HJC has created the Furion using its knowledge of motorcycling race helmets and its very own wind tunnel to perfect the aerodynamics and ventilation. We can't measure one of those and the other isn't all that great, but what I can tell you is that this is one very cleverly made, comfortable skid lid.
- Pros: Comfort, clever internal skeleton, good price for an aero helmet
- Cons: Not the best airflow
First off, I like the look of the Furion – which is probably the main reason any of us choose a helmet in the first place, followed closely by budget, another place where the HJC impresses.
Aero helmets are inherently expensive, and at £149.99 the Furion could be considered good value for money against the opposition. It's £30 less than the recently tested Abus GameChanger at £179.99, and cheaper still than others: the Smith Overtake at £220, Uvex EDAero (£189.99) and the Giro Vanquish (£239), although you do get a visor with that one.
It's no good being cheapest if that compromises performance, but the Furion delivers in most areas, if not all.
Weight-wise this M/L (57/59cm) model measures 215g on the road.cc Scales of Truth, which is competitive against others in its field. It certainly doesn't feel heavy on the head.
Helmets, like saddles, are very rider-specific. What suits some people can be an absolute bane for others, but I found the Furion to be very comfortable indeed. It's more of an oval shape than round, like some, with the cradle inside starting just back from the temples, so as you adjust it for size you have quite a lot of this matching the shape of your bonce too.
The pads HJC provides are soft without being squishy, so they don't flatten out when you put on the helmet, plus they incorporate silver chloride particles, a natural ingredient which has the capabilities to eliminate bacteria and fungi. I've had quite a few sweaty miles in the Furion and I can safely say it ain't whiffing yet.
The reason for all of those sweaty miles is the fact that the ventilation isn't that great. It's better than wearing a full-on time trial helmet but it is noticeably warmer than my benchmark, the Met Manta, which is still my go-to helmet nearly two years after testing it.
What I like the most about the Manta is its ventilation; it feels like it's literally sucking the air in and you feel just as cool as if you are wearing a normal vented lid. It has a similar number of vents as the HJC too.
I counted 15 vents on the Furion, which includes five at the front – three vertical and two horizontal above the forehead – but you don't really feel much from these even in cold weather. You don't feel the chill against your skin.
For removing the warm air HJC has included two scoops on the sides, one either side above the ears and two above the back of the head, followed by a cluster at the rear.
According to HJC, 'In order to achieve maximum ventilation, a technical adaptation of Bernoulli's principle is applied to aerodynamically enhanced models. In motion, the rate of surface flow in general increases towards the rear progression. Through pressure differences, cool air from the frontal intake is exhausted through the rear vent for internal heat dissipation, giving the cyclist optimum ventilation while riding.'
As the weather has warmed up I haven't felt like I'm in a sweatbox, but I haven't felt exactly cool or refreshed either.
When it comes to safety, the Furion has a CE EN 1078 certificate to allow its sale in Europe, and a KC one for its native country of Korea.
Secondary impacts are always a concern in crashes, and while the EPS (expanded polystyrene) is moulded to the outer shell to try to keep the helmet intact after the initial blow, it can't be guaranteed. HJC has incorporated an internal skeleton which criss-crosses its way around and over the helmet to help keep it all intact.
Overall, I really like the HJC Furion. It's a well-designed helmet with great comfort and weight, at a decent price, but while its venting isn't exactly bad, it's not as good as some of the others out there. It comes in about seven different colours too, if this one doesn't grab you.
Awesome looking, very comfortable aero helmet that might be too hot for some
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road.cc test report
Make and model: HJC Furion
Size tested: Medium/large
Tell us what the product is for
HJC says, "Helmet FURION is built from motocycle helmet design experience. Helmet like FURION has integrated with Venturi Dynamics to balance the air resistant force with exhaust ventilation function. Furion is aerodynamic enriched conceptual design that gives optimal ride, strengthening the speed and air flow."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Wind Tunnel Tested
Advanced Air Channel System
3D fit system
Super Lightweight 190g
CE EN 1078 Certificate
XS / S54-56 cm21.2-22'
M / L57-59 cm22.4-23.2'
XL / XXL60-63 cm23.6-24.8'
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A bit on the warm side but other than that it's a great helmet.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and looks.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Ventilation not as great as some.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, for cooler days.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Aero helmets often sacrifice venting and many would say that the Furion is totally acceptable, but I know there are others out there like the Met Manta that perform better. The HJC is cheaper, though, looks cool and is lighter than most with great comfort levels.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.