Schuberth broke ground two years ago when it introduced the C3W, a highly researched, richly featured full-face helmet for women. I reviewed the C3W then and found it to be amazing in all areas, and well worth its original $699 price tag. The cost has since dropped to $499.
There’s always room for improvement though. It turns out I wasn’t the only one where the fit of the helmet wasn’t quite right. Hey, not all helmets work with all heads. I never could get the C3W’s padding to mold to my head shape and therefore had an annoying “hotspot” on my crown when wearing it.
So, I was happy to see Schuberth release an updated women’s helmet called the C3 Pro Women, the female-designed version of the C3 Pro.
The C3 Pro Woman has been out for a year now and I’ve been wearing it all summer, and indeed can attest that it fits my head just right with no annoying pressure spots. The marketing notes say the C3 Pro Woman and C3 Pro now offer “enhanced comfort and fit.” Im glad I wasn’t the only one with fit issues and its great to see Schuberth listening to its customers.
I wrote a very detailed review of all the features that make up the C3W, which are also included in the C3 Pro Women. You can read that review here.
Here are the areas that the C3 Pro Women, which starts at $769, differ from the C3W.
Not only is the color of the inside liner different, but the material has been improved. The fabric has additional properties that make it not only wick moisture better but keep you cool as well. There are fewer seams on the new liner, which means its smoother on the inside. And the ruby color of the liner hides makeup stains and dirt better than the off-white color in the C3W.
It’s worth noting that the cheek-pads are the main feature that makes the C3 Pro Women different from the C3 Pro. The padding is contoured to accommodate a woman’s narrower jawline and higher cheekbones.
Schuberth improved ventilation on the C3 Pro Women stating that its supply of fresh air has increased to more than 8 liters at 62 mph versus the C3W’s 7 liters. Honestly, this is one of the toughest features of a helmet for me to gauge, because when I’m hot, I’m hot. I’ll take their word that there’s more venting and better circulation, and I know my roasting head will appreciate it when the temperature heats up.
This is one area I can gauge easily because I’m so keen on when the wind is blasting my helmeted head so hard that I feel like a bowling ball’s plopped on my noggin. Side-by-side you can see subtle differences in the shape of the C3 Pro Women over the C3W.
The SRC-System is Schuberth’s in-helmet Bluetooth communication system, thats sold separately. It’s a Cardo Scala Rider system thats integrated into the neck collar of the helmet. If you buy this $429 accessory, youd then replace the stock collar with this one.
The system connects wirelessly to your GPS, cell phone and up to two other riders for conferencing. It also gets FM radio reception. On the C3 Pro Women, the helmet comes already equipped with an antenna and Bluetooth receiver to boost reception and distance between communicating riders.
So whether you buy the SRC-System accessory or not, the antennas come pre-installed in the helmet. They’re hidden—between the shell and the EPS liner—so you’ll never know they’re there. I don’t like Bluetooth attached to my helmet—I prefer to ride my motorcycle without the option to answer a call, listen to GPS, or an FM radio—so I didn’t opt for this accessory.
Apparently there was a demand for a pink helmet. I’m not surprised as pink is one of the hottest selling colors among women riders despite what an outspoken minority have to say. Harley-Davidson has long said that its Pink Label collection outsells its other apparel lines. Here again Schuberth responded to customers by offering the C3 Pro Women in a tasteful pearl pink.
My Final Observations
Let me address the elephant in the room, or shall I say, on the screen, here. Yes, $769 is a lot of money for a helmet. In fact, I was almost afraid to tell you that this is the starting price for the base colors of pearl white, pearl pink, glossy silver and matte black. The mineral white, a specialty color goes for $809, and two special graphic helmets sell for $829.
Once you know all that has gone into the development of this helmet and you wear it for a long period of time, like I did, you realize you’ll never want to wear another helmet—it’s that comfortable and you know it’s that protective.
To ease the sticker shock, Schuberth offersa three-year service program, as well as a “mobility program,” which enables a rider to replace a crash-damaged helmet with a brand new one at one-third of the retail price. I think thats a pretty good offer.
The two biggest factors for me when wearing a full-face helmet are the noise and the weight. The C3Pro Women, like its predecessor, is very quiet, much quieter than any other helmet I’ve worn. This is huge as wind noise over time fatigues me. I love the cocoon of quietness when the faceshield is locked in place.
Additionally, I need the helmet to be as light as possible because when you add in all the wind buffeting that your full-face-helmeted head and your neck must endure, the lighter the bucket on your head the better. Schuberth’s poundage and wind-tunnel tested aerodynamics can’t be beat in modular helmets.
Sizes for the C3 Pro Women range from XXS to L. To learn more visit SchuberthNorthAmerica.com.
More Observations on the C3 Pro Women from Joan Krenning
“I was the traditional old school Harley biker chick who was never going to wear a helmet. Although I had never ridden with a full-face helmet (and from what I hear, the old ones were not great) I always came out against them based on what others had told me: they are too heavy; the wind catches them, and you lose your peripheral vision.
When Sarah Schilke from Schuberth reached out to me in April of 2013 and asked if I would like to wear the C3 Pro, I had to think about it. I was currently wearing a newer half helmet from Harley-Davidson that weighed about 4.5 pounds, and as I rode, the wind was always buffeting me. And funny thing: it always seemed to be a crosswind.
I started wearing the C3 Pro Women on 100-degree day in June and took it off half way through the day. The next day, it began to rain, which turned to hail. I pulled over and said to myself, “Joan, this is stupid. You have a helmet and it is hailing.” So I put it back on and I have never taken it off.
I have since tried on many helmets to obtain a point of reference on these features:
– The Schuberth C3Pro Women weighs just 3.6 pounds.
– It’s cut back so far on the side that I have no vision loss at all.
– It has memory foam that is very comfortable around my face.
– The fabric lining is a very high quality fabric. (I’m picky about fabric because I work in the fabric business!)
– Faceshields are interchangeable and extremely easy to change.
– The chin piece is Velcro-ed in to achieve an airtight fit. It comes out easily for venting in extreme heat.
– Modular is very quiet and fairly air tight.
– When I ride in the cold, this helmet keeps me warm.
But at the end of the day, it is each and every one of these features that I believe has a direct effect on my fatigue level when riding. I am not as tired at the end of the day.”