Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Luzern, , Switzerland
I realised my much loved Arai is not really up to the job of serious winter riding. It's very light and fits like a glove, but it's just too cold and prone to misting up.
Snow permitting, I'm doing some serious commuting at the moment, so although it was eye wateringly expensive I bought a C3.
Yes, it is quiet, although in tunnels it does boom quite a lot. I guess I didn't notice this with other helmets because of the wind noise. It's also much less drafty around the neck. I did find my head getting cold though, so wear a skull cap and am now toasty. The big flip means it's easy to put on without disturbing any scarf/headgear arrangements, which is a big benefit. It's actually my first flip helmet and I do like the flip.
It has a special 'pinlock' visor that's very resistant to misting. It's a bit like looking through a letter box at first, but then you realise the peripheral vision is like a normal helmet, it just has this pinlock frame. You can see misting outside of the pinlock, so it is effective. Around town there is some misting, but otherwise it seems very effective.
I'm glad I bought it, and it does what it says it does, but if I wasn't using the bike so much I would say it's too much money.