Schuberth C3 Hi-Viz Helmet
The best helmet
I have been wearing Nolan 104 large and Nolan 104 EVO XL the first one is tight and the 104 EVO little loss but this helmet is perfect. Simply the best
May 18, 2015
Go big; make stock adjustments first; love the lid!
Now that I have some hours under this lid I feel like I can make an educated review.
For a little background, I have a fat head and have had problems with finding a helmet. Any helmet. In fact if I have worn one it's been a half-helmet because I had to or a 3/4 during longer road trips. I love the freedom to choose not to wear one but rain and especially hail hurts at high speeds. My boys who ride (Streetfighter and FZ08) have been grilling me for a while to get a full-face helmet or anything else. After a few months of surfing, questioning, reading up reviews, and comparing I decided to go with the C3.
The first C3 I ordered was a 2XL. I thought it was going to be an issue but it was suggested to start a size down. My head measures 63.5 cm which put me in between a 2XL and 3XL. The crown wasn't too bad on the 2XL but I couldn't come close to shut the face and lock it. All the reviews on the chin strap being an issue are very accurate. Within 20 minutes I packed it up and got a RMA to return it. All the reviews on the quality of customer service on returns is very accurate as well. The only bummer was to have to kick out another $500 to get the 3XL sooner but that was not Revzilla's problem.
When I got the 3XL I popped it on and again was disappointed because it didn't fit right. It wasn't the helmet; it was me not recalling what everyone said in their reviews to fix some of the issues I was having.
If you have a huge melon take these first few steps before trying the helmet on. First, loosen the chin strap entirely. All of it. Watch the video or check online to make sure you have it loosened completely. You can tighten it later. Second, get rid of that stupid anti-noise flap attached by Velcro on the chin. If you have a thick neck like me you'll never use it. Finally, and this was crazy to think it mattered, but pull out the "weather" flaps on the middle bar of the head liner. Helps with pressure on the crown. I plan to cut those off and just get another liner for winter but don't do that until you are buying the lid! Once those three steps are done, you've made all the stock adjustments as much as you can. Anything else could compromise returning the lid.
Once I felt I was okay with keeping the C3 I did a couple more adjustments that put me beyond the point of no return (literally).
With the chin strap open, take some time with the helmet on and pull the chin strap down to stretch it out. It didn't take long to get the strap a bit looser and had no issue with closing it. Turn your head left and right and look up and down. It it still bothers you undo it and stretch it out for a while again. Rinse and repeat. It's still a little noticeable but then again it's a chin strap!
Next, if your cheek pads make your head feel like a pimple about to pop, take them out and put them under something flat and heavy for a couple hours. Absolutely helped.
I've got around 20 hours with the C3 and it is all as advertised. Obviously I can't compare it to any other full-face or modular but for someone who has never worn a helmet much this thing is very comfortable and can only get better in time. If anything, I'm a little worried I over-fixed it and it will become a tad loose. If so, I have plenty of do-rags to fill up the extra space.
I have seen plenty of helmets and both my boys own a Shoei. I've tried on plenty of cheapo-I'd-rather-tape-a-sponge-on-my-head quality helmets. The quality of the C3 is fantastic. The shield detents lock and stay at reasonable speeds (have had city position open at 75 but I have a windshield as well ... not recommended). I can't fog up the Pinlock visor. As far as quiet, coming from a half to no helmet again it's impossible to compare but all I can say is it's an adjustment to get used to but in a good way. I plan on getting a Sena Bluetooth eventually. Already took my Kuryakyn Sound of Chrome speakers off because they were too muffled.
Air flow is fine. I need to cut the winter flaps off I mentioned above and that should help some more. This spring has served up plenty of high winds. We did a recent charity ride and head winds were 30+ mph. I never felt like a bobble-head once. Aerodynamics are also as advertised.
Do your homework and pay attention to the reviews and suggestions with the C3. I'm psyched it going to work out and comfortable with the cost of this purchase.
May 20, 2015
It's a great fit. I have an HJC IS-33 and fit is same. Sizing is right on.
May 20, 2015
Most comfortable helmet I have ever wrapped around my head
Fantastic helmet, and at the reduced price, even better! As advertised, this helmet is quiet, the fit is uber comfortable, the features are top notch. Upgraded from my old HJC (which has been an acceptable helmet also), and the difference is quite noticeable. Installed my SENA Bluetooth onto the C3 with relative ease; the initial incoming phone calls were quite deafening; had to crank the volume down considerably! Overall, love the C3, shipping was quick (as usual from RevZilla); also ordered the additional light smoke visor, which I highly recommend.
May 18, 2015
I really like this helmet
I took a chance buying this helmet because I wasn't able to find a dealer in the area with any in stock to try on so I went ahead and ordered a medium since that is what I wear with most brands. The fit is very good with no pressure points and plenty of room for my glasses. It's a little tight getting it on and off but once in place you can wear it comfortably for a long time. It's is very quite and pretty lightweight as well with better then expected air flow when the visor is fully down. I am also impressed with how well the anti-fog system works to top it off. It is an expensive helmet but if you can afford it I believe it will serve you well.
May 12, 2015
Great helmet! Very quite and stable at 100 mph with no wind shield or fairing.
May 12, 2015
So far, so good.
I bought this helmet because it was on sale. I went to the only store in my state that sells these so I could see them in person to see if they fit me and what the quality of materials was like. I have owned Shoei and Arai helmets in the past and the Schuberth is nicer than both on the inside. I can't comment about the exterior yet but it looks as nice as either brand. This is my first modular helmet and the reason I went the modular route was because I wear glasses and because I wanted the quietest helmet possible. So far, this is proving to be a good decision. The quick ratchet closure of the neck strap is AWESOME. Every helmet should have this. This is the fastest on/off and most drama-free 'real helmet' I have. I say real helmet, because I also have old vintage 3/4 helmets and a Davida cafe helmet. I've always hated wearing a full face, but this will hopefully change my habits. I suppose anyone reading this wants to know what's NOT to like about the helmet. 1) I find it to be a quiet helmet, but it's not that much quieter than the Shoei RF or an Arai Quantum that I have owned in the past. So you may not be blown away by 'quietness' when you buy this helmet. I ride standard bikes with no wind shields. I sit upright on them. This will change your own experience with wind noise based on how much more you lean over or if you have wind protection. 2) The sun shield thingy doesn't pop down low enough for my taste. You kind of still see the ground in full brightness which screws with my vision compared to wearing sunglasses (which is what I used to do with other helmets.) 3) The visor is a two-handed affair to close it all the way. You can only close it down fully when you're at a stop. 4) The helmet locking system for the front part is a two-handed affair to get it locked before you take off. You have to hold the back of the helmet with one hand and push the front down to lock it with the other hand. 5) Ventilation might leave you underwhelmed. It's cold here so I can't say much about this yet. But so far when I open both vents, I don't feel a lot happening. 6) The 'Mark of Schuberth' is a real thing. I have a red V shaped mark on my forehead as I'm typing this. The helmet doesn't hurt me, but I have a mostly round head. If you like the oval of a Shoei, you might be SOL on this helmet shape because you'll get a headache. Otherwise, all of the good stuff you've read is true. One thing I like about this helmet over my Shoei and Arai is the way the cheek pads are set up. It isn't smashing my cheeks like the Shoei. I'd end up chewing the inside of my cheeks on a long ride when hitting bumps and stuff, to the point I bled in my mouth when I was wearing my Shoei. And the Shuberth has more wrap-around protection than my Arai. I always felt like my Quantum didn't protect my cheeks enough if I ever ended up going face first into an object. The Schuberth feels more secure and the helmet isn't allowed to blow in the wind as much. I feel like I could still talk to myself and not chew up the insides of my cheeks. So if you're a moto-vlogger this seems like as good of option as any that I've used if you need to be talking while riding. That's about it. I'm still getting used to wearing it. I'll report back if something changes my opinion.
May 12, 2015
The C3 is a very comfortable and quite helmet
Just got this helmet, I commute daily and this product is a vast improvement over my AGV Skyline. It is very quite even at highway speeds. It fits snug but is not uncomfortable. The airflow is easy to control. For the few weeks I have been wearing it, I can say nothing but good thing about it.
May 11, 2015