HJC I70: low priced all-rounder full face helmet.

hjc i70 in Hi Viz fluo yellow side view

HJC i70 full face motorcycle crash helmet review.

The HJC i70 is HJCs replacement of their mega-popular IS-17. Which means it’s a polycarbonate all-rounder full face helmet, that’s just as happy taking on a cross-continent tour on a Wing as cruising the street on a Z1000.

The IS-17 was one of our all time fave helmets – offering an excellent combo of safety (the ECE version scored a massive 5 stars in SHARP safety testing) along with stacks of performance for not very much money.

So the i70 has lots to live up to. Read on to find what you can expect if you buy an i70…

  • Polycarbonate full face helmet
  • All rounder helmet
  • Integral sun visor
  • Pinlock anti-fog ready shield
  • DOT and ECE versions
  • 2 shell sizes
  • 3.5lbs (1.59Kg) slightly heavier than avg
  • Sizes XXS-XXL
  • Expect to pay $180-$225

Looking to buy an HJC I70 ?

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hjc i70 Karon motorbike crash helmet top view
The i70 in Karon graphics showing top air vents

Safety

(more about helmet safety)

There are DOT and ECE versions of the i70 available, meaning they comply with their respective US and European safety standards. And both should offer a decent level of protection if the worst happens.

Unfortunately, HJC don’t seem to get Snell to test many of their helmets any more so we’re not entirely sure how well the i70 will do.

Over in Europe, the UK’s SHARP helmet testing guys did take the ECE version of the i70 to their test labs where it scored a very creditable 4 star safety rating (max 5 star).

Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean the DOT version would score just as highly in the Snell test labs but it does show HJC know how to make an effective helmet.

hjc i70 asto black red motorcycle crash helmet rear view
HJC i70 Asto in black/red

In fact since Snell’s M2015 standards were introduced, four polycarb HJC helmets have been tested and certified, so they certainly know a thing or two about polycarbonate helmet construction too.

The i70 is produced in 2 shell sizes with one shell size covering fitment sizes XXS-M and the other covering L-XXL. That’s OK for a pretty low cost lid and means your helmet will be moderately optimized for safety as well as looks (see here to find out why).

Other safety features include that wide, Pinlock-ready face shield (though in the US the Pinlock isn’t included in the box like it is in Europe) which should give excellent all-round and peripheral vision and, if you fit a Pinlock, that’ll ensure your vision’s clear 99.9% of the time.

There’s also a drop down internal sun visor to stop you getting dazzled in bright sunlight, and the US version has a double-d ring fastener (micrometric in Europe).

black orange hjc i70 elim full face motorcycle helmet side view
This one’s the Elim colorway in black/grey/orange. Note sun visor slider on bottom rim

All in all, yes the i70 is a polycarb helmet and yes, polycarbonate is usually found on cheaper helmets. But don’t let that put you off because if they’re made right, polycarbonate helmets can be incredibly high performing helmets.

And the i70 does have some useful safety features which will hopefully mean it’llwill hopefully mean it’ll help stop you getting into trouble in the first place too.

Helmet Noise

(more about helmet noise)

There’s a nice plush lining inside the HJC I70 and, according to owners, the shell is aerodynamic too.

Both will help with insulating the helmet (and your ears) from noise.

Ride magazine (UK) included it in a mid-price helmet shootout and reckoned it was the quietest out of a half dozen or so helmets on test.

And quite a few I70 owners agree that it’s a quiet helmet too – though a few others say it’s about average.

So overall, it seems the I70’s pretty good for noise supression – though don’t let that be a green light for not wearing ear plugs.

Motorcycle helmets are very noisy places overall and can easily lead to long term ear damage, so you still need to wear plugs – especially when you’re upping the speed a bit or riding further than a few miles.

Ventilation

(more about helmet ventilation)

Ventilation is one area HJC has looked to improve over the old helmet – which was already good.

So the i70 has four front vents – a twin vent on the chin bar operated by a single central slider. And there’s two crown vents, operated by two separate sliders.

To the rear, there’s a large twin top exhaust vent and an exhaust at the collar.

Inside the shell, above average sized air channels circulate air through the helmet and air passes through the vented internal comfort liner to ventilate the head.

Owner reviews we’ve found broadly find head venting anywhere from average to good.

Which is not the case with chin bar venting.

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Top vents clearly visible on this solid matt black i70

The chin vent is designed to direct air onto the back of the visor to help with anti-fogging. But quite a few I70 owners said it could be better.

If fogging does become a real issue for you, you’ll probably need to invest in a decent anti-fog solution, like a Pinlock insert.

Overall, venting on the HJC I70’s a mixed bag – mostly well thought out but could do better with the chin vent.

Shield

(more about shields)

The face shield on the HJC i70 is designed to offer a wide view angle and is both quick-release and Pinlock antifog insert ready (though a Pinlock antifog isn’t included in the box in the US helmet).

The shield works on a ratchet (6 positions) and has a ‘cracked open’ city riding position, which many riders find useful to let in a bit of extra air when riding around slowly.

The central opening tab is also a shield lock and it’s easy to lock/open with one gloved hand.

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Striking black/purple i70 Asto

HJCs Quickfire II tool-less shield removal is a decent system and just needs you to open the shield, push back on the lever on either side of the helmet and the face shield pops off so you can clean or replace it.

As mentioned, it’s also Pinlock-ready meaning there’s a couple of small posts on the rear of the shield that are locating pins for a pinlock insert that sits on the back of the shield and acts as a moisture-absorbing double glazing and stops your shield fogging up in all but the most extreme cold/humidity.

The US I70 doesn’t come with a Pinlock in the box though unfortunately, so if you ever find yourself riding below 50 degrees, it’s a worthwhile investment.

And because HJC has made the shield aperture nice and wide (what they call their Vision Plus system), you shouldn’t find any restriction in peripheral vision either – confirmed by several I70 owners mentioning how wide the vision is.

Which means, HJC has pretty well thought of everything when it comes to the visor on the i70.

hjc i70 Varok motorbike crash helmet top view
HJC i70 Varok

Sun Visor

(more about sun visors)

And that includes integrating a drop-down sun visor into the i70.

It works by a slider on the bottom left of the helmet. OK that can interfere with bluetooth comms unit fixings, but it’s a convenient place for you to find your sun visor slider too.

And several owners have said that the slider’s really conveniently placed and easy to use – so hopefully you will too.

The sun visor drops down nice and low and is reasonably dark, so it should give decent protection in all but the brightest, most direct sunshine.

If you’re coming to an I70 from the outgoing IS17, you’ll be pleased to hear that the auto-return sun visor mechanism has been binned off. So no more spring-loaded return that doesn’t quite manage to return the sun visor fully up!

Instead, a simple manual return using the same slider.

Comfort and Sizing

(more about comfort and sizing)

The HJC i70 is one of HJCs lower priced helmets, so don’t expect all the fancy materials you’ll find in a more expensive helmet.

But that still means you’ll find a very comfortable internal liner that’s both antimicrobial and moisture wicking.

Loads of owners have commented that it’s a really comfortable helmet. But quite a few have also said that the cheek pads can be a bit tight when you first get the helmet – though they do break in quickly.

It’s also fully removable and washable and there’s a pair of speaker pockets in there – though they’re about average depth so you might struggle with deeper speakers.

One owner of a Cardo Packtalk Bold said their speakers wouldn’t fit and so did one Interphone owner. So, if you think your speakers are deeper than average, you might want to try before you buy – or order from one of our recommended stores (see links below) who’ll all do no-quibble returns.

For glasses wearers, HJC have increased the depth of the glasses grooves from the IS17 which makes the I70 great for comfortable riding in glasses. Plus the sun visor is far enough away so it shouldn’t interfere with your glasses either.

hjc i70 elim full face motorcycle crash helmet rear view
Rear view of the HJC i70 Elim

At 3.5lbs (about 1.6Kg) it’s not the lightest full face helmet, but it’s only a few ounces over the average full face helmet and it won’t be heavy enough to cause you any problems.

In fact, several I70 owners commented that it feels lightweight when you’re riding.

It’s also been designed to suit medium oval shaped heads (that’s most of us) so if that sounds like you, check out our fitting guide first, then measure your head to ensure you buy the correct size – and you should be good to go.

All in all, you need a comfortable helmet when riding. And – as long as the internal shape matches your headshape – the HJC I70 gets a big thumbs up from the vast majority of owners.

Looks & Graphics

The i70 has been designed as an all rounder helmet and to appeal to as many people as possible – so it’s a pretty conservative helmet in styling and colorways.

We’ve put examples of the crazily named Riaz, Varok, Karon, Asto and Cravia designs along with the plain solid versions on these pages.

But there’s sure to be new graphics released by HJC through the year so please click the links below to find what else is available (plus we reckon you can trust these stores to treat you right if you order from them).

Best places to buy an HJC I70 ?

Please click below to visit the HJC I70 helmets pages at our recommended stores – all checked for great online ratings. And if you buy from any store, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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HJC i70 Video

Here’s a 15m video looking in detail at the i70.

Other stuff – aero, breath deflector, warranty

HJC seems to have done a great job on aero with the I70 as a couple of owners and reviewers said it creates little turbulence or buffeting and is stable at speed.

The i70 comes with a breath deflector built in.

It’ll come with HJCs standard 3 year warranty too (from date of purchase).

Alternatives to the HJC i70?

If you’re not looking to spend to much but want a great performing helmet, here’s some tried and tested great buys.

First up is the Scorpion Exo-R710. It’s a Snell Certified fiberglass helmet that comes with an optically correct, Pinlock face shield and is waaay lighter than the i70 but can be had for around the same money.

If you’re willing to spend more, you might want to check out the AGV K5S. That’s a SHARP 4 star tested (ECE version) carbon/fiberglass lid with sun visor that’s mega comfortable with good aero.

Or there’s another Scorpion that’s worth looking at – that’s the Scorpion Exo-R420 which is a lower priced polycarbonate helmet that’s also Snell tested/approved, comes with a double-d ring fastener and EQRS too. That’s a whole lotta helmet for less than the i70.

Overall/Summary

hjc i70 Karon blue motorbike crash helmet top view
Karon graphics, this time in blue

HJC make some great value helmets. And if you’re after a lower priced all rounder, the i70 has all the bases covered.

It’s got a wide, Pinlock-ready, quick release shield. And a drop down sun visor too.

Plus, it achieved an excellent SHARP 4 star safety rating too (Euro ECE version), so hopefully that means you can rely on it to give you decent protection in an accident.

And the vast majority of owners love it and think it’s great value for money. It’s comfortable, head venting’s good, and the shield’s nice and wide too.

It’s even reasonably quiet on the road.

So, if you’re after bang for your buck, you’ve a medium oval head shape, and you’re looking for a great all rounder helmet, then the HJC i70 should be an excellent buy.

Looking to buy an HJC I70 ?

Please click below to visit the HJC I70 helmets pages at our recommended stores – all checked for great online ratings. And if you buy from any store, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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