Shark Speed-R Helmet - Solid
Highly Functional and Stylish
This product (the Shark Speed-R helmet) is exceptional. First, the helmet comes in it's own individual box from the manufacturer, as opposed to being exposed. Upon seeing the helmet in person, I noticed that the visor sent with the helmet was pinlock-ready. Then, after closer examination of the box, I noticed that a pinlock shield is actually included with the helmet. The fitment is true to size, and fits my head perfectly. The cheekpads, although initially tight, have broken in well and wick moisture in a comfortable manner. The shell is light (almost unrealistically light in comparison to my older scorpion helmet) and rigid.
The Chimney vent is functional in almost all riding positions, and extremely easy to operate. The chin vent is most effective in the 3/4 position, but will work in others (it is also just as easy to operate). The integrated sun visor is easy to find with a glove, and has more than adequate coverage. There is also a chin curtain included that reduces wind noise substantially for longer rides, although I would not recommend it for a blast down a back-road as it can inhibit ventilation slightly (not a huge amount though, almost so little I didn't mention it).
In all, this is a spectacular piece of engineering. It contains every function and feature I was searching for in a sport helmet, and does so far more seamlessly than other manufacturers have yet managed.
July 18, 2014
Superior Helmet for Long Distance Riders
Excellent Helmet if willing to pay for it! It looks aggressive and badass. Vision is crystal clear and handles very well in heavy rain. Very comfortable and easy to wash the interior padding. Drop down sun visor is my favorite feature and looks SOOO sweet in action. The only down fall is like all front visors it scratches very easily and unfortunately you have to order a new one directly from the manufacture (Not in the USA).
July 8, 2014
i used a friend same helmet, and it was a perfect fit. No pressure points and the vents and visor was very functional.
June 23, 2014
nice agressive looking helmet, possibly not the best in regards of functionality though
unfortunately i don't have much to compare this helmet to, as it is the first helmet i've bought.
regarding sizing, i got the size m as the size chart suggested and apart from the cheek pads being a bit snug (after about a week of regular use this was no longer an issue) the helmet fit perfectly. it has a nice agressive look to it and is fairly lightweight. i feel the field of vision could be larger, but i've worn helmets where this was more of an issue. the noise level seems quite low to me (would be even lower if i'd install the wind/noise blocker). i'm not so happy with the ventilation and the aerodynamics of the helmet. on the freeway you do tend to be a bit "bobbleheaded" most of the time, and i usually can't tell the difference if i have the top vent open or shut while riding. these two things could however be due to the fact that i have an upright riding position and this helmet probably functions better at a slight forward tilted angle. what i really like is the visor, it is truly optically correct. at first there were times were i thought i didn't have the visor down because i couldn't tell it was there (until the first couple of bugs hit my screen of course...). only the locking system is a bit of a pain.. when wearing gloves it can be tricky to get open. so for those of you who tend to open and close their visor at every red light, i don't recommend this helmet. at lower speeds i have experienced fogging with this visor, however mine came with a pinlock anti-fogging insert. with that installed you do experience some funky reflections (as you would for example with some polarized sun glasses, where you can actually sort of see your own eyes reflected in the visor. or at night you do see slight light reflections that can be mildly irritating (apparently they're supposed to be 'day time use only' but it didn't say that anywhere in my packaging and i leave them in day and night)) but you're visor will literally never fog up. what i also like about this helmet is the fact that it's ready for the sharktooth bluetooth system. i actually bought the sena smh10r instead, because i wanted to be able to pair with other brands as well and still have a low profile bluetooth communication device. for the smh10r i did have to make the slot for the battery pack slightly larger for it to fit however.
all in all it's a nice looking helmet with pretty much all the functions one could ever need. however i believe there are probably helmets in the same price class that offer a more refined approach to some of the issues i've mentioned.
June 9, 2014
Great features and styling
I've been using this helmet for about two weeks now. The cheek pads are pretty tight, but it seems to be loosening up the more I wear it. I wear glasses and experience some slight fogging below 60-65 degrees. I like the styling a lot. However the Shark stickers are not the best. The edges are starting to peel only after owning the helmet for a short time. I'm sure they'll be taken off before the summer ends.
June 2, 2014
Another great helmet from Shark!
Nice looking helmet with stylish design and very comfortable. It has a decent amount of air flow and a wide viewing angle.
May 22, 2014
Tell you the truth it's just an avarage helmet.
the helmet is average there is nothing that would stick out to a buyer other than the color and design or the outside looks. it runs slightly smaller in size. the 1 thing that I really like is the anti fog screen. On cold mornings the screen is nice and clear. I also like shark helmets because of the shark tooth their com. System. Its very slick and has a built in compartment for the battery pack. The design/ the looks is cool looking. you can find other helmets that has same safety measures in lower prices like Shoei even in Built witch is a Cycle Gear own brand. Noise wise it's not the greatest, when you duck down to avoid the wind hitting you, you can hear the noise getting much louder. like all the other helmets in the market it has some pros and cons what I would suggest is that you should buy it try it on see if you like it. Revzilla is great source for buying the Shark pro speed r. They have great customer survice And if you don't like it then you can return it. Easy as that.
June 23, 2014
Visor is Impossible to open with Gloves on
When I first opened the box I loved the way it looked then I tried it on. The cheek pads are so big and press on my face so hard that if I open my mouth I can't close it without biting my cheeks. I did read other reviews that talked about. this and said the pads will pack in after a while and become more comfortable. So I took their word for it. The main problem is that the visor sort of locks down on a small pin but has no external tab to grab on to open. It is IMPOSSIBLE to open with gloves on. On a hot day I like to flip my visor open when sitting at a red light to get some air. You can not do this without taking your gloves off. Ridiculous design! But now I can't return it because I've ridden with it. So I paid over $400 for a helmet that I don't like. The guys at Revzilla are the best but I do not expect them to take it back after its been used so I'm stuck with it. I can not recommend this helmet based on that visor and a little because of the cheek pads.
June 15, 2014