Schuberth S2 review

By Glasdrum -

Helmets

 01 May 2012 15:46

Having ridden only 100 miles so far here are my initial thoughts on my new Schuberth S2

Size/Fit
Normally I'm a small when it comes to helmets. I tried on both the small and medium sizes (same size outer shell on both) and found the medium to be more comfortable.

The padding (which is fully washable and removable) does appear to hold its shape well, and is certainly far better than my old Nitro helmet. The helmet was immediately comfortable and having spent a constant 2 hours with it on I can report no uncomfortable pressure points.

Visor
The visor is reasonably thick and comes fitted with a clear pinlock insert. There are 'tabulators' (small proud diamond shapes) on the upper rim of the visor that are supposed to reduce wind noise/whistle. A bit of a gimmick in my opinion.

The visor seals well against the helmet and has a small 'lock' that keeps it securely down, a nice feature. There are six positions between fully open and fully closed. Movement of the visor between these positions is positive.

Getting the visor into the 'city' position, which is just open and no more can be a little difficult with thick gloves on, but it's possible with a little practice.

The visor is easily removable without tools. The internal sun visor is dark enough (80% dark) and easily operated (even with thick gloves) via a lever on the lower left side of the helmet.

Schuberth say that it is infinity adjustable, which it is, but I doubt that you would use it in any positions other than fully up or fully down. I felt that it would be nice if it could come a little lower; however as the sun is generally upwards then it does what it is supposed to.

There are small tabs on both the right and left hand sides of the lower edge of the visor to aid moving it up, some helmets only have them on one side, so that is nice to see.

Ventilation
This helmet is extremely well vented. There are several small holes that are permanently open on the chin vent, keeping a constant airflow moving over your face, distracting at first but I soon got used to it.

The chin vent is simple to open, even with gloves on, and should stop any fogging should you require it (pinlock not working? - doubtful!). When you get up to 30mph or above you probably wont want this vent open, and it's simple to close.

The top vent is again easy to operate with gloves on, although requires a little more practice than the chin vent. It has three settings (fully open, half open and fully closed).

There are two small flaps on the helmet lining that you can fold back which ensures a constant stream of cooling air right onto the top of your head. Not to your taste? Then just fold them out again (it takes seconds with the helmet off) for a less severe cooling experience.

There are several extraction vents on the rear of the helmet that get rid of the air that has been circulated. Make no mistakes this is a very well ventilated helmet. I will be interested to see how it copes in a downpour, with it being constantly vented at the front.

Winter/cold weather riding might be interesting!

Chin strap
Micro buckle design, which is easy to fit, adjust and remove. It features Schuberth's 'AROS' fixing technology, meaning that the strap is also attached at the rear of the helmet, meaning that it is less likely to roll off in the event of an accident.

Similar technology has been used on bicycle helmets for a number of years now and does appear more secure. It does not effect the fit of the helmet.

The only problem I have encountered with the strap is that it appears to be a little too far back and there is the occasional pressure on my neck from the strap. More fiddling required for a slightly better fit I think.

Stability
Little to say other than I have had no issues at all and the helmet appeared stable at all speeds. No unwanted lift, even at speed. I was even pleasantly surprised when I moved my head left to right at speed (this used to flip open the visor on my Nitro - not fun).

External noise
Schuberth do appear to pride themselves on their helmets ability to keep external noise to a minimum. I have a race can on my bike and it's somewhat noisy.

The Schuberth does a good job of keeping this noise to a minimum (that said I will always ride with ear plugs in). The issue I have is with the wind noise, probably only because Schuberth make such a selling point of keeping wind noise down).

I am surprised how much wind interference there is. Flicking through the comprehensive instruction manual that comes with the S2 it does allude to the fact that the helmet comes with a removable wind deflector (chin curtain) (there is even a diagram).

My helmet did not come with one of these and a few rudimentary tests whilst riding (such as putting my hand below my chin to close off the gap) did show that this would cut down on the wind noise.

I will investigate with my Schuberth dealer to see if it should have come with one.

Overall
Very happy with my purchase and a real improvement on my previous helmet. It is a great helmet to wear and is very comfortable as well as being packed with features. Only the slightly too far back chin strap, unnecessary wind noise and sun visor not coming down quite far enough stop this from being perfect. It’s also expensive.