Shark Helmets Review

What Is Shark Helmets?

Shark Helmets has been making helmets for over 30 years. The brand was founded in the South of France by two brothers and former pro-racers. Shark helmets are designed for excellent performance and safety. The brand makes safety its top priority and was the first to use carbon fiber in 1991 with the release of their XRC Carbon helmet. The XRC Carbon was named by Motorrad Magazine as the lightest and safest motorcycle helmet available. Shark Helmets has sponsored racers in the Superbike and MotoGP competitions with over 60 world championships.

Every detail of Shark helmets is designed at the company’s French headquarters to serve a specific purpose. New models are designed from the ground up using the most up-to-date technology available. The company focuses on the comfort of the rider using the shape of the head in a process they refer to as reverse engineering. The graphics featured on Shark helmets are inspired by the latest trends in the automotive and fashion industries and are often unconventional. The brand continuously collects feedback from its top riders in the development of new products.

Shark Helmets consults with industry partners to improve safety. Partners include the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), and several universities. The brand takes into consideration the FIM Racing Homologation standard, which is normally reserved for competition motorsports. Shark Helmets also works with organizations like the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to improve legislation pertaining to rider protection.

Product Specs

Shark Helmets uses a 3D printer to generate prototypes for new helmets and design software also used by aerospace and automotive industries. The brand uses Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) studies to make sure its helmets are aerodynamic and eliminate wind noise while riding. A special technology called Shark Skin is used on Shark Spartan helmets to improve noise levels. The Shark Evo-One features a retractable anti-fog breath guard. Some helmets feature the brand’s Easy-Fit system to accommodate users who wear glasses.

Shark helmets are available in full-face, open-face, modular, and off-road styles. The modular style is a compromise between full-face and open-face design for users that have trouble choosing between the two. There are several featured lines within the Shark brand that cater to specific needs. Some of these are their Racing line, the Pulse line, Discovery, Off-Road, and Metro. The brand also sells accessories separate from the individual helmets, including specialty visors and an optional Bluetooth system for around $150 more.

There is a 5-year warranty on all Shark helmets that must be activated after purchase. Shark helmets can be purchased online or in stores across the country that sell motorcycling gear.

Pricing

The pricing of Shark helmets depends on the helmet model and overall quality and design.

  • Full-face helmets start at around $250, and professional collector’s edition helmets are as high as $900
  • Modular helmets start at around $300 and go up in price to just below $500
  • Open-face helmets start at around $250 and go up in price to just below $400
  • Off-road helmets are the most affordable, beginning at around $200 and going up to around $350

How It Compares

We picked a few other helmets on the market to see how they compare.

  • Shoei J Cruise
  • Torc T14B
  • Razor Youth

 

Shark Helmets

Shark RAW Blank Helmet (White, Large)
  • Street Fighter inspired
  • Quick Release Goggle System and Face Mask
  • Double pane anti-fog lens

Ease of Use

Safety

Design Quality

Warranty

PROS
  • Great visibility and quiet ride allow greater safety for the rider
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • Looks good and performs well during rides
CONS
  • Problems when removing the visor to clean it
  • Unconventional fit can be strange for new users
  • While these helmets keep riders’ heads dry in rainy weather, the chin strap gets wet and can be uncomfortable


Shoei J Cruise

Shoei Solid J-Cruise Touring Motorcycle Helmet - Black/X-Large
  • Color: Black
  • Size: X-Large
  • Shoei Solid J-Cruise Touring Helmet

This is a Japanese company that has been making helmets by hand since 1950. The brand is known for its professional quality and design, most notably the outstanding ventilation provided to wearers.

Ease of Use

Safety

Design Quality

Warranty

PROS
  • Best ventilation design
  • Custom fit for maximum comfort
  • Has a professional hand-crafted feel with thick paint
CONS
  • Lack of a chin bar
  • Pricier than some other options

 

Torc T14B

TORC T14B Bluetooth Integrated Mako Nuke Full Face Helmet (Flat Grey,...
  • Bluetooth integrated shell
  • Laser contoured comfort liner tailored for intermediate oval head form
  • Smooth Lock drop down visor system. Outer shell material-Advanced thermo polymer alloy shell

This helmet is perfect for riders who enjoy creature comforts besides physical comfort. The Torc T14B comes with a Blinc Bluetooth system that allows the rider to take hands-free calls, stream music, and receive directions from a smartphone. In addition to this unique feature, the Torc T14B features a laser-contoured comfort liner, which makes it a pleasure to wear.

Ease of Use

Safety

Design Quality

Warranty

PROS
  • Bluetooth for receiving calls, listening to directions, and streaming music
  • Performs well and offers quality protection
  • Comfortable to wear
CONS
  • Bluetooth performance is unreliable and can be choppy
  • Helmet only comes in two colors
  • Not designed for those who wear glasses

 

Razor Youth

Razor V-17 Youth Multi-Sport Helmet
  • Cutting-edge youth safety helmet for biking, skating, and more
  • Ergonomic interior padding is comfortable and secure
  • 17 top and side vents help rider keep a cool head on hot days

Razor Youth helmets are intended for younger riders between the ages of 8 and 14. They feature an extra-hard shell and lots of ventilation to keep the inside of the helmet cool and comfortable.

Ease of Use

Safety

Design Quality

Warranty

PROS
  • Extra-hard shell
  • Adjustable chin strap
  • Comfortable to wear
CONS
  • Not intended for use during motorized sports
  • Feels cheap
  • Can become loose or even come completely off

Conclusion

out of the helmets we reviewed, the Torc helmets were the most similar to the Shark helmets regarding price. We find both brands to be comfortable and well-ventilated. The Torc stands out with the Bluetooth feature, but the unreliability is a concern. Even though Shark helmets don’t come with anything like Bluetooth (though Bluetooth can be added separately), we feel they are better concerning safety because they offer a quieter ride, a more stable fit, and the ability of the rider to turn his or her head comfortably.

Shark helmets are moderately priced compared to other similar helmets on the market. We feel the Shark helmet was more dependable than the Torc helmet we reviewed, and the quality is on par with Shoei, the most expensive brand we reviewed. The amount of quality a customer receives for the price is outstanding and makes the Shark helmet a great value. We give Shark Helmets an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.

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