Features

  • MSRP $769
  • Where to Buy: Revzilla.com
  • Sizes: XXS-XL (2 shell sizes). The XS can be sized down with a smaller liner. You need to purchase the XS and optional liner in order to make it XXS. 
  • Colors: Pearl Pink (shown in my review), Matte Black, Silver, Pearl White
  • New ruby colored lining
  • Improved ventilation, but even quieter than the C3W
  • High clarity visor and Pinlock anti-fog insert
  • FM and bluetooth antenna connection integrated into the helmet for stronger reception with the SRC system
  • Interior is designed to fit most female heads and facial structures
  • Antibacterial, hypoallergenic microfiber liner
  • Aero spoiler - minimizes buffeting and lift
  • Integrated drop down sun visor
  • Patented anti-roll-off-system (AROS)
  • 360 degree visbility with reflective decals including the Schuberth logo, neckroll and triangular decals above the eye port
  • Mobility program: replace a damaged, registered DOT/ECE helmet at 1/3 of retail. click here for details.
  • 5 year warranty
  • ECE / DOT certifications
  • Weight: 1560 Grams, 3.6 lbs
  • Sample provided by Schuberth for review
  • Review Date: June 2013

Overview 

When I first heard the name Schuberth, there was a lot of talk about how great their helmets were. Everyone I had met who had one loved theirs and was always hopeful that Schuberth would make a comeback to the US and provide a full line of helmets again. All I knew was that they made incredible modulars. I was never interested in mods, so I didn't think twice about it. Until now!

I'm a sporty girl. I like sporty bikes including but not limited to, sportbikes, supermotos, nakeds and standards. When you're on something aggressive or simply lacking in tall windscreens/fairings, then it's truly important to have your helmet as aerodynamic, lightweight and quiet as possible. Who knew a modular could be all of these things? Well the C3ProW has been successfully designed to meet all of of these needs and more.

On my vast helmet shelf lies 3 helmets: Shoei Qwest, Arai Vector-2 and now Schuberth C3ProW. I never thought a modular would be able to stand up to the performance of their Japanese counterparts. Because Schuberth helmets have SO many features, I'm going to show you the ones I liked the best and really make this helmet worth the extra investment:

  1. What makes a motorcycle helmet female specific?
  2. Are modulars as safe as their full face counterparts? 
  3. Is it really that quiet? 
  4. Can you have a helmet that's vented and quiet? 

I'm going to write this review a little differently than normal, and try to address these issues first since these have come up the most in my conversations with fellow riders.  Then at the end I'm going to cover my favorite features, and of course Fit. There's so much to this helmet, if people want to hear more then I may just have to write a Part 2!

1) What Makes a Helmet Female Specific?

In my opinion, there really is no such thing. The exception would be the C3W/C3ProW. And the reason for this is because they sought out to design a helmet that would fit women better. When a company prioritizes that over marketing efforts to increase the number of female customers, that's when I can accept the definition and encourage my fellow female riders to try it out. 

But like any helmet, it's not a guarantee that it'll fit *all* women. And in my experience at Scuderia West, they definitely fit most women (more than half) but not every one. Some women fit the standard C3/C3Pro. Some fit both. It just depends on your head.

"The C3 PRO WOMEN features plush cheek padding specially contoured for a woman’s narrower jawline and higher cheekbone" - www.schuberthnorthamerica.com.

Schuberth C3Pro Women Modular, Pearl Pink
Schuberth C3Pro Women Modular, Pearl Pink

2) Are Modular Helmets as Safe as their Full Face Counterpars?

Yes, they absolutely are. BUT, not all modulars are made the same. 

Schuberth spends an incredible amount of time and energy to research and develop the best modular in the world. They invented the first one!  And they're not all made in Germany (and mostly by hand). I would research heavily any other modular you plan to wear and see what information is available as to the safety and testing standards of that brand. Also see what fellow riders and reviewers are saying about the helmet(s). 

I fully trust Schuberth and feel 110% comfortable and safe riding in it around town and on the highway (just finished up a 800 mile ride up CA in mine).  I have complete faith in it's ability to protect my head, no matter what the circumstance. Not only do they make motorcycle helmets, but they also make helmets for Formula 1 Racing, Police, Fire the United Nations and more.  

Schuberth C3Pro Women Modular, Pearl Pink san francisco scuderia west
Schuberth C3Pro Women Modular, Pearl Pink san francisco scuderia west

3) Is it Really That Quiet? 

First off, noise is relative. If you're wearing NO earplugs and you're wearing a helmet that's 1 or 2 sizes too big, your wearing the cheapest helmet you could afford at the time, and you have no fairing/windscreen, then yes, your helmet is going to be LOUD. 

With the extensive wind tunnel testing that Schuberth does, even on a naked bike with no fairing, it'll be one of the quietest helmets you've ever worn. Add some ear plugs (even the cheap $0.99/per 100 ones) and you'll be a happy camper. I've been riding around SF on the Brammo which lacks fairing and windshield. I still hear wind noise, but it's dampened more than my other helmets. Due to the large neckroll, the wind seems to be minimized there as well. If you have a huge gap between your neck and the helmet, that's where you'll find a lot of the wind noise to be coming from.

The C3ProW is quieter than my other helmets (not silent, however) and does a fantastic job of buffeting the wind too. Last weekend I rode the Lost Coast-Mattole Road, again. If you're not familiar, it's a stretch of road that's goaty, windy and beautiful! (See this blog post from my trip last year) In the middle you're riding this awesome stretch of coast with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the hillside on the other.

mattole road lost coast california motorcycle
mattole road lost coast california motorcycle

This time however, I rode it from South to North at the very end of the day. Which consequently, became the WINDIEST time of day. Holy crap. I couldn't stay in my lane. Luckily I was the only one on that stretch so I could ride in the middle of the lane. It was SO windy that I was afraid of being pushed into the ditch so I hovered over the middle as closely as I could. It felt like I had wind coming at me from all directions, although it was mostly crosswinds. If I had to guess, at least 60-70mph winds? I had no trouble keeping my head down. From being on the freeway to Mattole road, I expected to fight the wind but the helmet did all the work for me.

The only issue I had was that the South to North direction demanded a lot of downhill twisty riding. You have to work a lot harder to keep your head up and shoulders back on that kind of incline on an aggressive forward riding position. By the end of that day, I was exhausted (~340 miles in) and was working really hard to keep my knees up against the tank and head up. My head and neck muscles were sore and at that point, my helmet felt like it was weighing me down. But I don't blame the Schuberth specifically for that. Sportbikes just aren't made for tight, downhill turns at the end of a long riding day! 

schuberth helmets testing modular wind
schuberth helmets testing modular wind

(photo courtesy of Schuberth)

4. Can you Have a Helmet that's Quiet and Vented?

Yes, Yes you can. Typically, you have to give up one or the other. A super quiet helmet and less venting, or a really well ventilated helmet that's super quiet. 

Although I can't say that this vents as much as my Arai, it does a *really* good job. Even in high 80s, low 90s, I didn't find myself dying to take off this helmet. The extra vents on top, as well as the way they vent internally really does work. Below you can see two things that boost these two features: #1 is the gray flocking material to coat the EPS to minimize noise; and #2 is the venting intakes to increase air flow without adding noise.  

Schuberth C3Pro Women Modular, Pearl Pink
Schuberth C3Pro Women Modular, Pearl Pink

This diagram shows how exactly the venting works and the way Schuberth was able to dramatically increase air flow without sacrificing noise. German design + German engineering = Winning!

Schuberth C3Pro Women motorcycle helmets modular best
Schuberth C3Pro Women motorcycle helmets modular best

My Favorite Features

  1. DROP DOWN SUN VISOR. Even though I couldn't get the hang of removing the visor, I still LOVE this feature. I thought I wouldn't be able to give up my precious Maui Jims, but since I haven't been able to locate them I've definitely become a fan. I'd say they're a dark smoke shade. Perfect for daytime riding at dusk, at the worst time of day. They provide almost as good visibility as any pair of high end sunglasses I've worn. It's so nice to have this option during daylight and then put it away at night. I never used shaded visors before and with this feature you definitely don't have to again. The only problem I had with this is that it can be difficult to remove. I didn't need to do that to clean it, but it would be nice if it were easier to figure out. Apparently, they also comply with an Australian standard for sunglasses, AS1067. They definitely performed well in the blazing sun as well as any other sunglasses I've worn. Also, the visor sat perfectly while in sporty position, but felt a little high while in an upright riding position. But something I quickly adapted to.
  2. VISOR. Due to the high clarity on a Schuberth visor, you'll see absolutely NO distortion with or without the insert. I can't rave about this enough. There are two factors that make the visor so incredible: Level 2 optical clarity; and utilizing a process known as injection molding to eliminate distortions. In most helmets, you may notice a slight distortion when the Pinlock is up against the visor. Not so in the Schuberth. I never noticed it in my other helmets until my husband pointed it out, since he doesn't like the Pinlock system. It's the first thing I noticed when I put the helmet on and pulled away from my garage. Holy crap, everything looks crystal clear. I have a very slight astigmatism, so at night street lights and tail lights have a slight streak through them. If it's raining, it's even worse.  I don't notice that anymore with this helmet. Awesome. 
  3. INTERIOR PADDING/LINER. Memory foam + microfiber = ridiculously comfortable, forms really nicely to my face and feels great, even after a 340 mile day. Even in 80+ degree heat, it felt fantastic, given the antimicrobial / hypoallergenic material that they're made of. You know how after a really long day of sweating in your helmet you wish you could just throw the whole thing in the washing machine? I didn't have to do that and even now, after wearing it every day for a month, I don't feel the need to wash it. It doesn't smell, and still feels soft and cushy. But of course, it's all removable and washable if you feel like giving it a quick clean. A tip for helping it break in a quicker is to wash it.  
Schuberth C3 Pro Women, Matte Black
Schuberth C3 Pro Women, Matte Black

(in Matte Black, nice! As a friend of mine once said, it looks like a luxury car)

Fit

The C3ProW fits pretty closely to my Shoei Qwest and Arai Vector-2. I did however have to go up to a Small in this since my forehead was a little too high for the XS. Typically I wear an XS in most helmets. But the forehead pressure was just too much. And it also sat really high on my forehead since it was just too tight up top to sit down all the way on my head.

One of the main differences between the C3ProW(rose) and the C3W (nude) is the padding. There's less padding overall around the forehead/cheekbones. If you have chipmunk cheeks like I do, then you'll probably appreciate the way the Pro fits. If you have beautiful, high cheekbones then you may want the C3W instead. 

Schuberth C3Pro Women, cushiy lining and padding
Schuberth C3Pro Women, cushiy lining and padding

It took me about 700-800 miles to fully break. It could be a smidge snugger, maybe 0.25 cm but not so much that it changes the fit at high speed or isn't snug enough to stay on my head in case of an accident. It's more of a comfort / preference. 

Overall, I really like the C3ProW for a Modular. In my opinion, a modular never takes the place of a Full Face for protection. You will always have more protection (most importantly on the sides of the helmet) with a full face helmet. If you are shopping for the lightest, quietest modular then the Schuberth is the way to go. It barely weighs more than my Shoei RF-1200

UPDATE 2016: 

My daily helmet is now a Shoei RF-1200. I've decided that for me, I want the protection that a Snell Rated helmet can offer. 

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