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Schuberth C5 Modular Helmet and SC2 Communicator | Gear Review

Schuberth C5 Modular Helmet and SC2 Communicator

The Schuberth C5 modular helmet is a clean-sheet design that shares no parts with the company’s C4/Pro. Informed by a spatial study, the new architecture has an intermediate-oval head shape that’s less round than the C4/Pro with more interior space. The chinstrap was moved forward, and the new chinbar locking mechanism doesn’t use pins, which avoids the helmet getting tighter when the chinbar is closed.

Having worn several generations of Schuberth’s modular helmets, the changes were immediately noticeable. Sliding the helmet on and off my head is easier, and comfort while riding is greatly improved. Airflow through the helmet has been increased with larger vents and better interior channeling.

Schuberth C5 Modular Helmet and SC2 Communicator

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The C5 was designed to meet Europe’s new ECE 22.06 helmet safety standard, which sets higher benchmarks for impact protection and requires a larger eyeport for better visibility. The C5 meets the P/J homologation standard. “P” stands for “protective” and refers to full-face helmets; “J” stands for “jet” and refers to open-face helmets. P/J-homologated helmets can be used in both the open and closed positions, and the C5 has a tab to lock the chinbar in the open position.

The shell is made using Schuberth’s proprietary Direct Fiber Processing. Glass fibers are blown into a mold with a precise amount of resin and compressed in a high-pressure vacuum, creating an exceptionally strong shell. The C5 is not dual homologated to meet ECE and DOT standards. A DOT-specific version of the C5 has a shell reinforced with a basalt layer for added strength.

Inside the shell is a dual-density EPS liner and a new comfort liner with customizable pads. There are optional “sport” and “comfort” cheek pads and replaceable rear pads that can make the interior more round or more oval. The faceshield includes a Pinlock anti-fog insert, and a new patented memory function keeps the faceshield open at a desired level after opening and closing the chinbar.

Schuberth C5 Modular Helmet and SC2 Communicator

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The C5 is prewired for the optional SC2 Bluetooth 5.0 communicator ($349), which is made by Sena and based on the 50S with voice activation and mesh networking. HD speakers and an antenna are built into the helmet. A remote-control unit clicks into the left side of the helmet, and the SC2 main unit with rechargeable battery plugs into the back of the helmet.

Our C5 in size medium with the SC2 installed weighs 4 lb, 2 ounces. Fit, finish, comfort, ventilation, and functionality are excellent. It’s available in sizes XS-3XL in solid colors for $749 and graphics for $849.

For more information, visit Schuberth.com.

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Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet | Review

Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet
The Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet has a flip-up chinbar and a 2-in-1 design with ADV (peak visor, shown) and street (no peak) modes.

Anyone who follows Rider knows that we’re big fans of the flip-up convenience of modular helmets. We’re also fans of ADV helmets, which combine the sun-blocking peak and pointy chinbar of a dirtbike helmet with the faceshield and other features of a street helmet. The Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet offers the best of both worlds, with a flip-up chinbar and a 2-in-1 design with ADV (peak visor) and street (no peak) modes.

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Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet
Testing the Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet in ADV mode on the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250. Photo by Kevin Wing.

The Odyssey has a polycarbonate outer shell with a slippery shape sculpted in a wind tunnel. Inside the shell and reinforcing the chinbar is dual-density EPS for impact absorption, and there are recessed speaker pockets for installing a comms system. Between the EPS and the rider’s noggin is a removable, washable, moisture-wicking Quick-Dry comfort liner that’s perforated to aid ventilation. There’s also a removable chin curtain and a dual D-ring chin strap.

Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet
The Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet in street (no peak) mode. The helmet comes with color-matched visor block-off plates.

The clear faceshield has an exterior hard coating to resist scratches and an interior coating that resists fogging. A tinted drop-down sunshield blocks 100% of harmful UVA/B radiation. Fly Racing’s True Functional Ventilation system combines intake vents in the chinbar and the top of the helmet with a negative-pressure rear spoiler that has a built-in exhaust vent.

Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet
Side view of the Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet in ADV (peak visor) mode with the drop-down sunshield deployed.

Versatility is the name of the game with this helmet. It is comfortable, reasonably quiet, and well-ventilated, and it works well on hot days, cold days, pavement, and dirt. The chinbar release, sunshield lever, vents, and faceshield are easy to operate with gloved hands, and the faceshield has large detents for three open positions.

Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet
Side view of the Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet in ADV (peak visor) mode with the chinbar up and the drop-down sunshield deployed.

There are two drawbacks, however. The first is weight. My medium Odyssey with the ADV peak installed weighs 4 lb, 5 oz, making it one of the heaviest modular helmets we’ve tested. The second is sensitivity to dry, dusty conditions. After riding in someone’s dust cloud for a while, the chinbar release became finicky. This is a problem that plagues moving parts like zippers and hinges on all sorts of riding gear, not just the Odyssey. A quick rinse at the end of the day cleared things right up.

The Odyssey Adventure Modular Helmet is a good value at $279.95 for solid colors (gray, white, and black) or $289.95 for the Summit graphic (black/gray/white, navy/gray/white, and tan/black/gray). It’s available in sizes XS-2XL and comes with a soft fleece helmet bag, a color-matched peak visor (for ADV mode), and color-matched visor block-off plates (for street mode). Mirror-tinted and Pinlock-ready faceshields are also available.

For more information, see your dealer or visit FlyRacing.com.

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