Shark Explore-R Carbon Helmet
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
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