The new Sena 10Upad helmet communication system will offer an integrated audio system to a wide variety of helmets—something that was previously only available on a select few lids, which tended to be pricey.
One of the best things about the Schuberth C3 Pro I tested back in 2013 was the integrated SRC audo system (a rebranded Cardo unit). There are a few advantages to having your communication system integrated into your helmet’s shell: you don’t have as much wind noise, you don’t have to worry about it catching and twisting your neck in a crash, you don’t have to worry about it falling off your helmet, and you could argue it looks better.
However, except for Schuberth’s helmets, it was hard to find this kind of a system. Comm system manufacturers avoided creating similar units for other helmets due to the expense.
The new Sena 10Upad unit is going to buck that trend. It’s supposed to be available for the HJC IS-17, the Shoei RF1200, the HJC IS-MAX2, and others in the future. The new Sena system will replace the cheek and ear padding in these helmets, similar to how the existing integrated systems work in Schuberth helmets, but requiring a lower buy-in. Find out more at Sena’s website.