Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lehighton, Pa, USA
Re: Nolan N102 vs. HJC Symax & Symax2
We bought four Nolan 102C's, one was a 3/4 helmet. Having only compared to a few others in the store, one of which I can not recall the name which I used for a day and returned due to terrible noise and quality.
I love the function of the 102's, especially if you wear glasses. The helmet noise is much worse with the visor closed. Since I like to ride with it up, I (unlike anyone else I know of), I do experience eye pain from the air hitting me and intend to get some goggles in the next week or so. We have Cardo Q2's installed on each helmet.
The only other issue is I should have bought the longer version, which I did not know existed, until after I had bought this and then complained there was no room for the mic inside the helmet. That helmet is about another $100, and would have bought it, had I known better. Don't have the model # handy at the moment, and no one else knew about it when I asked, before I bought.
I also bought as recommended to fit. Having worn this now for 5k miles, I would and should have gone one size larger.
Other than my 1979 full face Bell Star, this is the next best helmet I have used. I also recommend their full dark shield.