SHARK RACE-R PRO CARBON
Shark is a manufacturer known for listening to its customers. With its new RACE-R Pro line, Sharks aims to answer to some of the major concerns amongst riders; the weight and size of a helmet. The RACE-R Pro is designed to fit like a glove. That is made possible through exclusive reverse engineering techniques utilized in the process of creating this innovative line. The Race-R Pro is ultra-lightweight, weighing in at only 1250 grams, and promises to remain stable even at speeds above 300 km per hour. If you want a lid so comfortable that it makes your forget you are even wearing it, Shark’s RACE-R Pro could be the helmet you are looking for.
Ride with a great helmet
With its RACE-R Pro, Shark wanted to launch an innovative product that would help riders concentrate on what they do best, as the engineers at Shark have done the best what they do best. A number of professional riders contributed to help them create this masterpiece, which is essentially the pinnacle of functionality and ergonomics. Made out of carbon & aramid fiber with variable density, the shell of the Race-R Pro is extremely light-weight while offering great protection. Shark RACE-R Pro is a helmet that is most likely to fit regardless of the fact that there are only two available shell sizes. This is made possible through the on bamboo based inner liner, which is available in many different sizes. This inner liner is completely removable and washable by the way, so you’ll never have to worry about dirty padding anymore. Furthermore Shark’s RACE-R Pro boosts one of the most impressive ventilation systems so far. There are four air intakes including one with an integrated air pollution filter at the chin. A total of seven extractors work together with the vents to keep the air flow under control. The vents are strategically placed to improve the aerodynamic capabilities of the lid and optimize the venture effect. The wearing comfort of Shark’s Race-R Pro is enhanced through Shark’s EasyFit system. This system ensures a comfortable fit, even for those wearing glasses. The Race-R Pro is available in a range of colors.
- Shell material: Super Light Weight Carbon/Aramid Fiber shell
- Ventilation system: An efficient ventilation system complete with air scoops, vents and extractorssor.
- Visor: Scratch-resistant, anti-fog visor, adjustable for glasses
- Visor mechanism: Quick Release System
- Retention system:Double D system
- Homologation: ECE 22.05
- Fabric: Thermo shaped comfort lining
- Inside padding: Completely removable and washable
- Additional Information
Brand Shark Helmet Type Race-R Pro Carbon Main Color N/A Sub Colors N/A Finish N/A Double-D Chinstrap Yes Sun Visor No Homologation ECE 22.05 Shell Material Carbon
- Size Chart
Size XS S M L XL CM 53-54 55-56 57-58 59-60 61-62 Inch 21-21.3 21.7-22 22.4-22.8 23.3-23.6 24-24.4
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Shark Race-R Pro review
When you are going about 200 miles an hour at the end of the straight at, lets say Mugello, and you slam the brakes and the tire wants to retire early, you better hope you aren't wearing a lid you bought at Walmart when bouncing through the kitty litter. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that cheaper helmets or those of unknown brands suck, but you won’t see me wearing one either. Having said that, I have to admit that I have always been a bit weary to wear a lid made by Shark. Because surely Shark can’t compete with brands like AGV, Arai or Shoei right? After having tested Shark’s Race-R Pro I have to reclaim that statement.
For starters, the Shark Race-R Pro is the direct successor of their previous model, the RSR-2 (well, it’s actually the predecessor of the ‘older’ Race-R Pro that came out earlier). The first thing we notice when we compare the two helmets is the shape. The RSR-2 has got a somewhat ‘classic’ round shape, where as the Race-R Pro is more of an oval and has a more aggressive, aerodynamic shape because of the big spoiler on the back. The Race-R Pro also has a bigger and extremely beefy visor with a new open-and close mechanism.
The term ‘beefy’ doesn’t even accurately describe the visor though, since it’s more than beefy. At it’s thickest point it’s a whopping 4,25mm thick, thicker than any visor on any helmet I have ever seen. It might add some extra weight to the helmet, but it also helps to prevent injury to the face in case of a crash. A visor is often one of the weakest points on a helmet and can break, be torn off or let gravel through. And believe me, you don’t want gravel sandblasting your face at a hundred miles an hour. A Shark spokesman told me that none of their sponsored riders (including Randy de Puniet who is actively involved with the development of Shark helmets) that ride with the Race-R Pro has ever experience the visor coming off, even when they’ve entered the kitty litter at a 150 miles an hour. I’m not sure if it’s true, but if it is they have done a damn good job. It it also a Class-1 optically correct visor. What this means is, when you look through the visor, nothing is distorted. This doesn't wear out your eyes over longer periods of riding. When I put the lid on for the first time, it was the first thing I noticed. It’s as if you are in a cinema instead of looking at your flat screen at home. Yes, the Pista GP is still king when it comes to field of vision, but compared to, let’s say a HJC RPHA-10, this is a massive improvement.
Another big improvement is the open-and close mechanism. A visor can usually be opened and closed incrementally, but the Race-R Pro has a different system that allows the rider to open or close the visor in any position they want. To make sure the visor does not slam shut because of the wind, Shark has added the option to adjust the visor by means of a small set-screw. At first I was a little bit worried that I would have to adjust the screw every time I came back from a ride, but luckily that’s not the case. Even after wearing it for months I have never had to tighten the visor close-and open mechanism, so that’s a big plus. Another feature I have grown quite fond of is the attach-and release mechanism. There is a small lever on both sides of the visor that you just have to press down. A small spring will make them pop out and the visor can be removed. Really simple. I do have to admit that it was a bit difficult in the beginning since they seemed to be superglued to the helmet, but when you’ve done it a few times it gets easier. Don’t worry about breaking it since it appears to be bombproof. That is also the reason why the visor is able to withstand some serious beating and has never come off (according to Shark). The fact that the mechanism is made out of titanium adds to that notion.
Something that did bother me is the ridiculously small visor tab to open and close it. It’s just too small for bulky gloves to operate properly and I am always struggling with it. The fact that the tab also acts as a locking mechanism that slides over a small metal insert doesn't help either. Yes, when you pull the tab outward you can unlock the visor more easily, but with bulky gloves (and the fact that I forget all the time) it’s a very difficult task. I do have to say though, that the Race-R Pro is not a helmet designed for practicality and easy use (as in touring and cruising). It is a hardcore racing lid that has been designed for just one thing; to protect your head and be comfortable to wear, even at high speeds. And like I said, the visor has never failed or come off as to yet, so the locking mechanism is doing it’s job well.
So, the visor is great, but what about the ventilation? Those two things are not really connected, but, if the ventilation sucks, the visor will fog up and you won’t see. So, is it any good? Yes it is. Actually, the Race-R Pro has better ventilation than any other helmet I have ever worn. That’s already two things it’s best at. Anyhow, the amount of fresh air that enters the helmet is phenomenal and extremely satisfying. A lot of other high-end helmets by other brands claim that their ventilation system is the best, but none of them come close to this one. There are six ventilation ports where air can enter the helmet, and seven where the damp and warm air can be funnelled out. The biggest and best ventilation port sits on the front, just under the visor and directly in front of your mouth. This isn’t your standard vent. When opened, there is just a big gaping hole, kind of like a Formula One wing sticking out to redirect the air into the helmet. Doesn’t sound really high-tech, but believe me, it works. When going over twenty miles an hour you will keep your head cool, even if the sun is pounding your head and the tarmac is wavering. This vent can be opened in two positions, but I usually just crank it completely open. It’s just so nice to have a constant supply of fresh air being thrust directly at your mouth. Mine did not come with a filter though to keep out bugs and other nasty things, so I have eaten a few crispy bugs and flies, but when you buy one, there should be a filter in front of the vent.
Just above the visor there is another ventilation port. This one can only be opened or closed. This vent only seems to work at higher speeds though. Well, it might work at lower speeds as well, but in order for you to feel the air coming through you will need to go at least fifty miles an hour. Two other ventilation ports can be found on the top of the helmet, hidden under two small spoilers. These can also be opened or closed by means of a small latch. The remaining vents are on the back and are static. These only work when you are cranking the throttle and laying chin down on the tank. Also, the faster you go, the more air can be extracted from the exhaust ports, thus replenishing the air quicker, keeping you cool.
The ‘the faster you go, the better the helmet performs’ principal, can also be applied to the aerodynamic features of the Race-R Pro. The big spoiler on the back might even be rather useless at low speeds and cause turbulence, but, when the throttle is cranked open and your speedo enters the red zone, this spoiler will make sure the helmet remains stable, reduce turbulence and add downforce. Going fast does have a downside though, and that downside is noise. The faster you go, the more noise the wind that is being thrusted over the helmet creates. A lot of the time even higher-end helmets produce a lot of noise, especially racing helmets since they have to be kept lightweight. The Race-Pro is, when it comes to a racing helmet, surprisingly quiet. At high speeds and trackdays I would still recommend ear plugs, but, it’s not bad. Closing the big air vent on the chin does help to reduce noise, but you don’t want that. That fresh air is just so nice...
Another feature of the Race-Pro that not many other helmets have, is a magnetic lock for the Double-D chin strap. Usually you have to button it down, but now there are two small magnets to hold the remainder of the strap. The concept sounds good, but I still prefer the button. I have encountered numerous times that the strap hung loose after a session on the track. It’s a bit too weak if you ask me. It’s also difficult to lock it sometimes since the magnets are weak and you have to find the exact spot where the magnet is for it to lock.
The outer shell of the helmet is a combination of carbon fiber, aramid fiber and glass fiber. It’s very light (1250 grams) and according to Shark very impact resistant. It’s not anything we’ve seen before, but just a proven concept. On the inside, we can see polystyrene foam that is being used to dissipate the force of the impact. When we take a closer look at it, we can see that it contains ridges and channels. These ridges are designed to break off in case of an impact. If they are too rigid or do not break, the force of the impact will not be dissipated, causing the rider to suffer quite the headache. The channels also help to guide the air through the helmet, leading toward the extract vents.
So, what remains are the looks. I already said that the helmet looks a lot more aerodynamic than it’s predecessor, but I have not mentioned the graphics yet. I have got the anthracite colored one with a lane of green running down the middle since I ride a Kawasaki, but Shark did a good job creating multiple liveries for all kind of riders. Unfortunately there are not many Race-R Pro replica’s, but I am hoping there will be more choices available next year.
That’s the Shark Race-R Pro in a (rather long) nutshell. This helmet has left a good impression on me and as of now will I never doubt Shark again. It’s lightweight, comfortable, not very noisy and offers more protection and better ventilation than most other helmets. There are a few things that might bother the average rider, like the mechanism tab, but other than that; superb helmet for a great price, knowing that it’s direct competitors like the Shoei X-Spirit and the AGV Pista/Corsa cost a considerable amount more.