Shark Evoline 3 ST Hakka Helmet
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
One of a kind adjustible helmet - 3/4 to full face!
I bought this helmet because I was replacing my old 3/4 helmet. I had tried full face helmets on in the past and felt claustrophobic. The Evoline allows you to unlock and flip the chin guard over the top of the helmet and, voila, you have a 3/4! I find if I put the helmet on with the guard up and then flip in down I don't feel trapped. In, fact I prefer to ride with it down now that I am comfortable with it. Being able to flip it up will be an advantage during summer riding to get more air. The fit was initially a little snug so I wore it around the house and it relaxed to a firm but comfortable fit. I had read reviews that the helmet is noisy but have not found that to be the case even with the visor up on the highway. It has an additional sun visor that is very effective with the main visor up or down. The internal sun visor does not touch my glasses. The helmet is large and makes me look a little like a bobble-head but this may be because I am used to a 3/4. I "dress for the fall and not for the ride" so I am not concerned about the size of my head - just keeping it in one piece. The helmet itself is very well made with good removable padding. The looks very sharp and others have made positive comments when I show them.
May 27, 2016
This is my new everyday helmet.
I just recently got this helmet, and I've already put in about 500+ miles on it. Putting it on is a chore, as the opening is tight. I have a 19.5 neck which steadies my large head, I purchased the XL and it fits snug but comfortable. It is a chore to put on, and if you wear glasses, take them off before putting on or taking off the helmet. I did my research and checked all the reviews so I didn't have any misgivings about it, and I can say that it is lighter than some of the other's I've owned. The noise is negligible with the chin piece up or down as the face shield comes down to such an angle right at my chin that it directs most of the wind noise away. Haven't worn it on really scorching hot day's yet, but I don't see it being horrible, in fact, with the way this helmet is made, if you get hot, you can treat it like a good beer and pop it open. I'm very happy with this helmet.
June 8, 2016
Decent helmet for the money.
Using the size chart and ordering a large I had to return it to get an XL for a fit that didn't crush my face. I put the helmet on for the first time and moved the slider for the sun shied. A black piece of plastic broke off and the shield no long would move with the slide on top of the helmet. Given the length of time it took to get the helmet in the first place, 8 days, I don't have the time to return it and get another. Although its inconvenient to raise the main shied and grab the sun shield by the bottom to raise and lower it I'll just have to live with it.
June 7, 2016
I always used open face helmets during my 30 years riding experience. The shark well integrated design is the only reason that convinced me to buy a convertible helmet. I can now use that helmet in open face configuration without the impression of having an open hood on top of my head and enjoy the full-face configuration when needed.
The only inconvenient I had in my buying experience is the fact that I am ordering from Canada and Revzilla did not give me the option to chose which delivery service to use. UPS was used and it is, by far the worst. I would have appreciated the possibility to use USPS.
June 7, 2016
Great store, cool helmet
I bought this helmet for my wife. Revzila delivered really fast, nice product. Only thing is the kind a heavy, but she loved it.
June 7, 2016
I have my Shark EVO Hakka for 6 months now and I think it's good time for the review. It's not all good news. I am size large and neutral shape. SIzing is accurate (60cm=L). Shape is neutral, but there is decent amount of pressure on cheek bones that is bordering uncomfortable. Pressure increases with a chin-bar locked in forward position due to limited lateral flex.
Vent holes serve only ornamental purpose. I cant feel the difference of vents position. Visor fogs easy, but there are 9 detentes to increase the air flow. Most of the wind comes from underneath the helmet. That also tells you that the helmet is noisy. Visor rattles in open position at speeds over 80kmh (50mph). Visor is not made of high quality polycarbonate and it picks up dirt easily. The seal around the visor is not perfect and it leaks water during heavy downpour. You would need hex drive in order to replace the visor. The internal sun visor is excellent and have infinite adjustment slider. Balance with chin-bar forward is good and locking it in that position comes with somewhat whimpy, plasticky click - not extremely reassuring. Moving chin-bar in back position liberates your face and provides ample of air, as you would expect from open face helmet. That also changes the balance. I would recommend this helmet only to cruiser riders with decent amount of wind protection and for cooler climates.
June 6, 2016
Cool idea, but worth the short cuts?
This was my first full-face helmet, and coming from a 3/4, I really wanted the option to have a full convertible like this one. At the end of the day though, it seems like some build quality was sacrificed to provide the awesome and unique features that draw people to the Evoline. Moreover, I've come to feel that the unique features themselves aren't worth the trade-offs.
I do really like the features. The full-convertible option is really cool and feels engineered properly. The inclusion of the sun visor is something that I will always look for in future helmets. The cut-outs for the SharkTooth allowed me to install the Sena 10c comfortably and easily. The fit is good, and it is comfortable to wear for long periods. Everything works as advertised.
One issue is noise and wind. The lack of a fabric seal under the front of the chin (to allow for the convertible motion) means that the helmet can be very loud in the wind or even get caught by the wind and pull your head back some.
What disappointed me more was how quickly some minor parts began to chip and wear. The plastic tab on the top of the helmet for the sun visor, for instance, chipped within a week of very gentle use. The plastic around the chin area has discolored slightly; can't really say why, but not a huge deal. The lock for the chin guard to snap into place has been working fine but the plastic looks strained and like it won't last for the life of the helmet. The rubberized seal around the visor has warped, but only in one section, letting in some extra wind - again, can't say why. I haven't done anything weird with it; I keep it clean and stored properly, and even lubed according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Overall, I like this helmet. It fits well, feels protective, and the inclusion of a sun visor is awesome. The whole convertible thing works well, and it can be nice to occasionally pop it into open-face when trying to talk to someone. There are some build issues that have me worried about its longevity, but we'll see. Nothing critical so far.
What I have walked away with in the end is more a question of how 'worth it' the convertible feature really is. It turns out that given the option I ride closed-face 99% of the time. It doesn't really cool you off the way that you would think. Most of the heat on your neck etc comes from the padded chin strap, not the chin guard itself, so lifting the guard doesn't provide much relief in the heat. Airflow across the crown isn't great either, possibly due to having no exhaust vents.
All told a great idea, a good execution, but I've decided that my next purchase will be a premium-quality full-face helmet with an adjustable visor and sun visor and better airflow. Something that does what it was meant to do simply and effectively, something with better build quality, and something with greater wind protection. I'd gladly pay more for fewer features and better comfort and quality.
June 3, 2016