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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.
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.
The pricing of Shark helmets depends on the helmet model and overall quality and design.
How It Compares
We picked a few other helmets on the market to see how they compare.
Ease of Use
Wearers of Shark helmets report they are easy to put on and take off and relatively comfortable to wear. The helmets also stay in place while traveling at high speeds. There were complaints of trouble removing the visor for cleaning.
Shark helmets stay firmly in place whether the visor is open or closed. Riders find it is easy to turn their heads from side to side without too much resistance. These helmets are ultra-quiet, allowing riders to travel with less distraction from wind noise. Shark helmets keep the head of a rider dry during rainy weather, and the visor does not fog up. Therefore, riders always have good visibility on the road. Some helmets feature LED lights, which make motorcyclists more visible on the road.
Riders enjoy the look and feel of Shark helmets. The graphics are tastefully done, and the helmets look sleek and functional. The helmets are light, well-fitted, allow lots of ventilation around the rider’s head, and have comfortable chin straps and interior lining. Riders noted that the helmets have a slightly unusual fit with a lot of space above the head and tighter compression along the jawline; however, this strange fit is not a problem and does not detract from the helmet’s comfort or functionality.
Shark helmets come with a 5-year warranty. Riders need to register the warranty on a new helmet via the website’s Warranty Registration Page. Riders can contact the dealer where the helmet was purchased for help with technical issues.
Shoei J Cruise
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
Shoei helmets offer users a custom fit, and they are easy to put on and remove. The helmets function well on the road, providing a mostly quiet ride with an optimal airflow for the rider.
One of the most distinguishing things about this helmet is the lack of a chin bar, which can leave some riders feeling vulnerable while on the road. However, the brand has many fans who insist this helmet is just as safe as any other brand around for the same price.
Shoei helmets are known for their great ventilation quality. Riders can expect their heads to be kept at a comfortable temperature with plenty of room to breathe. These helmets have a quality look and feel to them, and riders like the large face shield, internal visor, and vision clarity. The paint designs look great, and there is a thick clear-coat that feels like it will remain durable for many years.
Shoei helmets have a 5-year warranty valid from the purchase date, or a 7-year warranty from the manufacture date, depending on which comes first.
- 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
The helmet performs well overall; however, many riders complain of issues getting the Bluetooth to work properly. Most can get it working, but there are complaints about the quality.
Provided that the Bluetooth works, we find that this feature makes life on the road safer for most riders. Being hands-free is important when riding a motorcycle. In addition, these helmets are designed with the rider’s safety in mind and offer great protection. One might worry that the ability to stream audio might be a distraction for some riders.
For the price, the helmet is designed well and does what it is intended to do. The Bluetooth could be more reliable. Some riders complained of the sun visor moving when running over bumps. The helmets run small, so customers looking to buy should keep that in mind.
There is no readily available warranty information on the Torc T14B.
- 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
Some users complain of issues with the chin strap becoming loose while riding. Otherwise, the helmet is straightforward to use.
The extra-hard shell will keep youngsters safe. The ventilation is great and will allow riders to breathe comfortably. The helmet allows enough space for riders to wear glasses to shield and protect their eyes. The adjustable chin strap allows the helmet to be properly fitted to the wearer’s head. However, the label of this helmet states it is not to be used for motorized sports. This makes us question how safe and effective the helmet would be on the road.
Given that this helmet is not intended for use with motorized sports, we are reluctant to say the design quality is great. We found some complaints of the helmet flying off riders’ heads during accidents and the chin strap coming loose, causing the helmet to slide up the head. The helmet feels cheap and seems more like a component of a child’s costume rather than a helmet for serious riding.
Razor offers a limited 6-month or 180-day warranty.
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.