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post #1 of 15 Old Mar 5th, 2017, 2:39 pm Thread Starter
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Helmet Preference (Not just fit)

I've been using an HJC brand helmet for some time now but am ready to drop a few extra coins and move up to either a:

  • Shuberth
  • Shoei
  • Nolan

I would appreciate hearing from those of you who have owned at least 2 of these brands as to which one you like best and why? Obviously it goes without saying that fit is critical so I'm interested in the other features that drew you to a particular brand. I might mention that I'm only interested in a modular helmet.

Thanks for your input!


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Re: Helmet Preference (Not just fit)

I don't own a modular helmet but the brands you listed offer some great choices. I would also check the Klim TK1200 helmet. I got to try one on last summer and thought it was pretty well made; plus it is carbon fiber which cuts down on weight. The helmet has a transitions lens so eliminates the additional sunshade lens that you flip up or down. I'm sure you took this into consideration but if you use a Bluetooth unit that mounts to the side of the helmet make sure all helmet functions will work when it is installed. Good Luck in your search.
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Re: Helmet Preference (Not just fit)

I wear a Klim jacket and pants so it stands to reason that I should check out their helmet. Thanks for the tip as I didn't know Klim sells a modular helmet.


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Re: Helmet Preference (Not just fit)

I don't care so much for any brand that I won't look at another. For me, it's all about the fit. If it's not comfortable, the helmet isn't worth anything.

It takes me hours to choose a new helmet, because I try on the Brand(s) I'm interested in, and then I wear it in the shop for at least 45 minutes to an hour, to make sure "hot spots" (pressure points) don't appear.

That being said, my last three helmets have been three different brands: Arai, Shoei, and Schuberth.
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Re: Helmet Preference (Not just fit)

I have four helmets I rotate through depending on the trip/ride or commute. Like hallzee I have: Arai RX-Q, Schuberth S2, Shoei GT Air and Neotec lids. I like them all. My head is on the cusp between large and extra-large so I usually tweak the fit with cheek and center pads. I had to "spoon" the Schuberth to relieve the forhead pressure points.

That said: Arai is smallest and lightest, Schuberth is the most quiet, and Shoei fits the best after pad swaps; thinner pads for a large and thicker for the extra-large. The Neotec has the best venting, followed by any of the others being about equal.

The Neotec I bought recently and have only an hour or so if commuting time in it. I do like it even though it is loudest and heaviest.

I'd buy each again.

I'm a bit of a gear geek with my "collections" of helmets, jackets, boots, pants, gloves, etc.

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Edit to add: A favorite feature for me is the drop down sun visor; I bought a pro shade for the Arai but I don't like it enough. I run SENA 10R with an earbud adapter on all helmets. I suppose I lean toward Shoei for the moment, but will try others at some point.
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Re: Helmet Preference (Not just fit)

I purchased a Schuberth C3 Pro two years ago when the US Dollar was strong against the Euro. Local dealer couldn't come close to the price so I jumped on it.
I love it but it's my first "premium" helmet.

One thing to consider is the cost of adding a communication system, Schuberth SRCs are costly, and will only communicate with other SRC's. They can connect to Sena but not with full functionality.

Schuberth C4 helmet will be out next month, if you can stand to wait that long.
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Re: Helmet Preference (Not just fit)

Schuberth C3 has been the best helmet I have ever bought. Its very quiet and it fits my head. They make different inserts so you can get the perfect fit for you. If you can get to a rally or bike show, Schuberth will have a booth with every helmet they make and you can try them on and get fitted from a factory rep.
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Re: Helmet Preference (Not just fit)

Another option which is more than just "modular", its approved as both a fullface and an open-face, is the Shark Evoline series (French made).
Just bought my 2nd one (online... and I never buy anything wearable online!)... and had it shipped from the UK as I wanted a very specific colour (Arona Hi-Viz) that was out-of-production and almost unavailable.
Previously owned BMW v5 fliptop (Schuberth), and various full face helmets.
Tried on Nolan's and Shoei's... none of them seemed to fit nicely.
The Shark is a slightly larger build, an L fits me perfectly, where I needed XL in the others.
And its proven the quietest helmet I can ever remember using....
Full reviews on Revzilla
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Feared Factor mentioned the Schuberth SRC so I will relate my experience. Both the Schuberth S2 and SRC I bought later were purchased on sale; I got them both for about the full price of the helmet alone. Anyway, I've boxed the SRC in favor of the SENA 10R because: 1) the SENA speakers plug into the unit thus permitting the use of an adapter for earbuds. I prefer the earbuds because they act as earplugs as well as enough sound that I find lacking with speakers at any volume setting. The SRC speakers are hard-wired into the main unit. 2) the SENA will connect to both my iPhone and Garmin Zumo 660 simultaneously while the SRC will not. It is possible I am mistaken, but I've checked thoroughly. I recall that I may have seen an eBay service offering to add an earbud adapter as on option to the speakers, but the lack of connectivity especially had me replace it with the SENA. I really wanted to like the SRC with it's clever integration into the neck roll and ability to directly plug in and iPod or the like, but it fell short.

For my shameless plug, I have a Schuberth SRC for an XL and larger S2 model helmet for sale. It is in excellent shape in the original box with all accessories (except for maybe a bit of Velcro or two) and an extra chin curtain. I'll make someone a good deal. 😄

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Re: Helmet Preference (Not just fit)

I currently have an Arai, and while it is nicely built etc, I will not buy another Arai - (that however is another story!)

I have previously owned three Shoei's - the last two being Raid II & Multitech. I found the helmets to fit me perfectly, the air flow was good. The visor change mechanism was really easy to use. I did have some issues with the Multitech visor, but that was cleared up by Shoei.

My next helmet will be a Shoei system/modular/flip helmet.

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I've been using an HJC brand helmet for some time now but am ready to drop a few extra coins and move up to either a:

  • Shuberth
  • Shoei
  • Nolan

I would appreciate hearing from those of you who have owned at least 2 of these brands as to which one you like best and why? Obviously it goes without saying that fit is critical so I'm interested in the other features that drew you to a particular brand. I might mention that I'm only interested in a modular helmet.

Thanks for your input!
That's me!

I started out with Nolan N43 and then the Shoei Neotec. No comparisons between the two! They are clearly in 2 different classes. My all-around helmet is the Shoei. It is comfortable, and MUCH quieter than the Nolan. I use the Nolan as a light 3/4 helmet (with the chin bar removed) for "round-town" riding, when I don't care too much about noise, even though I always wear earplugs while riding with either helmets.

Go and take a look at WebBikeWorld test reports on helmets, and you can decide for yourself!
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I wear a Klim jacket and pants so it stands to reason that I should check out their helmet. Thanks for the tip as I didn't know Klim sells a modular helmet.
Just be cautioned that the transition visor will lightened up slowly (relatively speaking), and much too slow if you were riding in bright sunlight into a tunnel! I love technology, and have transition lens on my glasses (when I was wearing them), but I would opt for internal sunshade that is manually lowered and raised, for the application flexibility!
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I've been using an HJC brand helmet for some time now but am ready to drop a few extra coins and move up to either a:




  • Shuberth
  • Shoei
  • Nolan



I would appreciate hearing from those of you who have owned at least 2 of these brands as to which one you like best and why? Obviously it goes without saying that fit is critical so I'm interested in the other features that drew you to a particular brand. I might mention that I'm only interested in a modular helmet.



Thanks for your input!


Watch the Revzilla video on helmet fit, then go try the brands on. FIT MATTERS MOST. After you get a brand(s) that best accommodates your shape and size, then look at the features. Features are irrelevant if the helmet is not comfortable.


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My Arai Quantum was the quietest helmet I had ever owned, but I wanted to go with a modular so Arai was out. I tried a Nolan (I think model was 2000) that was the loudest, worst fitting helmet I've ever worn. Hated it and will never own another Nolan. Current helmet is Schuberth C3 Pro, which is modular, yet rivals the Arai for quiet. Great fit and is truly the best helmet I've ever owned.
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For me it's the Shark Evo-One that came out in Europe in 2016. I ordered mine from Italy since it wasn't available on the NA market yet.

Smaller and lighter than my previous Evoline 2. Better ventilation, pinlock included. Larger integrated Sun visor, Intercom Ready also.
This is 2 helmets in one. AFAIK it's the only helmet certified for riding in Jet or Full face position.

With their new auto up/ down system for the visor, I can switch from Jet to Full face or vice versa with one hand while riding.



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