Schuberth C3 Pro Modular Helmet, Pinlock Lens, & SRC System

Sep 20, 2013 View Comments by

Schuberth C3 Pro Modular Helmet, Pinlock Lens, & SRC SystemThe new Schuberth C3 Pro model represents the latest step in the company’s march along the path of continuous enhancements to their line of motorcycle headgear. The C3 Pro comes in two outer shell sizes to help achieve an aerodynamically optimal shape, a greater degree of rider protection, high-speed stability, and low weight. The inner shell’s EPS foam is designed to increase shock absorption. The inner lining is a combination of COOLMAX and Thermocool materials to provide effective moisture removal and cooling capabilities as well as an improvement in overall comfort. Schuberth offers a separate series of the C3 Pro, with a special lining and contours in the cheek pads, that tailors the fit for women.

The micro-lock fastener system is more comfortable than on some previous Schuberth models, which could put pressure on the rider’s throat. Neck pads that protrude below the rear rim are made of reflective material, which helps visibility in low light situations. The visor locking and unlocking mechanism facilitates easy removal and installation, without any tools. The visor’s Pinlock lens, with its double-glazing technology, eliminates condensation in most riding situations. Although not a new feature, the internal sun visor, and its external slide control, is designed for easy activation and retrieval.

The most notable advances of the C3 Pro over the previous model include: (1) an air spoiler molded into the contour of the outer shell, rather than just being tacked on, along with other aerodynamic refinements; (2) an updated ventilation system, especially with the top and chin-bar air intakes; and (3) a more comfortable inner liner, just to name a few. The sum total of the changes is the quietest, lightest, and most comfortable modular helmet I have come across. As with other lids in the Schuberth line, it meets the ECE-R 22.05 test standard (which is probably the most exacting helmet test standard in the world) for impact absorption, penetration resistance, lateral rigidity, retention, and field of vision.

SRC System: The shell incorporates two antennas, which can plug into the fully integrated SRC-System (an abbreviation for Schuberth Rider Communication system). A small antenna is for Bluetooth connectivity and a longer one for FM radio reception. The components of the system are contained in a replacement neck collar, which can be snapped in place without any tools. The earphones attach to specially formed internal indentions in the helmet and are covered by the inner liner, which provides a nice and unobtrusive fit.

One of the most amazing things about the overall quietness of this helmet and the SRC System is that when I have received calls on my smartphone, the person on the other end of the call could not tell that I was talking while riding. (I don’t recommend, for safety reasons, doing this over an extended period of time.) The stiffer SRC enhanced neck collar produces a tighter fit and takes longer to become easily pliable when putting the helmet on and taking it off. Since Schuberth is not a communications company, the SRC System is the result of a partnership with Cardo systems, which manufactures the units.

Final Thoughts: As a traveling photojournalist, I particularly like the convenience of a flip-up helmet in being able to take spur of the moment photos. The downside of these helmets has always been their additional weight, from the hinge and locking mechanism. At around 1,570 grams for a size medium C3 Pro, this is one of the lightest modular helmets ever. There’s no doubt that the fully outfitted C3 Pro is one of the most expensive helmets on the market, but the question is how much are you willing to pay for top tier rider protection, comfort, quietness, modular convenience, and electronic sophistication?

Sizes: SM-3XL

Colors: gloss black, gloss silver, gloss white, hi-visibility yellow, and matte black

Helmet: $769.00 – $799.00

Pinlock Lens: $40.00

Optional SRC System: $429.00

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