I've been wearing the HJC Symax and have loved it. It's been dropped a few times, dinged a few times (dayem gravel trucks), is pretty rough looking and stinks to high heaven even having been cleaned and washed inside real good. In all fairness we had a real wet year last year and I believe it's just plain rotting and this helmet isn't even two years old. I can't even imagine what I look like on the inside.
I've been reading about this new Symax II and impulse bought one last week.
It's a bit lighter, a bit quieter and the peripheral vision on it is a bit better. The guy at the dealer said it flowed air better (they took a class), but who can tell in this suffocating heat and humidity?
The best part is the flip down, green visor. Kinda looks like a fighter pilot helmet. The flip down has two positions, low and lower, which is purdy much useless as they aren't that far apart. Easy to work and has a spring pop back with the push of a button. I like this feature. I've been wearing one of those static stick on, opaque green, strips for the last bunch of years. The downside to those is you really can't see thru them and you will eventually lose it when you turn your head at warp speed. This can be a bummer far from home.
The autocomm speakers installed easy, the flip bar chin mechanism is easier to use and even the chin piece has been redesigned for easier grasp.
I slapped some SOLAS tape on it and I likes it just fine. BTW, the sizes haven't changed, so if you own a Symax now and find a good internet deal, it'll work. Git you some.
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