Shark Vision-R High Visibility Helmet
Good helmet, but LOUD
I would've given this helmet a 4 or 5 if it were not for one thing. It's just too loud. The air intake on the chin is obnoxiously loud. Even if I close it, I frequently get a slight whistle that I can hear on the sides. Air flow overall on this thing isn't very good. All vents open and it struggles to keep fog off the visor when cold... even over 30 mph.
It does have some things going for it. It looks great. I love the drop down sun visor. It has a satisfying clunk sound when you drop the visor down. The seal on the visor is great, as well. It's a slightly narrow helmet, so keep that in mind.
Overall, I can't recommend it if your doing riding over 30-40mph. The wind noise is just too much.
February 4, 2016
Great all around helmet
Great helmet does what it should great fit and has holes in the cheek pads ready to install speakers for a headset
sun shade could be a little darker but it works helmet has nice fit and is very comfortable I have worn it for 2-3 hours straight multiple times
January 21, 2016
excellent replacement for Arai RX-Q
I had always worn Arai helmets which are great but expensive. The reason for that was that the Arai helmets felt comfortable for my head shape. This shark helmet has the no pressure point for my head shape but at an unbelievable value price. Also, its quieter than my RX-Q and blocks a lot of wind that enters the helmet from chin. This is a huge advantage in the winter as I ride down to 30 degree weather.
I love the drop down sun shade; with Arai, I had to change out the shield which is major PITA to carry.
Overall I'm very pleased to have found this helmet and for me there's no going back to Arai. Even if this helmet was double the price, I'd still prefer it over Arai RX-Q.
January 19, 2016
Great quality and stylish
Most of this helmet's characteristics have already been covered here. These are first impressions as I just got mine this week. I have usually gotten 'economy' helmets and my current ones are a Scorpion EXO-400 and a Bell Vortex. I ride mostly for commuting and occasional sport riding. The field of vision on the new helmet is great and makes everything safer, and urban parking much easier. I can't even see the edge of my peripheral vision. I got the Syntic version. I'm not usually one for helmet graphics, but this one is really tasteful and cool. I hope the finish lasts. The lever to crack the shield is a little small but the effect is fantastic, and the lever for the sun shield seems to be of great quality. I concur with others that the sun shade could come down a little farther and be a bit darker but still, it is a great feature that I use almost every day. Maybe they have tested on riders with noses or glasses which would get hit if it came down farther. It's true that it fogs way more than the visor. We have a tropical storm coming up next week so that should be a good test. I can ride with the visor on the lowest detent around town, but it will snap shut occasionally. It's OK but I wish the detent were stronger, as I do with pretty much every helmet I've owned. The slot in the padding for glasses works perfectly and really makes wearing them more comfortable. I was happy to find that the drawstring for the chin roll tucks up neatly into the lining so I am never aware of it unless I need it. The helmet is very quiet when closed. I've only ridden on the freeway once so far but got some weird "popping" when I did, which I have not heard with other helmets. I will experiment with the vents (and maybe the windscreen on the bike) to see if it can be eliminated. Overall, this is definitely the best helmet I've owned and I'm looking forward to years of riding with it.
October 23, 2015
Internal Visor, good fit
The view port is large, the visor works great. Air flow is decent but not the best, i think this may be caused by the visor.
Had to be creative with chin mount camera, and it is a little tight to get on, but overall, if I had to, I would buy again.
Great Sharp rating for features and price!
July 27, 2015
I went with this helmet thanks to the video and decent reviews. I love the drop down visor, it is probably my favorite feature. The seal on the face shield is great and is more quiet that any other helmet I have had. I like the styling - as a female I am not into pink helmets and this one is gender neutral. As other reviews have stated, the most annoying part of the helmet is the chin strap mechanism, but it is not a deal breaker. It has been a little more difficult to break in- it always makes my scalp hurt across the top of my head. It is getting better though. This helmet is a little pricey, but it feels good when riding and there is no movement when turning your head at higher speeds. I would but it again.
May 6, 2015
I don't understand why Shark does not produce 2XL helmets anymore. I have several but can't be a customer anymore.
Very interesting decision.
Shark, you should revisit this as many customers are now orphans. They can't buy your products.
May 5, 2015
Well designed, great independent safety ratings, great price
I am extremely happy with this helmet. I began my search in the premium brands when I discovered exceptional independent safety ratings on this helmet at almost half the price. I purchased with the thought I could return it if I didn't like it but I'm definitely keeping this one. Resists fogging exceptionally well and I'm really happy to be rid of the pesky second inside lens I was using on my other helmets. The Vision-R is quiet and comfortable with outstanding lateral and vertical vision. Love the internal sun visor as it eliminates the need to carry a separate face shield around (and the need to stop at sunset to switch screens). Visibility is awesome during the day and the white parts glow at night. The liner is removable for cleaning. Great airflow... especially with the face shield in the defog setting. i If I were to give any criticism it would be the sun visor could be a little darker.
January 19, 2015