PRODUCT TEST: Just 1 J12 Mister X Helmet

WHAT IT IS:
The Just 1 helmet came to America last fall and was debuted by Suzuki’s Blake Baggett at the Las Vegas Monster Energy Cup. Designed in Italy, the carbon fiber helmets use aviation technology to combine style and a unique ratio between light weight and safety. The Just 1 J12 Mister X helmet comes in seven styles, plus solid colors and has two external shell sizes, an aerodynamic design and lower edge shaped to work well with modern neck braces. The J12 weighs just 2.4 pounds and has Just 1 Emergency Remove (J.1.E.R.) cheek pads for safely removing the helmet after a crash. The helmet is homologated in Europe (ECE 22/05) and is going through certification in the USA. It’s also well-vented with aluminum mesh to keep roost out and has a very secure visor-mount system.

WHAT YOU GET:
We got the Just 1 J12 Mister X Orange in XXL, and there are sizes XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL for solid, Carbon Fluo, Kombat (camo!), Aster, Union Jack, Arma Energy, Stamp and Mister X graphics packages with up to 12 color choices. Each J12 helmet comes with a helmet bag, instruction manual in seven languages, two plastic vent covers for cold weather and a black under-visor decal to cut glare. The sculpted visor has five anchor points with Allen-head screws and a vented insert that must be pried off to adjust the angle of the visor. The two top exhaust ports in back have an Allenhead screw that holds a vent cover for cold-weather riding. The visor scoops air into four front vents, plus three in the oversized chin bar, and the polystyrene foam shell has air channels for even better venting. There are eight exhaust ports in back.

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CONSTRUCTION:
A carbon fiber weave makes the Just 1 J12 light and strong, and the inner lining is removable and washable. The liner fabrics are highly breathable and hygienically treated to prevent the dreaded stinky helmet. Different sizes of cheek pads help adjust the fit, and the pads have the J.1.E.R. system with pull tabs inside the chin bar for quick removal by EMTs. A rubber lower rim circles the base, and the eyeport/ nosepiece is rough for traction with your goggle strap.

PERFORMANCE:
Fit is excellent, and the J12 is super light to wear. It has a large eyeport for large-frame goggles and has the best venting we’ve seen for a full-face Neck Brace Front Fit (NBFF) helmet. If it’s cold out, you’ll definitely want to cover the exhaust ports to cut down on the airflow. The visor is plenty long for keeping low sun and roost out of your eyes, but the extended bottom portion that’s shaped to work with Leatt and other neck braces makes it hard to get your drink-system tube inside the chin bar for hydration. THE VERDICT: Just 1 helmets by Nitek are definitely lightweight and stylish, and comfort is excellent with no pressure points and lots of cooling airflow. The visor is effective and well-anchored, but it takes an Allen wrench to adjust it, making it hard to adjust on the trail. The J12 is expensive at $449 (street/ Internet price), but its price is in line with the Leatt GPX 6.5 neck brace and Fusion 3.0 body armor. Camo fans will definitely want to check out the Kombat J12 as well.

contact: See your Tucker Rocky dealer or contact H&H Sports Protection Group USA;
6032 Triangle Drive, Commerce, CA 90040;
(626) 444-0107; www.justonehelmets.com, www.hhsportsprotection.com
RATING: ★★★★ PRICE: $449.99

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