Schuberth S2 Helmet
Quiet, Cool Weather Helmet
One of the quietest helmets I have used in terms of wind noise. Also very warm for cold weather riding. I guess part of the reason for this is the padding - I found the cheek pads supplied with my size Large to be so tight they were affecting my vision! After six months of use and waiting for it to fully break in, it is apparent they aren't going to ease up any with wear. Fortunately, you can swap out different size internal pads to tailor the fit, and am hoping a pair of XL pads ordered from Revzilla will improve the overall comfort of this helmet. Because of the padding layout, this is not a good helmet choice for temperatures over about 80F, but is great for cooler weather.
I find that peripheral vision is not as good as with some other helmet profiles, and I find it more difficult to rotate my head enough to do proper lane checks.
All that said, still my favorite lid for the cooler half of the year.
February 13, 2014
performs as advertised
I bought this helmet after getting a sore neck on long trips with my arai. I tested this helmet out on a 7000 mile ride to alaska and it was like night and day...no sore neck anymore, much quieter and inside sunvisor was very helpful. This helmet fits tight but that is how they cut down on the wind noise. Taking the visor on and off is a breeze and makes cleaning a snap. Highly recommend.
September 9, 2013
Great helmet with some niggles
I've had this helmet for three months and rode over a thousand miles with it. Overall I'm satisfied with this purchase.
When I ride I do so with earplugs. My previous helmet was a Shoei X-Eleven and the S2 is much quieter. Others have complained about wind noise behind a wind screen and can't comment since my ride is a sport bike with little wind protection. I definately lean forward into the wind and find the noise level to be quiet.
The airflow is decent but could be better. There are two holes from the top vent that are occluded by two flaps. With the flaps folded forward the holes are still blocked by the liner. This is a surprising oversight by Schuberth. Airflow on the forehead is great but is blocked when the visor is down.
When riding in heavy crosswinds the S2 is less stable than the X-11 and it's large rear spoiler. The S2 has a larger-than-normal shell. I have the white version and worry that I look like the a**holes from the movie Spaceballs. Google it.
The ratchet strap is very easy to use but not very comfortable against the neck. A d-ring strap would have been a better choice.
The S2 is a very plush and comfortable helmet that gets much easier to take on and off the more you wear it. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.
September 1, 2013
Great helmet, but probably not for everyone
I have been wearing the Schuberth S2 for over 4 months now. Great fit (however, very snug), as it takes a few months of wearing it to get to the point you can take it on and off easily. Makes you feel safe and secure though.
It isn't as quiet as my Shoei Qwest, but still pretty good. And the Schuberth aerodynamics are MUCH better for I never feel as if my head is being blow around when a truck passes by like I did with the Shoei.
Sun visor is one of the main reasons I bought this. At first it didn't seem to come down low enough but now I'm use to it and don't even notice. Plus I think I like the fact that my instrument panel remains below the sun visor it is not shaded (probably by design ... those Germans think of everything).
The FM radio alone is worth the extra money spent on the communications collar. This was another big selling point for me as the tecky in me wants another cool toy to play with.
This is a premium, high-end helmet. So if you have the money to spend this is what you want, but if you're more economically conscience, you can probably get more bang for your buck on lower-end helmets. However, I doubt you will ever find another helmet that fits as well as a Schuberth!
Rides: 2012 Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special (VRSCDX)
August 29, 2013
The S2 is a loud helmet, do not buy!
I bought a Schuberth S2 to replace my AGV Stealth SV. The soul reason to replace the AGV was because of the noise. I bought the Schubert after reading many good reviews and advice from the sales person. The Helmet performance very good in all aspects... accept noise. I wear custom made earplugs and still I cannot bear to ride it, it literally rings my ears!
The helmet has a loud "howl". This is a helmet issue, I am sure of it! The only way to get rid of the noise is to tilt your head way back. I tried riding with other windscreens (even riding without one), all types of neck wear. If I stand up and lift my head way above the wind screen, the noise is still there, it is always there. Only tilting my head back (or riding with my hand on the back of the helmet or below my chin makes it remotely quiet). If I could exchange it for a paper box on my head I think I will.....
Other features of this helmet are top notch. The helmet is very stable in any kind of wind. The vision is very good, ventilation is very good. I have the black version with the white strips, it totally looks the part, a clean and aggressive look. The helmet is near perfect..however, the noise is a 600+ euro deal breaker (even with earplugs)...
August 12, 2013
A quieter helmet can be had for much less
I own a Nolan 103 modular and ride a BMW K1200GT. On Saturday, I tested the Schuberth S2 thinking it would be much quieter than my Nolan 103. I was wrong! The Schuberth may have been a bit noisier. I thought that for the price (and the fact that it's not a modular) it would be MUCH quieter. But it wasn't. I rode with my windscreen up as well as down but the helmet was noisy all the time. Frankly, the new Nolan 104 modular that I tested last week was quieter than the expensive Schuberth!
June 17, 2013
If you experience neck problems, this helment is for you.
I'm 65 and in good health, but was having neck pain with heavier helmets including modulars. So, considering weight and fit (didn't consider modulars as they are heavier) became important issues. At first the helmet was very difficult to put on and take off, but I kept at it and after a couple of weeks it is now not so difficult and unbelievable comfortable. I can't say which (fit or weight) is more important (maybe the combination), but my neck pain is almost gone completely even on long rides, where I formally would have been miserable. I love the chin strap! I love the pull down sun shade. I find I don't miss the modular, as I analyzed the modular usage and it really wasn't that important. Once it's on, it's on and I feel very safe inside it.
April 8, 2013
Not even remotely worth the $700.
I'm not sure how all these other reviewers are having such a great experience with this helmet. I've been disappointed in its quality and function from day one.
This helmet is marketed as being "ultra quiet". Having worn the Scorpion EXO 400/700, HJC CL-15, and Bell Star Carbon, I can safely say this is the loudest of the bunch by far. The helmet produces a low pitched howl similar to blowing over the top of a glass bottle and is pretty much unbearable without ear protection. Though I wear earplugs on every ride, I can comfortably wear my EXO-400 and Bell Star Carbon at highway speeds without any ear protection, something that is impossible with this Schuberth. I tried the little chin insert which made no perceptible difference in sound levels but made the helmet a pain to get on and off.
The quality of the helmet is what really irked me. Within a couple days of owning the helmet, the little plastic lever used to pop off the shield on the right side of the helmet broke off. The chin strap pad on the right side of the helmet also came dislodged from the little snap button inside the helmet shell. I was able to re-attach it but any force beyond a very light pull on the chin strap would cause it come dislodged- a major annoyance when pulling the helmet on. Also, the little plastic nub on one side of the lens (where the anti-fog insert attaches) popped out during a ride, resulting in a high pitched whistle as wind rushed over the little hole in the shield. I had to tape over the hole just to make the helmet usable again. All of this happened within the first 6 months of ownership, with the helmet being very well cared for. To Schuberth's credit, the helmet was sent in to their technical center and they repaired everything at no charge.
On a positive note, the liner of the helmet is of very high quality and comfort is top-notch. I have no complaints about the comfort apart from auditory concerns. The helmet is a bit heavier than most but nothing unmanageable. Buffeting at highway speed seemed to be slightly improved from my EXO-400 and is comparable to my current Bell Star Carbon. I love the flip-down sun visor, although that's a feature now offered on much less expensive helmets.
Overall I'd say I had a very bad experience with this helmet. I would not recommend it to a friend, and I think the amount of quality issues I experienced is completely inexcusable for a $700 helmet.
February 20, 2013