Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon flip-up helmet December 9, 2020 21:16
The new Schuberth C4 Pro is an evolution of the previous C4 model, with the C4 Pro Carbon model being the top-of the range.
The Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon has a very distinctive large checker-board style carbon-fibre weave. Revealed through the excellently-applied and well finished graphics, it looks great.
The C4 Pro and C4 Pro Carbon both come with an antenna, speakers and microphone ready fitted for a Sena-made intercom module. Fitting the intercom is easy – just plug in the battery and control module, and it’s ready to use.
The C4 Pro Carbon weighs just 1491g in a medium, which is very impressive; the standard C4 Pro is 1695g. Having said that, while you can feel it in the hand, there’s little discernible difference when it’s on the head.
C4 Pro and C4 Pro Carbon ventilation is impressive. The top vent is very easy to use, and it has a mesh over the two intake holes to stop large bugs getting blasted inside. It’s also easy to remove the top and clean it out.
Cooling air is easy to control with a two position and off action, while the open or closed chin vent does a good job of directing air up to your brow once you get up to speed.
Channels in the helmet help the air to move across the head, ending underneath the skirt.
The Schuberth C4 Pro has a big visor – horizontal view is fairly typical, but the deep apeture means you get a larger field of view horizontally making looking down to your pockets easy.
Thumb tabs on either side of the visor make it easy to pop open even if you’re sat at traffic lights with the clutch held in, and removing it is easy with a pair of levers releasing it quickly for cleaning.
The built-in sunshield drops down well without touching your nose. A small lever built into the slider on the bottom left of the shell allows you to restrict the drop by about 4mm, in the event it touches your nose.
The standard visor is optically very clear with no distortion.
The fully-removable lining can be washed to keep the C4 Pro fresh, and has been redesigned since the original C4 to be more plush and to seal more tightly around the neck.
A micro-ratchet fastener makes it easy to do the strap up even with gloves on; once set, it’ll give a secure fit every time. Some prefer a double-D strap, but on a touring lid like this it makes sense.
To keep the C4 Pro as quiet as possible, the opening is very tight, so it’s not possible to put the lid on without opening it first. On a naked bike, the C4 Pro is outstandingly quiet.
There’s a lot to like about the Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon, especially on a naked bike. It is expensive but this is the top-end model. With C4 Pro you’re getting the same fit and design, including intercom, only difference is C4 Pro is slightly cheaper than the Carbon version.