Schuberth C3 Pro Helmet
Very nice product
I think is a very good helmet. Was the helmet that i was lokking for.
August 18, 2014
Great helmet, but be prepared for a long break in
I've had the helmet for about 3 months now and It's finally broken in enough to write an honest review. I still honestly believe that Schuberth has some minor fitment issues. So be sure to try it on for a solid hour before buying!!! My headshape is just on the cusp of being too narrow to fit, and I had some serious discomfort for the first few months.
After the third month it's the most comfortable helmet I've worn. It's the Apple computer of helmets. You pay a premium, but you get great build quality, well thought out features and great customer service.
August 11, 2014
It really is on another level
The best way I can describe the Schuberth is like this: I had a Shoei RF-1100 for the last few years. It was like driving a VW - good build quality, solid materials, well thought out, comfortable, nimble... And then I got in a Porsche. The Schuberth is on another level. I took the risk of taking my brand new helmet on a 9-day, 2800 mile trip and I'm very glad I did. Perfectly comfortable right out of the box. Airflow is good but not amazing. The tradeoff is much much less buffeting and wind noise. The exhaust venting cools the back of the neck rather than just blowing out the back of the crown. That was a noticeable difference. It's a much more snug fit around the neck. The aerodynamics are a huge leap forward from the Shoei. The helmet feels lighter at high speed and turning the head doesn't cause a snapback effect. All the features really came in handy - the pinlock lens, sun visor, modular face, easy release clasp, easy to open and close vents. If this helmet fits, it's really a "can't go back" situation. I am experiencing some cokebottle effect when I turn my head. I have been in contact with Schuberth North America and they are sorting it out with me. It's annoying that it wasn't perfect but they do stand by their product.
August 6, 2014
I expected better
For the price, I expected a better helmet.
The standout feature for me is the sun visor. The optics are indeed very good. When you slide it down, it's like putting on an expensive pair of sunglasses. Very good.
The ventilation, despite the raves, I think is poor. It's super high tech, but I see three issues. I don't think the channel in the back of the neck roll provides enough airflow. The lack of rear vents is supposedly designed to reduce noise (which I'll talk about next). The single strip on the top of the helmet liner blocks the intake holes, killing any airflow that might come through them. The "cat ears" have a mind of their own. I had to tape them so they wouldn't block the intake vents. Also, I would be very hard pressed to tell you if the chin vent is open or closed. I notice no difference either way.
Noise level: not impressed, and that's the supposed selling point. This helmet replaced a Scorpion EXO 700 (which I spent 1/4 the $ on), and I honestly don't think it's any quieter (granted, the Scorpion was not a modular). It probably comes down to the difference between a standard helmet and a modular, so it's apples to oranges. That said, for me, I don't think the modular feature is worth the extra price, weight, and noise. My next helmet will be a traditional design.
August 5, 2014
This is an exelent helmet, light, quiet, and very well fabricated. The only comment is that when the SRC System is connected, there is a lack of space to hide the connectors (antena and charger), you can feel the connector against your head-neck and some times is inconfortable
August 4, 2014
I can't recommend the helmet for this price. But it's not a "bad" helmet.
have been riding with this helmet now for about 4 months. It's quiet, light, and feature rich. But the comfort level is so-so and it is WAY too hard to change/clean the liner. I'm not a huge fan of the styling either. So, I can't really say I'd buy it again. As it is, I am thinking I'll change helmets this Christmas.
I rode around Iceland for 10 days wearing it in all kinds of weather (it does leak a little under heavy rain, at vents). I was on a BMW F800GS which had absolutely horrible wind buffeting on the screen. But when I stood up, this helmet was as close to whisper quiet as they come.
On my Ducati MTS1200, I don't have terrible wind buffeting with my Pikes Peak shorty screen. So the helmet does an ok job. But my bike is loud, and I need earplugs anyhow.
The fit is fine for my head (XL). Though, with the src-system installed, it feels pretty snug around the ears and neck (that neck pad sticks way out). The liner also feels strangely thin. As in, you really feel the helmet's innards against your scalp. I am used to Shoei and Arai helmets that feel plush. This is NOT a plush helmet.
Ventilation is good. There are a few cases where the top vent has whistled while I look to the side, but only when I am really moving fast. But the vents move air quickly and effectively.
Visor is good, wide field of view etc. There is some interior reflection from the pinlock, but I don't know how that can be overcome. It's extremely easy to remove and replace the visor. The interior sun visor is great, but unfortunately, since it doesn't have a pinlock... it can fog up. The vents remedy this fairly quickly though.
I have to repeat... It's REALLY a pain to swap out the neck roll. I mean, it sucks. You HAVE to do this in order to use the Schuberth radio kit, and you also have to do it every time you want to wash the liner because of the "anti-roll" features. It is really a ridiculous amount of work to get to a liner.
Last but not least, I was sad to see how the C3 Pro scores so poorly on the Sharp safety tests. http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/
For the price, and with all the engineering. This should not be a low scoring helmet. Nor should it be so outrageously difficult to change and clean the liner.
I think I'd have preferred the Shoei Neotech, even with it's extra weight.
August 3, 2014
There are much better helmets for much less money
Unfortunately my experience with this helmet has not been so good. Usually I wear an L or XL helmet, but after following the fitment guide I ordered a 2XL. That turned out to be uncomfortable (too tight) and RevZilla was great about exchanging it for a 3XL.
Even the 3XL turned out to be excruciatingly uncomfortable on long trips, causing blindingly painful headaches starting after about two hours of use. Finally I figured out that the helmet interior is extremely round and just doesn't fit my very normally shaped head. I ended up adding nearly an inch of padding to the middle/top (from an old bicycle helmet padding kit) and that helped a lot. So I'd only recommend buying this helmet if you have an egg shaped head.
Also, the helmet is fairly quiet until you open the vents. Then it's as loud as any other helmet. My 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure windscreen has a horrible turbulence zone right where the helmet is, which makes it really challenging for any helmet to block.
On the positive side, the product is well made and high quality. The first SRC system stopped charging after about a month but Schuberth replaced it under warranty.
The helmet looks good when the chin bar is down, but looks really gay when it's raised. And the SRC mic is a pain and just makes you look that much worse when the chin-bar is up. The SRC works well for the most part, and the noise cancellation for phone calls is excellent. But the audio quality has absolutely no base and sounds tinny.
Over all, considering the cost, I think I would have been better served buying TWO regular (Japanese / Chinese) helmets and still saving several hundred bucks.
July 31, 2014
Expensive, and I'm not sure it's value for money...
- Poor ventilation
- More wind noise than I would have thought
- Physically comfortable fit
- Definitely designed for riders, with easy one-handed operation for almost everything
- A classically Teutonic piece of equipment; very well made
It may be unfair to rate this helmet as I have since it's my first helmet that is anything more than a three-quarter size (yes, I ride big iron), but for the cost of this helmet I would have thought it would be much better than it is. I've had the helmet for about three months now and have ridden with it a handful of times, but never for longer than an hour or so until this past Sunday (27 Jul 14) when I took an afternoon ride and wore it for the better part of 3.5 hours, during which time I traveled from speeds between 25 MPH to 85 MPH.
For me, the most significant drawback is the poor ventilation of this helmet. I understand Schuberth made a design decision to reduce wind noise in the helmet, but to achieve this at the cost of adequate airflow in the helmet seems a poor trade-off to me, particularly given the number of riders who predominantly ride in the summer. I realize Germany may have more temperate weather most of the year than much of the US, but nevertheless it still seems a poor design decision. During my Sunday ride the temperature never got higher than 79 degrees F, but inside my helmet, particularly with the visor down and the sun shining, it definitely seemed much warmer than that, even at speed.
Since reduced wind-flow appears to have been a design point to lower wind noise, I'd have thought this helmet would be near silent with respect to wind noise, although to be fair, I have nothing to compare it to. However, given the lack of ventilation you have to ride with the visor cracked until about 50 mph, at which point you have enough of a semblance of airflow to permit closing the visor completely. Thus the need to keep the visor cracked for ventilation completely defeats the desire to reduce wind noise, at least for speeds below ~50 mph. Once the visor is closed wind noise, and most outside noise as well, is definitely reduced. Nevertheless, wind noise is still very noticeable and isn't even close to what I'd call eliminated. One thing I did find a bit odd, however, was that at least some of my exhaust frequencies seemed to be at some harmonic order of my helmet because there were definitely resonances within the slight cavity by my ears that were very uncomfortable when accelerating.
Many folks have complained about the helmet clasp, and you can add me to that list. While it's definitely a much easier clasp to latch, particularly with gloves on, it definitely is in a place, and of a shape that it presses uncomfortably against your laryngeal prominence (aka Adam's apple), particularly if it's at all prominent! I found myself frequently fiddling with the clasp to move it into a position that was less uncomfortable. While the C3 Pro has a nice, soft, flap system underneath the clasp that does a nice job cushioning your throat from it, that doesn't help much for the pressure the clasp creates on your Adam's apple. As a result, the need to push the clasp forward away from my Adam's apple often caused the cushioning flaps to move out of position, necessitating the removal of gloves to put it back into proper alignment so my throat was properly cushioned from the clasp.
As for the helmet fit itself, I did find the helmet to be, overall, a well fitting device. My head is 59 CM and I wear a size 7 1/4 hat, and the large fits me well. I did have the need a few times to adjust around my right ear because it just didn't seem to fit properly and I had a bit of uncomfortable pressure on the back of my ear. I have small ears so if you've ever been teased about having Buddha-like ears you may want to try this helmet on for a while before purchasing. However, aside from that one slight issue the physical fit of the C3 Pro was very good for me and comfortable overall - at least from a fit perspective that is.
One definite positive is everything on the helmet is clearly designed with riders in mind. From being able to easily manipulate the visor and the visor module with one, gloved hand, to the pin lock visor and easily replaceable shields, this helmet was made for motorcycle riders.
Again, this is my first-ever helmet that was anything more than a three-quarter so YMMV. By and large I believe the C3 Pro is a very good, well-designed helmet for it's primary purpose - safety. I'm just disappointed that a helmet this expensive has the kind of flaws that keep me from absolutely loving being on my bike with it.
Finally, to qualify my "Do not recommend" purchase recommendation, it's not that I wouldn't recommend this helmet at all. If you have any opportunity to try this helmet before dropping your Benjamins on it I'd definitely suggest you do so. While it's entirely possible that I'm all wet with my review since I have zero comparative experience, if I had to do it again I'd purchase a much less expensive full-face first and then decide if I wanted to trade up to the Schuberth later.
July 28, 2014