Gear is our job. It streams into and out of our offices in an endless tide of boxes and couriers; it gets photographed and catalogued and crammed underneath desks until we have time to test it. We quantify it as best we can, to share its essence: good and bad, peccadilloes and superlatives. We even pick the 100 best pieces of gear every year. But to close things out this year, we asked each staff member to single out their favorite piece of gear that was new to 2015. We hope you enjoy our little love notes to the gear that made the biggest impact on our lives this year.

The Schuberth C3 Pro is easily the best helmet I have ever strapped on. It’s lightweight, comfortable, well vented, aerodynamic, quiet and safe. In the “Dark Classic” colorway, the newest modular Schuberth simply ticks every box, whether you prefer to carve slab, throw dirt or boulevard cruise. Shaped using the company’s in-house wind tunnel, the C3 Pro is perfectly formed to maximize airflow for rider comfort and convenience. The amount of venting accomplished by only two openings is astounding, as is the level of quiet its slippery shape delivers. Add to that its DOT and ECE safety certifications and a mere 1,570-gram weight (large size) and you’ll wonder why you hadn’t bought one earlier.

Safety Rating: DOT and ECE R22-05
Made in: Germany
Weight: 1,570 grams (size large)
dB(A) @ 60 mph: 82 dB(A)
Hallmarks: lightest, quietest modular helmet on the market


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