Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Campbell, CA, USA
$425 is a great price for a C2. I recently bought mine from Helmet Harbor for more than that, and now they are listing them for $450. The other best price that had been floating around was through Extreme Supply, but it also looks like their prices start at about $450. I guess that now that Spring is here...
I only had my HJC CL-Max to compare with the C2, but given the right head size/shape, the C2 is an excellent helmet. I was distressed when the one which I bought mail order felt much tighter than the one I had tried on in a store. But not to worry after all - The one I bought "loosened up" to just right within a week of wearing it.
I will have to say that I don't notice a big noise reduction between the C2 as compared to the CL-Max (but maybe the CL-Max was not that noisy?) But it definitely is not an issue with the C2. I tried it out last week for the first time with my Autocom speakers and my little XM radio (playing through a cassette adapter through the bike's stereo system), and it was great. Not as good as if I had been using in-the-ear headphones, but fine nonetheless.
Sounds like you have had Schuberth helmets before, so I don't need to tell you about their quality. From some of the posts I have read, the C2 is a substantial improvement over the original Concept, and is worth the extra money. That is hearsay, however, as I never used an original Concept, only the C2.
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