I bet if you look at your Schuberth C3-Pro you paid a couple hundred for, you'll probably find a sticker on it that says "Made in China" or "Made in Pakistan". This could just be a "promotional" thing to see how much people want them, and then they'll jack the price up once the "promotional" ones are gone. I've seen it quite often on eBay, where a manufacturer will have a limited amount for sale extremely cheap, and then jack the price up when those are gone, and they have more available at a higher price. Heck, even brick and mortar stores sometimes will have a deeply discounted price for sale on items they want to get rid of stock on, when they have too much. Could be the same thing here. I think if you really checked the labels on everything you buy, you'd find that quite a bit is either "Made in China", or "Made in India" or "Made in Pakistan". Are those that much worse than other stuff, quality-wise, that looks identical? I've gotten quite a few things from China that were as good or better than the same stuff from other places. If you don't want to take advantage of the deal, fine, but why poo on anyone else trying to save a buck to get something decent that they need?
LOL! ...Kinda ran the whole gambit there, dintcha? ;0)
...Real Shcuberth Helmets are Made in Germany - not Pakistan - and not China. ...and I uh...
...paid about $750.00 for it (at that time). Lots of reasons why; quietest, lightest weight - best aerodynamics and largest eye-port in it's class, comfort, minimal build size, extraordinary safety testing ..that kinda thing! ...but Also for the fact that it has DOT (and FMVSS) certification ...unlike the one on Ebay for 25 bucks.
...Now ...if you want to buy a cheap-Chinese knockoff Helmet for 25 bucks (and, minus that free-shipping cost you might be looking at about $7.50 worth of manufacturing and materials there ABQ'), ...and if you actually WANT to put your head inside that thing made of less than ten-bucks of manufacturing and materials - a thing without even DOT certification, then you go right ahead ..I wouldn't be recommending that anybody else does tho.
BUT ...If you do, make sure you guys and gals pick-up a DOT sticker off eBay too.. Some may not want that ticket after-all!
...Either way, I'll definitely be sh!tting on that particular knockoff, if it's okay with you.
...Ain't nothing wrong with saving money, and nobody Needs
to spend 700+ on a helmet - especially for the fact you can buy so-close to the same for less than half that amount of money. And yes, you CAN get a deal on REAL and Ethically Manufactured Chinese Goods, ...but, ...if you are going to buy an Actual helmet. A Real one that is.. Buy one, not a fake one. And if you MUST buy a fake helmet - and this is up to you ...I (personally), would spend more than ten dollars on manufacturing and materials if I were to consider "safety" a main reason for buying it.
Each to their own though, and, as-you-were.
My favorite helmet these days is my Arai XD-4 .. (featured below, me standing next to my Tiger) .. All fighter-pilot BS aside, it's a great helmet, and that peak is invaluable for dealing with the sun. The Schuberth has the drop-down sunshade - true enough, but that peak on the XD-4 just works great for editing out the sun (.), which is a real-upside in the mountains, as you tend to find yourself pointed towards the sky 50% of the time.
OoOoooo dammit! Gotta work!