Schuberth C3 Pro Hi-Viz Helmet
If you've got the cash, this could be your helmet
Pricey enough I may never get another one, but this is definitely a secure, comfortable, nice-looking helmet. Not as quiet as I was hoping. Not as much ventilation as I'd like (recognizing that there probably isn't any other helmet made that would have enough for me, either). And I can't believe Schuberth designers have gone out of their way to make opening the helmet as uncomfortable and awkward as it can be! I have never owned any other helmet anywhwere near as bad as this one on this score. But it is a d*mn nice helmet overall -- for rich riders, at least.
August 28, 2016
All is Not What it Seems
The Helmet itself is a little snug an hurts my ears after about 2 hours. The airflow is non-existent, there is no exit vent so you can feel the air enter the helmet initially, but it stays there, heats up and then your head is just hot with no additional flow. Yes, you can call in and they'll have you fold back small tabs of the liner back covering the holes, no change. I even cut them off completely, no change. NO AIR FLOW! Something to consider that the piece of this helmet most prone to needing replacement is the face shield, which is $89 for a clear shield. When you buy a $600 helmet and the face shield replacement alone is about 1/6th of the entire price... they gouge you to death with the face shield. The SRC system is where they really take you to the cleaners. Any updates needed to change settings, etc and you have to go to a specific website for this, which is IN GERMAN ONLY! Brilliant, right? Any call to support is extremely limited, Mon - Fri during business hours only - so you would literally have to take time off of work just to get tech support. I did this... he said he would research a method of updating the device on a non-German website, and he never called back. NEVER. So if you buy this, you're on your own. They also play the "go to your retailer for support" game. So this way, nobody has to take ownership of your issue. So again, if you buy either the helmet or the SRC for this helmet, you're on your own. Good luck.
August 14, 2016
Nice, but not worth the price
I received this helmet as a gift and while it's nice in some ways, I'm not sure I would buy it myself.
-Very loud, lots of wind roar and buffeting
-Non-removable chin dam
-Build quality issues with sun visor
-Ratcheting chin strap
-Slim shell size
This helmet is VERY loud, with significant wind roar and buffeting around the brow and nose/chin area. It's possible this is a function of the interaction between my specific bike/windshield and the helmet, but I have two other modular helmets from different manufacturers and neither of them exhibit the wind turbulence noise and buffeting that this Schuberth helmet does.
There also seem to be some build quality issues regarding the internal sun visor. I've been wearing the helmet for three months now for daily commuting, and the drop down sun visor sometimes makes a screeching/scraping sound when being retracted the last 1" into the helmet, like it's rubbing on something internally. There are two parallel scratches that have developed on the sun visor itself that seem to confirm this, although they are fairly light and do not impede vision (see picture)
The chin dam is frustratingly not removable, which makes this helmet very unpleasant to wear in hot weather. A removable chin dam is a feature of nearly every other modular helmets (many of which cost less than half what this Schuberth does), so why they decided to make theirs fixed I'm not sure.
There are some nice things about this helmet. It's light, very light. Noticeably lighter than my other modular helmets, and the overall dimensions are significantly smaller as well. The ratcheting chin strap is a blessed upgrade from D-rings, and the ventilation ports on the top and chin of the helmet are extremely effective (although they make the already loud helmet even louder when open).
However, for the price I would have expected much better. I would not recommend this helmet.
June 28, 2016
top notch helmet, not a lot to complain about. very quiet and comfortable with lots of well managed airflow.
this is a compilation of reviews for this helmet i did for my riders group, these are thoughts ive posted over a few months time , its long but fully detailed
#1 AIR this thing flows more and better air than any lid Ive used, the top vent is good you can feel air incoming on a 72 degree day. the front vent flows nearly too much it really puts a lot of air in your face and its on/off no adjustment. I have a gmax gm58 which was webbike worlds pick of the year that has like 7 big vents on it, this works better.
#2 fit, medium fits my 57cm head a bit tight, 57 falls in the medium range but its well fitted shall we say, if in between sizes definitely go up.
#3 fit and finish, fit and finish are what you would expect from a lid in this price range, that is to say perfect. the liner feels like the stuff another premium maker that starts with a A used to use, very soft and comfortable. no loose threads no loose snaps or other things that you find on lower end helmets. the people with jay leno-esqe jawlines are gonna have problems, its tight going on and off and with the top swinging down and the built in chin curtain doesnt leave a lot of room forward. you will learn to pull outward on the straps going on or off or have stinging ears. really stable in airflow, standing in full airflow at 80mph I twisted my head up and down and sideways full range of motion and couldnt get it to to pull or buffet.
#4 noise, supposed to be the quietest lid on the market, is OK a little quieter than my shoei qwest but not the end all be all super quiet thing. its good but not outstanding on noise. odd whistle on left side where the wind will catch the inner shield mechanism. doesnt do it constantly just in rough air behind trucks mostly. theres a little extra noise with the top vent open and the front makes
a whoosh sound, but given the amount of air that flows thru the front vent some noise is a given. ill live with a bit of noise for the amount of air this thing puts inside on your face.
Overall I have to rate it as overall as a really good helmet. the price is eye watering but you would pay that for a top line arai or shoei and you get a built in sun visor and a flip front so its price comparable with other premium helmets. dont regret spending the $$ on it after the first day. time will tell if it holds up to its initial promise. i need to get my sena 20s mounted on it if I can find the sticky mount and see how that affects the overall noise levels.
update 1. have to add, got out on the klr today and did the standup test, with much less shield and clean air going over it it is the quietest helmet i've ever ridden. if i needed a lid to ride a naked bike this is the one i would buy just for that aspect of it. i thought the claims of super quiet were BS, its not it really is quiet in clean airflow.
a 2nd update, i rode this lid to the national rally in helen ga.and back , a weeks worth of riding 2000 miles in between. it holds up to its promise. only issue is the ear pockets for speakers and my sena 20s. the speakers are not especially thin and the cutout pockets arent quite deep enough, thought it was good to go at first but after a few hours they press in too much making my ears hurt. ill have to take out maybe 3mm of foam and get them further away from my ears. other than that no issues, no fogging with the pinlock in and given the amount of air flowing thru the chin vent i dont see it being an issue anyway. the ability to swing the front up and get some air on your face while trolling thru town is great. leave the inner visor down and no bugs in the eyes. this also works on the highway behind a big shield but its not recommended, theres even a sticker on the helmet saying dont ride with it up.
August 11, 2016
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT HELMET AND WORTH EVERY PENNY I PAID FOR IT.
THIS HELMET IS THE BEST HELMET I HAVE EVER OWNED. IT'S COMFORTABLE AND HAS ENOUGH AIR FLOW TO KEEP YOU COOL BUT STILL BLOCKS OUT THE NOISE REALLY WELL.
IF YOU WANT AN EASY WAY TO CLOSE THE HELMET THEN JUST OPEN THE FACE SHIELD THEN PULL THE CHIN GUARD DOWN OVER YOUR CHIN JUST WHERE THE TWO PINS START TO ENGAGE THEN USING BOTH HANDS WRAP THEM AROUND THE CHIN GUARD AND HELMET ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE AND JUST SQUEEZE. THIS FORCES THE PINS TO ENGAGE AND LOCK EASILY EVERY TIME.
August 3, 2016
Read the instructions!
I can't believe some of the negative comments on this helmet (though they are almost all positive). Many of the issues reported are simply a matter of not reading or understanding the instructions.
For instance, there is a chin guard in the helmet. It is removable (attached with velcro). If that thing is in, there is no way dust and dirt are getting into the helmet.
Also, the "City Option" on the face shield is when the face shield is fully closed BUT NOT SNAPPED SHUT. This leaves only about a 1mm gap for extra airflow. It increases the noise level, but does significantly add to the airflow.
Finally, there are two flaps in the inner liner. They can be folded flat for winter or tucked under for summer. These block the airflow from the top of the helmet. Make sure these are where you want them.
My only minor nitpick is that closing the chin guard is a little difficult for me. My face spreads the helmet a little, so to close the chin bar I have to place my right palm on the back of the helmet and push the chin bar closed with the heel of my left hand in order to hear the two "clicks". Not a big deal, and that may change as the helmet conforms more to my melon.
In short, it's a great helmet. It feels very secure and comes loaded with all the important features I need.
July 27, 2016
No doubt a great product all around! This is my first Schuberth helmet but I will no doubt be getting more!
July 26, 2016
Schuberth C3 Pro
I had the C3 which I was please with, but after the 5 yrs period, I had to shop for an other one. Schuberth was an option and the C3 Pro was clearly a good choice for the comfort, weight, visibility and safety. I bought the SRC system for the C3 that I was able to re-use on the C3 Pro "saved ~$400".
The E1 was very interesting but the noise level is way higher on road compared to the C3 Pro.
I had to say that the fit is very tight and I had to buy other cheek piece to get a better and more comfortable fit "this add to the overall cost".
I know, it's expensive but your head/life worth more then that "I hope!".
July 20, 2016