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I have an HJC, about 6 years old... Really wondering about replacing it.
Do you really feel difference about these high price helmets to a more standard one?

Let me know your opinion.
 

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The C3 is an outstanding helmet: lightweight, lots of features, great quality and soundproofing... that doesn't fit my head shape. So I'd have sprung for it if it didn't give me headaches.
 

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Schuberth are fine helmets. WebBikeworld describes the C3 internal shape as slightly round. If that matches your head, great (it's not right for me).

About top line helmets...well, they might be safer. The company making them might take more care (expense) in quality control and superior design to exceed the test minimums. DOT certification is self-certification. Even if the helmets pass the lab tests once, they might not in the future if something changes, maybe even including the temperature inside the factory. Re-testing is not required to continue DOT certification, nor is testing done by the DOT.

My new Arai Signet-Q (long oval internal shape) is my first premium helmet, and it is the most comfortable helmet I've had yet.
 

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I ordered the Schuberth last yr and really wanted to like it. I ordered it in a LG and it was just too snug in the chin area. I think the XL uses a different sized shell and may have worked but I've never worn an XL anything..... so I ordered the Shoei Multitec in L which I knew Shoei LG fits me like a glove and have been happy since. Not quite as quiet as the C3, but worlds quieter than prior HJC modulars.

Maybe I'll bump to the Neotec in a while if prices come down in a yr or 2, but I don't see the premium right now for the internal visor and removeable liner.
 

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I moved from HJC to Shoei, first a RF 900 now a Quest.
Side by side the Shoei has a nicer liner and is definitely quieter.
It is also more stable when I turn my head at speed.
The HJC gave me a little more room at the chin.
I found the Shoei more comfortable overall but the HJC is still a great helmet and a good value. I have recommended the brand to some friends who are t entering the rider community.

Incidentaly, Revzilla was closing out the HJC modular. The price was good enough I bought one as a back up/passenger lid.

The best helmet is the one that is the most comfortable on your head, regardless of brand.
 

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I have an HJC, about 6 years old... Really wondering about replacing it.
Do you really feel difference about these high price helmets to a more standard one?

Let me know your opinion.
My opinion is that I like the Schuberth C3 over the Arai Signet. What I would suggest is that you go and try one on. Not knowing your head size or shape..I have no idea if this helmet would work for you. Helmets are like shoes IMHO. Find one that fits and that you like and go with it. Arai also makes a decent lid. The Schuberth C3's are top of the line and also top of the $$$. I paid $1200.00 for both helmets when I purchased them through my BMW dealer. That was with a discount.

Then again what is your head worth? Finally, yes, I do feel a difference in comfort, weight, and love the use of the flip up front and the built in "shades".
 
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