Schuberth C3 Hi-Viz Helmet
By far best helmet I've worn
Deciding on the correct size for mail order without being able to try one on was my greatest issue, but the fit turned out to be spot on. After a few hours wearing it seemed a perfect fit, which has continued for the year or so that I have been using it. It is really comfortable compared with any other helmet I have used and I find I can wear it all day if required without too much discomfort. Ventilation is OK, but in a hot Australian summer a lttle more airflow would be useful (I note the new C3Pro model has increased airflow). Also lateral visibility is a little more restricted than some other helmets I have owned. The pinlock anti-fog visor works really well in cooler temps. The yellow hi viz is highly effective in increasing your safety. It is also by far the quietest helmet I have used - this is due to a combination of the thick lining material and aerodynamic design which reduces wind noise on my machine anyway (BMW F800ST), at useful speeds. Of course as speed increases so does wind noise, but I don't think you could improve on this helmet in that regard (except for the new C3Pro, on which I see they have further reduced the noise levels#. I have also successfully fitted my Sena SMH-10 bluetooth system to the helmet via the stick-on housing #the more secure clamp option for the Sena won't fit on this helmet (see the Q&A section below). Overall a great helmet, not cheap but definitely one of the safest choices available. Very highly recommended.
April 9, 2013
I was looking for a nice quiet modular helmet that also didn't have too big of a shell size. I feel like this helmet fit the bill.
I had previously gotten a cheap helmet from the local shop because I needed one the next day for my MSF class. With the cheap helmet, the wind would push my head at speeds of 45+ unless my head was in a very precise position, the visor would fog up when I wasn't moving, and it made my head look pretty big.
The Schuberth doesn't have any of these problems. The pinlock system is amazing. No fogging at all. I rode without the pinlock part the first couple days and the visor would fog before I first got on the bike, but once moving it cleared up so much that I had to check to make sure the visor was down.
The wind doesn't push my head around at all with this helmet when facing foreward and I only notice the wind when turning my head to check for a lane change. Even then it is not bad at all.
The shell size is slightly smaller than my other helmet which is great too. The helmet is quiet. I wear a medium and it fits perfectly. I feel that the video review for this helmet is spot on.
The only problem I have is that the chinstrap is a little too close to my neck(I am slim and do not have a large neck). Its a little uncomfortable but I don't notice it once I am enjoying the ride. In the newer, pro model, I believe this problem is fixed.
Another thing is I would almost prefer a D-Ring chin strap. I am looking for a decent helmet lock and the ratchet systems seem to need an extension to be able to use, be it an additional metal shank, or a cable that can loop around the chinguard.
May 9, 2013
Short time user
The helmet has a nice fit but the cheek pads were making it too tight. Had a purchase credit from Revzilla and used it for a small size cheek pad. Nice use of the credit. Only have a few hundred miles on it but quiet and well ventilated. You can feel the top vent in the middle top of your head. Seems ok. All in all pleased so far.
May 7, 2013
Best motorcycling purchase I have ever made. Well worth the $.
This helmet is amazing. It's very comfortable and I love the features.
It's so light and aerodynamic that the neck problems I used to get from head-checking at speed (80-90mph) have gone away. You can literally barely feel aerodynamic tug even if you turn your head sideways. In addition, the sun-screen works well and is very handy. Air flow is good. The pin-lock inner shield prevents condensation in your field of view. The matte black is resistant to cosmetic damage.
The issues I have are really pretty minor--overall this is such an awesome helmet--but I will list them out:
First, the helmet does get a little chilly in mid-winter compared to my old Shoei, even with the internal flaps covered up (winter mode).
Second, the visor is tough to get out of city-mode (to close all the way). I didn't even realize I could snap it shut all the way until I read other reviews and checked the manual. Highly recommend reading the whole manual if you get this helmet.
Finally, the first two "open" settings of the visor don't really hold the visor open well even at normal speeds. No matter what you do, even if you want the visor totally open, the visor snaps shut at speed, which is annoying when it's really hot and you want to go fast.
May 3, 2013
Very quiet helmet
Tried LG which was to loose and then MD which was to tight. Went with the MD 56-57 but normal I take a 22 7/8 inch or
57-58. Helmet is ok if riding for less than a hour but anything over a hour starts to hurt about inch behing the temples. Been putting towels in the hemet after using it this last week and it seems to be helping to break it in so it is not so tight.
The airflow when moving is good can feel the air moving over the top of head. Chin strap is very tight and even more so after closing the helmet so just need to have it little loose before closing the helmet. Really like the drop down viser and easy to use even with winter gloves on. The helmet is more rounded that oval fit. Also has very tight fit around you neck which is why it is so quiet.
March 9, 2013
My best helmet ever
The helmet has a perfect shape is very quiet and very comfortable. Nothing to complain about it - it is worth the money I have spend.
April 19, 2013
Very comfy and feature rich!
I've only had the helmet for 3 weeks and I haven't crashed, so I left the protection and durability bar blank. Otherwise, what a lid! I've got a big melon, and all of my prior helmets have either rattled a bit or been uncomfortably tight. This one fits comfortably and snugly.
I've been riding with temps in the 40's, get some fogging below 30mph and have to crack the shield. Above 30 I put the shield in 'city' position and open the chin vent. At highway speeds I can close the vent, lock down the visor, and get no fogging and little breeze. As an experiment I opened up the chin and forehead vents on the freeway and froze my skull in short order. Should be more than sufficient airflow for Seattle's mild summers.
Color is a retina-abusing orange that is sure to be noticed! If that's what you're after, you won't find a louder (visually) helmet.
Speaking of volume, this helmet is quieter than any helmet I've ever owned. I don't know if its the quietest on the market, as they claim, but I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in it. I did add an external helmet intercom and it is noticeably noisier with it in place. If you can spare the cabbage, you might be happier with the Schuberth branded intercom that integrates into the neck pad instead of whistling in the wind. After springing for the helmet, though, I couldn't justify the extra dough.
As to price: Yep, it's pricy! To me, it's totally worth it to have a helmet that fits comfortably and has all the features I could possibly want. I used to ride a $1000 bike wearing a $500 dollar helmet (that hurt my head) and my friends made fun of me. I just figure if I'm gonna spend thousands to put my noggin in peril, what's so silly about spending hundreds to protect it? I'd like to think my brain is worth it, I hope you think the same about yours!
February 26, 2013
The helmet . ......número UNO....the best no cuestion.
Fit grate... Do the trick....nice and works no noise
April 1, 2013