Schuberth is new to Road Rider this week, and it’s a big, big deal, because when a Schuberth helmet shows up on the shelf it changes the game. Designed, built, and tested in their own factory and laboratory facilities is Magdeburg, Germany, every Schuberth is more than just a helmet, it’s an achievement. Recently Schuberth has achieved the C3 Pro, now on shelves at Road Rider, and now the world’s most advanced modular helmet.
The C3 Pro is the Superman edition of Schuberth’s most popular helmet, the indomitable, original C3 modular (still available). The Pro boasts a number of major improvements and innovations that expand the performance of the excellent C3, and those improvements are evident in all aspects of the helmet, from noise levels and intercom compatibility to stability at speed and safety when you need it. So let’s break down the high points of the Schuberth C3 Pro Modular Helmet:
It’s the quietest Schuberth yet.
Schuberth does something amazing that we’ve never seen other helmet manufactures do–they actually report the decibel (dB) levels recorded from the inside of their helmets. Schuberth says the C3 Pro is their quietest helmet yet, which is no small feat for a modular helmet full of cracks and seams that can cause turbulence and whistling. The regular C3 has a reported 82 dB at 60 mph; the C3 Pro has 80 dB at the same speed. Any decibel measurement in the 80s is very quiet for a helmet at freeway speeds, and the standard C3 is probably already quieter than most helmets available. But we can’t tell you that for sure, because we don’t have a wind tunnel of our own. A two-decibel difference will be hard for all but Spiderman to perceive, but it’s one your ears will be thankful for after five hours of riding. The greater point here, though, is that Schuberth has posted quantitative improvements in noise levels that can be objectively compared to those of other helmets. Since hearing damage is a way-underrated problem and noise level is a HUGE factor for riders when choosing a helmet, why don’t other manufactures follow Schuberth’s example and provide some cold, hard data on their noise levels?
It vents a ton of air.
The C3 Pro features new and improved vents on the chin and the forehead. These vents have been redesigned to provide 60% greater airflow while remaining whisper-quiet. The air enters the front vents and is channeled through the shell to exit down the back of the neckroll, distributing cool air across the rider’s whole head. The forehead vent has multi-stage setting options.
It’s more stable.
The C3 Pro shell features a new molded spoiler shape at the top rear of the helmet. Schuberth says this spoiler helps to reduce downforce by up to 8%. A slightly redesigned chin area in combination with the spoiler create an overall more aerodynamic helmet that is more stable, and therefore will feel lighter and cause less fatigue at high speeds for extended periods of time.
It accepts the SRC neck roll Bluetooth system, built for Schuberth by Cardo, AND it has a Bluetooth booster and FM-radio antenna built into the shell.
The C3 Pro is designed to integrate seamlessly with the SRC-System Bluetooth intercom, made by Cardo (Scala Rider) for Schuberth helmets. The SRC is a replacement neckroll that fits perfectly into the C3 Pro and houses the complete Bluetooth device so the rider has access to the unit’s controls right at their jawline. Integrating the SRC within the helmet instead of on the outside not only makes your life easier, but it also reduces the drag and noise that an exterior unit can cause. To maximize the performance of the SRC, every C3 Pro is built with an antenna right in the shell that plugs into the SRC. This antenna enhances the FM signal and extends the Bluetooth intercom range of the communicator.
- Shell made of Schuberth’s proprietary S.T.R.O.N.G. Fiber for great strength and low weight
- Inner multi-zone foam liner produced through a special injection molding process for optimal shock absorption and distribution
- Internal drop-down sun visor with easy to operate slider at the base of the helmet
- Anti-Roll-Off System (A.R.O.S.), featured on every Schuberth helmet, prevents the helmet from rolling off of the head in a forward/upward direction (when the chinstrap is closed and correctly adjusted)
- The A.R.O.S. ensures the helmet does not pivot off the head from behind; reduces the risk of contact between the chin section of the helmet and the chin or throat; reduces the chance of the helmet coming into contact with the chest as the result of accident
- Comfort liner made with CoolMax® and ThermoCool® materials for optimal moisture wicking and anti-microbial properties
- Micro-lock ratchet chinstrap backed with soft padding for extreme comfort
- Chinstrap has been moved forward in the C3 Pro to more comfortably accommodate different neck sizes
- Reflective material around the neck roll for 360 degree reflectivity
- Includes Pinlock® shield and Pinlock insert
- Two-position visor with improved trim and seals
The Schuberth C3 Pro (solid colors) is $769.00.
The SRC-System is $375.00.