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Shark Drak Soyouz Helmet
If you always wanted to be a fighter pilot but riding motorcycles is as close as you got, the Shark Drak Helmet is here to let you live out your fantasy. Formerly known as the Shark Raw Helmet, the aviator-inspired design combines a 3/4 thermoplastic shell with off-road style goggles and a mean-looking 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 plastic 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 Drak is a helmet for those who aren't afraid to stand out from the pack. Ride apart, ride Drak.
- Constructed from injected thermoplastic resin
- Comfortable natural fiber interior and ventilation system using air vents and diffusers
- Two position top vent (open/closed)
- QRGS: Quick Release Goggle System
- Double anti-fog and anti-scratch visor
- Face protection mask
- Aerodynamic outer shell
- D-ring closure
- 2 shell sizes
- Easy fit for glasses wearers with the goggles
Note: Helmet features a D-ring closure, not the micro-ratchet as shown.
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Reviews & Questions
So, having splurged after a paycheck and bought this clearly overpriced helmet, how does it fare? Well, I've had it for a little over three months now, so let's see.
This helmet looks awesome. That can't be denied. This is one of the coolest-looking helmets I've ever seen. Even the versions without the decals look effortlessly aggressive in that way so many of us crave, but it doesn't look like it's trying too hard to come off that way, which is a pitfall many helmets/motorcycle accessories fall into [skulls and flames and barbed wire, anyone?].
This helmet seems to run just a SMIDGE small. I have a tiny head, so my original/main helmet, which is a full-face from a different brand, is an XS, and that fit great from the get-go. The Shark, also an XS, was tight enough around the ears and temples that it was pretty uncomfortable to wear for the first couple of weeks. I'd take it off and have a pressure headache. The good news is, eventually it molds around your head the way helmets do, and now it's much more comfortable. I bought this helmet to use on very hot days, as even with the included venting spots, my full-face gets extremely humid and uncomfortable in hot weather, and summers here get pretty punishing. Because the face mask is a rubbery material and not directly connected to the helmet itself on the sides, the airflow is superb. Obviously the open nature of the helmet means that road nose is significantly louder than when wearing a full-face, but with earplugs or earbuds with music tuned low, it's not at all more distracting than with a full-face.
As this is a 3/4ths helmet, naturally you're sacrificing some protection for the additional comfort and convenience. The helmet itself feels solid, if light, and I don't doubt that it would protect my head if I were to take a fall [though I haven't done so any time recently, knock on wood]. The face, though, is another story: while the mask and goggles protect your face and eyes from bugs and small-to-medium road debris, I don't have any illusions that they would really protect my face if I fell in a way that left it making direct contact with the road. The goggles seem solid enough, but the face mask is a thick rubberesque material that you can bend with your bare hands. Don't expect it to do much in a fall beyond disintegrate.
This is where the Shark really falls short. For the price, this helmet really, REALLY should be constructed better, or it should be at least 50$ cheaper. The various parts of the face mask, goggles and all, are frustratingly flimsy for the price paid. The face mask clips into the goggles via 3-4 rubber/plastic pins that fit into corresponding holes in the bottom of the goggles. My advice: Once you attach the mask, consider that permanent. I have no doubt that repeated removal and reattachment of the mask from/to the goggles would snap one or more of those pins off within a month, and the replacement masks aren't cheap enough that it's something you'd want to do after spending so much on the helmet.
The external side panels over the ears are the most fragile part of the operation. While you can disconnect the entire mask, goggle straps and all, from the helmet by pulling on and manipulating the panels, I would strongly suggest you not. While you can replace the mask or the goggles if they break, your only solution if you break the side panels is to replace your entire helmet. Don't mess with them at all. If you want to switch goggles, they attach to the straps on the mask itself, through two long, flat, hook-like metal prongs. Just use those. Replacement goggles aren't cheap, either, but they're cheaper than the helmet.
The goggles themselves also suffer from a similar "flimsiness" issue; while they feel solid enough, the foam lining that rests against your face when you're wearing them does NOT. It feels good now, but with the kind of foam that it is, I know that eventually it will wear away enough that it lets air and dirt through and into my eyes. There's nothing you can really do to stop that from happening—it's just not very good-quality foam. There are things you can do to prolong the life of your goggles, though. My biggest piece of advice here would be this: Even though pulling the mask up and letting the entire face cover rest on the top of your helmet is convenient for conversations, and certainly makes it easier to remove and put on the helmet, DON'T leave the mask up there for prolonged periods of time, especially when you're not wearing the helmet. This is guaranteed to accelerate the foam's degradation, since it leaves the foam being pressed against a surface. And when the foam finally does fail, well, at least replacement goggles aren't as much as a new helmet. But it's best to stave off that additional cost as long as you can.
Road noise: tolerable, becomes the perfect level of "enough to keep me aware of my surroundings but not so loud it hurts or is a distraction" with earplugs or earbuds.
Comfort: starts out too small but eventually molds better to your head shape.
Protection: basically what you would expect from a 3/4 helmet.
Durability: Helmet is solid, face mask and attached parts are not. Take precautions to keep the mask/goggles protected from their own flimsiness for as long as possible. See larger "durability" section above for my advice on how to prolong the life of those parts.
So, should you buy it? It really comes down to this: are you willing to sacrifice convenience and thriftiness for drop-dead looks and comfort? You have to take pains to protect the mask and goggles from their own construction, the helmet is hilariously overpriced, but it looks A-W-E-S-O-M-E and, once properly molded to your head, is extremely comfortable, especially in really hot weather. If you can spare the money and the looks keep bringing you back to reading the reviews, go for it. I don't regret the purchase, though I'll always believe I paid too much for it. I'd buy another one if an impact left this one unusable. And, hey—then I'd have an extra set of the goggles and the mask.
The problem comes when you're up on the highways. The first (and last) time I ever took it out on the interstate, I did a shoulder check and the wind hooked up under the mask and blew the entire contraption up over my eyes so I was blind while I scrambled to pull the mask back down. Shark absolutely needs to put a disclaimer on these helmets and come up with some sort of positive locking system for the mask. Zero stars for highway use, and it's now a ~$300 paperweight.
I loved the style though, so I ended up getting a Shark Vancore. Very similar style, but the "mask" is fixed, the goggles are easy to remove, and it's a bit cheaper. They're European only though for now, so you won't find them on RZ :(
Fit/Shape: I generally wear a large from most manufacturers, and, apparently, with Shark this is no different (I did measure my cranium prior to ordering). The helmet fits comfortable and as pointed out by Revzilla and several other reviewers, the helmet is round,rather than the seemingly more common oval (though I would go step further and say 'ovoid').
Bear in mind this is 'spherical'; when I hear round I think of the front-to-back shape, as if you are looking straight down on the helmet. This also seems a fitting description for top-to-bottom as well.
Though this may seem obvious, it didn't sink in for me until I pulled the helmet on the first time. My Shoei full-face goes down past the bottoms of my ears, a few centimeters, comfortably while still being snug. The Shark feels as if I have to tuck my ears up into the helmet, though once I get it seated, it is quite comfortable and stable. I do have to pop my tunnels out before putting the helmet on.
Noise level: I find the noise level to be completely tolerable around town, as others have said. I've not yet taken the helmet on the highway, though judging from past experience with other helmets, I feel it will be fine for short trips - I wouldn't use it for very long rides, however.
Air flow - pretty good, though as it is still a bit cool in Colorado, I haven't opened the vent yet. Riding in the mid 30's I can't get the goggles to fog no matter how hard I try. And the cool air is kept at bay very well by the face plate.
Vision: Straight ahead the goggles barely intrude on peripheral vision; I do find I have to turn my head further on shoulder/lanes checks than I do with my Shoei. Not enough to cause concern, just enough to be noticeable.
Weight: Comfortable; not at all heavy.
Features: This is where I am a little disappointed. I don't want to keep track of a rubber plug for my vent. I like vents that I can pop open and closed with one hand.
Also, other sites where I looked at the Shark Raw Soyouz the helmet has a quick release ratcheting chin strap as opposed to the traditional double-d rings. Not a big deal, but something I should have noted before ordering. I still would have ordered, but wouldn't have been bummed when it got here.
I would definitely recommend the helmet to friends and family alike.
The Raw is my first 3/4 and I was originally worried about wind and noise performance. Fortunately, it is MUCH quieter than I expected and for the most part the wind on my Speed Triple isn't that bad. The only down side I have found in the design is that when I shoulder check at high speed it feels as if the goggles are lifting off my face a bit.
In terms of visibility, the clarity is quite good. A wider field of vision would be nice but it's very usable. The shading of the lens is still usable at night most of the time but on very dark back roads it can be difficult to see details and I wish a clear option were also available at this time.
The helmet breathes ok and the vent does seem to do something. The mechanism is just a plug up top that you leave in or take out. Not as vented as my Shoei but keeps me cool enough.
Color and design are both very good and I have received several compliments on it. Fit is also as described. More of an oval/round.
Overall, I think the price point is fair and I'm happy with it.
Not to mention that this helmet also makes a good snowboarding helmet. I got a lot of compliments and they never thought that this is a motorcycle helmet.
When I received the helmet, there was a slight learning curve in getting everything put together. The goggle straps are not easy to use until you get used to it, and that face mask attachment seems impossible to attach. However, the trick is to attach the mask to the googles BEFORE you attach the goggles to the helmet. TRUST me on that!
The main feature of this helmet is its unique aggresive style. You will not go unnoticed on or off your bike, so be prepared to answer a bunch of questions about it!
The helmet is relatively light weight, which makes sense since it is technically an open-face helmet. However, when you factor in the goggles and mask, it feels and 'sounds' like a full face helmet due to the tight seal the goggles make with the helmet and your face. The padding on the helmet and goggles is very comfortable and not too tight - I didn't have any problems squeezing in some ear buds to listen to music.
I actually like the design of the chin strap. Some have complained that it sits too far forward on the chin, but I actually LOVE that feature! Most of my helmets with normal chin straps tend to snag on my velcro jacket collars and they make me feel like I am choking when I turn my head. But because of its chin strap position, with the Shark Raw helmet makes my head feel more unrestricted.
This is a great helmet overall!
Wear a scarf or high collar. Depending on the deviousness of the wind (those of you who have felt the wind go straight up when riding the lift will know what I'm talking about), the helmet offers decent protection. More than you would think looking at it. But the face plate does not cup the chin, so that is a clear avenue for wind. The goggles seat all the way around, so even if you get wind-blown snow under the face plate, it won't obscure your vision.