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MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 quietest helmets

By Rob Hull -

Helmets

 24 July 2009 17:02

More than 12,000 of you have given us your opinions on the kit you use and the bikes you ride.

This week, we’re focusing on how quiet your helmets are.

 

 

1. Schuberth S1 Pro
Price: From £449.99
Contact: www.oxprod.com
 Schuberth is well established on the bike market as producing some of the quietest helmets around. The S1 Pro is no different thanks to wind-tunnel testing by Schuberth. The helmet comes as standard with Pinlock visor tabs to keep the visor free from condensation along with a double-glazed visor. The shell is also available in two different sizes.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 88%

Comfort: 87%
Value: 78%
Overall: 85%
2. Schuberth C2
Price: From £369.99
Contact: www.oxprod.com
The lining and cheek pads in Schuberth’s flip-front are removable and washable, the chin strap uses a traditional push-button quick-release buckle and for added comfort there is a reflex panel embedded in the back of the neck padding. The visor is a 3D visor and is scratch and fog resistant.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 85%
Comfort: 86%
Value: 77%
Overall: 84%
3. Schuberth C3
Price: From £449.99
Contact: www.oxprod.com
Some of the development work for this helmet was conducted by seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher. Schuberth claim just 84dB of wind noise in the helmet at 60mph, making this the quietest claimed flip-front on the market currently. Its 160 grams lighter than the C2 and also smaller in terms of shell size.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 84%

Comfort: 85%
Value: 75%
Overall: 83%
4. Schuberth J1
Price: From £379.99
Contact: www.oxprod.com
Possibly the biggest shock of the survey results is the fourth Schuberth to score well – but the J1 is an open-faced lid? Schuberth wind-tunnel tested this helmet and the result is a lid that’s quieter than most full-face lids on the market. It comes with a chin-bar hoop that protects the face in a crash.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 80%

Comfort: 85%
Value: 73%
Overall: 84%
5. Shark RSR2
Price: From £349.99
Contact: www.nevism.co.uk
This is the helmet of choice for Brit WSB hopeful, Tom Sykes. In fact, he wore this Indy design during pre-season testing. It features five different sizes of interior polystyrene absorbers and comes in two shell sizes for optimum fit. The French manufactures top-of-the-range helmet has a quick release chin strap and visor release system as well as a full ventilation system.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 71%

Comfort: 79%
Value: 87%
Overall: 87%
6. X-Lite X701
Price: From £289.99
Contact: www.tranam.co.uk
Like the 602, the 701 has three different shell sizes but as an added feature on the 8701 you get a new exclusive lining called Unitherm Light. It’s made from elasticised microfiber that regulates the breathability of the helmet. The curved visor is anti-scratch and there is the option of locking the visor in place. The 701 also features an innovative three-point ventilation system.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 71%

Comfort: 91%
Value: 82%
Overall: 85%
7. AGV GP Tech
Price: From £399.99
Contact: www.moto-direct.co.uk
This is the helmet Valentino Rossi has been wearing for the last couple of years. The shell is a carbon and Kevlar mix and one of the reasons this is so quiet is the ventilation system is all integrated through the EPS. It comes with a flat race visor, quick release visor and chin strap systems and three different shell sizes.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 70%

Comfort: 85%
Value: 78%
Overall: 81%
8. Shark Evoline
Price: From £274.99
Contact: www.nevism.co.uk
The Evoline has a multi-component internal shock absorber with different densities like the full-face Shark lids, a centrally controlled interior anti-scratch sun shield and an external anti-scratch demister visor. The chinstrap is an exclusive and patented ‘Tech-Move’ system, the liner is removable and washable and you get a five year warranty.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 69%
Comfort: 84%
Value: 79%
Overall: 79%
9. Nolan N84
Price: From £184.99
Contact: www.tramam.co.uk
The N84 comes ready for Nolan’s N-COM communication system and the shell has a spoiler for better stability at speed. The most unique feature is the three-position dark outer shield which works independently from the actual visor. It has a fully removable inner liner, cheek pads, crown and chin vents, quick-change visor and quick-release chin strap.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 67%
Comfort: 79%
Value: 79%
Overall: 77%
10. Shoei Raid 2
Price: From £250
Contact: www.feridax.com
Available in three outer shell sizes, the inner liner and padding in the Raid II is full removable and washable. It has multiple ventilating and extraction points, a dual density inner shell, double D-ring chin strap fastener and a spoiler to help reduce neck fatigue at speed. It weighs just 1380g and has been one of Shoei’s best established lids.
OWNER RATING
Noise: 67%

Comfort: 85%
Value: 81%
Overall: 82%