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New Masuri C Line Plus - first impressions
« on: January 06, 2020, 12:26:39 PM »

Took advantage of the Masuri offer pre-Christmas and picked up one of their new lids. Got round to getting it out the box today, so here's a brief first look.

It's basically a halfway house between the plastic Club (now C-line) and full cloth covered Test (T-line) helmet, where the peak is left plastic but the rest clothed. Makes a big difference to the plastic ones IMO, the club lids look ok from a distance but terrible close up, whereas this new one looks quite smart.



Inside, it's much the same as the older OS2 except... clicky wheel! I'm not sure about this yet, will have to wait to bat in it before judging it fully. On the one hand, a wheel is a well proven idea and lets you dial in the fit much more easily than faffing with padding. On the other, it's not a very nice wheel and I'm not convinced that I don't prefer the fit of my Test lid with just padding. On the bright side, the wheel assembly should be very simple to remove if I decide I don't like it and want to pad it to match my other lid.



And here's a side by side with an OS2 test titanium. Couple of interesting notes - you can definitely feel the extra stiffness from the steel grille, both shells appear the same but there's noticeably more flex to the Test. Grille is a little tighter to the face on the Test, expect that's just a little manufacturing variation though. No ear pads on the C-Line, pretty unbothered about that. Weight on my scales for these two is 800g for the Test vs 935g for the C-line. Not a huge difference in weight but the change in balance is pretty noticeable when on the head - the C-line definitely hangs on the front of your face more with the heavier grille.


An important difference - I paid nearly 100 less for the C-Line Plus. That makes it pretty good value in my book, and for my use for it should do nicely despite the weight. It took me a long time to adjust to wearing a lid and a light one is something I really value, so this probably won't see any Saturday league use for me, but it's a nice helmet at a much more friendly price point.
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Re: New Masuri C Line Plus - first impressions
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2020, 12:44:29 PM »

I bought one of these for my son. They seem pretty decent.
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Re: New Masuri C Line Plus - first impressions
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2020, 12:59:56 PM »

I dont understand why Masuri do not put any padding within the helmet on top where the helmet rests on the head. Hard shell on the head feels pretty crappy in my opinion. Surely it would cost them much to put in some padding there.
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Re: New Masuri C Line Plus - first impressions
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2020, 08:24:00 AM »

An update - having now batted in it, I quite like the wheel adjuster. Downside is the gap is slightly smaller than the Test and that threw me right off, will probably move this on as a result.
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Re: New Masuri C Line Plus - first impressions
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2020, 08:36:35 AM »

I dont understand why Masuri do not put any padding within the helmet on top where the helmet rests on the head. Hard shell on the head feels pretty crappy in my opinion. Surely it would cost them much to put in some padding there.

I thought that this was a ventilation issue as it would block the vents in the top of the helmet. 
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Re: New Masuri C Line Plus - first impressions
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2020, 09:31:58 AM »

I bought one of these too, quality wise you can't fault it
 The wheel is sturdy. However the grill to peak viewing window seems tiny compared to my old hunts county and my lads Shrey. Took me a good 20 odd balls to adjust to it in nets, I'll give it a few more sessions before deciding whether to stick or twist.

Having compared this to my lads Shrey I personally think the Shrey edges it. Overall a nice helmet and it comes with a nice little mesh bag!
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Re: New Masuri C Line Plus - first impressions
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2020, 10:27:43 AM »

I know what you mean on the gap, but they are good for kids with big heads still using the small balls...
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Re: New Masuri C Line Plus - first impressions
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2020, 11:02:56 AM »

Yeah not sure if there's any difference in mens/kids testing between the two lids. I'm sure I'd get used to it if this was my only helmet, but as I'll only really use it in nets it's no good for me.
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