Shark Vision-R Series 2 Inko Helmet
Shark Inko II performs well
To start, I think I watched well over 2 dozen helmet videos here on Revzilla (nice job as always to Anthony), plus I visited the store in Philly. I was originally going to go with the Shoei RF1200 after I tried it on in the store, but after this Shark helmet arrived at my house and I tried it own, I was sold. I really wanted a helmet with an internal sun-visor so that I wouldn't have to mess with taking sunglasses on and off while riding. I find this helmet to be quite comfortable overall. My first day wearing it, I went on a two hour ride, most of which it was raining. The helmet held up well, even though I was constantly having to wipe my shield. The airflow is good, but I wish it had more when it gets really hot. Does not fog up at all. I got a bit of a headache on my front forehead after about 1.5 hours, but the Revzilla gear geek told me that is normal with a new helmet and to just push in the padding a bit. I used the sunvisor a few times since I've had it and it is very handy. Thinking about getting the Sharktooth headset with it too. I got the white an black design which really goes well with my black jacket and white bike. I found it very hard to ride with the visor up unless at very low speeds. Weight seems very good, but the Shoei RF1200 was much lighter with more padding fo those who are interested.,
September 21, 2014
Very nice helmet with a few little flaws
I want to state that I went into my newest helmet search looking for a helmet that had an internal sun visor, and is quiet.
As far as those three things go, this helmet scores 1/2 Personally, I think that the internal sun visor could be a lot darker, but it's sufficient.
The helmet seems quiet in some ways, and loud in other ways. The neckroll is very well encompassing and seals up around your neck pretty well. I do have a little bit of a whistle coming through the face-shield though. However, the helmet seems very stable; I've noticed little to no buffeting and during head checks I feel like the helmet is just an extension of my head.
Moving on, the city-crack position is perfect on this helmet. It opens the visor up just enough to get some good airflow on your face without the air going into your eyes.
As far as vents go, this helmet doesn't perform as well as my Scorpion EXO 900 Transformer. The chin vent seems like it just covers up its own opening, and opens very weird. The top two vents seem pretty average.
The tie thing on the front neckroll seems pretty gimicky. It's not something you can operate while on the bike and I don't really see a situation where one would want it tightened anyway.
I have to comment on Shark's decision to put some weird strap thing for the chin-strap. Every helmet I've had has used the plastic button to secure the strap but Shark decided to use a slide-in securing method that you have to use two hands to operate. The rubber thing on the end of the strap makes it a little more difficult to undo the strap from the Double-D ring as well.
One last thing to note, the helmet I received has white vent covers on top, not black like the picture shows. The graphic Revzilla is using is different than what I was shipped.
August 18, 2014
Solid all around helmet
First helmet I've ever had that my glasses don't feel kind of cramped wearing. The airflow is excellent compared to my old HJCs and Bells, but I don't have any experience with the likes of a GT Air to compare it to.
I'm amazed at how quiet this helmet is. Closing the visor gives a similar sensation to rolling up a car window on the expressway. Just a 'thump' and then everything is ~30% quieter. That gasket system on the visor is really something else.
The internal visor clears my glasses no problem, and has very nice coverage.
One thing to note is that the chin curtain/neck role is 1 piece, and if you want to go with a 3rd party comm system you might need a wired mic mount. There's plenty of room for the clamp, but if you have an attached boom mic such as on the base Sena SMH10 units you can make it work, but it's pretty gnarly looking. In my case the SMH-A302 mount was the better way to go. Fits great, looks clean, and I could still use the boom style mic it comes with because there's plenty of velcro on the inside of the cheek pad to stick the mic mount to.
July 30, 2014