If you don't
ride with a helmet because you hate the way it looks, find it uncomfortable or
feel it limits your vision...well, first of all, quit your whining and just put
one on. Second, consider the HCI 15 as an option that will mitigate all three of
The real selling point for me on the HCI 15 is its ability to accommodate glasses without a constant need for adjustment. With others, both ĺ and full-faced, I have to strategically angle my glasses under the helmet in order to keep them on the bridge of my nose. Inevitably, they start rising up as I ride, magically hovering in front of my face. This is annoying but acceptable when wearing my prescription single-vision sunglasses, but completely worthless at night or on overcast days when wearing my regular glasses, which are bifocals (yes, I am way too young for bifocals, thank you). At night I often have to adjust my glasses at stops, or angle my head down in order to peer through the top part of my floating glasses. This is not only aggravating; it is inherently dangerous. The HCI 15 liner keeps my glasses in place. I can even pull this helmet on and off with my glasses already on my face. I cannot overstate what an improvement this has been for me.
most helmets, this one is pretty low on features, but provided it gets its job
done in a crash this isn't a shortfall. There are two small vents located above
the visor. Rotating the plastic cover on the vent allegedly opens up a little
airflow into the helmet. I say "allegedly" because there is no appreciable
difference between open and closed. However, in this hotter than normal summer,
the HCI 15 has been totally adequate in terms of temperature regulation. Even
with the humid weather, visor fogging hasnít been an issue. There is a small
band of elastic located on the chin strap in which to tuck the loose end of the
strap after fastening. A cloth storage bag is included. As for purpose-built
features, that's pretty much it.
After two months of regular use the helmet is no worse for the wear, with no scratches or chips. The visor still glides smoothly and hasnít needed tightening. The lining did ďbreak-inĒ a bit, but still fits snugly as it should.
At around $90, the HCI 15 is a steal. It is comfortable, streamlined, attractive, lightweight and will protect your noggin in a crash. HCI kept it simple, and it simply works.
The helmet used in this review was equipped with an Echo helmet quick-release. These are readily available at local stores and online for about $8 - $10 and work quite well.