Schuberth c3 Pro womenS
From £499.99 | www.tranam.co.uk | 01425 620580 | Tested by Carli Ann Smith
It may weigh just 1570g, but the flip-front C3 Pro is no lightweight when it comes to features.
The Pro has 23 changes from the original Schuberth C3 – including a rear spoiler, reduced noise levels, improved ventilation and revised liner and cheek pads – and the female version that I have on test has been specially designed to fit ladies’ facial shapes perfectly.
It’s got a microlock fastener which allows you to get the perfect close fit and also for the girls, there is a Coolmax liner which has Interpower coatings for wicking away moisture – i.e. getting rid of sweat – and which prevents staining from make-up. The liners are fully removable and washable too.
There’s an integrated sun visor which is operated by using an easily accessible slider at the bottom of the chin bar which is perfect to flick down when the sun is shining. The vents – one on the chin bar and one on the top of the helmet – can be opened to get some fresh air in.
I love the attention to detail on the lid. It must have been designed by someone who is pernickety about their gear just like I am… I love that the top vent can be popped off to clean the flies out and the visor has an easy-peasy changing mechanism. There are two reflective patches on the rear of the helmet too on the lining – which help raise your levels of visibility at night too.
Noise can be an issue in helmets – it’s very rare that I ever ride without earplugs – however, I tried it on the Schuberth and was surprised with the results. It’s one of the quietest on the market during testing thanks to an ‘integrated acoustic collar’ – which is the posh way of saying the gap for you to get your head into the helmet is small.
Just 82dB(A) at 100kph was measured on a motorcycle without fairing. A lot of wind noise gets into a helmet by air coming up into the helmet under the chin. Having a small hole and a chin curtain helps to prevent this. As a result, you can’t get the helmet on your head without opening the flip front – but you soon get used to that.
Schuberth helmets have a two year warranty – TranAm has extended it to five years if you buy in the UK and register the product on its website.
For those wanting to fit a communication system, there are two integrated antennas and optimised FM-Radio reception.
It comes with an anti-fog Pinlock insert included and I have a darker visor for the summer months too. Available in sizes XXS-M, I have the pearl white option – priced at £529.99 – but it’s also available in matt black for £499.99, pink for £529.99 and a colour scheme called ‘Euphoria’ which retails for £549.99.
The version for the guys comes packed with all the same features except for the Interpowder coating on the lining and it’s available in sizes XXS-3XL and 14 colour options.