Shark Explore-R Carbon Helmet
Awesome helmet that a few tweaks would make perfect
Great style. I wish they had a Small size EPS instead of putting thicker pads into a medium, but everyone does that.
Pros - feature packed, with sun visor, dickey, peak, that all work great. Very glasses friendly and Sena SMH10R attaches beautifully (nice clean installation) Helmet resists scratches. Rain on visor beads and dissipates at speed, leaving vision clear.
No Cons but a few things that could improve.
The goggles shouldn't be proprietary to the helmet, though the snap off feature is nice. I would just like to be able to use the goggles off of the helmet.
Peak attachment should be different from face shield, so you can use them at the same time.
Blue cheek pads. Meh.
March 23, 2015
Excellent multi-purpose helmet!
Overall this helmet is excellent. Fit and finish are top-notch, and it feels like a quality piece of work. Details follow:
Appearance: Love it. The finish is excellent, with no visible rough spots or irregularities.
Fit: I chose intermediate oval because it's in the middle of the slider bar. Wider at the ears than some helmets I've worn, narrower than others. Plenty of room in the chin area for my beard. The only reason I knocked a point off for comfort is because the foam padding on the goggles press on my nostrils a bit, reducing my ability to breathe through my nose. It doesn't hurt at all, but it forces me to breathe through my mouth rather than through my nose.
Field of view: Very tall top to bottom. Side to side, it varies. With the normal shield, it is wide. The goggles narrow the field of view, but it's still possible to do quick head checks with no problem.
Noise: Depends on how you run it. With the peak and goggles, there is quite a bit of wind noise, but that is easy to overcome with earplugs. With the visor and no peak, it is quiet.
Ventilation is very good.
- The helmet likes clean air. My windscreen has a large adjustment range, and the helmet worked best with the screen in the lowest position and the most laid back, giving the helmet lots of clean air. There is some lift from the visor at highway speeds, but less than I had anticipated, and it is minimally affected by crosswinds. With the bike's windscreen in its highest position, the peak would catch a little turbulence and buffet a bit...not bad, but noticeable, and honestly no worse than a regular helmet with the visor wide open.
- I wish the peak could adjust down a bit more. That would help out a lot when riding into the sun...with the large vertical field of view, the sun becomes bothersome sooner than with other helmets I've had.
- Optical quality of the visor and goggles is excellent. I get some occasional minor reflections in the goggles when the sun is low in the sky, but they are barely noticeable.
Overall, it's an excellent, versatile helmet.
March 6, 2015
The helmet is very high quality. It's is the quietest helmet I've worn even quieter than the Arai and Shoei. The field of vision is also the largest of any street helmet I've worn. The goggles are not easy to take on and off at first but I'm getting used to it. I love that the liner has speaker pockets. It makes hearing my Sena much easier.
March 2, 2015
Safe, feature packed helmet at a great price!
Initial thoughts about the helmet after the un-boxing:
Finish of the helmet was phenomenal, no blemishes, packaged nicely. A few fingerprints on the face shield & drop down shade which was annoying but cleanable.
Riding with it the first few weeks:
Helmet fitment is true to size, similar to my Bell RS-1. Nice & comfortable liner, only issue is that I need to wiggle the helmet around to get my ears to conform back into shape after slipping it on. Wind noise is much quieter than the RS-1, but ventilation is much lower. Visors fog up easily, needed to crack the visor open to clear it up. Have treated it with RainX anti fog since. Also the visor mechanism is nice to replace/install, however Bell has it beat on ease of use & functionality. Chin strap is well built, but not as comfortable as the RS-1. There's a cheap feeling plastic retainer that holds the strap excess in place, which makes me appreciate the magnet retainer on my Bell. Overall, it's a great helmet for the price and functionality. Only thing left is to install a bluetooth comms system!
Two helmets in one!
Carbon helmet for lower price than competitors
Super light, smaller shell, no bobblehead effect
Low wind noise & drag during head checks
Drop down neck gaiter works well in the rain
Visors fog up easily when worn in normal configuration
Cheaply made attachment mechanism for goggles
Minimal ventilation (better for colder weather)
No pinlock option
Cannot have visor and peak installed at same time!
December 23, 2014
An outstanding helmet for the all rounder ridder.
I have been ridding adventurer style for the last 30 years and i have had so many different types of helmets, I will have to say this is the best helmet I have had so far.
I will say though its a little noisy but all the other features far out weigh this.I highly recommend.
November 25, 2014
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