Shark Raw Soyouz Helmet
slightly loud, slightly tight, killer looks!
After over a month's use, it still scrapes my ears super hard when I put on the helmet (I'm bitter about it and hoping it breaks in further). Other than that, wowzers! A head turner, a good breather (plenty of airflow), nice wide vision and a breeze to strap in/out. I use ear plugs when using my shark raw Vs. my full face. Bear in mind, this helmet is only rated as a half.
July 26, 2016
I love this helmet. Great for city cruising, especially here in New Orleans with the hot humid weather. Too loud for highway use, but it won't stop me from buying another one.
July 18, 2016
Great around town helmet
This helmet is GREAT for around town or in heavy traffic. The noise above 65 is immense, and almost requires ear plugs. The helmet looks cool, and fits good, aND also is comfortable. I love this helmet for around town, short bursts on the highway, and when I am in heavy traffuc. It stays pretty cool due to the open face and good airflow. Overall an awesome helmet for anyone who dosent wanna go 200 mph down the highway. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting an around town, lightweight, stylish helmet.
August 23, 2016
Narrow Vision, Clumsy Goggle
Great Style - makes you look like a Jet Fighter and it's light weight. However due to the design of the goggle, it gives you narrower vision so you have to turn you head a bit more to get a good shoulder check. It is also very difficult to lift the goggle/shield up with one hand - if you not doing it right (with one hand), it will snap back to your face (and smash on your glasses if you wear them). The foam on the goggle sometimes brush on my nose and make my noise itchy. Despite all these, I wear it sometimes due for it's style ....
July 4, 2016
Perfect Helmet To Me
Before I bought this helmet I read so many reviews, despite all the negative I ordered anyway. So here is my 2 cents on this helmet.
It fits excellent, snug but not overdoing it very comfortable. The goggles are impossible to fog up, the mouth guard portion provides excellent airflow in and out, it will in no way protect you though. You can get the helmet on if you wear glasses, as I do takes a bit of practice but once you get it there is no issue there. However taking it off I have to take my glasses off first. If you wear glasses you have to position the facemask/goggles so it doesn't push your frame into your nose also but its just practice and getting used to it.
Noise level is rough at higher speeds, I recommend ear plugs for long commutes, city its perfect to me, I like to be able to hear around me. People said the foam on the goggles was cheap and would wear away over time, Its the same foam pretty much that's on any goggles and I use it every day taking them on and off and I have no problems as of yet.
This is a good helmet, its pretty much a 3/4 helmet so your face is vulnerable. It looks good of course, unique. People are not happy unless they have something to complain about, so pass up all those negative reviews and give this a shot if you like it.
August 16, 2016
Nice for city driving, but...beware.
This is an interesting lid. Looks great, I get a lot of comments on it (not all are compliments), no fogging issues, good airflow, and it's super comfortable. Easy 5 stars if you're doing city riding ONLY.
The problem comes when you're up on the highways. The first (and last) time I ever took it out on the interstate, I did a shoulder check and the wind hooked up under the mask and blew the entire contraption up over my eyes so I was blind while I scrambled to pull the mask back down. Shark absolutely needs to put a disclaimer on these helmets and come up with some sort of positive locking system for the mask. Zero stars for highway use, and it's now a ~$300 paperweight.
I loved the style though, so I ended up getting a Shark Vancore. Very similar style, but the "mask" is fixed, the goggles are easy to remove, and it's a bit cheaper. They're European only though for now, so you won't find them on RZ :(
June 27, 2016
If you like the style then this is a great helmet.
As someone with a pretty large head, this helmet is awesome. It fits well and is super comfortable. Since I do a decent amount of riding at night I had to switch out the smoke lenses that come with the helmet for clear lenses (sold separately). But once I made that switch, I could see perfectly. The goggles fit great over my glasses and keeps them in place as well. It is a bit loud while riding but it's an open face so you're going to get the noise and airflow. Undoing the goggle/mask setup is super annoying so I usually keep it on.
August 10, 2016
Stylish helmet with some goggle problems
The helmet is incredibly cool looking, and I get tons of compliments on it. I also find the fit to be perfect, and the lightness of it makes wearing it on a longer trip really comfortable. Also, it was quieter than I expected from an open-face helmet. The helmet part of this helmet is a 10/10 for me.
The goggles leave something to be desired. Foam is cheap, at speed the goggles dig into the bridge of your nose a little and the seal isn't great at your cheeks so you get wind in your eyes. Like another reviewer mentioned, if you turn your head (or shoulder-check at all) in this helmet your goggles are completely unseated from your face and your eyes are full of wind/dust. Also the goggles are too difficult to get on and off to be interchangeable, in case you were thinking about grabbing a non-tinted pair for nighttime.
The mask is fine, I've had no problems, and while I noticed the flimsy plastic attachment methods when I put it together, I've had zero issues with it after months of hard riding.
All in all the helmet is fantastic, and for <50mph city riding the goggles/mask hold up, but if you're spending any time on the freeway seriously consider how much those goggles are going to be a nuisance. I'm considering moving to a different helmet already (~5 months later) just because of the goggles.
June 18, 2016