Schuberth SRC communication collar for S2 helmet, from £250
Time tested/miles: One year/15,000 miles
What’s good? This is the first time I have ever had any kind of in-helmet communication device and after wondering if it was going to be for me, now I can’t imagine riding without it. The collar replaces the standard Schuberth S2 collar and includes a chinbar-mounted microphone, two speakers, the control buttons and a battery. It charges through a micro-USB cable provided. Battery life for the phone will last for days and it goes on for around eight to 10 hours of playing music by Bluetooth from my mobile phone. Thanks to amazing noise-cancelling technology, people don’t believe I am riding a bike when they’ve called.
What’s not? The FM radio reception isn’t as good as I would hope and it doesn’t swop to the next strongest frequency quickly enough, so I end up listening the crackly reception for too long. The speaker output should be louder.