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Editor's Note: Here's a first look at the new
Schuberth C3 flip-up motorcycle helmet. We have one on the way
and it will go through the full webBikeWorld evaluation process
as soon as possible!
Schuberth C3 DOT
Review | Schuberth
C3 Full Review!
No doubt about it, the Schuberth Concept was the "It"
helmet of the 1990's. It was sold only in Europe and motorcyclists
in the know would plan their route with a stop in Deutschland
to pick one up.
Riding your Beemer back in the States whilst wearing a Concept
and a Darien jacket meant you were part of the elite "in"
group, possessing wisdom and knowledge that lesser riders lacked.
People are prone to thinking like that, sometimes for logical
reasons but too often for ego assuaging. It's sort of analogous
to wearing Earth Shoes in the '70's or a Pendleton jacket in
Not trying to put anyone down here, but the fascination with
the Schuberth Concept was puzzling. And I wasn't immune to it
either; during a trip to London, I went way off-route one day,
taking a train up north to knock up the guy who was the UK gray-market
Schuberth importer. He and his wife were sitting in the kitchen
eating lunch, and here's this Yank pounding on the door, demanding
to try on a Concept.
The problem was that the thing felt as comfortable as a C-clamp.
He was pulling out brand-new Concepts left and right in every
size you can think of, and they all fit so poorly that after
bothering him to no end, I ended up leaving helmetless. I was
really desperate to own one, yet it fit so poorly that even
I couldn't justify buying it. How they ever sold any of those
things was beyond me...
Fast forward to 2005, when
we reviewed the Schuberth C2, the successor to the Concept.
It was (and is) still a bit out of the mainstream for a flip-up
helmet, but it remains popular to this day. Unfortunately, mine
is collecting more dust than bugs, because I can't fit it over
my "Earth" shaped head.
Now it's 2008 and we have the Schuberth C3, the latest iteration
of the classic Schuberth helmet. The company claims that Michael
Schumacher helped with the design; Schuey is, of course, the
seven-time Formula 1 World Champion driver who has recently
taken up motorcycle racing, and he's pretty good at it, we're
Schumacher has a long relationship with Schuberth; he wore
a specially designed Schuberth helmet while tootling around
in his Ferrari. So we assume that he was the guy who helped
to make the Schuberth C3 "The world's first flip-front
Schuberth claims that Schumacher "believes being able
to keep the front (of the helmet) open right up until the lights
keeps him fresher and gives him an advantage".
Hmmm.... Don't know about that, and most of the photos I've
seen of Schumacher on his motorcycle show a helmet that does
not look like the C3, although some photos do indicate that
it is a flip-up.
In any case, perhaps the new C3 will be the ultimate flip-up
motorcycle helmet -- but we'll know for sure when we put it
through the wringer.
Schuberth makes some other very impressive claims for the
new C3. They said it's also "The world's quietest flip-front
helmet" at a claimed 84 dB at 60 MPH, which, if true, would
make it even quieter than the Schuberth S1 Pro (see our
review of the Schuberth
S1 and the Schuberth
R1 and, while you're at it, the
which has a claimed 85 dB at the same speed.
This would also make it 2.5 dB quieter than the C2. If true
-- and I have no reason to doubt them -- this will be impressive
And Schuberth doesn't stop there. They also claim that the
C3 is "The world's lightest flip-front helmet", at
1,550 grams (but they don't say in which size), which would
make it 160 grams lighter than the claimed weight for the C2.
The Schuberth C3 comes in two shell sizes ("Sized like
a race helmet", according to Schuberth), but it's unknown
at this time which inner sizes go with which shell size. The
C2 came in only one shell size, making some of the smaller internal
sizes feel "like a fishbowl", according to owners.
The C3 will apparently be available in sizes ranging from
XS to XXXL, which is an fairly wide range. So I'd have to assume
the small shell might fit sizes XS to M and the large shell
might fit L to XXXL, with the only question being whether or
not the size L will fall on one side or the other.
The C3 will also be fitted with a Pinlock system rather than
an anti-fog visor, which is curious, and perhaps an admission
that factory anti-fog treatments aren't very effective.
It will also come with a new type of "quick release"
anatomically designed chin strap and an internal sun shade that
opens via a switch on the chin bar, rather than on the side
of the helmet
The C2 will have a fully removable lining and Schuberth's
anti-roll-off safety feature. It's said to be 30 mm shorter
than the C2 and 10 mm narrower, which is significant, and probably
has a lot to do with the weight reduction. Whether this will
SHARP helmet safety ratings is unknown.
Schuberth claims also that the C3 has a visor with "100%
Grade A optics" (personally, I hate it when a visor has
only 80% Grade A optics!) and it had some wind tunnel work during
development, giving it good air flow with low noise.
The Schuberth C3 will be available in the following colors
Here's a comparison of the Schuberth C2 and Schuberth C3:
1710 g fully fitted
1550 g fully fitted
▪ 1 shell
▪ 2 shell
sizes: XS-L & XL-XXXL
finger, front-mounted mechanism
position, mid position sun visor
adjustable, low-drop sun visor
Grade A optics
Grade A optics
▪ No visor
handed "In Town" visor setting
finger open a gap visor position
▪ No turbulators*
on visor (noise reduction)
fitted as standard
▪ No perforations
top vent (reduces noise)
adjustable top vent
adjustable top vent
QR chin strap with Velcro
anatomical QR chin strap with padding & Velcro
coated, density differentiated EPS
▪ No top
mounted black reflectors
▪ 1 rear
▪ 2 rear
▪ No First
▪ No mechanism
degree locking mechanism
degree locking mechanism
* Turbulators are baffles or spiral-shaped
strips used to direct air flow and reduce (or create)
The new Schuberth C3 sounds like a very
interesting new helmet, and we can't wait until ours arrives!
We're not sure when that will be, so stay tuned...
In the meantime, remember that correct helmet fit is crucial
for comfort, safety and noise reduction, so be sure to visit
the the wBW
Motorcycle Helmet FAQ page for more information on finding
the right fit for your particular head shape.
Also, please visit the wBW
Motorcycle Helmet Weights page for our helmet weight comparison
table and chart to get a better idea at how the Schuberth C3
might compare to the 99 other helmets in our database of reviews.
And finally, remember that motorcycle riding is a dangerously
noisy endeavor. Our advice? Always wear high-quality,
correctly fitted ear plugs. See the
Plugs and Hearing Protection page for more information on
choosing and wearing ear plugs.
First Look: Schuberth C3 Motorcycle Helmet
Price: £429.99 to £499.99
Black; Metallic Silver; Metallic Anthracite; Plain
White; Plain Deep Black; Plain Matte Black.
||Made In: Germany
|Sizes: XS to
Scale: For reference, our ratings
scale is subjective and ranges from unacceptable
to poor, good, very good, excellent and outstanding.
Publication Date: August 6, 2008
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