Schuberth C3 Helmet Review

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Traveling Man, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. AlexFIA

    AlexFIA n00b

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    I bought my C3 helmet in the winter and wore it three times. It is by far the most expensive torture device I have ever purchased (no that I buy torture devices often). I normally wear a size medium helmet (mainly Shoei but used to use Arai), but everyone to include the Schuberth rep said to get the small since it fit the best around my forehead. Fit great, felt great in the store, even kept it on for a bit as I walked around the store. I was so happy, I wore it home. Unfortunately, I live more than 30 minutes from the dealer, and 30 minutes is about the point that it kicks in. Its like a bone crusher on my forehead. I talked to the dealer and they said they could mold it to my head shape (the ol' spoon trick). Worried about voiding a warranty, I called Schuberth who told me don't it. They recommended I wear it more often and assured me that it would break in. After three painful attempts, I give in. I'm not one for paying $700 (plus the California-no-one-else-pays-their-taxes-so-we had-to-raise-sales-tax-to-ridiculous-almost-NY-like-levels sales tax) for something that crushes my skull in hopes it will break in. It broke me. If I have to take it off when I stop every 2 hours, then why even get a flip-up?

    I've read through these posts and seen some who stuck it out (for A LOT of miles) and are happy with the helmet. My issue is that I'm not super happy with all aspects. I like the visor but it does not seem to go low enough. It is definitely quieter in clean air, but it is tough to find the ideal spot behind a windscreen. Like many, the chin strap digs into my neck, and it never feels like I can find a happy medium between rotating it forward to allow some room for my chin, or rotating it back to keep the strap from digging into my neck. I might sound like I have some freakishly shaped head, but it seemed pretty normal until I bought this helmet. Maybe I just don't have a "Schuberth Head".

    So now I am at a point where the helmet is practically new and I could sell it someone who will actually use it, or risk wearing it longer in hopes of it breaking in. I would hate to have a $700 helmet sit on my shelf un-used. This is my first flip-up and I chose the Schuberth because of the low noise, reputation, and built in visor, but I'm wishing I had bought the Shoei Qwest as originally planned.

    I guess I'm wanting someone to talk me off the ledge by assuring me it will all be ok, or for reality to just hit me on the head (without the helmet on) and sell it.
  2. johnpgs

    johnpgs Adventurer

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    My first few rides with my C3 found the helmet too tight around the top of my head causing enough pressure to be painful after 30 min or so. My C3 is a medium, after to talking to the good folks at Schuberth, I ended up with a size large top liner ($50.00) in my medium helmet which has made it super comfortable. You did not mention what size your C3 is, but just a thought.
  3. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    I wanted to like the helmet, but I finally gave up trying to be comfortable in the C3 and mine is now for sale on fleabay. I am sure that they are comfortable for the right noggin, but mine isn't it. Features and construction are top notch. The most comfortable helmet for me has been the Arai Quantum (round oval) helmet and that is what I have gone back to.
  4. jdc_va_usmc

    jdc_va_usmc Been here awhile

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    Now that riding season is here, I'm back to getting strange looks for about the first 30 minutes of work each morning.

    Does anyone know if Schuberth sells an updated liner that doesn't mar your forehead?
  5. nytrashman

    nytrashman old and in the way

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    a couple of weeks ago i replaced my old helmet with a new Schuberth C3, size small. it was no quieter then the Shoei Quest it replaced. i spoke to my local dealer where i bought it and they had me try on a side extra small. i immediately noticed how it muted the sounds in the showroom. i was told that once it breaks in it will fit like a small. i honestly couldn't be happier. it is so quiet i don't wear ear plugs for my local riding, but if i had to ride 8-10 hrs on the interstate i would definately want to where ear plugs. at first the helmet was tight but i have to say it is breaking in nicely and gets more comfortable every time i wear it. i still get the red mark on the center of my forehead but even that is slowly diminishing. overall i am very impressed with the helmet. i love the internal sun visor as i do not have to carry an extra face shield with me when i ride to work in the dark in the AM. although not really a big deal but switching to a tinted face shield before the ride home was just one more thing to do before leaving work. and on the odd occassion when i would be in a hurry and forget to bring a tinted face shield the ride home in bright sunlight was a bitch. having had pin locks on a few previous helmets i am completely sold on them. having only had helmets with D rings it took me a little while to get used to the closeure system on the C3, but after using it for a little while i am really liking it. it makes removing the helmet quick and easy. $699 + tax is a lot of money to spend on a helmet but for me i feel it was money well spent.

    i have heard if you contact Schuberth they will sell you ($40) the next size larger helmet liner that is supposed to eliminate the problem of the red mark on your forehead.

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  6. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    In a recent rainstorm, water got inside the pinlock. I had to take the inner shield off and wipe out the moisture. Afterward, I could get the seal right. No matter what I did there was a gap. Then one of the pins fell our and it whistles. Then, I contacted Schuberth and haven't heard anything for 5 days.

    Can anyone shed some light or offer help? Thx.
  7. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    in the rain you've got to be careful not to get water inside the pinlock or you will live in a world of fog. I had the same problem and took the helmet back to the dealer and he replaced the pinlock no cost.
  8. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    I'm picking up a new, black, C3 World tomorrow afternoon and I'm a little torn on the sizing.

    I tried on a large and it's fairly snug, not uncomfortably so, but snug. I would think that it would be perfect given some time to break in. The only problem is the chinbar/buckle problem. I close the chinbar and it forces the buckle into my throat. Ugh.

    I tried on an XL and while it's not as snug as the large, the gentleman helping me and the Schuberth rep said it wasn't a bad fit. The chinbar/buckle issue isn't so bad with this one. While I think this is probably the way to go, I'm just concerned about it getting too loose after it spends some time on my noggin.

    My head measures a consistent 58cm and I always wear a SweatVac Skull Cap (keeps my helmets from getting all smelly), but my helmet size is kind of all over the place.
    Arai XD3 - XL
    Scorpion EXO-1000 - XL ( I sold this one a while back. )
    Arai QuantumII - Large
    Shoei Multitec - Large


    I'm wondering if I should get the large and just figure out how to make the buckle thingy work or get the XL and get in touch with Schuberth and see about getting a thicker liner?

    Any guidance on this?
  9. Panicfishwater

    Panicfishwater n00b

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    same one i got.....love it!! i got the XL, but the sizing was perfect for me.... great helmet.
  10. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    From Schuberth: (Bold type added for emphasis)

  11. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Oh! And via a conversation I had with a Schuberth rep this weekend, tinted visors are coming. :deal
  12. spyder3

    spyder3 n00b

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    I had the forehead issues also with my L C3. The liner on the S2 fits inside the helmet the same and eliminates the forehead mark & headaches. Glad i saved my investment.:clap
  13. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    Because it is a modular helmet (flip-up), the chin bar to chin strap distance is different than a regular full face helmet. I had the same issue when I transitioned from a Shoei X-12 to the C-3. It took a few days to get used to it, but now I don't even notice it. I've had my helmet since December. Sadly, there is nothing that can be done about the position of the chin strap, with the exception of lengthing it a bit which may help a little. YMMV
  14. Xeraux

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    I ended up picking up an XL. The XL was a little more snug than I remember when I initially tried it on, giving it plenty of room for it to "break in" a little and still retain plenty of pressure against my head. Plus, the larger shell put the strap/buckle in a little better position in relation to my throat.

    I was really surprised to find out that the huge-looking Schuberth C3 is lighter than my Shoei Multitec. :scratch
  15. jdc_va_usmc

    jdc_va_usmc Been here awhile

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    It seems counterintuitive, but I found that tightening the strap actually helps get the buckle up and forward a bit, away from my throat.

    It really takes some time to figure out the best position for the buckle, and I still find that I have to put the helmet and buckle on just right for it not to annoy my throat.
  16. enkil

    enkil Been here awhile

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    Loved the C3. :1drink
  17. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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  18. TimeTo Ride

    TimeTo Ride ALLAN

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    Bought my C3 in May, sent it away for warranty work in June (sun visor was stuck), put a few miles on it and could not live with the visor always coming down. It would flip down completely or half way without notice due to the buffeting behind a stock windscreen on a 1200 GS. Went on a 5000km trip in June/July and left it at home, I want the visor up unless it is raining.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I've put a 1" O-ring between the visor and the attachment point and it all seems good, on the GS anyway, not sure about speed on a naked bike. The o-ring is just a little large for the circle and goes around the two detent tabs on the visor which keeps it in place while you put the visor on.<o:p></o:p>
    Like the helmet, feels good, large size, no mark of Shuberth, sun shade is nice (vibes a bit but have tuned that out), some electric tape on the bottom of the visor works like a ball cap when up and will by another for my wife along with the radios.<o:p></o:p>
    Al
  19. nitrox32

    nitrox32 Adventurer

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    I just picked up the matte black helmet. I also like to ride with the visor up, with my XD3 that was no problem but with the schuerth the visor keep slamming shut. I will have to try the o-ring to see if that helps
  20. Motodisiac

    Motodisiac Moto Terrorist

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    Just so you guys know, famous and notorious Schuberth mark is no longer an issue. It turns out liner from new S2 fits right in C3 and completely eliminates any comfort issues. The improvement is unbelievable - poor fitting C3 goes from torture device to Cadillac. Even those who don't have any fit issues will notice better level of comfort. My C3 was OK before I swapped the liner but now it's my favorite helmet ever.