Comment: Very comfortable fit, and sizing chart worked perfectly. Excellent ventilation, and helmet shields noise well. A little hard to put glasses on after putting helmet on - that is my only complaint.
The CL17 is the successor to the (you guessed it) CL16 and is available in 9
sizes. The first six, xs-2xl are DOT and Snell 2010 certified. The plus sizes,
3xl-5xl, are only DOT approved. To be clear, the 3-5x sizes did not fail the
Snell testing, they have not been tested. This is an effort by the manufacture
to keep the price down. The headform of this helmet is described by HJC as being
neutral to round. The CL17 is available in a whopping Six solid colors and four
graphics with multiple color options per graphic. To see all the different color
choices in detail, click the link below to go to our website.
There are numerous improvements that have been made to
HJC’s middle of
the line full face. The shell material, the polycarbonate composite, is
familiar, but the shape of the shell is all new. See, HJC has their own wind
tunnel now, so most of their street line is getting an aerodynamic overhaul.
This affects more than just buffeting and wind resistance. Shell weight,
ventilation effectiveness, and even shield fog management are all optimized with
the new design. Ventilation is probably the most improved feature element on the
new 17. There are now ten total intake and exhaust vents, which is up from six
on the previous model. Now, honestly, I’m not sure how they came to ten, I only
get nine, or eleven, or seven depending on whether or not some of these vents
are counted as two, but I went to public school so hey…Just kidding. The point
is, the ventilation on the CL17 is dramatically improved. The chin vent is
pretty standard, it flows air to the shield for fog management. The eyebrow vent
is totally new. This vent also directs air to the shield, but directly to the
forehead as well. The top vents are now able to direct air all the way through
the helmet, thanks again to the wind tunnel, and also the new channeling in the
duel density eps liner. The exhaust venturis on the chin bar are actually
functional on this model, and the exhaust spoiler does a great job of creating
negative lift and evacuating hot, moist air.
The shield on the CL17 should look pretty familiar. This is the same Pin lock
prepared HJ09 shield found on many other helmets in HJC’s lineup through the
last few years. The benefit to having a widely used shield system is that if you
break or scratch one up somehow out on the road, chances are, you will be able
to find one locally and you can get fixed up quickly.
Another improvement to the CL17 is the new liner. The Speedcool system has been
replaced by the new Supercool system. Basically, they are using a softer,
plusher, higher quality feeling material. It still has the same great wicking
characteristics and glasses grooves for wearing glasses as the previous version,
but with a more comfortable feel. They have also improved the liner snaps. They
are made of a new, more durable material and are easier to locate for pad
installation. Another smart new liner feature is that the padding has the same
snap configuration for each helmet size. That means that the cheakpads are now
completely interchangeable for a customizable fit.