Shark Evoline 3 ST Century Hi Viz Helmet
Bought two pieces for myself and for my daughter. Already used product once. Vent cover from front came loose. Sent an email to Shark Customer Service and in two days received a response asking for my address . they will send me a replacement vent cover. Like the product . This helmet the lightest I ever had.
December 9, 2013
Cons outweigh the pros
There are pros and cons to this helmet. First the pros. I like the hinged chin guard that moves completely behind the helmet and out of the way, so the helmet can be used as an open face helmet. Unfortunately, this is the only reason to buy this helmet. Now the cons. The movement of the chin guard can be a bit fussy at times, and the face shield tends to catch on it as it is coming down. When that happens, the chin guard will not lock in place when pushed against the helmet. The chin guard must be raised and disengaged from the face shield and the chin guard carefully lowed again before it can be pressed into the locked position. It's not a show stopper, but it is a nuisance. The helmet is very loud compared to my Shoei Syncrotech. The helmet fits comfortably around my head, but even after 5,000 miles of riding, the cheek pads are still too tight. They press on my cheeks hard enough to push them between my teeth. The helmet becomes unpleasant after about an hour of riding. Finally, and this a show stopper, the helmet leaks. During light rain and hard, water got into the helmet for somewhere on the top and dripped down to where the face shield and chin guard meet at the lower end of the face shield. Drops of water splashed down hard enough to fly back into my face and eyes interfering with my vision. That flaw, makes this helmet unsafe for ridding in the rain. I recall another reviewer mentioning that his helmet leaked, too, so this may be a systemic problem that Shark needs to address. The other cons I listed are just poor design and/or build quality that should not be present in a helmet in this price range. That speaks to corporate quality standards of which I am clearly not a fan.There is no value at any price in a helmet I can't use in the rain.
December 6, 2013
This is my second Shark Evoline, and it is better than the first!
It is lighter than the Evoline 2. I like the features - inside sun shade and the ability to ride in the "3/4" mode.
It is noisy and windy on a sport bike, but fine on a cruiser or sport touring bike when you are behind a windscreen. I would buy another, or recommend to a friend.
December 2, 2013
Some great features.
The Shark Evoline 3 ST series helmets are the only modular helmets that are certified to be used when the chin bar is up. All others create an air catching "sail".
A feature ONLY mentioned in the Revzilla video (Thank you, Anthony), is that there are tiny removable pads in the cheek pads that give space for the temples of eyeglasses! Not even the paperwork that comes with the helmet mentions this. I still have to put on my eyeglasses after I have the helmet on. The cheek pieces fit THAT well. This works best with the chin bar in the up position.
The helmet in Large fits me very well. For me, it is the correct shape - not too round like HJC and Fulmer and not too narrow.
Airflow seems to be fine with the two vents open in hot weather. I have not HAD to raise the chin bar just for ventilation unless standing still.
The built in visor works well mechanically and comes down plenty far for me. The visor tint:: See Cons.
I like the Hi-Viz colors and reflectivity. Too bad it adds a big chunk to the price.
The smoke tint to the sun visor in bright light works well EXCEPT if the sun is shining directly onto it as it creates a "glare" effect. A polarized sun visor option would be greatly appreciated.
The design on the helmet, with the chin bar up, makes a prominent "M". See photos: Did the designers know it looks just like the cartoon character, 'Monkey' from Dexter's Laboratory????
November 20, 2013
Overall great 3 in 1 helmet
This helmet overall is great. Very cool looking helmet and for the most part very comfortable. As a full helmet I feel it is as protective as any helmet out there. The fit was a little tight to start with but the more I have worn it the better it feels. Now very comfortable, except for the chin strap. Any time you look down beyond straight ahead and the strap digs into the throat, to a point that it restricts breathing if going against a hard wind and glance down as I did. With the face open you get great air flow but with the bar locked in place at the back of your head (or back of the crown) it is a bit heavy and wants to tip your head backwards a bit. Not enough that your neck gets tired but you look like a snob with your nose in the air.
Overall I get lots of compliments on the helmet and it is mostly very good. I would definitely buy it again if need be.
November 20, 2013
Set your expectations wisely
This is a multifunctional and really clever helmet. It provides a great feature with easy full and open face conversion. However I have issues with its comfort, gives extra pressure on my forehead and it is extremely noisy even in slow cruising speeds. Visor is not low enough so it creates a line in your vision which breaks the light. I find this dangerously distracting. I guess shark will perfect this helmet with version 5. Until then this is the best convertible helmet so far.
November 12, 2013
Upgrade from Evoline 2 to 3 is noticeable
I have about 10K miles with the Evoline 2 and liked the helmet but is was heavy and very round. But the features especially the modular bar was big for me since I wear glasses. The new Evoline 3 is noticeably lighter, slightly smaller in size, more oval, and quieter. I put on just under 300 miles with it this weekend and really like it. Vision is same between both models. The other great feature is the bar lifts the shield. I also like the hi-viz feature - can never have enough visibility for some of the "cage" drivers out there. If you want modular, you can not beat this helmet.
November 11, 2013
A good Helmet that isn't that gimicky
I bought this helmet for the sole reason of wanting to switch between open face for street riding and close face for freeway riding. This helmet does that very well with one small problem. When I close the helmet to lock into closed face I have to push the chin into the helmet to lock it. I didn't know that at first so I was kinda of annoyed but it's just part of the process now.
Fit: I usually where an XXL but the XL fits me good. However I had to remove the cheek pads to fit into the helmet. My head measurements is a little over 25.5 inches so it's likely a personal problem.
Weight: Nothing noticeably different from my past helmets.
Ventilation: Basically none. You have to go open face to cool down.
Vision: No problems here but not better than past helmets either.
Summary: Even at a close out of 337 this helmet is only worth it if you really want the comfort of going open face to closed while riding. Outside of that feature I can't see how it's any better than many of the helmets $150 less.
November 8, 2013