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post #1 of 30 Old 02-03-2019, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Shoei/Schuberth Helmets

For the first time in my riding career, I'm thinking of dropping some coin on a top-tier helmet, not because my life is suddenly more valuable, but because I've come to believe that, even with earplugs, a high quality, well-fitted helmet would go a long way with noise attenuation/comfort.

I'm apparently lucky that my preference is for modular helmet as preliminary research suggests that modular helmets are inherently quieter than standard full-face helmets because it's possible to get a better seal around the neck area because you don't have to pull the whole thing over your wider head to get it on. I prefer a modular because they're much, much easier to use when you wear glasses.

Anyhoo, I've kind of narrowed this search down to either the Schuberth C3 or the Shoei Neotech 2. Right now I'm leaning toward the Shoei. Plus, there are Shoei dealers a short ride away where I can actually test-fit before purchasing.

Only drag to acquiring a nice helmet is that I'll no longer be willing to leave it, locked or unlocked, with the Strom if I go somewhere but I can deal with that.....

Anybody have any experience with either of these helmets? If so, I'd be interested in hearing your opinions.
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I have been using Shoei and Schuberth helmets all my biking career. My current options are a Schuberth C3 for longer trips and cooler weather, and a Shoei Hornet for the warmer days and smaller roads.
This is my fourth Schubert helmet, and I have been very pleased with all of them. They are a little heavier than a pure sports helmet, but VERY quiet and comfortable. A little warm though when it gets real hot outside. Schuberth is the only brand where i usually do not wear earplugs.
Both brands are quite nice and similarly fitting.
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...not exactly on question but......

Last season I decided since I wasn't getting any younger and the ringing in my ears was/is getting worse ( I always wear earplugs) that I would look for a quieter helmet and of higher quality as well. I did quite a lot of research. I ended up deciding on the Shoei RF-SR fullface. I have a bunch of open face lids but this would be replacing my old and failing HJC CL-max.
I had to buy it online as no local dealers had it in stock. The Shoei sizing chart and YouTube videos were right on and it fits, I think, perfectly. The quality is obvious and material superior except the fabric of the liner as it is a bit prickly against my bald head.
I was expecting it to be noticeably quieter than what I was used to since the visor has a nice gasket and the neck roll is snug plus a chin curtain, but, I guess my expectations were unrealistic. It is actually no quieter than my old HJC modular. I was bummed but otherwise happy with the fit/finish, comfortable eyeglass channels (no pressure from the arms of my sunglasses), overall comfort and especially the ventilation.
I got everything I wanted except more quiet.

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For a well done review have a look here.
He works for a Canadian online retailer but has the freedom to say what he wants. He will even recommend items that Fortnine doesn't sell.
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I'm pretty happy with my Neotec, with one summers use. I really like the flip front.

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I've got a SHOEI Neotec II that I really love. Big fan of the modular front, the flip-down visor, and the seal around the face. Was about $550.
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I'm also very dedicated to modular helmets. And I am very concerned about getting as quiet a helmet as possible. The Shoei and Schuberth are both reviewed as the quietest and general owner comments support this. The Fortnine review is good. There was also a comparison done by a guy in Holland, and he felt the Neo II was quieter than the Schuberth.

As a bit of a hi-fi guy, and a musician, I'm quite concerned about hearing protection. Additionally, I saw how isolating and depressing it was for my mother to have seriously diminished hearing in the last years of her life. Being deaf or having really poor hearing is a very big handicap. Anyhow...

I have a Shoei Neotech and will be replacing it with at Neotech II.Maybe this year, but the next for sure, as it is about 5 years old. I like the Schberth, but it just does not fit my head. The Neo II is by all accounts better than the Neo I (in terms of noise isolation. edit)

BTW, I tried on the new AGV carbon modular at the Vancouver MC show a few weeks ago. Very light- amazingly so, and very pretty. There was another fellow there who has both the AGV and the Neo II, and he says the Neo II is quieter on the road than the AGV.

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I got a Schuberth C3 Pro a few years ago. It was the quietest helmet I ever used. Unfortunately I didn't get much use out of it before my $800 helmet went on the junk pile. If a salesman talks you into buying an undersized Schuberth & tells you "It will loosen up" kick him in the nutz. It won't loosen up. I got tired of riding with a c-clamp on my head & bought a cheap Scorpion helmet off Amazon for $139. Not as quiet but it fits.

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I have a Shoei RF 1100 full face. Like it a lot. Still need ear plugs though.

I will never trust my melon to a modular again. Never.

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My experience is also that a top line helmet may not necessarily be any quieter than a cheapie, and so I focus on mid-range helmets that fit my head. Different makes are more suitable for different head shapes.

So do some online research and visit a few stores. I once tried a top of the line Arai which fitted great - and then took it for a ride and it squealed!

Add to that one clumsy moment can damage an expensive helmet just as quickly as a cheap one. Research and test, otherwise you are just guessing.
BTW, the quietest helmets I ever owned are: -
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