Schuberth C3 Pro Hi-Viz Helmet
Very good helmet but it should be for the price.
I am a year round Seattle commuter and purchased this helmet for that use. I wanted a modular helmet that meets at least two major safety standards and this one does (three I think including two European standards). I've put several thousand commuter miles on this helmet and one multi-day trip.
On the good, the helmet is fairly light, has tremendous vision and ventilates extremely well. The liner is very comfortable, is wearing pretty well and for my head at least, the fit is uniform and even. No hot spots even after being on for several hours. The helmet tends to ride more forward than others I've owned. It isn't bad, just a difference in fit. The chin bar mechanism is secure and easy to use even with heavy gloves. The built in sun visor is awesome. I never wear sunglasses any more while riding. I like the ratcheting chin strap too. The visor mechanism is positive and secure. Everything works exactly as advertised.
On the bad, I don't have any major complaints. The helmet is loud compared to others I've owned but I'm not sure that's specific to this helmet or if its characteristic of modulars as this is the first I've owned. This is a minor problem for me as I always wear earplugs or buds. The pinlock visor is as good as any and because the helmet ventilates so well it probably works better. When the visor is sealed and the chin vent is open its almost like there's a fan running inside. The so called 'urban' visor setting is my least favorite aspect of this helmet. I think it cracks too wide and if it's raining it does nothing to keep water out which then runs down the inside of the visor. When the visor is sealed I've never had water find it's way in.
Overall I like this helmet better than any I've ever owned. It's expensive but for me at least, justifiable because it fits me so well and works as well as it does.
July 12, 2014
Quiet, great visibility, expensive.
Wow, I went from a shoei multitech, which is good, but this is so much quieter, the screen noticeably clearer, and the venting noticeably better. Only down side is the high price.
June 23, 2014
Tried it first without my ear plugs and wind noise was bad. With ear plugs, it is far and away the quietest helmet ever. Helmet fits like a cocoon, no buffeting at any speed whether the windscreen is up or down or anywhere in between. Lots of cool air circulating across the top of my bald head, love all the features.
June 18, 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
Fabulous it saved my face
I was taking a motor cycle riding class and during the next to last drill I made a terrible mistake. One I hope to never do again this helmet saved my face. If I had not had a full face helmet I would have probably broke my jaw, lost some teeth and possible broken nose. The only facial injury I had was a minor scrap on the bridge of my nose from the sun visor. I grabbed the brakes in a swerve drill and and the chin of the helmet and shield was totally deeply scratched. This maybe a expensive helmet and my opinion worth every dollar. Plus it was under Schuberth warranty and they are replacing it free. I will ride again after I recover from my broken right thumb and dislocated left little finger. If I can have any influence on anyone it is to wear your gear. I also had abrasion on my elbow that wouldn't have happen had I worn my jacket. I figured it was hot so everyone else was just wearing long sleeve so I did too never again. I will be in full gear the next time and from now on. By the way I am a hard headed 66 yr old lady just learning to ride.
July 28, 2014
The best a man can get!
Bought it for my motorcycle trip from Connecticut to Florida...3000 mile round trip and worked great. Great air flow throughout the helmet and fits great! At high speeds the noise is as a regular helmet but works great as indicated! The Bluetooth add on works great with the iPhone and the battery life on it was over 12 hours!
Definitely worth the money!
July 25, 2014
Real nice helmet
The C3pro helmet is everything it is advertised to be. Quiet. Comfortable. Loaded with features. I couldn't be happier with the purchase. After owning a number of premium helmets, I consider this to be the very best -even at such a high price.
July 14, 2014
Optional communications system is outstanding
Excellent helmet, very quiet. Highly recommend that you watch video, it does a good job of explaining features. Follow instructions on fitment of helmet.
July 14, 2014