Shark S700 Prime Helmet
get yourself an exo-500
I was torn between the shark s700 and the scorpion exo-500. I chose the shark and kind of regret it. The shark isn't bad , but the scorpion has better features and cost less to boot.
August 5, 2013
Good quality with a couple issues
Bought this helmet because I thought it would be a good fit for my prominent jaw and ovalish head. The clearance between my mouth and chin bar was great, but the size MEDIUM dug into the forehead on my 23" melon. The top area is rounder than the Shoeis I've tried on, and even some of the HJCs. The mechanism on the flip down shades works extremely well, and the shade extends low enough to cover my entire view. It even bumps my nose on the way down, but sits in a good position. However, the view through it is distorted. It's not nearly as optically correct as the shade on the Shoei GT-Air. So, this helmet was not right for me.
July 31, 2013
Good helmet for a reasonable price
I've had no issues with this helmet. The drop down sun visor is an excellent feature for sudden glare, or when you need to look just a little bit cooler in any situation. I haven't noticed much difference in having the vents open or closed, but I'm mostly traveling about 60, so there's significant wind either way. Same with the noise. It's loud, but I doubt any helmet could fix that.
July 29, 2013
Great product for the price.
This is the first helmet I have bought without previously trying it on. Great product. I love the integrated visor and I hope Shark comes out with more screens. I think this is one of the best products at its price point.
July 15, 2013
Overall a great helmet
Bought this and then went for a 850 mile ride over the holiday weekend. So far has been a very comfortable helmet. I love having the sun visor saving me from having multiple shields or sunglasses handy. I was in weather ranging from 70-105 and didn't find myself ever getting too hot, but I can't say I ever really felt the ventilation doing much either. All in all I'm happy I picked this up and have gotten a lot of compliments on it.
July 9, 2013
My Ifrst Helmet and Love it
I originally purchased a speed and strength helmet, but when it arrived I couldn't even get it on my head. I ended up taking the cheek pads out and it fit perfectly else where (I later went to a store and tried different sizes on and even the next size up I could not get on but was too big around the forehead). I do have a round face and large cheeks. Another problem I had was that my mouth slightly touched the front (I do not have a pointy face or long head -- I am on the edge of being a round head although still an intermediate oval).
When I called in to exchange this Shark helmet was recommended to me as I was looking for something with sun visor. I bought the white and love the look. It fit my face with plenty of room in the front. I installed a Sena Bluetooth with headphones instead of speakers to start with since it does not have recesses for the speakers. It ended up being a bit uncomfortable with the ear buds I have, so I'll try the speakers next.
With the buds barely in my ears I could hear the bike and other vehicles around me just fine, but the wind noise was minimal at worst and the drag was also almost not noticeable at 55mph. The venting did seem to work on this 90 degree day.
Overall, it is a very comfortable helmet with all the features I needed, although it would have been nice to have ports for speakers.
(NOTE: Apparently since it is a new product getting accessories is slow, and shipping on my helmet was slower than usual as it had to come from Shark, and they will not ship directly to a customer).
July 2, 2013
I purchased this helmet based both on its safety ratings and features. Of these features the internal retractable sun visor was the key feature as I wear glasses.
The one drawback to the S700 is that it is not specifically designed for people that wear glasses so it fits tight over the glasses. It is not uncomfortable looking forward but when turning your head left or right there is some discomfort.
Upon contacting Shark I am going to purchase a 10mm thinner pad which should compensate for the thickness of the glasses. Also I have noticed that the more I wear it the less uncomfortable it is around the glasses area.
According to the Shark representative I spoke to, the glasses specific helmets have less padding or relief in the padding to accommodate for glasses. It is also possible that glasses with thinner arms would not cause an issue.
May 28, 2013
As good as you can get for this kind of money
A pretty high quality helmet for the price range it's in. It's very comfortable, really good looking, and has a sun visor which I couldn't live without!
May 21, 2013