The average motorcyclist may not be familiar with the name Schuberth. That’s okay — it’s not your average helmet. Based in Germany, Schuberth has been making industrial safety, fire fighter, Formula One, motorcyclist, police, and military helmets for decades. For the past few years, finding a Schuberth in the United States was difficult, but as of autumn of 2010, Schuberth is back with its own California-based headquarters and is actively seeking US dealers for its high-end helmet product line.
The first product offering form Schubeth for its reentry to the US market is the C3 flip-up. It’s made from enhanced EPS material, which is injection-molded using a new “bag moulding” process developed by Schuberth. It produces the world’s lightest flip-up helmet with a compact design. The C3 weighs in at approximately 3-1/2 pounds including the integrated sun visor and acoustic collar. I’m a big fan of the noise-reducing wraparound collar. The optional Schuberth Rider comm system is a Cardo G4 Bluetooth communication system which is inte-grated into an easy-to-replace acoustic neck collar. I have a sample for this helmet, and we’ll review it in a separate evaluation.
I have to admit that when it comes to comparing the noise levels between various helmets, I’m usually a little dense. There’s nothing wrong with my hearing; I’ve been checked. It’s just when someone tells me a certain helmet is louder or quieter, I don’t know what he’s talking about. Motorcycle riders are out in the wind, taking it on face first. I’m more caught up in the ride than listening to the breeze in my ears. But I must admit, this C3 does calm and relax the rider with its ability to control annoying noise, allowing the rider to be concentrated and alert. If even I can notice it, then it must be working. Schuberth worked hard at tuning out unwanted noise with a market-leading level of 84dB at 65 mph. This is general noise reduction, but traffic noises can still be heard.
The C3 features an integrated, internal sun visor and a Pinlock visor is included as standard on the large clear shield. Patented Turbulators along the top of the eye port break up airflow to minimize the whistle effect when the visor is propped in the City Position at low speeds. An anti-roll-off system reduces injury should the helmet strike the chin or chest in a crash. And more than two gallons of air flow per second at 65 mph is channeled from front to back of the head through the C3, thanks to special air channels in the EPS interior. The chinstrap uses a microlock retention system that’s easy to use and adjust, and reflective logos around the back of the neck and on the front above the visor increase visibility.
The Schuberth C3 comes with a five-year product warranty from date of purchase (seven years from date of manufacture). And there’s a three-year service plan available on new C3 helmets purchased in North America. The C3 is an amazing helmet that exceeds expectations. — Steve Lita
Hard Data: Schuberth, C3, $699, 949/215-0893, www.Schuberth.com/us
Story as published in the June issue of Roadbike