Schuberth, in the forefront of innovative helmet design for 90 years, has released its latest full-face helmet, the S2. My expectations of the premium lid were high; it’s the most expensive helmet I’ve ever tested. A powerpoint presentation explained a number of reasons why Schuberths are so expensive, including the company’s high-tech, acoustic wind tunnel, sophisticated production methods, and a detailed explanation of the high safety standards and expensive testing that goes above and beyond what DOT and ECE standards require.
Still, a helmet needs to be extraordinary to plunk down $700 every five years. And after testing it in all types of conditions except extreme cold, I’m confident that the S2 is just that. The helmet is loaded with features, such as a fully-adjustable internal sun visor, a Pinlock anti-fog shield, two integrated antennas for an optional Cardo communication system, a quick-release ratcheting retention system, an anti-rolloff system, and a top-notch ventilation system. The ThermoCool lining is removable and washable. Interchangeable Coolmax cheek pads create a perfect fit, and the thick, soft collar contains a wide reflective area that is highly visible from the side and rear. The S2 is available from XS to 3XL and in two shell sizes.
The S2’s aerodynamics are immediately appreciated. The helmet cuts through the wind, making it feel light and quiet. Schuberth’s “turbulators,” which are triangular-shaped extrusions on the top of the visor, improve the aero-acoustic qualities by preventing unwanted whistling. The chin vent directs air up the inside of the visor. The two top intake vents open and close with a simple slide, and so the air moves effectively throughout the helmet via deep internal channels in the liner. You can even remove the vent cover without tools to clean out bugs and dirt.
The S2 doesn’t disappoint. If you want a quality helmet that’s backed by a reputable company, look no further than the derbi head logo. —Tricia Szulewski
Hard Data: Schuberth, S2, $699, SchuberthNorthAmerica.com