Schuberth S2: the everything helmet?

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Look at the list of features incorporated into this new Schuberth S2: integrated sun visor, two Bluetooth antennas, huge vents, and an incredibly low noise level (just 85dB at 62mph). All that paints a picture of a nice touring helmet, right? Comfy, quiet, versatile, heavy. But it’s not heavy. A medium weighs just 1,450g, 100g less than the new Bell Star Matte Carbon. Combined with excellent aerodynamic stability developed in wind tunnel testing, that’s make this helmet perfect for canyon carving, commuting or virtually any type of riding this side of getting dirty. It even uses a ratchet mechanism on the straps, combining the ease of seatbelt-style closures with the perfect fit of D-rings.

Update: according to reader Miles Prower, the S2 will be available in the US for $699.

This new S2 replaces the old S1Pro as Schuberth’s full-face road helmet. It brings improved aerodynamic stability, improved ventilation, equivalent quietness and more features to a lower weight. That old S1pro weighed 1,520g for a size medium.

Distinctive spoilers front and rear are designed to make the helmet aerodynamically neutral at high speed. No lift, no downforce, no buffeting. That means reduced neck strain, reduced fatigue over long distances and will make it easier to move your head around at high speeds, increasing vision, awareness and therefore safety. Every subconsciously skipped a lifesaver on the highway because you were just too tired? That shouldn’t be necessary.

Schuberth is also proud of its switchable ventilation system, which actively draws air through large front vents and out the rear thanks to an engineered low pressure area there. That’s not uncommon in high-end helmets, but a ridiculous level of attention to detail with vents closed is. The German company pays careful attention to CO2 levels accumulating inside the helmet with the vents closed (the neck roll fits nice and tight), making sure enough fresh air is flowed through the chin vent at low speeds so that carbon dioxide build up doesn’t tire you out.

Other details include reflective material on the neck roll, which will enhance visibility from the rear at night without ruining the helmet’s clean lines with reflective paint. The ratchet closure is also light and easy. Where seatbelts go out of perfect adjustment very quickly, but are easy to use and D-Rings achieve a perfect fit every time, but can be difficult and time consuming to thread, the ratchet is super easy to use and perfectly tailors fit every time it’s used. Those straps are then retained to the rear of the shell by supplementary straps, reducing chances of the helmet rolling off the head in a severe crash.

Popular amongst touring riders, the S2 is also Bluetooth ready, incorporating two antennas into the shell which should drastically improve reception.

The S2 achieves all the above, while coming in so light, because it’s made to the softer, safer, ECE22.05 standard. As such, it should be better at preventing concussions than harder, heavier rivals.

No word on whether or not the recently recreated Schuberth North America plans to import the S2.

  • 2ndderivative

    Aren’t those internal sun visors a risk for having the bridge of your nose smack into them in a crash? I have a Shark S800 with an external sun visor – it has its own disadvantages but that’s not one of them at least.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      The internal sun visor in my Schuberth R1 is thin, flexible, and lightweight. If it smacks my nose in a crash, it might scratch my nose, but the visor will definitely deform before it breaks any bones/cartilage.

      BTW, I removed and remounted the sun visor upside-down so that the distracting nose cutout is no longer within my line of sight (it’s now hidden inside the helmet even with the visor fully extended), which means that the bottom edge of the visor is below my nose, further reducing the risk of it scratching me in a crash. The R1′s visor easily pops straight out of its pivots and pops right back in.

      • Guest

        How did you remove the sun visor? The manual doesn’t really make this clear. I was hoping that I could find a way to extend the visor somehow as it would need more travel to stay out of my sight.

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

    “No word on whether or not the recently recreated Schuberth North America plans to import the S2.”

    I think it’s a pretty good assumption that the S2 will be available in the U.S., given that it was unveiled at the Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis. List price is $699 with DOT certification.

    My primary helmet is a Schuberth R1. I plan to replace it with an S2 as soon as the latter is available.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Thanks. Schuberth’s one of those companies that neither responds to emails nor sends us press releases or communications of any kind.

  • zero

    Good looking helmet.

  • jonoabq

    If I can get it to fit like a Profile I’ll be getting one. Sadly, not much of anything good gets made in a long oval these days. Riding a naked the neutral lift/buffeting problem makes a perfect fit even more critical. Is there a fit kit that comes with it like the XR1R?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      As far as I know, Nexx is the only company that offers user-alterable fit. The XR1R carbon is also lighter and cheaper than this Schuberth, it’s a great helmet.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      The full-face and flip-up Schuberth helmets I’ve seen have a user-adjustable fit to some degree, so it’s a good assumption that the S2 will also.

      Perhaps most helmet buyers never try this at home, but whenever I bring home a new helmet, I take it apart to see what can be adjusted/replaced/modified (as well as to check out the construction and build-quality).

      On the Schuberths I’ve seen, if you pull out the removable “head pad” — as Schuberth sometimes calls its inner lining — you’ll notice that it’s shaped kind of a like a bicycle-helmet liner in the sense that it has a number of bands with big gaps in between them for ventilation. The liner is fastened to helmet via hook/loop dots. When you refit the liner, you can adjust the locations of the various bands to accommodate for the shape of your crown — locating the padding where you need it. You can even buy Schuberth-branded replacement hook/loop dots if you need to make extreme changes to the location of the bands inside the helmet.

      And on the R1 at least, you can buy liners/padding and cheek pads of various sizes. For example, you can go a size up on the liner if the included liner is too tight.

      BTW, on a related topic, having taken apart a number of Arai helmets as well as my Schuberth R1, the quality of construction and materials in the Arai helmets I’ve owned is far beyond that of the Schuberth — despite the Schuberth being significantly more expensive than my Arai helmets.

      For example, whereas my Arai helmets have carefully cut and sewn materials throughout, the Schuberth has MASKING TAPE holding down roughly-cut material to the backside of the padding — very cheesy.

      So why do I choose to wear a Schuberth more often than an Arai? Primarily for two reasons.

      1. As an eyeglass wearer, I find that my glasses fog up way too easily when I wear an Arai. I never have eyeglass-fogging in my Schuberth, even when the temps drop below freezing.

      2. On the highway, my Schuberth is WAY QUIETER than any of my Arai helmets.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub Sean (the other one)

    If this helmet is as good as it sounds, it’s a must buy. My Shoei RF-1100 is a great helmet, but the visor has a bit of a whistle, the neck and chin padding don’t keep out as much air as I would like and it could direct wind off of the top a bit better at speed.

    • Ken

      After a year with it, I’d review my RF-1100 the same way

  • ike6116

    Wow…. this is awesome.

  • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

    Why do flip down visors with photochomatic technology? Should be standard on every helmet.

  • http://www.amarokconsultants.com michael uhlarik

    A very good friend of mine had a Schuberth lid in Amsterdam about ten years ago, when the only people who used them were old fat German touring guys. Anyway, he did track days all summer on his RS250 and swore it was the best high performance helmet he ever used.

    Then he had a high speed high-side, broke eight bones including a spiral fracture to a tibia. His helmet took multiple impacts, including one from something hard and pointy, but his head was fine.

    Conclusion: I rate Schuberth helmets. Happy they are finally available here, as is my friend.

    M

    • BMW11GS

      Likewise, when I worked at a BMW shop, we had a customer who hit a coyote in Nevada at “above 90 mph.” Suffered broken ribs, broken femur, broken bones in hand and other uncomfortable things.

      The initial hit on his Schuberth C3 (the modular one) was right on the chin bar whereupon he rotated and slid on on the side, directly on the flip-up mechanism.

      Surprise, his head was in perfect shape after the crash and his helmet remained intact despite the damage in the vulnerable “flip-up” places.

      Perhaps best of all Schuberth has a program where if you crash in their helmets and have a police report of the accident they will replace said helmet for a third of its new purchase price.

  • tears

    When is the SR1 making it to the us?

  • NickK

    Nice helmet. And a whole bunch of BMW owners just shit themselves with want. Bonus!

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    I really, really wish this stuff was available in Aus… or I could always import one and take my chances. Never actually heard of someone getting a ticket for using a non-Aus. Standards approved helmet… (wouldn’t be allowed to use them on track though.)

  • Myles

    A while ago, I think last summer, I took a couple hours ride out to the closest dealer that stocked Schuberth helmets (http://www.mortonsbmw.com/) totally ready to drop mad dough on a new lid. Didn’t pull the trigger for two reasons:

    1. It didn’t fit quite as well as my Arai. That’s no fault of the helmet, different people have different heads and this still fit me pretty damn well.

    2. The ridiculous closure system with the ratchets and the buttons and stuff. It was more complicated than ski boots. Give me D-Rings or Give me Death.