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Schuberth C3W Modular Helmet

Schuberth C3W Modular Helmet Review
Schuberth C3W Modular Helmet Review
Schuberth C3W Modular Helmet Review

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Product Type
Product Name
Schuberth C3W Women's Modular Helmet
Model
C3W
MSRP
$699.00
Colors
  • Black
  • Silver
  • White
Sizes
XXS - L

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German Engineering Built to a Higher Standard

Schuberth made their first motorcycle helmet in 1954 and designed the fist flip-up helmet in 1998. They are considered to be the leading manufacturer worldwide for military, fire fighting, police, and Formula 1. Danica Patrick is not sponsored by Schuberth, but she chooses to wear one in her race car.

Great Sounds for the Journey

The Schuberth Rider Communmications System is a fully integrated Cardo G4 communications system that is integratred into the acoustic collar. It is very easy to install and will give you everything and anything you need from a high-end communcations system such as rider to passenger intercom, bike to bike intercom, mobile phone, MP3 and GPS. The communications system may be purchased separately for $399.

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Schuberth C3W Modular Helmet Review
Schuberth C3W Modular Helmet Review
Schuberth C3W Modular Helmet Review

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Schuberth C3W Modular Helmet Review 2012-07-13 19:18:22 Alice Sexton
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
3.5
Comfort 
 
4.0
Functionality 
 
5.0
Protection 
 
5.0
Quality 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.5
Reviewed by Alice Sexton    July 13, 2012
Last updated: July 13, 2012
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So Many Benefits to a Flip-up Helmet

Being hard-core snarky enough to scoff when something is offered up “just for the ladies” I was skeptical about this new helmet. Was it going to be just another standard guy’s helmet with a hipster swirly pink flower paint scheme? Spare me, and handover a top-of-the-line Rossi replica, if you please.

But hold the phone, ergonomic research shows that women do have a distinctly different facial shape than men,. They have a smaller head size in general and narrower jaw and higher more prominent cheekbones, so the new Schuberth C3W is truly engineered and manufactured— not decorated— for women. Along with the gender-engineered shape, the ecru lining is an incredibly soft jersey knit micro fiber that is antibacterial, antiallergenic, easy to clean and is make-up friendly! The interior, specially shaped for women’s features, is made of slow memory foam that fits smaller, finer features better than standard foam. This higher density foam and custom fit makes the helmet more comfortable than others and with this better fit, more safe. Now they have my attention.

So what’s the deal? Are flip-up helmets safe? Until testing the C3W I thought, not so much. As of 2008*, there haven’t been any wide scientific studies of modular helmets to assess how protective the pivoting or removable chin bars are. Unofficial testing and observation imply that significantly greater protection exists beyond that for an open face helmet, and may be enough to pass full-face helmet standardized tests (*thanks Wikipedia).

Well, duh, any full-face helmet offers more protection than an open face helmet. But I have to say; the C3W did change my mind about “flip-up” or “convertible” helmets once I found out they are drop tested on the chin bar to meet the same standards as a full-face helmet. It’s solid engineering meets the North America’s DOT FMVSS 218 standard as well as the rigorous ECE 22.05 standard used in 50 countries worldwide.

Schuberth has also developed the patented A.R.O.S. or Anti-Roll-Off System that is used exclusively in all of their motorcycle helmets. A.R.O.S prevents the helmet from pivoting off your head from behind and minimizes the risk of the helmet slamming into your chest during an accident. Schuberth made their first motorcycle helmet in 1954 and designed the fist flip-up helmet in 1998. And, they are considered to be the leading manufacturer worldwide (!) for military, fire fighting, police, and Formula 1 helmets. I feel safer already.

All Schuberth helmets are tested in their own aero-acoustic wind tunnel, so it’s understandable that the aero-dynamics and sound proofing on the C3W are superior. At highway speeds the C3W felt comfortable and light with very little wind drag. It was easily as quiet as any other full-face helmet I’ve worn. Now that was a surprise!

The face shield is rated optical Class 1 allowing nearly distortion-free vision and is one of the smoothest I’ve operated. Included is the anti-fog Pinlock® shield that adheres to the inside of the visor, since it comes as a separate feature, you have the option of installing it or not. The internal sun visor does have the anti-fog coating. It’s so cool looking, and it eliminates fumbling with sunglasses or having to carry/change visors. I especially like the ratchet-locking chin strap, much more adjustable and easier to close that a standard D-ring closure

Who knew there were so many benefits to riding with a flip- up helmet? Much easier to talk to your friends at the stop light with the chin bar raised, and it snaps back snugly into place just as easily as it is raised. Aside from the obvious benefits of being able to chug your water or sip a latte, it’s great for touching up make-up before that blind date, negotiating toll booths, asking directions or pleading desperately with the local CHP.

The C3W comes in 5 finishes: Pearl White, Glossy White, Glossy Silver, Glossy Black and Matte Black. MSRP is $699. Schuberth offers a 7-year manufacturer's warranty from date of manufacture, with a 5-year warranty from the date of purchase on C3, C3W and S2 helmets (whichever comes first).

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