Hi everybody! I’m going to talk about yet another helmet here on the blog. I’ve gushed about various Bell Helmets and even a few of Ghostbikes’ own brands like Shox and Agrius but this time I’ve gone for a change of pace. This time I’ll be talking about a helmet from HJC that I’ve had a bit of hands-on time with – the HJC CS-15 Space Motorcycle Helmet! I’ll be honest, the reason I first took a look at this helmet is because it had “space” in the name and I love my science fiction. And the graphic on the CS-15 Space didn’t disappoint. Its more simple than I was expecting but I’m actually grateful for that because it looks original and it works with the shell shape. It still looks like a bike helmet instead of a flat paint job of an astronaut’s helmet or something, I’m not personally a fan of graphics painted over a shell to give the impression of more shapes and 3D parts unless it’s a proper work of art. I have much more appreciation for a design that works with the shape its on.
The Large size in this helmet weighs in at 1600g which sounds like a lot for a helmet but doesn’t really feel like it. The Medium size that I originally picked up weighs in at 1450g but I didn’t really feel a difference. The shell is kept nice and light as it’s made of an advanced Polycarbonate material and was designed using CAD technology- not just cool words to add to the “space” theme of this lid. The “ACS” Advanced Channeling Ventilation System helps to keep you cool using a full front to back airflow. It flushes heat and humidity from the front vents to up and out of the helmet at the back through the rear exhaust vents.
The visor comes off with a secure ratchet system for quick and simple, tool-free removal and installation. The visor is also Pinlock ready and provides 99% protection from UV light so you can keep fog-free and look after your eyes. You can find another HJC CS-15 visor at Ghostbikes.com and they’re available in a variety of colours as well if you fancy adding a personal touch. The helmet also has grooves for glasses to ensure that people wearing them under the helmet are comfortable and aren’t needing to bend their frames to get them to fit.
The chin strap has a quick-release micro-buckle instead of a double D-ring fastening for fast, no-hassle removal of the helmet which I know for some people is a bit of a turn-off but personally I like them. Especially if I’ve been riding in the cold and my fingers are all numb and frostbitten- it just makes life easier. But the next part is what really impresses me about this helmet. The interior padding of the helmet is not only removable for washing but its also moisture-wicking for keeping you dry, its odor-free and its anti-bacterial. It might not seem like a big deal to some but that feature in an £89.99 helmet is actually really cool and not something I’ve seen often. If anything its a feature I’ve only really seen in Bell helmets that are three times the price or more. But if the price is still a bit steep for you- I challenge you to find it cheaper elsewhere. Because if you can, Ghostbikes.com will not only match the price but they’ll also aim to beat it. So have a look around, let us know and see if you can save yourself some cash.
For under £100 you’re getting a truly awesome helmet, the CS-15 also comes in a few other graphics such as plain in gloss black, matt black and gloss white. The Sebka in black, blue, fluo and red. The Songtan in black, green, pink and red. And The Valenta.
But I do have to mention that the HJC CS-15 is a very tight fit. I’m normally a medium but I had to go a size up in order to be comfortable in this helmet and everyone else I’ve known here who has tried one has had the same experience. So if you’re thinking of getting one- go a size up. This seems to be a common theme with all the HJC helmets we have in store too. We have other models in our HJC helmet range so if the CS-15 isn’t for you, give the others a look. They’re all fantastic helmets for being such a big name brand with a lower price tag.
Thanks for reading guys! I hope you enjoy the CS-15 as much as I do!
Until next time
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com