Shark Explore-R Carbon Helmet
Favorite Do-All Helmet
This helmet is a little warm, and the visor fogs easily in the street configuration. Otherwise it's great:
This is a very comfortable, high build quality helmet that is suitable for both dirt and super slab riding. You can reconfigure it on the fly to either use a peak + goggles, or to use a face-shield with a smooth contour.
The venting is good; it has left and right adjustable vents on the top, one vent in the chin bar, and the visor can be propped open. The visor cannot be locked closed. The chin bar is a little bit closer than some other full face helmets and may leave some riders feeling claustrophobic.
If you are about to move to the dirt, you can remove the face shield and replace it with the included peak. The peak and face shield are mutually exclusive, both cannot be installed to the helmet at once. With the peak installed, the included goggles can be attached directly to the helmet. Removing the goggles is easily done with a purpose built quick release mechanism on the left side.
Also on the left side of the helmet is the lever to actuate the internal sun visor. The internal sun visor is not obtrusive, optically precise, and blocks most sun that comes in the eye port. The action of the sun visor is precise and satisfying.
The build quality on this helmet is excellent, particularly keeping in mind the many features and the sheer amount of accessories included in the price. It is an excellent helmet for ADV touring.
June 19, 2015
Visor broke in less than 2 months
Let me first say this helmet offers a lot, is priced well, and is very comfortable. I love that it is street/DS which is perfect if you ride both and only want one helmet.
My only issue is that when I went to clean the helmet after 2 months of daily use the top right lug broke off the visor during removal. I was simply pulling the visor off as per the instructions and the plastic bit went flying across the room.
No Drama it has a 5 year warranty right? Wrong, wasn't covered. I contacted Revilla and they said they cannot replace the part but offer a 20% off discount for the new visor. I also emailed Shark Helmets directly and have yet to hear from them, has been 2 weeks.
The worst part is that a new visor costs $130 or 25% of the total cost of the helmet. So the helmet is only 75% cover under the 5 year warranty.
This helmet is great, a great idea well executed but once I get my new visor I will be scared to remove it, defeating the purpose of the design. I am also reluctant to recommend this helmet since 2 months after buying it the cost of ownership went up another $130.
June 8, 2015
Most comfortable helmet.
I'm usually a Medium in men's helmets, or a Large in women's specific ones. The explore-r i'm a size Small. That said, it's the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn.
The features are endless. The integrated sunglasses are great. They obviously don't work when the goggles are on, but the goggles are tinted anyway.
I'm not particularly strong, and some helmets strain my neck after longer rides. This helmet is light and the padding is comfortable enough to wear all day.
I don't like the carbon finish, but it was all that was available at the time.
May 19, 2015
Love this helmet ...
Just finished a 1,650 mile ride and this helmet could not have performed better. It's truly an awesome product.
May 1, 2015
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