HJC SY-Max 3 Helmet
As the No. 1 helmet brand in the U.S., HJC knows a thing or two about good lid construction. The HJC SY-Max 3 Helmet is one such product, with a lightweight fiberglass and Spectra composite shell. The flip-up feature of the helmet is activated with a single-button release, allowing it to be opened with one hand. The design also includes a larger eyeport opening for better visibility, and comes with a dual density, lightweight EPS liner. Ventilation in the helmet is provided with multiple intake vents and exhaust, and there’s an additional vent in the chin bar to provide airflow across the shield to reduce fogging. The interior liner is fully removable/washable, and includes antibacterial/moisture wicking properties. Lastly, the helmet features a one-touch smoke-tinted SunShield.
Schuberth C3 Helmet
Riders looking for the best in high-end touring helmets will crave the C3. We first got to know the Schuberth C3 Helmet more than a year ago, when the German company invited us to its Magdeburg production facilities (See How Schuberth Makes Motorcycle Helmets). We sampled the C3 on German roads before heading home and putting the uber Touring lid through its paces over thousands of miles in the States. We find it delivers snug comfort, along with quiet acoustics and high-end build quality. The shield optics, in particular, are praiseworthy – perfect vision even with the standard Pinlock insert. Touring gear places more value on comfort than flashy aesthetics, and there is often a high price tag, too. That’s certainly true of the C3, but if you got the cash… – Bart Madson
Cardo Systems Scala Rider G4 Multi-Communicator System
Whether you’re two-up riding or traveling with a pack, communication can often be difficult on the road. Cardo Systems has provided a workaround with its Scala Rider G4 Multi-Communicator System. Included in the setup are two factory-paired headsets with digital signal processing and advanced audio. Featuring a range over one mile, the Scala headsets offer ideal communication between two bikers or a passenger. The system also has a four-way intercom that can work between two bikers and two passengers, or among three separate bikers with the purchase of additional G4 communicators. It connects to multiple devices including cell phone, Bluetooth stereo, FM radio, MP3 player and more. The set also has a priority management feature which disconnects from intercom or music when there’s an incoming call or GPS instructions. This model is
backwards compatible with the entire line of Scala Rider headsets and features up to 10 hours of talk time, requiring three hours to charge.
Designed to be one of the most comfortable balaclavas, the Klim Balaclava is constructed of Coolmax material to reduce sweating and Gore-Tex for complete protection against freezing wind. Moisture wicking fabric helps you stay dry while ergonomic patterning produces one of the best fitting head socks on the market. Able to be tucked under a collar, the Klim Balaclava offers total neck protection.