That is why I won't wear anything less than a full coverage helmet.
If I wasn't wearing a full coverage helmet, I wouldn't be here to write this. And if it was a 3/4 helmet, I might be able to write, but probably wouldn't be speaking all too well.
When everything goes right, riding is exhilirating, but the consequences when something goes wrong can be quite serious. So it's up to each of us to recognize those consequences, and do everything we can to minimize them. That includes regular professional training, maintaining awareness of the current situation, always keeping an "out", and wearing the best gear that you can find, just in case.
Simply put, the C3 is the lightest, quietest, best-vented, and most comfortable helmet I've ever worn. The sun shilled is awesome, and the pinlock screen keeps the fog away when it's really cold outside. I put 26K miles on that C3 in 3 1/2 months, including multiple 1,000+ mile days, until an unfortunate incident with a coyote in the wilds of Nevada.
And then that helmet saved my life.
As you can see, the flip-up section held very well. I believe that has to do with Schuberth's German engineering excellence, which shows in details like all-metal latches and pins. Some other flip-ups are still using plastic pins. No, thanks.
That helmet was replaced with an exact copy. And, due to the excellent Schuberth Mobility Program
, I got that replacement for 1/3rd of listed retail cost. Nice.
But even if I had to pay full retail again, I would've gladly done so, as I simply won't trust my head to anything less.
The only two complaints I hear about the C3 is that it's expensive (yes, but quality gear always is), and that it doesn't fit some head shapes (which is why I recommend that you try any helmet on before you buy, as sizing and fit is quite important). I had to go up one size, from an XL C2 to an XXL C3 to get the right fit.
But if it does fit your head, and you do value safety, comfort, and quality over the cheapest price, then just do it.
After all, what's your head worth to you?
OK, OK, if you're still looking at cost, then there is a discount available to LD/IBA riders from JC Motors
, located in Irvine, CA. I believe it's 10% off and free shipping. And they're good people to work with, too.