The HJC FG-Jet open face helmet is a premium option with full features, making it a great choice for any rider. Review: Kris Hodgson
If you’re after a full featured open face helmet then look no further than HJC’s FG-Jet, with a Fiberglass Composite shell that comes in three different sizes for the perfect fit and great comfort. Plus at $299.95 the FG-Jet is amazing value.
In fact, mainly riding a sportsbike I’ve never been a huge fan of open face helmets unless I’m on my wife’s scooter or testing out something a bit more relaxed, but the FG-Jet is actually fully capable of replacing one of my regular full face helmets for any ride.
My first ever helmet was actually a HJC too, with the FG-Jet providing a great fit for my head – something that obviously differs for people from brand to brand.
As you’d expect from a premium helmet there’s plenty of features like removable cheekpad and crown liners, which can be washed and feature special anti-bacterial material as well as being moisture wicking. The lining, cheekpads and design in particular ensure a really snug fit, meaning the FG-Jet is secure on your head, especially once you’ve done up the chin strap.
The chin strap itself has full padding where it is secured under your chin and an extra long strap, with a button fixing on the end to secure it after your helmet is securely fastened to your head.
Left and right front air vents are controlled by rolling ‘wheel’ adjusters which are easy to change on the run, and provide fine-tuned vent control, depending on how much air you want through the helmet. The middle vent is a simple on/off button, but also easily used with gloves on.
The breathability of the air vents is actually astoundingly good on this helmet, and I could feel the cool air being directed to the top of my head with the vents wide open. Naturally being a half face helmet there’s already good airflow around your face, but this means that as things heat up coming into summer the FG-Jet will remain a great option.
The standard visor is also a clear item and actually has a very aggressive profile, which is quite angular towards your chin, ensuring really good aerodynamics, even at higher speeds, and meaning that turning your neck isn’t a huge effort.
HJC also claim the visor provides 95 per cent UV protection and has an anti-scratch coating, meaning great protection from the sun as well as long lasting visibility, and reducing the chance of having to buy a replacement visor. Removing the visor is as simple as pushing it into it’s furthest up position and pulling down on the latches on each side, with the visor popping straight out.
A tinted visor also isn’t necessary as the helmet comes with the HJC ‘One-touch Integrated Sunshield’. All you need to do is reach up to the latch just above the rear spoiler on the helmet and pull the latch forward and it’ll drop the sunshield for you. A particularly nifty feature here is also that you’ve got three levels of adjustment for the sunsheild, and for retraction there’s just a button to press on the top of the helmet. One press and it’s stored back up in the helmet.
My one criticism is that the sunshield isn’t quite dark enough if you’re riding with the sun directly in your eyes, however it is otherwise great, and HJC offer a number of tinted visor options for this helmet. I can see a tinted visor and the sunshield offering the right level of glare reduction for really bright conditions, such as the sun directly in your eyes, which while not hugely common, can be a real pain.
On more general terms the HJC FG-Jet’s build quality is exceptional, with cool styling, well integrated venting and high quality lining. The FG-Jet is available in Black (as tested), Silver, White and Matt Black. Black is available in sizes S – 2XL, Silver in sizes S – XL, White in XS – 2XL and Matt Black in XS – 2XL. The HJC FG-Jet is available from $299.85 RRP.
For more information see McLeodAccessories.com.au, or visit your local HJC stockists.