Shark Evoline 3 ST Hakka Helmet
The one; the ONLY
I usually don't write reviews but this helmet is worth taking the time.
The first thing is that this is the *only* helmet of it's kind as far as I can tell. I searched long and hard and this was all I saw. It is more of an transformer (Autobots rolls out!) than a "modular" but either way nothing compares.
The unique qualities make it kind of exotic really. I love being able to basically have one helmet to cover me in situations where I would normally have 3-4 helmets. In fact I no longer need 3 of the helmets that I own thanks to the Hakka. The design is nice. Not too flashy and the white keeps you that much cooler on a hot day. That touch of red is pretty sexy too. The lines are great and even just the shape is sexy when you look at it. The helmet isn't as heavy as my full face HJC so add another point there I suppose.
The clear face shield with the smoke visor separate is excellent! You can use them in whichever way you want depending on your needs.
The chin bar is way more solid than you could ever imagine/want. It literally has locking lugs to it. When you open the helmet and flip it back it is so light and easy you can do it while riding and when you bring that bad boy down you push back on the chin bar and hear a *click* and know it is secure on BOTH sides. When you do flip it up and you have clear visor down it is definitely great to have the one movement/motion and you get it right out of the way. Do keep in mind that if you bring the chin up and then back down you want that clear visor in the UP position. It won't break it but you'll get a nasty oil/film from the rubber gasket on the top 1/4" of the visor for sure. I guess with enough stupidity/force you could cause real damage. TL;DR: Don't have the visor down when you bring the chin-bar down.
Now you have a full face helmet, a 3/4 helmet, and then both of those with a clear visor and a sunshade smoke visor which quite honestly is *dark* and awesome! I have a couple that aren't as dark and believe me this one is the best I have seen. Also it covers your peripheral with shade which is AWESOME! Can not tell you how aggravating it is to have 80% or less coverage on the sides. This drops low and is definitely covering you from any side-sun-blindness as well! Best sunshade I have ever had. Also more than enough room if you wear glasses like I do.
I spent the weekend riding in 90 degree humid heat and the helmet handled it. In fact I could close the visor and still have plenty of airflow and not get overheated. It doesn't look like much but the venting definitely does the job. I have a commute of about 60 miles and then a joyriding habit on the weekends that can take me much further. Speeds ranging from curvy back-road 20's to interstate 90's and everything in between.
I have seen some people mention noise with modular helms. My experience with full face helmets is all I have to compare this to. Both of the ones I have (HJC & Arai) are just as loud as the Hakka if not louder with the HJC. For the Arai I would actually call it a tie. I have seen/heard some people saying noise is an issue still and I did notice that with the chin bar up, and the clear visor up as well you do get a good amount of wind noise at higher speed. Know what makes it dead silent? Put the clear visor down. Easy solution to me. I would give it 9/10 on noise level. Especially the silence at high speeds with full-face mode engaged and visor down. Serenity now!
Another thing that is definitely worth mentioning is the anti-fog ACTUALLY WORKS! When I say "works" I mean like professional pro-grade-epic-victory works! I didn't get even a hint of fog up at all. Temp changes, rain drops, breathing heavily, coughing, even *purposely* trying to make it fog ... all of that not even a tiny bit.
Let's talk about sizes! Pay attention to the size of your noggin. I have had a bunch of helmets and the sizes always vary but the Shark is the only one I have worn that truly sticks to their numbers. If you measure your head and you are above the XL do not bother even trying. My dome is exactly 24" and they said 24-24.4". Gotta be honest here: When I got it the first day it was so tight I thought my head was going to cave in. I had to double check the tag and make sure it was the right size. I actually called RevZilla and was going to send it back when the guy suggested trying to sit on the couch for about 30 mins and see what happens. I'm not sure if any of you know exactly how ridiculous a large bearded man looks while sitting on a couch for hours on end with a full / 3/4 helm on watching Game of Thrones and playing XBox is but I assure you ... it is 100% ridiculous looking and 100% worth it. About 20 minutes in I felt better. After a couple of days this thing is 100% broken in. The absolute perfect fit for me. The padding is amazingly tight at first but also very VERY molding when worn. After more than a few weeks there is nothing that I do not love about this helmet. Everyone who sees it loves it and I am pretty sure this is the best helmet I have ever had the pleasure of owning.
Review TL;DR: This helmet is awesome and you should buy it and thank me later.
July 6, 2015
This SHARK can swim with the best of them!
I have used the Evoline Series 2 since 2010 with a large touring motorcycle and I continue to enjoy it. I am in the process of getting a smaller touring motorcycle and I wanted another SHARK for the new bike. The Evoline Series 3 helmet had the features that I got accustomed to on the older model and the new helmet had the colors that I wanted so I bought it. I also got the SHARKTOOTH feature accessory so I can connect wirelessly into a bluetooth device. I like the SHARK helmet designs and they work well for me. If you want to investigate a convertible helmet for touring use or sport touring then I would recommend investigating the SHARK as a good possibility.
May 4, 2015
I like it
I've been looking for a modular with a chinbar that goes all the way to the rear, completely out of the wind, for years. This is it.
It's fairly quiet, but you can get quieter. It's fairly comfortable, but it's a little shorter front to back and looser side to side than' I'd like.
Ventilation is adequate, no complaints as long as I'm moving. If I'm on city streets with frequent stop lights, the chin bar goes to the back, and I wear it 3/4.
The cheek pads are a little obtrusive, and I can't get the helmet on without taking my glasses off. Might take the cheek pads out if I can't get used to them. They're removable, so that's a plus.
But regardless of these things, there is not a whole lot of choice when it comes to a fully convertible 3/4 to full face. If that's what you're looking for, don't let perfection stand in the way of "good enough".
June 15, 2015
Only convertible choice
I wish they had a competitor. Not sure why no other helmet manufacture does this. I only wish they would make a XXL. For me the helmet is way to small. I had to do some (not recommended) modifications to make it fit. But if I want a helmet that can be ridden as a 3/4 or Full I have no choice. They have said they are coming out with a XXL.. but they said that over 2 years ago. So, now I'm not so sure that will ever happen (since the USA is at best a secondary market for them and apparently only the USA has fat-heads). But, I'm still a customer and I will be again and again until someone else decided to compete in this area.
April 21, 2015
Two helmets for the price of one.
I like the way this helmet can be used as a full face and 3/4 helmet. I love it. The integrated sun visor keeps me from having to fumble with sun glasses, and makes it easy to ride on paths with shade and sun.
June 1, 2015
This helmet is a great all around helmet.
This helmet has great functionality. I have truly enjoyed the 3/4 ability and have also enjoyed being able to utilize the fill face feature while on the interstate. This is a great all around helmet. I would highly recommend it to any one considering a modular helmet.
Ralph Craig III
April 13, 2015
Love the convertible!
This helmet is very comfortable and sizing is accurate. I love the ability to fully open the helmet for riding around town and at slower speeds. I have not tried any of the shark bluetooth products in the helmet, but I like that it is set up to handle. I also like the removable pads at the temples to allow for glasses. Great features!
May 11, 2015
I purchased the EVO3 because a friend let me try his. The older models seem to run on the small side but the new EVO3 fits closer to normal. I wear a XL and i nwas able to wear his large, it was too tight, but I expected that. I ride about 20,000 miles a year and this helmet, with the light weight and added features I think I am going to be extreamly pleased. Simply having the chin bar out of the wind when not in use should help with neck strain.
May 11, 2015