Schuberth C3 Pro Helmet TestSchuberth, the high-end German manufacturer of motorcycle helmets —as well as for industrial safety, Formula 1 racing, military, police and fire fighting — has debuted the new C3 Pro modular helmet, with over 20 major feature upgrades to the well-regarded, and continuing, C3 model.Changes start with updated shell construction, including a molded-spoiler shape designed to increase downforce and eliminate lift. A freeway trip on a naked bike proved this to be true with little helmet oscillation, zero lift, and relative quiet.
They improved the fit and com- fort with new lining and foam materials, noticeably softer and more to my liking than the too-firm foam employed in the standard C3.Schuberth changed the angle and position of the chinstrap, which is a complaint most heard from C3 owners, and the straps now allow adjustments with buckles on both ends. When donned, the C3 Pro has a top-quality feel.The standard Pinlock face shield closes against a redesigned sealing system for better sound isolation, and has a small nub at the center-bottom that locks the shield firmly in place.This was hard to engage until discovering the trick of pressing down on the top edge of the shield. Improvement was also made to the shield support mechanism using firmer detents to keep it where you want it even at high speeds.Schuberth changed the sun visor from a two position (fully up or down) to a smooth mechanism allowing infinite adjustment. The new visor material is claimed to be manufactured to the highest standard of optical clarity with no perceived distortion or glare, and I found this to be true.The top vent now has two air channels. The flow exits through a special mesh fabric at the back of the collar, newly widened in the Pro, to allow circulation around your entire head.It feels as good, or better, than any I have ever worn. Impressively, with all this ventilation, Schuberth claims a small noise reduction compared to the C3. In practice, this is one quiet helmet, despite its light weight for a modular design.Schuberth also added a built-in, around- the-head antenna for better radio reception when used with the optional Scala-built SRC-System Bluetooth/FM collar; it sounds good and works well.Included with the Schuberth C3 Pro is the Mobility Program—a registered, crash-dam- aged helmet can be replaced for one-third of the retail price.For additional information, log onto Schuberth’s website.