Shark Explore-R Carbon Helmet
Helmet was missing goggles and screw to mount visor. Fit was on the large end of the spectrum. Carbon weave was pretty good, but some imperfections were visible. Drop down visor function was ok.
Returned due to missing items.
October 15, 2014
Great Helmet, Great Value, Very Versatile!
Shark hit a home run with this Explore-R! They really thought of it all with this one. If you use a Sena 10MHR or similar Bluetooth device, it will mate with it perfectly. I keep the helmet in non-peak (i.e. MX/DS style), but it's not too loud in peak/goggle format. With peak/goggle noise (and Sena 10MHR "listenability") is ok <60mph; in non-MX/DS mode at 60-90mph the helmet is relatively quiet and the Sena sounds great. I think it is a very quiet helmet in road mode. There are great cut-outs for speakers too. The helmet is designed to accept Shark's Sharktooth comm system which is very similar to the Sena 10MHR. There are cut-outs for both the battery and the speakers. The OEM Sena speakers will not be noticed in the ear/cheek pads; there are little pockets designed for slim speakers. I use a 3.5mm adapter and speakers from an around the neck set I broke that are 3x as thick as the Sena's and they barely press against my ears. The battery cut-out is in the back/base of the helmet's styrofoam underneath the neck gaiter/windsock. The clear visor it comes with is very clear, and when the sun shade is deployed, it does not distort your view nor does it fog that bad. The goggles are also very clear and fog even less than the visor/shield. The helmet liner material is comfortable and removable. The helmet is also really light. Transition between road and DS/MX mode is simple; takes <5min. Hopefully Shark brings the non-carbon version to the U.S.; it's already availably in the European market and is considerably cheaper. The carbon fiber version is worth the cost to me and is lighter, cost less, and fits better than the Arai XD I had in the past.
October 1, 2014
Love the styling and comfort!
Awesome helmet, love the styling and how comfortable it is. With googles on it does have a narrow vision and a little noisy, but with the shield its very wide vision and quiet. Great helmet deffinatly recomend.
September 1, 2014
If you like to ride off road, but need to travel on the pavement to get to your off road ride, what a great helmet--- it has it all. If your riding with a group and the dust is really kicking up, pop off the visor and use the goggles. Love the internal sun visor.
I find it quieter than two other top of the line helmets I've owned. I'm very pleased with it. I little tight at first but you will work into it. Overall very pleased---nice styling as well.
September 1, 2014
good looking helmet
shark did really good job on this helmet but not as comfortable as my shoei tzx and wind drag is noticeable on the high way speed here in Australia which is 100km /h but is not that bad. Overall. nice helmet and good buy. shipping was fast. good job revzilla
September 1, 2014
great buy! best looking carbonfiber helmet in the marker! i dont really use the dual sport lid and goggles but if need be i could! fits
Best helmet buy available for the money. Extremely comfortable and quiet. Looks amazing, everyone keeps complementing me on it. The carbon fiber is a twill weave and it looks great! matches all the ilmberger products. I havent use the lid and goggles but I havent done any dual sport riding lately.. but I always have that available to me.
July 28, 2014
I got this helmet as a birthday gift after sitting on my wishlist for a long time. The build quality, attention to detail and versatility on this thing is amazing and on par if not better than the usual high end brands out there. In Street configuration, with the shield on, it is super quiet and everything works really well. With the goggles on it does get a bit noisy but nothing unbearable. The integrated sun visor, the wind/rain gator all work very well and I can say that it is the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn.
The one single issue with this helmet is airflow. For some reason the vents don't work that well which is something I can live when I'm on the move during hot summer days.
You can't use the face shield with the beak/top visor by the way.
It looks quite radical as well! I'd recommend it.
July 2, 2014
Fantastic all in one helmet
I've been researching dual sport helmets for some time now and came across this one and was sold. I have a 58cm, intermediate oval head shape which the sizing chart said was the largest head size for the medium which was dead on. Fantastic fit and finish in my opinion. All the vent switches and sun shade knob work very smoothly. A great feature is the visor defogging lever that pops up the visor (when using the included visor) by a few millimetres instead of using the first detent position. It also has ample room for the speakers from a communications device of which I'm using an Interphone FX4 XT although Shark has partnered with Interphone to offer a helmet specific unit that allows for the battery to be nicely hidden withing the back of the helmet. I have not ridden with the helmet yet as my BMW is still on order but with what seems to be an exceptional seal using the visor and also the perfect fit of the included goggles, I expect it will be quieter than most. I found this helmet even more comfortable than the Arai XD4. The only drawback I have found, and knew before I purchased, is that you cannot run with the visor and peek at the same time although there is a YouTube video out there showing someone has figured out how to do so. Switching from goggle w/peek mode to Hwy visor mode is a breeze. Looks absolutely awesome in person and super comfortable with the bamboo infused liner. The inner vent channels are deep and run the length of the helmet so cooling shouldn't be an issue. Great buy!
June 23, 2014