Schuberth C3 Pro North America Women's Helmet
Out does every other helmet
Where do I begin? I've been through 6 bikes and 8 helmets, 5 of are still in my closet, one tossed due to a crash, and my previous C3 sits just below my new C3W Pro.
So why another Schuberth? Simple. It works. Back in '95 I took my ear buds and put them into my helmet. Who knew, I should've gotten a patent. Oh well. Anyway. Schuberth offers the quiet. I like my music and when using my bike for work, I like my talk radio, and then I have to get my work calls, no one even knows I'm talking and riding at the same time. Love it.
But best of all. When it rains, it rain OUTSIDE, not in. I was caught in the rain last year riding from Long Island to Lake George for Americade, my C3 was home and I was using another helmet. MISTAKE! At Americade I spoke with one of the Schuberth reps up there, he gave me the name of a service rep to speak to in California. I spoke to him, he sent me the new insert, free of charge. I put the new insert in and never used the other helmet again.
C3W Pro. New fit for women, new shape, new design, love the stencil. RevZilla's demos work very well on understanding new design changes. I was so surprised when the helmet came faster than the computer notifications. LOL.
April 5, 2016
Worth what it cost
When I bought mi first Schuberth C3 two years ago, I was in doubt about the price, 'cause it seemed to be a little expensive. Sadly (and also painfully) I had an accident on January and ... nothing happened to my head (I wish I can say the same about the rest of my body :P) It is simple. It worked! Now, the new Schuberth Pro C3 offers the same level of protection, with better ventilation and noise reduction. Definitively, my option (hope I never have to proof again its shock resistance)
May 17, 2016
I've ridden with this helmet for several thousand miles in heavy rain, high winds, snow and now i'm suffering through the blight of summer time FOD.
(Flying objects & debris)
The stock lid allows lots of airflow but there is very little if any seal around the bottom, so if any stuff is floating about in the air, it's highly likely to enter your helmet and blind you.
The vent designs in this helmet is impressive and simple.
Very light, the lightest helmet I have ever held in my hands.
The fit on mine is solid, doesn't wiggle.
The fit is perhaps a tad tighter than i'd like but the neck padding wears down enough over time to allow easier entry.
I would recommend those who have had experience with Shoei, go one size larger than is recommended in a equivalent Schubert size if this the helmet you feel you must own.
The amount of noise in the helmet is not much better to my own ears than my very old (and much cheaper) shoei helmet that it replaced.
The anthracite blue is what I chose, I am finding it difficult to keep it clean, dirt appears to stick to it and it's prone to scuff marks.
The front of my face mask during the spring/summer months so far, looks like an all you can eat buffet for frogs.
The lack of a proper seal around the top and bottom parts of the lid causing objects (FOD) to invade the interior of the helmet and potentially blind the rider (has happened a few times already) is a serious concern. I have had bugs, rain, bits of ice and other Debri go inside my helmet, it's almost caused some accidents.
It's far more common than it was for my Shoei helmet (it had a very good seal around all sides).
A minor Nitpick is that the skin of the modular helmet around the hinge joints is semi lose and occasionally rattles as the wind catches on it while moving at speed.
I'll keep this one but I can't honestly recommend them due to the safety issue and the very high prices. The com systems should have been included if they are going to charge this much money.
At 750+ dollars, these other items are a deal breaker and inexcusable. I really wanted to love this but only managing a lukewarm response to it after extended use and will not be buying another Schuberth in the future.
May 13, 2016
Worth the money!
Expensive? Yes. Worth the money? Yes.
Besides the basic safety helmets offer, I am concerned about hearing loss. Nerd alert! Yes, hearing loss (perhaps you should read about it, I found it pretty interesting and never considered it when related to riding). Before purchasing this helmet, I've always used ear plugs with my helmets. No longer! This is amazingly quiet. LOVE IT. The ability for the helmet to access blue tooth and speaker systems looks great. However, one of the reasons I like to ride is to get away from as much noise as possible, so I won't be using one with this helmet. I finally get to write this; This helmet is "whisper quiet!"
The helmet actually seems to be, surprisingly, a bit cool. I just got this about a month ago (mid April). I live in Utah and the morning commutes have been a tad chili (now May). The afternoon rides home haven't been that warm either. But I notice the air flow more in the mornings, when it's colder and I have no vents open. I may wear a skull cap in the winter months to add a little warmth. It's not that big of a deal.
I've never had a helmet so light. Over the years I've had name brand and not so name brand helmets. This one takes the cake. You won't believe how light it is. It's so light, it's like wearing a helium balloon on your head!
You won't believe it. I took the small faring off of my bike (your dad's bike has a faring...) like it did any good anyway. Going the speed limit, between 55-70 on the freeway- there is no buffering. None. Going faster? OF COURSE YOU'RE GOING FASTER! Heck baby, this helmet makes it soooooo nice. Your noggin isn't bopping around like a buoy in the bay on a choppy day...yeah, that's that. Go as fast as you want, your mellon slices through the wind like a ninja.
The wide line of site is the best I've experienced. I think the company discription said they expanded the side vision by 5mm. Whatever. All I know is that when I look to either side, I can see the back of my opposite shoulder. Incredible. I never knew the backs of my shoulders where so darn sexy. Aside from that, the expanded view of what I'm turning to look at has expanded my line of safety. Sweet! Super Sweet!
OK, when I first got my bike, years ago, I got a pretty good quality, expensive helmet but I have to admit, for the past few years I bought less expensive helmets because, well, they were less expensive. I don't know if it's because I've upgraded to the "Mercedes Of Helmets" or what, but take the Pepsi Challenge, there IS a huge quality upgrade/difference. I am riding more so I bit the bullet and spent the money. This helmet is so worth it. I can't believe how much nicer this makes the ride. Even when there are heavy cross winds, you will notice the engineers did their job. I don't know if I can ever go back to a helmet of less quality.
May 11, 2016
I went for it, the $800 helmet. I am impressed with the design and workmanship, and it fits me nicely, so all is well.
Very quiet as advertised, but also very smooth while riding. No buffeting to speak of, and great in choppy air.
A few items that I wish were better, for me at least:
If you want to know what goes into an $800 helmet, one place to find it is the lining of a C3 Pro. Wow. There is a world of intricate workmanship in there. Very impressive, but it meant a lot of stuff under my jaw. I had to do some trimming. Also trimmed is some padding where my glasses pass through. (It's nerve-wracking cutting up your new C3, but it's much better now.)
And lastly, the "Urban" visor setting (the lowest notch) is way too high for my taste. I would like it to be about 1/4" open, and it's closer to 3/4". For me, it's hard to ride with that much open.
Otherwise, it's a beauty.
May 9, 2016
Best helmet I've ever owned
20 years riding experience, always using full-faced helmets. This helmet is bar none, the most exceptionally constructed and comfortable helmet I have ever owned.
When I first started seeing the modular helmets, I was disgusted. I couldn't believe how dumb / silly they looked. I would see these old guys wearing these helmets, and I would laugh to myself as I ripped by them on my sport bikes with my racing helmets, and my attitude.
Man, how things have changed. Let me 'splain a little...
I have a 59cm head, and bought a size large. Revzilla doesn't have it right now, but I bought the "North America" C3 Pro in black, and everyone that sees it loves it. This helmet has all the features and comfort you could ever want in a helmet. It has the flip-down visor when it's sunny out, the full-face flip for kissing the wife or getting a drink without taking your helmet off, the unique strap which can be operated with a single hand, and the QUIET in this helmet is amazing!
I put a Sena 20s Bluetooth on this helmet, and I can listen / chat, and ride all day long WITHOUT ear plugs which I have ridden with for more than 20 years. At 95mph, this helmet barely even makes noise compared to my other helmets. At < 65, you can't hear anything but your exhaust. Perfect.
Only complaint is that my neck is a little larger than most, and I have to loosen the strap just a bit so that I don't feel it on my throat / Adam's apple area when I look down. No issues when riding though.
Buy the helmet. Forget about your racing helmets - they suck for comfort and quiet compared to this and you're not really a racer anyways, are you?!!
May 9, 2016
Replace Shoei Neotec with Schuberth
I purchased a Shoei Neotec and had the strangest issue with my right ear/upper jaw hurting tremendously. Was never sure what caused the pain, but after two hours of riding the pain was debilitating and pulling off the helmet was really bad.
I purchased the C3 Pro with the Sena 10U and immediately felt that the fit was better. The C3 Pro shape better suits my head and is very comfortable. I also found that the C3 Pro is a quieter helmet then the Neotec. The only thing that the Shoei does much better than the C3 Pro is the tab to flip up the module face shield. The C3 tab is both harder to find and harder to "work" to get it opened.
The Sena 10U with the 20 U speakers is definitely a sonic improvement over the speakers used on the Neotek (10U speakers). I know it's not either manufacturer's fault and that it is ear opening size. The main difference between the Neotek and C3 is the battery pack which protrudes a bit more on the C3 then the Shoei.
May 5, 2016
the fit its the biggest they have and its tight. the lens fogs all the time so i have to crack it open to keep it clear. I like the strap locking device. very easy to clip on. overall its a good product. I'm in Alaska so it keeps my ears warm.
May 4, 2016