Schuberth’s flip-front helmet – for touring and sportsbike riders
The Schuberth C4 (basic and pro) is a flip-up fibreglass helmet that’s designed to work for both touring and sportsbike riders. Schuberth say it’s been designed to be super slippery and mega strong as well as have a liner that ticks all the comfort/wicking/anti-bacterial boxes.
But one of its major selling points is that they’ve worked with bluetooth communicator specialists, Sena, to incorporate more or less everything you’ll need to wirelessly connect your helmet into the actual shell of the helmet. And that includes ariel, speakers and microphone. Nice.
From their blurb, it looks like they’ve thrown more or less everything they can think of at the C4. Which is a thumbs up from us. So let’s take a look…
- Fibreglass modular helmet
- SHARP 3 star safety rated
- Drop down sun visor
- Large visor (vertically and horizontally)
- Integrated ariel, mic & speakers
- Micrometric fastener
- 1.66Kg (3.6lbs) bang on average for a modular
- Sizes XS-XXXL
- 5 year warranty
- Expect to pay £549 – £599
Looking to buy a Schuberth?
We recommend SportsBikeShop (UK) for competitive prices, free delivery and 365 day returns backed by outstanding reviews. We also recommend GetGeared (UK) who offer free delivery (and free 365 day returns) and who get very good online reviews for service too.
Or if you'd prefer to buy from Germany in Euros, Motoin are a quality operation with decent prices and great review scores. Or you can click through to the Roof helmets pages at Amazon if you prefer to buy from there.
Please see here for more info on our recommended stores or click the links to go straight to their Roof helmets pages.
C4 Basic or Pro?
There’s basic or Pro versions of the C4, plus there’s a carbon fibre version of the Pro.
The Pro is essentially the same helmet as the C4 but with a new interior and neck roll designed for more comfort and noise insulation. There are improvements to the visor mechanism and deeper-set pockets for speakers too.
Expect to pay another £100 for a Pro over the C4 basic – and another £100ish on that for a full carbon.
Schuberth say the fabrication of their fibreglass shell, using a technique called DFP or direct fibre processing, makes for a much stronger shell. They also say their approach to producing an EPS or shock absorbing liner (which is now made in sections) will enhance shock absorption in different areas of the helmet.
Which is all fine and dandy – but does it work? Both these approaches sound very like the process Schuberth have been using for years on the C3 Pro and C3, so maybe we can get an idea from those helmets?
The UK version of the C4 has been tested by the SHARP helmet testing labs. When they tested the old C3, it scored 3 stars (out of a possible 5) and the average score across all SHARP tested Schuberth helmets to date is also 3 stars.
So guess how well the C4 did? Yep, it scored another 3 stars out of 5!
Overall, that’s a reasonable score – but not the best (you can find our top rated modular helmets here) with most scoring four or five stars.
The C4 does make a noise about how compact (i.e. small) the helmet form is – and that gets a small alarm bell ringing because the smaller a helmet is, the less material there is to absorb shocks and stop it passing through to the rider.
Of course, SHARP also assesses how often that all-important chin guard unlocks during impact testing – because we all want it to stay locked and closed all the time, right?
Well, Schuberth modulars are usually very good here. Their average score across three tested helmets is 98% (two 97%’s for both the C3 and C3 Pro and a 100% for the now defunct C2) and the C4 got a perfect straight 100% rating. So that should mean you can rely on the C4’s chin guard to stay in place should you have a spill – which is always nice to know!
Onto the rest of the stuff that should help with safety; there’s a nice wide visor and drop-down sun visor for when the sun gets low. Schuberth say the visor is anti-fog but there’s no mention of Pinlock (which we know work well) so we’ll have to wait until it’s been used and tested before we can comment on how well their own anti-fog treatment works.
The Schuberth C4 has a single chin and single crown vent.
The crown vent is opened by the 3-way slider above the vent and feeds air through channels in the shock absorbing lining, through the inner comfort lining and onto the scalp.
The chin vent takes air into the helmet and up onto the rear of the visor. Unusually, the chin vent is opened/closed by pressing the vent rather than sliding. Neat touch that because I, for one, can never remember which way to move the slider to open or close it. So with the C4 you don’t need to!
Both are designed to allow for tons of airflow while keeping the helmet quiet. We’ll let you know if it works once we hear back from C4 owners.
Visor and Sun visor
The main visor is designed to be as large as possible – both horizontally for improved peripheral vision – as well as vertically for good forward vision in a more sporty tuck position. You can find other helmets with large visors if that’s something you’re particularly looking for right here.
It has a couple of opening tabs at the bottom edge of the visor with one on each side; which is exactly how most of us want them so you can open while riding along or while stationery while pulling the clutch in.
The sun visor is operated using a slider to the bottom left edge of the helmet. The slider has a direct connection with the sun visor, meaning you can drop it down to any position you like rather than the fully-up or fully-down only some visors allow.
One of the big features of the Schuberth C4 is that fact that they’ve integrated an ariel into the fabric of the helmet and have pre-installed both speakers and a microphone in there. So if you’re serious about your communicators, the C4 is ready to rock.
Of course, Schuberth would be delighted if you used their own communicator with the system, which is why they’ve worked with bluetooth specialists Sena to develop the SC1 communicator for the C4 (and R2) and designed the helmet to accommodate it.
There’s a couple of panels at the bottom rear of the helmet where the battery slots in place and another where the bluetooth sits. There’s also a companion app so you can configure the communicator and there’s an optional remote too.
Check the video below to see how the SC1 fits into the helmet.
We’ll find out what owners think to their SC1s – and the rest of the C4’s features – once it’s been out for a while; and we’ll add that feedback here.
The Schuberth C4 isn’t dual-homologated but they have got a very good record for producing helmets with a well designed chin guard in terms of staying locked and closed during impact testing.
The chin guard on the C4 is opened by a single central button. And while with some brands, that can mean it’s prone to open under impact, of all the modular Schuberth helmets tested by SHARP so far, they’ve scored an impressive 98% average for the number of times the chin guards have remained locked. Only Nolan Group helmets have done any better.
And when tested by SHARP, the C4 was awarded a 100% rating – meaning you should be able to rely on the chin guard on the C4 staying locked and closed in an accident. Job done.
Comfort & Sizing
Inside the C4, Schuberth use a fabric called ShinyTex. They’re a Chinese company that produces a range of performance fabrics and the one inside the C4 is fast-drying and antibacterial. It’s also fully removable and washable.
They also specify their fabrics are Oko-Tex 100 certified. That’s a certification that ensures fabrics aren’t harmful to the end user. So if you’ve a particularly sensitive skin, it might be worth checking out the C4.
Looks & Graphics
At the time of writing, there’s a limited but classy range of graphics available for the C4. There’s the legacy range that comes in red, orange and yellow – and the Pulse graphics in black/yellow, white/blue and silver/grey. In plain colours, there’s matt/gloss black, gloss white, blue, hi viz yellow and silver.
As usual, you can see all the designs available at the time of writing up and down this page – but to check them all out in more detail, as well as any more recent releases and deals on the C4, click through to the Schuberth helmets page on our recommended retailer links below.
Best place to buy a Schuberth crash helmet?
First off, we suggest you check out SportsBikeShop. They're based in the UK, offer free delivery with 365 day refunds, have really competitive prices (they'll price match too) and offer outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot at the time of writing).
GetGeared are another recommended UK retailer, with free delivery, a no-quibble 365 day returns policy (with free return postage) and scoring 4.8/5 on eKomi at the time of writing.
Motoin are based in Germany, have decent Euro prices and get great feedback (4.9 and 4.5 out of 5 on Idealo and eTrustedshops at the time of writing) though note, there's a delivery charge to ship outside of Germany, so factor that in (see here for details).
Or you can jump through to the Schuberth helmets pages at Amazon if you prefer to buy from there - but make sure you only buy from the most reputable sellers.
Please click any picture/link to drop onto their Schuberth helmets pages. And if you buy from them, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you - a massive THANKS! (it's how we finance the site). Click here for more info on our recommended retailers.
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Schuberth C4 Video
First off a 3m look around the C4, then a longer 10m unboxing video including fitting the SC1 communicator.
Other stuff – fasteners, weight, buffeting, warranty
Schuberth tests all of their helmets in a wind tunnel to ensure they’re slippery (so reduce buffeting) and aren’t too noisy. We’ll have to wait to hear from owners before we know if the design’s worked of course.
And finally, all Schuberths come with a 5 year warranty – but make sure you register on their website to activate it.
The Schuberth C4 is a great looking modular helmet that’s designed for touring riders but with a sporty edge. With its built-in SC1 headset capabilities (but no word yet on how well it’ll work with other non-Schuberth bluetooth kits), integrated sun visor and large main visor, it certainly ticks quite a few boxes. And if you’ve yet to take the plunge on a communication system and like the look of the C4, that may well be the deciding factor.
It scores a maximum 100% rating from the SHARP testing guys for the security of its chin guard but a slight fly in the ointment is that it dropped a couple of stars for overall safety.
But if that’s not a deal breaker for you, the Schuberth C4 promises to be an accomplished and stylish flip-up lid.
Crash Helmet Buying Guides
For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.
Alternatives to the Schuberth C4?
There’s plenty of good alternatives to the Schuberth C4. If you’re after a good quality flip-up helmet then take a look at these helmets.
You should check out the SHARP 5 star rated Shark Evoline 3 – it’s dual homologated, with sun visor and is a fraction of the price of the C4.
Or how about the 4 star safety rated AGV Compact – comfortable and well ventilated with a sun visor too.
Or for a fibreglass helmet that’s a bit more up market, there’s the SHARP 4 star Shoei Neotech. That’s got a wide visor, sun visor and comes with a Pinlock anti fog insert in the box.
Other Modular Helmets
If you're after a new modular/flip-up helmet, they've never been more popular and there's a ton of choice out there. You can find our latest top 10 modular helmets list here or check out all our modular helmet reviews here. You can also visit our smart filters page where you can click the flip-up/modular check box then choose a few other features to find the best flip-up helmet for you.
Definitely want a Schuberth?
Here you'll find all our Schuberth crash helmet reviews and previews including full face, flip-up and open face helmets.