The HJC RPHA 11 Pro is the brand’s top-of-the-line lid, and is one of the models used in its popular assortment of Marvel-themed motorcycle helmets. We sampled the Spiderman version and found not only a conversation-starting graphic but a helmet that is remarkably comfortable and user friendly.
With an MSRP of $599.99 – $604.99, (now available for $399.99 here) you’d expect premium components and with the RPHA 11 Pro you get exactly that. The Premium Integrated Matrix shell is a combination of carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass and other organic non-woven fabric. It results in a lid that didn’t fatigue my neck during longer rides thanks to its reduced weight.
The helmet as a whole feels small on the head, and it’s shape effectively cuts through air at speed. Buffeting is minimal when looking to the side/back during lane changes, and it sits steady against constant blasts of wind when facing forward. Field of view is ample, thanks to the increased size of the eye port.
Vent design is thoughtfully executed and creature comforts are plentiful. There are channels in the interior liner to accommodate eyeglasses, cut-outs for speakers, a Pinlock-ready shield, easy-to-use RapidFire II Shield Replacement System and quality Multicool interior liner with advanced anti-bacteria fabric that is removable and washable.
The vents and airflow are features that really stood out to me during my test. The brow vent is straight-forward, a side-to-side slider, but it’s joined on the top of the head by two six-position roller openers that utilize rubber for reliable grip. The two rollers work phenomenally well when gloves are on, they’re easy to find with a fingertip and operation was never an issue. You can open the two vents partially if you desire and the surrounding scoops push a noticeable amount of air into the lid and through the Advanced Channeling Ventilation System inside.
The large chinbar vent slider is similarly easy to operate, as is the centrally located shield lock. Every movable element on the exterior is designed to be effortlessly manipulated, and shows that HJC put a lot of thought into what conveniences a rider would appreciate on the road.
Additionally, the shield replacement system is also dependable and fuss-free. Simply push down the lever and the shield pops loose. This was particularly nice because I immediately set to installing the included Pinlock and with that precaution in place I’ve had no hint of fogging.
I’m a fan of the interior liner too, which is soft to the touch, but which offers foam that feels almost like Tempur-Pedic material.
Fit is accurate as well, and my XL head was really comfortable in the XL RPHA 11 Pro. I’m a long-oval head shape too, and it took a full day in the saddle before any sign of hot spots on my forehead developed.
Road noise is minimal and the helmet borders on being one of the quietest I’ve worn. The speaker cutouts fit most communicator elements too, so if you want to drown out the sound of the outside world further with some tunes from your playlist, you have that option as well.
And then, of course, there’s the graphic. The Spiderman look definitely turns heads, prompts conversations at stoplights and in line at the store, and generally garners a lot of attention when rolling down the road. The large eye illusion created by affixing the included decals is a nice touch, but is also one element that has been problematic. One end of a decal peeled up fairly soon after installation, and while it didn’t come completely off, it detracted from the look of the otherwise polished lid.
The matte paint job, the details between the webbing and the in the eyes are all top quality. If you’re a fan of Marvel, Spiderman or both, this is a lid you will definitely want to consider.
And you’re going to want to act fast, because HJC is only producing a limited number of this particular graphic. Sizes range from XS up to 2XL.