£549.99 / www.bikerheadz.co.uk / Ross Mowbray
Schuberth knows what it’s doing when it comes to flip front lids. They’ve carved out an enviable reputation for their well-equipped, intelligently designed and supremely comfortable helmets which are often found on the noggins of big miles bikers who are happy to spend a fair bit of cash for the right bit of kit.
The E2 is a slightly different proposition to the others on this list. It’s technically an adventure lid – although you can actually remove the peak and fit it with a visor and mounts from Schuberth’s road-focused C5. Two for one.
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Meeting the latest 22.06 safety standards, the dual homologated flip-front lid is well up to job of keeping you safe should the worst happen – and after a few thousand miles together, it’s properly usable too. In the past I’ve struggled to find a comfortable fitting Schuberth – suffering a bit too much pressure on my forehead to be properly comfortable. No such issues with the E2, thanks to the plush removable (and washable) lining. Equally, if it’s not quite right out of the box, there’s an option to get a custom fit using a variety of aftermarket pads.
The flip mechanism is a doddle to operate, with a resassuring click as you lock it either up or down – and its standard clear visor is excellent, boasting class one optics, a wide field of vision, and a pre-installed Pinlock 120 anti-fog lens. There’s a drop down sun visor for good measure too. The ventilation’s top notch too – easy to use with a gloved hand, with enough adjustability to keep me either cool or fog-free.
It’s also loaded with all the gubbins you need to use Schuberth’s Sena-supported comms system. The speakers, cable harness and radio antenna are all in situ – all you’ve got to do is whack the aftermarket unit in the back (after splashing out on one, of course) and you’re good to go. While it might set you back in excess of five hundred quid, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s money well spent. It’s packed with quality features, is comfortable and quiet, and meets the highest helmet standards – oh, and comes with a five year warranty too (when you register online).
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