HJC is a fairly new name to road cycling as the helmet supplier to WorldTour team Lotto Soudal since just 2018, but the brand starting making protective headwear in 1971 earning a strong reputation in motorsports.
HJC describes the Furion 2.0 as a semi-aero helmet, meaning it has a true aerodynamic advantage but doesn’t compromise on ventilation.
It features a sculpted design with four prominent forward-facing vents, two further air channels on the flanks and 10 multi-sized exhaust ports at the rear.
HJC tells us the design was influenced and informed by the work on MotoGP helmets. That influence extends to the way in which the Furion pushes air through its vents, accelerating the air through the front across the top and sides of your head before the hot air is expelled from the rear.
It all works rather well and HJC has managed to do this in a very lightweight package, with my large test helmet tipping the scales at a scant 230.6g.
The Furion’s inner shaping is less pronounced than most modern helmets, which have deep channels. What’s also minimal is the interior padding, with just a simple brow pad and one small polygon-shaped pad in the centre of a cross-shaped internal piece mounted at the crown, which holds the helmet away from your head for increased cooling airflow.
The straps are fixed units with plenty of length adjustment and are very well finished. The rear cradle is a simple but clever spring-tensioned unit that expands and grips the back of your head when you put the helmet on, hence earning the name Selfit. There are also five snap-fit cradle mounting points to tune the fit around your head.
The Furion holds your head very well, but I did find that I set the cradle a little higher compared to other helmets to ensure it sat flat against my occipital bone (base of the skull), and not on the softer tissues of the neck where the spring tension can create a bit of a pressure point.
One of our other testers complained of the pressure exerted by the helmet although no one else found this. I also found that the spring tension eases a little after a few weeks’ use – not enough to become unstable, rather it just starts to settle nicely.
This is a fine-looking helmet that fits well, has great airflow and is very light for an aero design.