Shark Evoline 3 ST Century Hi Viz Helmet
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
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
Stylish and Comfortable
It's stylish, comfortable and actually provides nice ventilation.
The slide-up chin protection is also a big plus.
It's almost everything you might want from a helmet, but 3 things:
1- More sleek (aerodynamic), you can feel the pull in the helmet with the relative wind.
2- A little bit more sturdier material (gets easily scuffed if not treated with care).
3- Snell Certified.
Other than those 3, I'd say it's the perfect helmet.
September 6, 2014
Great concept with a few issues
Love the concept of this helmet as a year round versatile product. It is a little heavy and larger than some helmets. Doesn't bother me, but the same helmet on my wife is more awkward. She also has some issues with her glasses fitting inside the pads and we have already downsized the pads (FYI- Shark does offer smaller pads and in order to do this you actually go the opposite direction of your helmet size. Theory is that the bigger your head (or pads that are too big, need more space and therefore a M would order pads for an XL as an example). The versatility of being able to put the full face away by simply bringing it back over the helmet is brilliant. I usually ride with the open face but anyone else's helmet trying to do the same thing looks like a C-5 Cargo plane and shouldn't be ridden that way. The main gripe I have about this helmet is the air vent on my forehead has stitching that feels like little pins getting stuck in my head and occasionally gives me a headache. I have taken to wetting a paper towel to cover the vent but hey, this is a $500 helmet so it should be putting a compress on me!
September 2, 2014
I ride a HD Touring and purchased the helmet for riding in the rain, I typically wear a 1/2 helmet. The Shark is stylish, but I felt a bit confined. I've since sold it I bought a 3/4 helmet.
August 25, 2014
It's great to have a 3/4 helmet and full face when I want.
It seems as though the only speakers that will fit this helmet are the Sharp system speakers. I tried putting my speakers from my Harley in helmet and they dug into my ears. Unwearable. I will probably have to dig out a larger area for the speakers to fit. So I have an otherwise great helmet that I can't wear unless I purchase their speaker system. I'm wearing my old helmet if I want speakers.
Also, I can't lock the chin guard in place while riding. It won't lock in.
August 4, 2014