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
Best Helmet I've Used So Far
1. Compared to a Shoei GT Air Graphic (~$600) the Shark Speed-R is both cheaper ($439) and ECE 2205 rated.
2. Awesome feature set: Flip down sun visor, Pinlock ready face shield and pinlock lens included, Rear Spoiler, Chin Curtain, Removable liner, Easyfit system for us glasses wearers. . .and shark tooth ready!
3. Great Style
-Shark Speed-R cuts a better profile in the wind compared to my Shoei Qwest which = less pressure on neck (possibly a combination of lighter weight or construction and better aerodynamics
-Smooth action (no detents) for face shield give it a surprisingly plush feel
-Magnetic closure for face shield can be undone one-handed with a gloved hand contrary to other reviews (one finger on front of visor to control upward motion and left thumb simultaneously puts pressure on magnetic clasp to weaken/loosen seal. . .then simply raise the shield up!)
-Drop down sun visor is really great to have--no more changing out shields or buying more shields
-If you wear a Shoei helmet the Shark should be true to size; no real pressure points
-I didn't give it 5 out of 5 for durability or airflow because I haven't sufficiently tested the helmet in a wide range of conditions to verify
August 20, 2014
Awsome aggressive looking helmet. Airflow is good, but it can get really hot in the summer days. Internal sun visor is a great feature. The padding a little thick and it doesn't suck up moisture as good as helmets with hydradry. Everything else is wonderful! Little buffeting for awesome head checks, comes with pin lock visor, visor comes off so easy, and did I mention it looks awesome!
August 11, 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
Great helmet for the price. As far as fit goes I was right in between a large and extra large, went with the extra large and the fit is great. I like the option to be able to wear sun glasses with the removable padding pieces. Helmet finish is top notch and having an optically correct lense makes a big difference. The visor clip that secures the visor in the closed position takes a little getting used to when opening the visor with gloves on but it's not a deal breaker. The chin strap secures really well and having the snap keeps the excess from flying around while riding. All in all I would definitely recommend this helmet and would purchase future Shark products.
July 28, 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 all around helmet
I ride both a cruiser and a sport bike. I bought this helmet primarily because I needed a light color helmet for summer riding and I really likes the SHARP rating this helmet got. I have a shoie gt air and a shoie qwest as well. This shark helmet has superior aerodynamics and is a lot lighter than the other two helmets mentioned above. The air flow isn't bad without the chin curtain (removable). It is also a lot more comfortable - better quality interior but still a tight race fit (which I really like in my helmets) but it's not as restricting as the gt air is. The built in sun visor come down lower so no irritating bright strip at the bottom of your view. AS others have mentioned the shield latch is a bit hard to open (or feel) with gloves on and there are no detentes (I knew this going in and have no issue with not having them). The shield is pin lock ready and does come with a clear pin lock shield - there's some confusion in the reviews about this. All in all I have no real cons except the shield latch being hard to find or open with gloves.
July 21, 2014