, while the exterior temperature for the day was at about 14 Celsius, or 57 Fahrenheit, which isn’t too bad overall. The price for this ventilation was a lot of wind noise entering the helmet since we recorded a noise level of about 105 dB.
However, before we get to our ranking, we’ll just take a look a the RPHA 70.
HJC RPHA 70 Specs
The HJC RPHA 70 (known as the HJC RPHA 70 ST helmet in the US) is HJC’s top of the range full face sport touring helmet, though with a recommended retail price of about 400 Euros or 450 USD, you’d think otherwise when its going against the Shoei GT Air 2, AGV K6, and the Shark Spartan GT Carbon.
The outer shell of he RPHA 70 is made of HJC’s Premium Integrated Matrix Plus or PIM Plus for enhanced shock resistance, and the helmet has also been released in a carbon fiber version to make it even lighter. It is produced in 3 outer shell sizes and it comes in at a weight of 1430 grams, or 3lbs and 2 oz.
For ventilation, the HJC RPHA70 Motorcycle Helmet uses HJC's ACS (Advanced Channeling Ventilation System). So, the full face helmet comes with a large adjustable vent in the chin, another large vent in the brow, and two more dual purpose intake / exhausts rear vents towards the back of the helmet near the spoiler.
The visor is pinlock prepared, comes with pinlock in the box and uses an internal sun visor with the lever on the rim. Unlike the F-70, the visor can be replaced without tools thanks to HJC’s rapid fire replacement system.
Lastly, the helmet uses a Multicool liner and is removable, anti-bacterial, moisture wicking, washable, includes emergency quick release cheek pads, uses a double D-ring chinstrap, and has a glasses groove. Finally, the helmet is ready for the HJC SMART comms system, is ECE 22.05 certified, and scored 3/5 stars from SHARP.
HJC RPHA 70 Road Test
When we road tested the HJC R PHA 70, it was a beautiful summer day with the day’s airspeed at about 115 to 125 km/h. The helmet’s internal temperature was about 24 degrees Celsius, or 75 Fahrenheit, while the exterior temperature was approximately 21 C, or 70 Fahrenheit, so a difference of 3 degrees. However, this weaker ventilation performance does mean that the RPHA 70 is one of the quietest helmet’s we’ve road tested with a noise level of 97 dB inside the helmet.
Now, let’s see how the two helmets stacked up.
HJC F70 vs RPHA 70 Ranking
For material, since the F70 is made of fiberglass composite but only has 2 shell sizes, it earns 3 stars. In contrast, the RPHA 70 with its carbon composite shell and 3 outer shell sizes, earns an excellent 4.5 stars. For weight, with only 50 grams separating the two helmets at 1480 and 1430 grams, both earn 4 stars. Both also earn four stars for the visor since they are pinlock prepared with the insert in the box.
For noise, the F70 earns 2 stars for its 105 dB while the RPHA 70 earns an incredible 5 stars for it’s astounding 97 dB. We have the opposite for ventilation since the F70 earned 4 stars for its 1 degree difference, while the RPHA 70 earned only 2 due to its 3 degree difference. Lastly, for comfort, the F70 only earned 2.5 stars due to its basic liner while the RPHA 70 earned 4.5 for its comfortable interior and extra features.
So, this brings the F70 to a total of 3 stars at 16 Euros/star and the RPHA 70 to 4 stars at 18 Euros per star.
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So, for the HJC F70 vs the RPHA 70, and with only 100 Euros between the two, HJC have left you a choice. You can either go for stronger ventilation at the cost of noise and comfort, or you can sweat it out a little bit with one of the quietest helmets out there that’s also packed full of sport-touring features. And that about wraps up our road test of the two helmets.
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