Shark Vision-R Syntic Helmet
1. Great Field of Vision
2. Great sun visor - easy to use, looks great, very dark, comes down very far.
3. Light and comfortable.
4. Very stylish and offers great protection (DOT & ECE)
1. Very loud, even with vents closed and chin strap used.
2. Extremely poorly vented. I have to have the visor cracked or it will fog up under 45 mph, even when it's relatively warm outside. I never feel any airflow and notice no difference when I have my vents "open" or closed.
I would only recommend this helmet to be used for commuting during the colder season. It's getting warmer here in Arizona and soon it will be very hot... I'm glad this is not my only helmet. The best thing this helmet has going for it is the sun visor, which is absolutely amazing!
April 19, 2013
Great all round helmet
I really like this helmet so far.
The field of view is great. The sun visor goes down far enough that there isn't the awkward gap when you look down at your gauges.
The venting works fairly well, the thing on the visor to crack it open works well when I can find it.
The chin curtain feels very good but the pull for it can sometimes get in the way.
I would have like the chin strap to have snap instead of the slide thing to fold it back into, but that's a very minor thing.
The helmet is the quietest one I've owned and the seal around the visor really keeps the wind/water out.
All around a good helmet.
October 1, 2012
The Vision-R in lets me turn my head quickly for head checks and feels like it is a part of my head instead of something i have on my head. Other helmets i have feel as if they are stopping me from turning my head, but not the Vision-R
The internal sun visor is smooth in it's operation unlike my EXO-900's down or up clunky choices. Also it's edges don't get in the way when it is down. You dont even know its down.
The face shield has a VERY tight seal and really helps keep things quiet when it's down.
The top vents are the only area where i feel there could be some improvement, i can't really tell if they are closed or open. The front vent works great though and much better than the other 3 helmets i own.
Overall the Vision-R is a very well made helmet and i am glad i choose it!
July 25, 2012
Nice helmet but has some problems
- Fits like my Shark S900.
- Vents well and better than my S900.
- The view is exceptional with the opening measuring 4 9/16" at it's tallest point. Some other helmets I've measured are 4 1/4", 4 3/8", etc. It's kind of weird having that much viewing area. I think it's because the chin bar is so much lower than a traditional helmet.
- A J&M Audio headset took 15 minutes to install versus 2.5 hours in my S900 - no surgery required. I had the J&M universal system (with thin speakers) in my S900. I transferred that system into this helmet, and there was so much room to spare I could barely hear the thin speakers. I bought a new J&M system with their regular-sized speakers, and now the the helmet rocks.
- The chin gator will probably be nice in cool weather.
- The neck-roll hugs your neck and reduces noise and consequently air-flow from the bottom side of the helmet. It also has retro-reflective fabric sewn into it.
- The shield seals nicely in rainy weather.
- The locking mechanism that holds the shield barely cracked open is nice on a rainy day; however, it is somewhat difficult to locate initially.
- I like to ride with the shield open to the first detent. On this particular helmet, a 20 mph wind will close the shield. All the other detents are very tight. This is show-stopper in my book and my biggest complaint. Argh! Maybe this problem is unique to my helmet... Also, when the shield does manage to stay open at the first detent for a period of time, the shield itself actually buffets a bit.
- The chin straps and associated padding are WAY too long. They could easily lose an inch or more in length. I have a hard time running the trailing end of the chin strap through the "belt loop" sewn into the chin strap because there's almost no room to fit it between the D-rings and the loop. The padding overlaps under my chin when I have the straps cinched tight. I don't have anywhere near this problem in my S900.
- The sun-visor fogged like crazy on a cool, rainy day even with the locking mechanism holding the shield cracked open. My S900 sun-visor fogs some, but not nearly as bad as this thing.
- The helmet is fairly loud, unless your're behind a windshield.
- This helmet does not have a quick-disconnect shield like previous models. The shield is removable but requires some force to detach it from the helmet.
- The sun-visor could be darker.
Overall, this is a decent helmet for the price-point.
July 24, 2012
The other two reviews don't do this helmet justice. This is a great deal and an exceptional value in helmets. I ride a BMW 1200GS with the factory windscreen in the "middle" setting. I'm 5'10" and have a 30" inseam. The helmet feels well balanced and pretty light considering all the features it offers. Absolutely no build issues what-so-ever, in fact a very well put together helmet even comparing it to a Schuberth, Arai or Shoei, for half the price of those! Comparing this to another helmet I own (a Bell Vortex) this helmet is VERY quiet with NO booming at all. The eye port is absolutely this helmets best feature! No peripheral issues at all and certainly nothing height wise either. If not for the nose piece you likely wouldn't notice anything much in your field of vision while looking forward. The inner tinted shield could be darker, but that's a typical comment of ALL interior tinted visors. It works intuitively and is fluid through its movement. Fits a round head very well. All things considered, a $700+ Schuberth it's not, but dollar for sense, a GREAT deal in anyone's book... I'm doubtful you'll be disappointed. I'm not! One happy customer!!
July 9, 2012
Had to return mine due to build issues
I have always owned Arai and Schuberth helmets, so build quality is very important to me. I was excited to receive this helmet due to the exceptionally good review by Anthony.
But what a disappointment! The helmet I received had 3 manufacturing issues:
1. One of the 3 red color snaps on the left cheek pad was broken.
2. On the back of the helmet, was a small piece of loose styrofoam that seems to have split off the main shell.
3. One of the top vent buttons was loose and did not provide any tactile feedback.
It may be a one off case that only this particular helmet has issues and not all helmets are same, but it's hard to trust a product when it has manufacturing defects out of the box. I would probably need to go back to Arai/Schuberth again.
July 2, 2012
Great features, great price, some minuses
Feature-wise, this helmet has a lot to offer -- at least on paper.
Great eyeport visibility; a tab "lock" for keeping the main visor cracked for increased ventilation; easy to operate chin and top vents; an integrated sun visor with a glove-friendly lever; removable neckroll and liners; adjustable chin curtain; temple padding that can be removed to make slots for eyeglasses; etc.
Venting wise, I would rate the Vision R poor. As I already mentioned, the vents are easy to operate. Unfortunately, very little air goes through the helmet top or bottom. The chin vent, in particular, doesn't ventilate the chin/mouth area. Instead, it pushes air up underneath the main visor. I'm sure this will help prevent fogging in the winter, but in the summer, the lack of real chin ventilation makes the helmet somewhat stifling. This problem is compounded by the two chin curtains. The adjustable chin curtain, even with its drawstring pulled tight, blocks too much air; I removed it during my first ride. The remaining chin curtain is part of the neck roll -- so it can't be removed separately.
The sun visor is another feature that seems great on paper, but after real-world use, I'm not yet sold on it. For years, I've been riding with a Schuberth R1 helmet. The R1's sun visor is significantly darker than the Vision R's. I actually turned the R1's sun visor upside-down (Schuberth intentionally designed it that way) so that the flat edge is what comes down from the brow of the helmet. On country roads, I like to ride with the R1's visor part-way down, so it functions like the peak on an off-road or dual-sport helmet, blocking out the brightness of the sky while allowing me to see the road ahead unimpeded. The Vision R's sun visor, on the other hand, mounts only one way -- so the nose cutout is always in your field of vision, and its tinting is not dark enough to block out the sky. More importantly, it's not dark enough to significantly reduce glare coming off the highway under mid-day sun. Therefore, for anyone who's used to wearing sunglasses, the Vision R's sun visor will be a poor substitute.
Noise-wise, the Vision R is much louder than my Schuberth R1 -- but that's not a fair comparison considering the R1 is one of the quietest helmets ever sold. But the Vision R is also louder than my Arai helmets, even though the Vision R's neckroll is more substantial. I get a loud (but fairly constant) "swooshing" while riding my KTM 690 Duke, and on my Multistrada 1200, both "swooshing" and "booming" -- more so than I've experienced with my other helmets. I always wear earplugs when I ride, so the increased noise isn't a dealbreaker.
My roundish, size 59-60 head fits perfectly inside the size L Vision R, but the bottom of the helmet is tighter than other helmets I own, so getting my big round head into the Vision R is more difficult -- not a dealbreaker. But what would have been a dealbreaker is how tightly the helmet squeezes my jawbone. Specifically, the neck-straps, which are jacketed by very stiff, very uncomfortable "padding", were pushing into the lower corners of my jaw -- painful! I've had other helmets do this to my jaw too, but only after hours of wearing. With the Vision R, the discomfort was immediate.
15 minutes of cheek-pad surgery solved the problem. Using a sharp knife, I cut a small slot out of the plastic backing of each cheek-pad, then pulled and cut foam out through the slot. Photo attached. This created a neck-strap "channel" in each cheek-pad so that the cheek-pad is no longer pushing the stiff neck-strap into my jawbone. No more jaw pain -- now the Vision R is very comfortable fit-wise. (I take no responsibility for any damage you do to your helmet, to yourself, or to anyone else for that matter, if you attempt the same modification. I am only describing this modification so that readers will better understand my statements about my jawbone discomfort written here.)
After re-reading everything that I've written here, it seems my review is negative. Perhaps I haven't said enough about the Vision R's positive traits. I'll let others do that -- because I'm sure there will be many buyers who want to rave about the features that do make sense to them and the high quality of engineering and manufacturing evident in this helmet.
For now, I'll end by saying that I'm mostly happy with this helmet (especially after the check-pad mod), but it's not the perfect summer helmet. Price-wise, it's a steal considering the package as a whole.
June 21, 2012