I cherished the look, match, and tranquility of the HJC F70 Carbon full-face helmet after I reviewed it. Earlier than going for a number of lengthy rides with it, I put in the Sensible HJC 20B Bluetooth communication system developed with Sena particularly for a choose group of HJC helmets. HJC provides two fashions of Bluetooth programs for the F70 Carbon—the 10B at $140 MSRP and the 20B at $300 MSRP.
I select the extra characteristic wealthy 20B as a result of I can be driving in teams the place I can be connecting with as much as eight different riders. I’ll want the excellent one-mile intercom vary, and the FM radio is all the time an pleasing various to my telephone’s music playlist.
The Sensible HJC 20B has music sharing, audio multitasking, and superior noise management. The 20B additionally has hands-free voice management by saying “Hey, Sena” or urgent the middle and minus buttons concurrently to activate the system. HJC has created a helpful telephone app to assist with intercom pairing and have controls. The quickstart information and the total working guide are a part of the Sensible HJC smartphone app.
Though you’ll be able to mount different Bluetooth gadgets to the F70 Carbon, the HJC Sena is designed to be built-in into this helmet. The battery is separate from the controller, so the controller is slim and aerodynamic. The battery matches right into a cutout in the back of the helmet neck liner. The one problem I’ve with this built-in design is that the entire helmet is now connected to the Micro USB charging port. Meaning my helmet wants to take a seat on my desk or kitchen counter for the few hours it takes to cost.
With the HJC F70 Carbon helmet so quiet inside, I can maintain the amount down and listen to the audio system’ readability for telephone calls and music. The management unit, put in on the left facet by sliding the mounting bracket up between the shell and the interior liner, is in an ergonomically agreeable place. Studying the three buttons for all controls takes a while, however it may be mastered with somewhat follow.
Utilizing the voice management, beginning with “Hey, Sena,” diminished the variety of button combos I wanted to recollect. With voice instructions, you’ll be able to play and pause music, flip the built-in FM radio on and off, begin and finish intercom classes, and velocity dial your smartphone. I don’t suppose utilizing a helmet-mounted communications unit can get a lot easier than that.
Sena designed the 20B to show off whereas charging, so in case you are on a 24-hour Iron Butt trip, your helmet can be comfy, however you’ll have to entertain your self for a number of hours whereas it prices. Even in case you needed to cost the 20B whereas sporting the helmet, the Micro USB port faces the again of your neck—an inconvenient spot to run a charging cable. On the constructive facet, I discovered the separated battery system lasted for much longer than the ten hours HJC states on its web site, so long as I didn’t stream audio the complete time.
From a sensible standpoint, the 20B isn’t transferable to different manufacturers of bike helmets, and solely matches correctly into these particular HJC fashions. The distinction between common Sena items and the Sensible HJC 20B is that the battery unit is separated from the management unit.
The Sensible HJC 20B Bluetooth is a well-designed, feature-rich communication system that has the look of being inbuilt, as a result of it’s. Bluetooth continues to be extra cross-brand appropriate than mesh intercoms, and HJC and Sena have finished a top quality job of collaborating on the Sensible HJC 20B.