Nope, the blue helmet pictured is the C3 Pro, which German helmet maker Schuberth has been making since 2013. We got to attend a fun little media gathering last night for Schuberth’s all-new E1 Adventure helmet, which Schuberth wants you to know all about. What they don’t want are any images of it released to the public yet. We’ll play along as if everything’s perfectly normal.
Anyway, we’re told the new E1 Adventure modular is much like the C3, but with an adjustable beak to give that rugged off-roady look. Like the C3, it sports an internal sun visor, removable anti-microbial CoolMax liner, and adjustable chin and top vents which lead to a vacuum-style exit vent at the lower back of the liner, which Schuberth says moves more air more quietly than other venting systems. Schuberth talks not just about aerodynamics, but also aeroacoustics.
The shell shape, a couple of reps told us, is somewhere between a Shoei RF1200 and a long-intermediate Arai, like the Signet Q. Both of those are my lids of choice, and strolling around in the new E1 Adventure size L whilst sipping an inexpensive yet unripe cabernet for about 15 minutes gave me the impression it could be an equally happy place for my melon.
To be honest, I’ve never owned any Schuberth helmet, and I’d have to spend a day or two in one to form a real opinion. It does give off the same comfortable, secure, precision vibe those other top-line helmets do, for sure. According to Schuberth, Germany’s Motorrad magazine surveys have ranked its helmets #1 for the last ten years (also Held gloves, of which Schuberth is now official distributor). Not that nationalism is much of a thing in Germany.
In any case, the E1 seems like a very nice premium helmet, and we’re happy it’s a modular because once you start wearing them, it’s hard to go back without feeling claustrophobic. In fact, Schuberth claims its C3 Pro is the lightest flip-up on the market, at 1650 grams (58 ounces, Small shell, actual production weight may vary), as well as the quietest. For guys who need their communicators and Bluetooth things, the entire neckroll is replaceable with the SRC (Schuberth Rider Communication) System. For women who need that, even better, since there’s a women’s version of the C3 designed to better fit female facial characteristics, etc; we’re going to guess there’ll be an E1 ladies’ version also.
The E1 Adventure won’t be the cheapest helmet out there: We’re told to expect it to be around $800, also about the same as the C3 Pro.