The Schuberth C4 Pro vs Shoei Neotec 2 comparison is very popular. These both are the two best modular helmets around today but what separates them? Which one is the better?
The Schuberth C4 Pro has released and the Shoei Neotec 2 now has a true rival in the world of premium modular helmets. I will admit that the AGV Sportmodular is a great modular helmet but it simply lacks the pedigree and history of Shoei and Schuberth in this category. AGV is more known, by far, for their full face helmets and just isn’t as popular among riders for modular helmets. With that out of the way, we compared the Schuberth C4 Pro and the Shoei Neotec 2 using medium sized helmets in order to make sure we had a good baseline and for equality. The big question though is how we end up after our Schuberth C4 and Shoei Neotec 2 comparison because the result will help a lot of people determine exactly which helmet is best for them. So, let's take a look at the Shoei Neotec 2 and Schuberth C4 Pro.
First let’s look at the shells. They are both made out of fiberglass and use complex technical methods to make the shell, are tested in wind tunnels and provide good safety. Aesthetically the Neotec is beefier and more robust looking while the C4 Pro has a thinner and sleeker look. In terms of the helmets shape of fit, the Neotec is more oval, intermediate while the C4 Pro is more round. The ventilation of both helmets is quite strong and pretty even, though the exhaust vent of the Neotec 2 is just a little better in my opinion. This is because the C4 Pro lacks a dedicated rear exhaust vent.
Staying with the similarities, both helmets have a sun visor of good quality and they are very easy to control as well. The visor opens and so do the chin pieces, into roughly the same position. The standard position really for flip front helmets. The visor mechanism of the Neotec 2 is a little more sophisticated and offers a great seal but the C4 Pro also does really well in that regard. Both come with good pinlock anti fog lenses included with the helmet. In terms of vision, the C4 Pro has a wider field of vision and this a nice little plus there.
The Inner Liner
On the inside the liner for the C4 Pro is the new CoolMax material and I think it is just a little more comfortable than the Neotec 2. This may just be personal though. If you have to wash the liner or remove it for any reason though, it is much easier with the Neotec 2. The C4 Pro is just more complex and takes much longer to remove and reinsert the liner. The C4 Pro does have the communication speakers and microphone already installed behind the liner. Realistically you would have the liner 1 extra time compared to the Shoei, if you have a communication system. The Neotec 2 doesn’t have the pre-installed communication system but it has been prepared for one and it is easy to install. You have to remove the liner of the Neotec to install the Sena SRL-1 Communication System but with the C4 Pro, you simply have to plug in the Sena SC2 Communication System and off you go. That is a nice plus but then we have to look at both these systems. They are both Sena, both have voice control, Advanced Noise Control, 8 participant chat, Radio, Smartphone control and all that. The SC2 will have 14 hours of talk time versus 10 hours on the SLR and the SLR has a range of about 1.6km while the SC2 has about 1km. So there are some small differences there but their specs basically balance out. Do you want more range or more better battery life? This should be one of your main questions when looking at these systems. At the end of the day, Sena is one of the best communication system brands in the business. The Schuberth C4 Pro will also support the older Sena SC1 system which was used on the original C4.
When people look at these helmets though they really want to know which one is the quietest, which reduces noise the most and which one seals best against wind noise. The Schuberth C4, original, was not great and the Neotec II really won over there. With the C4 Pro though, the Neotec has some good competition. We made a test where a phone with a decibel reader was placed into the helmet and then we blasted it with a fan and music. Both tests were done in the same position and the results were pretty interesting. Both helmets scored at about the same. This result was hardly surprising though. Both these helmets have focused heavily on noise isolation and that is one of the key features of a premium modular helmet.
Now in terms of weight, unsurprisingly they are pretty similar. Both weigh 1650 grams in the medium size or the 57, as Schuberth calls it. Again they are the same. They even have the same recommended retail price now as well. There are just plenty of similarities between these helmets and they often occur in the most important areas, like noise isolation, weight and price. This has been a flip upon the older versions of these helmets, the original Neotec and Schuberth C3 Pro, which were strong helmets but the C3 Pro was simply superior. Now we have a strong competition between the 2 helmets and it is not clear which one is actually superior. There may be some smaller features like the Shoei fit, which helmet is most comfortable when you wear glasses and maybe even the weight of the chin bar. It is these little things which really separate these helmets.
To conclude, both these helmets are very similar. They both fit the same High-end Modular Helmet Category, have the same price, weight and really, the same features. The biggest difference really between these helmets are the brands. Do you like Schuberth or Shoei helmets? Both have a high level of quality and the main differing factors comes down to just how Schuberth or Shoei do things with their helmet. Stuff like the shape of the fit, the style and communication system. I hope that this has helped you to make a decision or that it has at least shown that the Schuberth has returned to form with the C4 Pro and competes with the Neotec 2. I’m Chris from Champion Helmets and if you want to see reviews of these helmets and more, subscribe to our channel on YouTube. Thanks for reading!