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Review: HJC RPHA 11 vs Shoei NXR

Reviews and tests 29 January, 2018

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The HJC RPHA 11 and the Shoei NXR are undoubtedly two of the best known helmets for motorcycle enthusiasts. Both have reaped a great sales success since they are in the market. We compare and analyze them offering you another vision for those who are thinking about acquiring some of the two models.

Design and shell

The HJC RPHA 11 is the sportiest and most advanced helmet of the brand. In fact, it is equipped by some of the MotoGP riders. The Shoei NXR has a more sport-touring character, although it also has an aggressive line due to the integrated spoiler. Its construction has followed the guidelines of some of the most advanced helmets of the Japanese brand.

HJC RPHA 11 vs Shoei NXRImage of the two analyzed helmets: on the left the Shoei NXR and on the right the HJC RPHA 11.

The outer shell of the two helmets is similar, although there are some small differences between them that are worth commenting on. While the HJC is made of an advanced composite fiberglass, carbon fiber and Aramid called Premium Integrated Matrix Plus, the NXR from Shoei is made with a combination of organic fiber and multi-compound multilayer fibers called Advanced Integrated Matrix.

HJC RPHA 11 vs Shoei NXRThe upper part of the shell of the two helmets is very similar. In addition, both the NXR and the RPHA 11 mount a shell with a multi-compound fiber.

These two systems offer great resistance to impacts, rigidity and a great feeling of lightness.

In the case of the Shoei, the inner shell, also known as EPS, is made of different densities offering an extra shock absorption.


The ventilation system is very successful in the two helmets, an important aspect in the case of two sports helmets, especially in the HJC, because it is the model of their competition riders.

HJC RPHA 11 vs Shoei NXRDetail of the air intakes of the Shoei NXR (left) and the HJC RPHA 11 (right).

The RPHA 11 has air intakes in the chin guard and in the upper part of the shell, in addition to two holes in the front of the helmet and four extractors, two in the form of a grid, in the back of the helmet. Particularly noteworthy is the system of casters so typical of HJC that allows a regulation of up to seven different positions. In addition, these casters have a rubber finish to improve the touch with the glove and in wet conditions.

HJC RPHA 11 vs Shoei NXRDetailed image of the back of the Shoei NXR.

In the NXR, meanwhile, the ventilation system consists of four air inlets in the front, three in the front and one in the chin bar, plus six extractors in the back. Despite not allowing as many regulations in terms of air flow as in the HJC, the perception is that the mechanisms are a bit more robust than in its competitor.


The visors of the two helmets offer a wide visual field, although the HJC more than the Shoei, an aspect that is appreciated when we travel around town. Both have anti-scratch and anti-fog treatment and both Shoei and HJC can be disassembled quickly without the use of tools. In addition, they are sold with Pinlock as standard, although the RPHA 11 also includes supports for Tear-Off and a dark screen.

HJC RPHA 11 vs Shoei NXRThe screen of the RPHA 11, unlike of the NXR, has supports for the tear-off.

The closing system of the RPHA 11 screen works by pressing the cam up, so we unlock it and raise it without problems.

We must to say that the NXR visor is made of molded polycarbonate. It consists of bands on the top and bottom that prevent the wind pressure. The adjustment is completely precise and airtight.


The superior padding of the RPHA 11 offers an optimal evacuation of the sweat and of the interior humidity, as well as the lateral padding, also offering a great grip; very important characteristics especially in a racing helmet. In addition, the exterior finish of the padding incorporates reflective areas and has a rubber crown that prevents water from entering.

In the NXR stands out especially the plus of padding that we find in the ears, which reduces the noise considerably.

HJC RPHA 11 vs Shoei NXRThe interiors are very worked in the two helmets, although perhaps the NXR adapts better to the shape of the face. Both equip the extraction system in case of emergency.

And it is precisely in the isolation section where we find more differences with the rest of the market’s helmets. Another point in favor of the NXR is that the padding gives up when we put on the helmet and returns to its initial position once placed favoring a hermetism around the neck.

Finally add that the interiors of the two helmets are fully removable, greatly facilitating cleaning and maintenance, and incorporate the emergency removal system, which allows us to safely remove the helmet in case of an accident.

HJC RPHA 11 vs Shoei NXRDetail picture of the upper padding of the two helmets.

Closure and details

The closing of the two helmets is double ring. As is known, they are the only ones approved to enter the circuit, in addition to offering an optimal and very safe setting.

The two helmets incorporate a chin guard, standard cover and carrying case.

HJC RPHA 11 vs Shoei NXRAs it is known, the double buckle closure is the only one approved to enter the circuit. This system is equipped with the Shoei NXR and the HJC RPHA 11.

So, we are facing two very complete helmets that do not disappoint lovers of naked and superbikes. On the one hand, the HJC RPHA 11 has a rather sporty character with a very successful ventilation system. On the other hand, the Shoei NXR, through its simplicity but with an exquisite construction quality, is aimed at sport-touring lovers and offers a soundproofing like few helmets in the market.


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