Hey, everyone! Ever since I was a little kid and was introduced to the world of Star Wars there’s been two things I’ve always wanted- A lightsaber and to fly an X-Wing. Or at least to have one of the helmets. And it’s like HJC have looked into those childhood dreams of mine and decided to deliver- they’ve got the HJC FG-70S X-Wing Fighter Pilot Open Face Helmet! I don’t really like open face helmets but I’ll have to get this one out of principal, it’s just too cool!
The amazing, movie accurate, Star Wars graphics aside- as far as open face helmets go, this one actually has a few features that make it one of the safer and more luxurious open face helmets that I’ve seen.
The shell of the helmet is made from an advanced composite of Kevlar and Fibreglass, two of the toughest materials you’ll ever hear of in the world of biking but they’re also really light. So the helmet can take the hits if it needs to but all that protection won’t weigh your head down, saving you the pain of neck strain and letting you ride more comfortably for longer.
If you do get into an accident, beneath the shell is a dual density EPS liner, an impact absorbing foam that will soak up the force of a hit so that your head doesn’t have to. The comfort padding that holds your head in is also very nifty. The padding is all removable and interchangeable within the size of the EPS liner inside. So you can get a really custom and comfy fit. On top of that, the padding has a Silvercool interior- it’s moisture wicking, anti-bacterial and odour eliminating as well as being washable. So your helmet keeps fresher for longer and it’s really easy to clean when it’s not so fresh any more. Just chuck it in the washing machine on a regular quick wash and let it air dry.
The helmet has a built in drop-down, amber sun visor, a very cool addition that really rounds off the X-Wing Pilot look. But if the drop down visor isn’t to your liking- the helmet can still be worn with goggles that can be secured by the little snap on the back of the helmet. There are three snaps on the top of the helmet too, so if you like the HJC FG-70S Helmet can be worn with a short open face helmet peak or even an compatible snap-on open face visor.
Over all, even if I don’t plant on using it- I may still have to get this helmet just for the Star Wars graphics alone. But for those of you who love your open face lids, this helmet is a fantastic choice. For £249.99 it’s made of all the right stuff, it has all the right features and it’s got awesome graphics. “Stay on target” and live out your dreams of being an X-Wing Pilot. Ride safe in your new Star Wars Helmet and- as a great Jedi once said- “Feel; don’t think. Use your instincts.”
Thanks for reading, everyone! May The Force be with you!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com