Schuberth S2 Lines Helmet
As someone stole my less expensive AFX FX-140 helmet. I decided to splurge on a more expensive helmet as an act of defiance.
I bought this helmet on sale XXL, knowing that I would have to buy the XL liner and cheek pads ($100) extra.
Within the first week, the exterior vent toggle broke off. I just left it off because I'm leaving the vent open for the duration of the summer. I'll put it back on to close the vent in the winter.
I bought the helmet because of the reviews of the noise dampening characteristics. Why is my helmet so loud? I read on their website that they solved the noise problem, by not allowing air into the helmet. I don't thinks that's the problem, the noise seems to be coming from air passing around the exterior of the helmet, especially the sides/ears. I never had to wear ear plugs before, but I do now.
I've always preferred the ratchet chin strap vice the D-ring. They both do the same thing and I feel that's just personal preference.
I also find the airflow used to be a problem when shoulder checking at highway speeds, but I learned that I have to keep my chin down when shoulder checking or else the wind pulls my head away.
I bought a snowmobile face shield for my last helmet. Comparatively, the Pinlock anti fog face shield system is thoroughly Inferior. All the major brands seem to adopting the Pinlock system and I don't understand why. The insulated double pane of the snowmobile face shield is amazing - if only they could combine it with the anitscratch properties of Schuberth faceshield - they would have a vastly superior product.
The interior drop down visor is also disappointing. It doesn't come down far enough and isn't dark enough. Again, this problem is solved by tucking my chin down to create a shade with the brim of the helmet.
The neck roll pad has already started to breakaway from daily use after four months.
Even though I bought this product 50% off, I definitely did not get my money's worth.
July 12, 2016
I love to wear this helmet. It's so quite.
I love my schuberth helmet. I don't have to listen to the wind fly by my ears anymore. It is so enjoyable to ride, and feel protected, and also see everything so well. I will recommend everyone to purchase this helmet. Larry.
June 28, 2016
Great helmet. Very light and comfortable.
The most quiet and comfortable helmet I have owned so far. I still use ear plugs but I wear ear plugs with all my helmets. I find myself able to enjoy the sound of the engine and exhaust without all the added wind noise. My only grip is the price. I guess quality cost a little more though. Overall I would say it is worth it. Airflow inside the helmet is average in comparison to other helmets. One more thing. This helmet looks cool... I get plenty of compliments on the cool look.
July 23, 2016
This Schuberth size XS is great at high speeds and I love the drop down sun visor! It is quieter and cooler than my helmet before this. The only downside for me is that I feel like I'm eating the inside of my cheeks sometimes. I'm hoping that eventually that'll lessen but it could also be why it doesn't tend to pull back > 80 mph. I would also like it if the sun visor went down a little further however, it's not that big of a deal.
July 12, 2016
Nice dome comb, if you have the cash!
I was happy to pick this up on sale. It's a great helmet, but very expensive. The features are great, sun visor works well, ease to manipulate, air flow clearly present, but quite mild. Not sure if the 'moisture absorbing' plastic visor insert does anything, but it's there. I was being dumb and dropped it. Minimal scarring on a 4' fall to the asphalt. But, one of the tabs on the visor broke, leading me to discover replacements are not too shy of $100, ouch! I have a big head, with my old helmet needing replacement because of pressure points on my center upper forehead and upper outside back (L/R). This helmet has no pressure points and zero uplift, down pressure if anything. The long nose catches the wind more than most helmets will in a turn of the head, but it's worth the added benefits.
June 30, 2016
It's a nice helmet. First so I don't have much to compare it to. XXL was tight at first but seems loose now. Next one I'll try an XL.
June 28, 2016
Lives up to expectations
If you are going to commit some serious money to protecting your head, this is the product to get. I have many helmets including all of the high end lids. The Schuberth is better designed, lighter, and more comfortable. I will say it is not noticeably quieter, but I have an electronically adjustable windshield on my FJR and wind noise can vary considerably with adjustments. Recommended.
June 21, 2016
Schuberth, I want to give you five stars. But I just can't.
I wanted a quiet, comfortable commuter that had a drop down sun-visor, pinlock system, micro-ratchet strap, and decent aerodynamics. I came from using a Nolan N86, a $270 helmet.
Right off the bat the quality in terms of fit and finish/comfort were leagues above what I was used to. When you put it on and close the visor, it's like closing a car door, the sound just goes away. It's insane. I still recommend ear plugs, but wow this is as quiet as it gets. It's also very comfortable (well, mostly, more on that later). It also cuts through the wind a bit nicer I've noticed too, putting less strain on my head during longer windy rides.
So when you are making the quietest helmet imaginable, you have to have a trade off. It's understandable that air flow has to be limited. But this is extremely limited. Sometimes I'm not even sure if I have my vent open or closed. If you live in a very hot state I imagine you'll trade the quiet for airflow, because I can't even pretend to imagine using this in Florida. It feels sturdier, but it's also a bit heavier. But honestly these cons are more like engineering trade-offs, you understand that they are the costs to other attributes.
The Really Stupid Cons:
Oh boy here we go, the things that really killed it that could have easily been fixed. First the pinlock. It's blurry/distorted in some way, and for reasons not told to me, it's yellow? Which doesn't help when it comes to seeing things clearly. It was so bad that I honestly have been riding without it. Why include it if it's that awful? Please, I would love an answer. Next, in their quest to make the world's quietest helmet, they have high neckrolls and a chin strap that's nearly choking you. It is significantly harder to turn my head in this helmet than any I've ever worn. That being said you can adapt to this over time well enough. But a slightly less limited FOV and harder ability to headcheck makes this not confident inspiring. Oh, and about that chin strap. My Nolan had a ratchet system too, but it had enough fabric to cover the ratchet completely. In some deluded sense of cost saving, Schuberth made it so the cloth does not completely cover the ratchet. I promise you, you will feel the ratchet up on your neck all. the. time. I tend to wear my helmet with the strap a little bit looser as a result, but that's compromising my safety. Lastly, no support for third party communicators, only theirs which is really expensive.
It's a great helmet. It's as quiet as it gets and overall is super comfy. But it's littered with dumb problems, and for $629, it shouldn't have any of them, especially since it is not a track oriented helmet where some trade-offs are expected.
June 12, 2016