Shark Evoline 3 ST Century Hi Viz Helmet
Very Good Helmet
Had an Evoline2 before this and the Evoline3 is far better than the 2. Had problems with the 2 in the visor opening and closing was hard and once I lubricated it then it was too lose and wind buffeting adjusted it. Then it broke, hence the new helmet.
However being able to change from open-face to full-face is so good it was worth trying the 3 and I'm glad i did. I normally ride open faced and having a high safety rating with an open helmet is unusual. Being able to close the helmet in bad weather and heavy traffic is also gold. The 3 has fixed most of my irritations from the 2
The helmets (2 &3) a bit noisy on the open road but my bikes unfaired and a fairing would change this I think.
Overall I really rate these helmets for the type of riding I do, mainly day long rides and long distance.
November 11, 2014
A modular helmet that has been "finished".
I've used modular helmets before but it always seemed a bit unfinished.
Evoline 3 goes that extra step to make it function fully as a three quarter helmet on the fly.
I don't use it has modular too often because I like the safety of a full faced helmet but I do use it that way when stuck in traffic or going slowly around time during summer.
I had to get some thinner cheek pads to accommodate my face. As a reference Arai RX-Q and Corsair V fits extremely comfortably for me. Shoei RF 1200 fits too narrow for me in the head.
Excellent fit and finish. High visibility (this graphic). Nice sporty shape. A big thumbs up.
September 15, 2014
It's impossible to wear at any speed as an open face with the visor up as it simply rattles/vibrates. I have a Shoei J-cruise and theres absolutely no rattle with the visor up.
Locking the chin bar in place whilst riding is tricky. I need to sort of contort my chin before pushing into my face otherwise it will not lock. However whilst stationary with 2 hands its not a problem, but that kind of defeats the whole point of the design.
Finally my Harley ear phones just don't fit (there's just not a big enough recess) and Harley even sell this model badged as their top of the range FXRG model!!! It's crazy!
I've just done a 1200 mile 4 day trip around northern France and would have liked to have worn the Shark, but stuck to my Shoei as I couldn't face the noise and discomfort, sadly.
The Evoline is heading in the right direction in terms of design but a Mk IV or V might cure some of these basic design issues.
August 23, 2014
Best there is
Best modular helmet ever.
Every one ask about it, and 80% of them already plasced their orders for one.
October 6, 2014
Whistling noise driving me mad
This is almost a great helmet. Unfortunately there is a loud whistling noise coming from the right side of the helmet between 20-60mph. After 60mph the general wind noise drowns out the whistle. Even without the whistle this is a noisy helmet.
September 24, 2014
Didn't Last as Long as I Hoped
I bought this helmet originally because I love having plenty of airflow at below-highway speeds but also plenty protection if I wanted as well. This helmet met my needs but started to let me down over time as liners and seals began to wear and the chinbar locking mechanism sticks about 40% of the time. Overall, I absolutely love the design of the helmet but am disappointed with the durability of it after almost a year of liberal use.
-Unique modular design where it can be worn as a 3/4 helmet without catching the wind
-Excellent airflow on hot days
-Able to use both the sunshield and clear visor in both 3/4 and fullface positions
-Very noisy helmet at speeds 50+ mph. Causes a lot of difficulties hearing/speaking into my scala rider g9.
-The extra weight of the chinbar on the back of the helmet when worn in the 3/4 position causes the helmet to want to "roll back" on your head, putting pressure on your forehead which gets immensely uncomfortable after a short period of time.
-Helmet liners are poorly sewn and come apart at the seams, exposing the padding, after taking the helmet off/on sever times over the course of a year.
Overall: I have definitely gotten my money's worth out of this helmet for as much as I have used it, but am greatly disappointed in its durability after only lasting a year under heavy use. This helmet also does not get along with intercom systems due to how noisy it is. There are likely better options in both modular, full-face, and 3/4 style helmets that will not succumb to wear and tear and last you longer than a single year of riding.
September 19, 2014
Funny fit but lots of cool features
I have a round head and this helmet doesn't fit very well. Also the cheek pads rather high on your cheeks rather than lower near the jaw. The ventilation is not great and the noise from the chin bar hinges makes it relatively loud. I did recommend it however because of the flip back chin bar that makes riding on hot days quite nice, the tinted visor extends low for great sun blocking and I thought it might be flimsy but its pretty sturdy.
September 15, 2014
Very good but not perfect
I love this helmet and its features however after 1.5h or riding, the area above my forehead hurts. Also, the area where the chin bar rotates (the hinge) creates turbulences and some noise at higher speeds. Not necessarily a big deal but overtime the crackling noise bothers me.
I love the rotating chin bar. When stuck in trafic or riding at lower speed, I love to pull it back and ride with it open. I also bought the Sharkthooth and it works very well with my iPhone 5. Sound is good (speakers) and people hear me perfectly. Often they don't even know that I am on my bike.
September 14, 2014