Here’s a classic example of how a past experience shapes our future perception. I had a C3 Pro around 2013 when Schuberth opened its North American office in California. The helmet pressed against the top of my forehead very uncomfortably and I quickly asserted that I just don’t have the right noggin for a Schuberth. My judgment was too hasty.
With my long oval head shape and several helmets to choose from, it’s just human nature to go with what has worked best in the past. That’s why I’ve been using a helmet from one of the Big Three for the last decade.
I’m glad I’m revisiting Schuberth, because the E1 from a year ago fits me perfectly, and now the C5 is also great. The leftover impressions of the C3 Pro are long gone.
I ordered the E1 in the medium size, so naturally I also requested the same size for the C5. But I needed thicker pads to make it fit snugly. The sizing discrepancy is due to Schuberth’s Individual Concept, where M, L, and XL helmets can be fitted with side, back, and cheek pads for the perfect fit. A helmet should be nice and tight, so it’s best if you buy one in-person at your local dealer. The process of changing the pads is a breeze, thanks to Schuberth’s seamless linings.
There’s a lot to like about the C5, such as the modular design, maximum ventilation, internal sun visor, and built-in communication system. But for me, the standout is the noise level. This really is one quiet helmet. I always wear earplugs, and for the sake of testing the C5, I opted to leave them in my pocket for a few days while riding my Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE with little wind protection. While I still recommend wearing them, the C5 was noticeably quieter than the other helmets in my closet.
One thing to nitpick about is the communication system. After finally learning all of the button combinations on my Cardo Packtalk Edge, I was left looking at the instruction manual again since the SC2 system has a different method to the madness. As much as I like the built-in look and design, it requires two parts to be powered on and off. The SC2 is a $349 add-on.
An L-sized C5 weighs 3.9 pounds. Despite having two shell sizes available, sizes XS-L all use the same shell, making the smaller sizes appear like a big helmet. I’m always self conscious about the bulk of my helmet—it can’t be too big. I enjoy a smaller shell for looks but also perceived wind and safety issues.
Overall, the C5 is a premium helmet with a classy look that will enhance any motorcycle ride thanks to the fit, internal sun visor, and the locking mechanism that holds the chin bar in the up position as part of the modular design.
Schuberth C5 Helmet
Price: $749 (solid colors), $849 (graphics),