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If you always wanted to be a fighter pilot but riding motorcycles is as close as you got, the Shark Raw Helmet is here to let you live out your fantasy. The aviation inspired design combines a 3/4 thermoplastic shell with off-road style goggles and a plastic face mask to create a helmet perfect for tearing up the streets in whatever urban jungle you call home. The sweat wicking liner and ventilation system keeps even the hottest heads cool and while the face mask does not provide impact protection, it does do a handy job of keeping bugs and road debris out of your mouth.
Regardless of what you're riding, the Raw is a helmet for those who aren't afraid to stand out from the pack. Ride apart, ride Raw.
Note: Helmet features a D-ring closure, not the micro-ratchet as shown.
Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.
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3 years in the making, this is the latest-and-greatest from Shark, and we finally have a production version. This is the new Raw, sub-$300, urban assault café-styled, naked bike-styled. This is a very different take on the open-face helmet. If we look at it, and this is my matte green version; remember, there’s a black, matte black, a white, a handful of graphics. Remember DOT and ECE-rated as an open-face helmet. Even though you have this polyurethane mouthguard, you have this optically-correct goggle system, it’s still rated as an open-face helmet. I’m going to walk through these more in detail as we move along. Keep that in mind; this helmet is designed for style and protection for the urban, for the cafe, for the naked biker elite. I think Cobra Commander would be really proud, as well.
Let’s briefly touch on fitment. This is a Shark helmet; Shark comes from France. We seen them do a mixture of fit types; this guy’s going to be more intermediate, to neutral, to round; keep that in mind. It’s not as much of a long oval; it’s going to be more of that neutral to round shape. It’s going to fit folks that have more of a wide circumference on their head. Remember, we do ship for free, and I would love to hear your gut reaction on the Shark Raw. Click here, subscribe to us at Revzilla TV. Leave me your comments, your questions, but more importantly, leave me your feedback, your gut reactions on this bad boy.
Diving into some of the feature set: What we see is a very lightweight helmet. Remember you don’t have a chin bar; it’s only rated as an open-faced. It’s going to be 2 pounds 13 ounces, so that means that it’s coming in underneath that 3-pound mark. Very lightweight, very agile; you’re not going to feel it. It is polycarb too, and the polycarb’s not going to be as lightweight as a fiberglass, but again, that’s how they’re able to keep that price point, sub-$300, which is a nice touch. Remember, you’re going to move up a little bit in price as you go into some of the graphic versions.
If I start to flip it on its side, you’re going to see as we break down the basic anatomy; one big vent scoop on top and it’s meant to not have any protrusions, any switches, no big vent scheme. Knowing it is an open-face, you’ll get a ton of air through the front. What they did was they gave you one vent to the scalp, and that’s going to be controlled by this removable rubberized stopper; open or closed. I love what they did; they even gave you a little cloud with some rain there to remind you that really only need to put it in if you want to block the rain. Does have a hole in it, so you could attach it to your key chain so you won’t use it. Again, that’s them looking at this helmet and saying, “This is designed for someone that really cares about the style and the complete look.” Think about some of that hardcore [inaudible 02:35] gear that you might see on the market coupled with this helmet. It’s a very intimidating look.
If you look along the sides, you’re going to see how that goggle system ties back in. If I move it around to the back, you’re going to see that it sweeps, back but again, very clean lines going all the way back. We think from a design and aesthetic standpoint; this thing knocks it out of the park, but there is a bit of a trade off because you’re getting a motorcycle helmet that in certain cases is going to have a little bit less protection, and then also you have a goggle which is a little bit fussier to work with. I’ll be honest about that, than if you had an open-face, a flip-up helmet, or even a full-face helmet.
Diving into the goggle itself, you’ll notice that this helmet comes in 3 configurations. You can completely remove the goggle and wear it in a full open-faced design. You can remove this piece which is your mouthguard, and its polyurethane, and it can be a little fickle putting it on and off. Notice that it’s vented on the back, but it does have a film for debris and dust blocking. Keep in mind guys; this is not part of that DOT or ECE rating. This is just a block that continues the badassery and blocks some of the dust and some of the debris, but in crash situations, it’s going to give you minimal protection.
If you move into the goggle system, this is actually one of my favorite pieces about this. It really is like a high-end ski or snowboard goggle. It has the double-pane design. It’s Carl’s Ice optics which are high-end lenses out of Germany. A double-pane means that while it does have an anti-fog coating, it’s going to almost give you that Pinlock factor that’s not going to fog. If I turn the Shark Raw on its side, you’re going to see it’s completely vented. You’ll notice on the back side of this that it has a full foam layer, so it’s going to be comfortable against your skin.
While I am going to tell you that it fits nicely, it fits snugly, it’s going to create a great seal against your eyes; the removal of it can be a little fickle. What I mean by that is because it is soft, what you can do . . . I’m going to pull this side pod off. You could see how I would do this. It’s one of those things that takes a little bit of time. Getting it off’s much easier, and as I pull it open, you’re going to see how it would slide out. There is my foam layer; it’s vented on the top. Again, premium in its designed; stealing a lot of technology from what I would call the dirt world, from the snowboard world, from the action sports world. They really looked into that. Notice how this side pod would go on. I find personally when I want to remove this goggle, I’m actually going to do it from side pod side of things versus doing it by undoing these side ports, because it is soft and it can be a little bit finicky to get it back on. Pull this down. You can see as I snap it back.
I will say as well that you saw me rotate that off from the sides. You could in certain instances rotate this goggle up and put it on top of the head, but I’m actually going to recommend that you don’t do that, because what’ll happen over time is I believe that this foam layer will start to come unglued over time as you rotate it up. I what I would really recommend is if you’re wearing it with the goggles on, you pull it on and off your head leaving those goggle in the same position. If you want to remove them, you remove the helmet and then remove it from the side pods, that way you’re going to give yourself the best lifespan out of your Carl’s Ice goggle lens and goggle system which is foam-backed.
Keep in mind as well that we should see Shark rolling out new styles of goggles, new finishes for lenses. You’ll be able to accessorize this bad boy or buy a replacement set of goggles moving forward, which is nice because they realize that over time if you’re rocking this bad boy everyday especially in city riding, you’re just going to beat it up. It’s part for the course; that’s what happens on motorcycles. You end up dinging up shields over time, so keep it in mind.
As I flip it open, you’re going to see, I’m going to pull my doughnut up here; Double D-ring construction and they’re using the same premium bamboo liner that we first saw in the Race R Pro. Hypoallergenic, cool to the touch; it’s going to be wicking. You’ll notice around the forehead . . . going to undo this guy and open it up so you can see it fully. You’re going to notice around the forehead and around the cheek and areas where you really might sweat that the material absolutely changes. Again, that’s going to be for additional wicking capabilities. It’s a nice touch; it’s forward thinking. Remember, Shark has Moto 2 and Moto GP riders wearing their stuff. They’re not spring chickens; they’ve been doing this for awhile, so they really understand what it takes to make a premium quality helmet. You’ll see too, notice that secondary material which is softer to the touch and is going to wick a little better. Cheek pads come out very easily; they are Velcro.
Keep in mind as well that Shark has the Sharktooth system. The Sharktooth system is their OEM-style Bluetooth connector. What that does is it allows you to go bike-to-bike or connect with your peripherals and listen to music. This helmet is already going to have a cutout for it, and it’s going to have cutouts on the earpieces so that you’re going to be able to incorporate those speakers seamlessly. Notice here is my comfort liner. Notice 3D in its design. Plenty of cutaways. Remember, its limited venting from the outside-in, but you’re going to get great air flow from the inside or from the front of the helmet. There’s that secondary material. Most of us, including myself, tend to sweat a lot on the forehead, and it’s nice that they gave you that extra wicking material that I’ve talked about a few times. It is hypoallergenic, which means it’s not going to stink over time and your body really should not react with it, even if you have sensitive skin.
Looking in the interior guts of the helmet, you’re going to see big venting channels. Again, they run all the way down to the back of the neck. You could see how they come together starting or emanating from that peak up front. Even as I go over to the ears, you’re going to see these speaker cutaways to take that Sharktooth system. Then in the back of the helmet, this is where you’d remove a piece, you’d incorporate your Sharktooth system, and that’s where the battery and the housing lives. It becomes a very scene less design over time.
Keep in mind, what we really love about the Shark Raw helmet is the style. It’s very unique. I’ll call a spade a spade. You have the Bell Rogue helmet which feels like that Bane-style. This guy’s really Cobra Commander city-inspired low profile, very fashionista, very French, very European and premium in its field. What you’re trading-off is some protection in the face because it’s not full-face, and you’re also trading off the ability to bang it around a little bit. Remember, they’re using high-quality optics and you’re using some PU injected-molded pieces that over time if you don’t take care of them, you might wear them out a little bit. They are also replaceable, so keep that in mind, guys.