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June 01, 2013

A Quality Helmet For A Bargain Price

MSRP: $189.99-$239.99

Randy CobbThe FG-17 is a new addition to HJC’s line of full-face street helmets.

The spec sheet is pretty impressive. The helmet has an advanced fiberglass composite shell to reduce weight and comes with one of three different shell sizes. The so-called “silver cool” interior padding is designed to provide moisture wicking and odor-free properties and features what HJC calls its Advanced Channeling Ventilation System, or ACS. The faceshield is advertised as 98 percent UV protective, anti-scratch, and pinlock ready for the anti-fog insert. 

The first impression of the FG-17 is one of quality and finish, and a closer look reveals a nice attention to details. The lines are clean, and all seams look tight and well constructed.

In terms of size, it felt a bit snug. I’ve always worn medium in HJC helmets, and the FG-17 felt a bit tighter. (My last model was a CL-14 medium.) If you are considering this helmet, even if you have previous HJC sizing experience, I’d recommend trying it on before you buy. The good news is different cheek pad sizes are available. The medium comes with 35mm pads. You also can get 30mm or 20mmm to adjust the fit. 

Over time, the helmet broke in nicely. It got more comfortable and was a pleasure to use. The vents and shield mechanisms were easy to use and well thought out. I especially liked the center location of the faceshield tab for raising the visor. The FG-17 has a locking feature at this tab to solidly close the shield for a noticeable reduction in wind noise. There are positive detents at the various degrees of opening.

The shield goes on and comes off easily with no tools required. The ACS ventilation was effective and I could feel cooling air at the top of my head when opening the top vents. I used the helmet without the Pinlock anti-fog insert and got the normal fogging during my morning commute, but after installing the insert (very easy and straight forward) all fogging was gone. It worked as advertised, and I’ve become fond of that feature.

In terms of wind noise, I would consider the helmet average, but that’s comparing it to models that cost two or even three times as much. For this price point, it’s an excellent performer.

In all, the FG-17 is a real bargain. You will not be disappointed spending your hard-earned dollars on this helmet.

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