Shark Evoline 3 ST Hakka Helmet
Poor airflow taints an otherwise great helmet
I had purchased the Shark Evoline 3 ST Moovit Lumi Helmet back in February and have been very happy with it, so when I decided to get an extra helmet...I immediately went back to the Shark model. Unfortunately, it appears that Shark both changed the sizing of this model as well as greatly failed on airflow. Unfortunately, I took for granted that they would be comparable just being a different model of the same generation helmet...and really couldn't determine the airflow issue until the first time I rode with the helmet on. The slightly more snug fit is fine...the fact that this thing fog and gets really poor...almost no discernible airflow is a huge issue especially with the Texas heat.
July 28, 2016
Good features but lousy fit
I bought this helmet for its features such as the great hybrid convertible full face protection and clean storage of the chin protector when not in use, the eyeglass stem accommodation because I have to wear eyeglasses, and finally, I wanted to accommodate a Sena radio system.
I knew I could return the helmet to RevZilla, and I was told that good helmets took some "breaking in". Now that I've had a chance to break it in, I've found several things that disappointed me.
1. Locking and unlocking the chin protector are a problem. I think the width of my face is causing the lock to not engage when I put the chin protector down. If I fool with it I can get it to work but it is never simple or easy. Once locked, it will not unlock unless I fiddle with it for a while. again, it is not simple or easy.
2. The "eyeglass accommodation" does not work for me. Again, maybe I just have a fat head. In any case, I can't put the helmet over my head with my eyeglasses on. I have to put the helmet on and then stick the temples of my glasses between the helmet cushioning and my head. From then on, any shifting of the helmet will change the position of the glasses, I tried taking some (and finally all) of the padding where the eyeglass temples rest as per the helmet instructions. It didn't work.
3. I mounted the Sena system. The helmet accommodated the wiring, and mounted just fine. However, wearing the helmet with the mounted speakers was a problem for me because the speakers pressed up against my ears causing chafing and pain. I couldn't mount them any other way. Also, the general wind noise in the helmet was so high I could not hear anything very well when I was riding, nor would the Sena system respond to any voice commands, regardless of where I mounted the various microphones. The noise was the same regardless of whether the chin protector was up or down.
You might think this is a total indictment of the helmet. It isn't. I think I got a helmet that didn't fit my particular head structure and now, I've had it too long to return it. When you've been told to break a helmet in, and it doesn't "break in", you've got a helmet that you can't use and no way to replace it or return it. The helmet size I bought is the size I've always worn successfully, and it is the largest that Shark makes in that model helmet.
June 7, 2016
Tight fitting lid. Hard to wear with glasses.
I ordered the large based on the sizing chart and could barely get it on my head. I then reordered the extra large and it is stil a tight fit. The helmet does not have a slit for eye glasses so getting them on is a bit of a chore.
The helmet is also very hot. The cheek pads are really thick and come into the cheek so as to compress it. I'll wear this helmet only when it is below 70 degrees.
July 12, 2016
Got this on sale and it is a a great product!
Got this on sale and it is a great product! Good bang for the buck. Cool helmet.
July 5, 2016
Stylish, ease of use and highly functional
This is my second Shark Evoline helmet. They keep getting better. The shield works better and while still a bit noisy, it's a great improvement from their first series. It's the best in the market for this style type. If you are looking for a full face helmet that converts to an open air feel, this is your helmet... especially if you ride long routes and want to take a drink or eat without stopping.
July 5, 2016
the product has a great design, its highly recommendable
im very happy whit the purchase, the helmets mett all expectations and the delivery time is fabulous as attention by the staff
June 28, 2016
The best all round helmet?
After doing a bit of research I bought this helmet for what became a five thousand mile on and off road adventure tour. Very happy I did as it turned out to be one of, if not the best all round helmets I've owned. I've had helmets from at least eight other brands, high, middle and low end stuff. This helmet is the quietest one of them all. Oddly and surprisingly enough it's even quiet when the front is flipped up. Styling is futuristic IMO and the thing just works well in seemingly every situation.
During my trip I spent more than a few hot humid days in it and obviously with the flip up design you can get all the air you want, but even in the down position venting/flow was good. Worth noting that the pads still smelled fine after all those hot, sweaty, outdoor, off road, rain miles in it.
The only real gripe I have is that the flip up and back mechanics are a tiny bit more complicated than traditional modular helmets (but for good reason, see the design when up flipped back vs conventional modular's flipping up) and when trying to bring it back to the front the friction latch that holds it back can be stubborn until you get used to it. Comfort for my head shape was very good (intermediate ovalish) the cheek pads were a little tighter than my last helmet, but I always prefer a bit of a snug fit as the helmet will begin to loosen over time. The flip down tinted visor is always handy, although I wish it were a tad bit darker, but only for those occasional moments when the sun is directly in your eyes.
I now seem to reach for this helmet every time I go riding and that includes when I take my sportbikes. As my summary says, this could be the best all round, do it all helmet I've ever worn.
June 28, 2016
great helmet, good protection and good field of vision. comfortable and relatively light. doesn't have a quick release but the tab on the flat d rings works well to quickly loosen the strap.
June 27, 2016