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Old 02-24-2015, 05:40 AM   #1
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Helmet Thoughts?

I just pulled the trigger on an Arai Defiant, but just as I did it occurred to me I hadn't considered Schuthbert. A quick look shows the German brand is more expensive, but I generally get what I want with helmets. Who's got experience with Schuthbert? Who's got experience with the Defiant?

(for the record, I'm not interested in flip face helmets, so we can compare apples to apples here).
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:57 AM   #2
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I just pulled the trigger on an Arai Defiant, but just as I did it occurred to me I hadn't considered Schuthbert. A quick look shows the German brand is more expensive, but I generally get what I want with helmets. Who's got experience with Schuthbert? Who's got experience with the Defiant?

(for the record, I'm not interested in flip face helmets, so we can compare apples to apples here).
I did a lot of research when choosing my helmet. There's a website out there I'll see if I can find it that compares test reports for a number of different helmets. The Gaberg Duke did quite well if not better than most including the BMW helmet and the Schuthbert. I wanted a modular helmet i.e. one that would flip up the chin bar. I've had a number of Roof Boxer helmets and considering the new one, just have not wanted to pull the trigger on the dollars. Sound quality, i.e. quietness, fit weight and feel so far the Duke has served me well.

http://www.designerhelmets.com/shop/...d/caberg/duke/
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:14 AM   #3
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Be sure to check out webbikeworld:

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...le-helmets.htm

Been some talk about Schubert in the equipment forum here, too.

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Old 02-24-2015, 06:51 AM   #4
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I have had a schuberth s2 for about a year and a half now. The comfort is the reason I purchased it and I liked the larger chin bar on it. The only issues I have run into is that sometimes there is a whistle when I head check to the right, and due to the larger chin bar it can only go so far before hitting your shoulder. It doesn't always happen, so I think it may be due to a particular manner that I may close the visor. Other than that, I did have to cut out some of the plastic for my sena to mount because I didnt want to buy the proprietary neck collar for like $400, but I knew that going into it. It is a super comfortable helmet which was the most important factor for me. I bought my s2 when there was a 15% discount at my local bike shop, but sometimes I wish I had just bought an RX-Q or Defiant, you can not go wrong with an Arai.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:25 AM   #5
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I love Arai and have had good experiences with their helmets. The Schuthbert interested me bc they are some of the lightest and smallest profile helmets out there, and apparently some of the quietest too.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:45 AM   #6
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I just pulled the trigger on an Arai Defiant, but just as I did it occurred to me I hadn't considered Schuthbert. A quick look shows the German brand is more expensive, but I generally get what I want with helmets. Who's got experience with Schuthbert? Who's got experience with the Defiant?

(for the record, I'm not interested in flip face helmets, so we can compare apples to apples here).
I ordered the Schuberth C-3 Pro with the communications gizmo and promptly returned it after prying my head out of it. They inexplicably size their helmets a full size smaller and I don't have the patience to get another one. Its a nice helmet for sure but way over priced. The nice thing I guess is the plug and play nature of the bluetooth set but all said it was over $1200.00 for the set up which is just ridiculous IMO.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:59 AM   #7
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This post should be in the Equipment section. You might get more responses there.
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:53 AM   #8
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This post should be in the Equipment section. You might get more responses there.
Good call. thanks
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:28 PM   #9
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Used an Arai Vector from 2009-present, recently replaced with a Schuberth in October.

It initially felt different from my Arai at first (less "soft" and plush), but has broken in really nicely over the first few weeks. Airflow on both is something to be desired, but it's not bad. The Schuberth fits way closer than the arai did sized correctly. Again, was a little weird at first, but now I'm totally used to it and really like it.

The one thing I like about the Arai is the detentless visor. I was able to crack it just a tiny bit to get the amount of airflow I wanted. Schuberth has detents and the space between closed and the first detent is too big to use on the highway. Again, not a deal breaker, but something I really liked about the Arai. On the contrast, swapping out visors or even popping it off is so much easier and faster on the Schuberth, and a huge PITA on the Arai.

Honestly you can't go wrong with either; both are great. Whatever fits best and is most comfortable.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:40 PM   #10
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I ordered the Schuberth C-3 Pro with the communications gizmo and promptly returned it after prying my head out of it. They inexplicably size their helmets a full size smaller and I don't have the patience to get another one. Its a nice helmet for sure but way over priced. The nice thing I guess is the plug and play nature of the bluetooth set but all said it was over $1200.00 for the set up which is just ridiculous IMO.

You do have to pry your head in and out of a Schuberth, at least initially. When I first tried on my S2 I thought I'd never get it off without peeling my ears off. But this goes away after breaking in the helmet and after the foam conforms to your head.

I really like my S2 but it fogs easily in cool weather. The comm system is nicely integrated but it is spendy. I can't speak to the modulars but the S2 is one of the quietest helmets I've used.
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Old 02-25-2015, 06:03 AM   #11
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The significant lack of fogging is one thing I really like about my XD3. I'm not sure how the Defiant will work in that department, since the chin bar is closer. But the XD does not work well on my street bike.

Is the smaller profile and weight of the Schuthbert really noticeable?
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