The last thing I want to do is open a big debate about helmet laws. We’ve all been through that a million times and I’m not going to (nor do I want to) change anyone’s mind, regardless of what side you are on. Of course… living in a helmet law state… I really don’t have a choice in the matter anyway but even if I did I would choose to wear one most of the time. Still, I get frustrated with the typical lids that are heavy and hot. I’ve tried novelty helmets over the years… and while they feel great, I have never been comfortable enough wearing one to feel safe so I just don’t wear them at all anymore. Can’t somebody make a DOT approved helmet that has novelty helmet comfort? Well… I may have found one that comes close.

While recently cruising the website I came across this little beauty here. The HCI-105 is a Jockey Style DOT approved half motorcycle helmet that weighs in at a mere 26 ounces. It features a leather finish, Stainless Steel Dual D-Rings, a Quality Plush Absorbent Liner and comes with a fabric helmet bag. But enough of the factory speak… how does this helmet stack up in the real world?

Well… In my opinion, very well. For starters, it looks great. I’ve always loved the novelty Jockey look and this helmet indeed looks great. In fact… it looks almost too great. I showed it to 2 riding buddies and both would not believe it was DOT approved until I showed them the bold DOT logo on the back and the confirmation on the inside tag. Don’t get me wrong… when you pick this baby up there is no doubt that it is DOT approved… none of the plastic, cheap-o feel of a novelty and the plush liner (about 1.5” thick) certainly makes it feel like a DOT helmet when you put it on… but this comes as close to the comfort level of a novelty helmet as anything I’ve ever seen.

If you are in the market for a new half helmet this Spring and want something light, comfortable and DOT approved… I would recommend you check out the HCI-105. You can grab one at Jafrum for only $44.95 at the time of this review. Here’s a quick link to check it out further:


One word of caution… if you are on the fence with size, opt for the larger size. It seems to run a bit small.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Furthermore, this review indicates my own personal opinion of this product and should be taken as just that. Yours may vary and you should try this product yourself before drawing any conclusions about it.

© 2010 Biker Swag, All Rights Reserved. No part of this review may be reproduced in any format without express written permission.


One response

  1. ronman1

    Hey Swag does anyone have these locally? I’d like to take a peak at one and try it on. Great looking helmet. Nice price too.

    Thanks for the review,


    March 28, 2010 at 7:02 PM

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