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Shark Race-R Pro Helmet - Solid Colors
The high-end SHARK Race-R Pro is constructed from carbon/aramid fibers and was initially developed for Shark's top level racers: Moto GP, WSBK, Moto 2. Can you imagine the level of requirement these riders have? Shark had to ensure top level performance, giving the utmost importance to functionality and ergonomics: lightness, stability, comfort, precision and aerodynamics because the requirement from top racers is two-fold: safety and leading-edge technology. Shark must protect in critical situations, and must also contribute to their riding performance. The Shark Race-R Pro gives you the same level of excellence as it does to elite riders.
Shark's mantra is simple, "Just race! We care about the rest."
The Race Pro-R is Shark's high-end composite fiber helmet. Totally designed through a reverse engineering process, the Race-R Pro has been developed from technical data as close as possible from human head specifications. Shark has taken into account your constraints before considering its own. From the very first track tests, riders have acknowledged its stability, even above 300 km/h, its comfort and the precision of the wide angle vision field as well as its optical distortion-free shield.
Thanks to wind tunnel testing, Shark has minimized unpleasant cyclonic airflows on the Race R Pro by adding a double blade spoiler. Result = Stability. The Race R Pro ventilation system is a synthesis of the most efficient ventilation:
- 4 air scoops: chin (with integrated anti-pollution air filter) + front + 2 top vents
- 7 extractors
- 3 possible positions: closed, intermediate, fully open
- Optimization of venturi effect thanks to Formula1 wind tunnel testing
- Carbon/Aramid Fiber shell
- Shark Easy Fit glasses system offers wearers a comfort lining which has a pre-ﬁtted system to accommodate all types of glasses
- Spoiler CFD
- 2 shell sizes
- Double D chin strap
- Magnetic chin strap end
- 4 anchor points for main shield
- 4 air flow points with optimized venturi efficiency
- Shield has variable density: minimum thickness 3mm, maximum thickness 4.25mm, with new anti-scratch/anti-fog coating
- Thermo shaped comfort lining
- Removable and washable antibacterial liner
- Cheek pads are interchangeable for custom fit
- Neck roll with neoprene sections for elasticity and water resistance
- Breath guard with new attachment system
- Chin curtain
- ECE 22.05 and DOT approved
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Reviews & Questions
I'd never really given much thought to ventilation, as all the helmets I had worn before seemed okay. The moment I opened the vents with the Race R Pro, it literally blew my mind. I could actually feel the air travel through. The forehead vent does an incredible amount, as well as the upper vents. The chin vent is also very flowing, which is great for defogging.
With that, the helmet was supplied with a Race/Winter/Rain nose skirt which was made of rubber which actually seals against the face/nose almost like a gasket. This does absolute wonders in the winter, as it completely isolates your breath from the visor.
The fit: Shark actually suggests you try a size smaller than your measured size, and then if that is not comfortable, go to your actual measured size. I definitely found this to be the case. I had also tried this helmet on several times in Hong Kong. I should note that the fit is NOT the same as the previous RSR2, as it is slightly more oval.
Protection: I have had the unfortunate experience and chance to crash test the helmet. It definitely did it's job. I didn't even think my head hit anything. I am a huge fan of the EPS liner's protective design (finned for more deformation and thus a better 'cushioning' for deceleration). I didn't find out until later that there was a crack in the outer shell, but I think that my head came in contact with the bike and not the asphalt. I am very sad that the helmet was damaged, but glad that my head was not. I should also note, if Shark is selling the same helmet in Europe/Asia as they are going to be in the US, the helmet passes the SHARP test with flying colors (http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/testsratings/shark-race-r-pro) which was one of the huge factors for me. They tell you how thick the visor is, but you don't realize how thick it really is until you see it. It may not be necessary, but it sure is nice to know it's there.
Visibility: I never had any issues with the field of view when riding with this helmet. The first thing I noticed was how clear the lens is, you can hardly tell it's there when it's clean. Bugs and waterspots tend to give it away otherwise! The huge eyeport definitely helps with this.
Noise: I found it to be loud during regular riding, mainly with what seemed to be the wind buffeting against the rear end of the neck roll. If I put my hand there, it was immediately silent. The noise from the vents are very minimal, which was surprising. I will say, though, that with the visor up, it whistles like none other. All that being said, ear-plugs are still a good idea! I use them and have no issues whatsoever!
Stability: I haven't had a chance to take this to the track (but if I get another.. soon!), but from the road (beyond legal limits), it is very stable. I'm not sure if this is from the rear spoiler, but I'd like to think it is! In a tuck, it doesn't bob around at all, even if you're not 100% behind the windscreen.
Comfort: This is 75% dependent on fit. Shark nailed the other 25% with the material choices. If it doesn't fit, it doesn't fit; that's all there is to it. This was one of the few helmets that fit my head like a sock (the other was the HJC RPHA10).
Nits and Picks: I never had too many issues, but there is no such thing as perfect. The only noticeable issues I had were the pinlock tab loosened itself and I lost it, so make sure those are tight! The seal between the upper portion of the visor and the helmet was not incredible, so when riding in a rain storm, I would sometimes lines of water down the inside of the visor. Lastly, the inner spoiler of the rear spoiler is just 'there.' It can get pulled out of place if someone picks up the helmet from it (not hard to put back). It doesn't really bother me, but it might bother someone else! It is a little expensive, but it is worth it in the end; especially in my case.
Overall: I love this helmet, and I plan to buy another. I am not looking forward to the wait, though!
While it's solidly built, looks good, it should be known that this girl is not made to be the most comfortable helmet in the world, it's made for protection on the track.
Noise: she's loud. Coming off a Scorpion 500 she's only a tad louder than that helmet. For $600 you'd think they'd pay a bit more attention to noise.
Before I go into fit let me explain my beautiful head shape: From front to back: my head is wider at the back, and slims as it approaches my forehead. From top to bottom: my head is wider at the top and narrows as it approaches my jaw line. I'm a Large in this and the Scorpion 500-- which is the best fitting helmet I've had for my head shape.
Helmet fit: pretty darn close to perfect, but need a few millimeters more more front to back-- I can feel some uncomfortable pressure on my forehead after about 20 minutes, which as you'll see in other comments here or on forums leaves a red mark and two mosquito bites (from the 2 vents holes in the liner--bad idea shark). I may dremmel out a milli or two from the eps, which I had to do on my previously owned Scorpion 700. I've read others complain about the big cheek pads, and while they do hinder smiling, they aren't bothersome to me. Also, the helmet does not cover as much of the back of my head as the scorpion, it basically begins coverage right where my neck ends and my skull begins, but again this is a race helmet meant to live in the tuck position where your head is kinked backwards slightly.
Liner: Good, but not as good as the scorpion kwik wik material. If my head is hot, it feels the same temp when I put on the helmet-- the scorpion has a cooling sensation (may sound weird but it's true)
Ventilation: crazy good. Especially over the top of the ears if your shield is open because shark leave a millimeter for sunglasses to fit, that tiny opening suck air in, which is good for me and my big ear that get hot.
Shield: Incredible. Easy on easy off mechanism that's very solidly built, far superior to Scorpions quick change system. Optically it's astounding, very clear. Anti fog works well so far. But mainly, she's a beast of plastic. Feel VERY secure when shut.
Misc: love the air filter that's in the mouth vent. Killer idea shark designers!
Sharktooth: was easy to install, really sexy design, sound is just OK. Loud enough-- and yes position is everything. Music sounds the best. Podcast are OK. Phone calls are almost unbearable poor sounding -- voices sound crackly. Best thing is it does work with Siri, which I read one reviewer say it didn't, either they are just plain wrong on apple updated bluetooth capability with Siri since then. Main appeal: design is flawless and don't have to wear earbuds. Had to remove neck liner to install which is a pain in the buttocks to put back in. Here's how: start at the back and as you move forward, pull the liner back toward the rear. So first you push it in between the eps and shell and then pull back to the rear.
Two best things for me are: 1. Vision. They aren't joking when they say class one optics. Putting the Arai back on felt like squint 'O vision compared to this Shark. 2. Stability while riding. There is no turbulence. It cuts through the air like a knife. No turbulence, combined with how quiet it is, made me feel as though I had a new bike! It makes the experience of motorcycling that much more enjoyable.
The helmet flows a lot of air... a lot.
I am 58cm, which should put me in the almost too big for a medium. I ordered a size medium from another vendor. It was too big, and after talking with Revzilla, it was clear that I should have bought from them first. I ordered a small and it fits great. Seriously, the other guys are just order takers. The guys at Revzilla ride bikes too.
By the way, the shield operation is sooo smooth. It's thick too. Feels great.
Not sure how Arai is getting so much money for their helmets. This Shark is a great value!
Everything is great, the airflow, the design, comfort.
Only real downside is the strap magnet being very weak, it comes comes loose on every ride, might have as well skipped that part when designing the helmet.
1 year ago
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