Shark Helmet Scores in Sharp Ratings

February 9, 2010
By Michael Padway

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It’s about time to look at a new lid.  As a long time Arai, and occasional Shoei, user, I have looked at some of the innovative safety features of Shark helmets from time to time.  Here is the Shark RS2 Duhamel Model:

Readers of this blog know that I have also been a fan of the UK’s Sharp program, where helmets are rated from one to five stars.  This is designed to allow riders to simply purchase five star helmets, with a good chance that they are buying the safest helmets available.  I predicted that this would make huge changes for the helmet world.

They advertise the following impressive list of features:

  • Shell made from Carbone-fibre/Kevlar multidirectional composite fibres.
  • Five different sizes of polystyrene absorber.
  • Two shell sizes.
  • Multi-element internal shock-absorber (6) with differentiated density.
  • Airflow directed by integrated ducts.
  • 1 type enhanced safety 3 mm visor.
  • Dual treated (anti-scratch/anti-fog) “Total Vision” visor.
  • “Push One” visor quick release system using 4 anchorage points.
  • Very high flow ventilation system with easy opening vent.
  • Optimised demisting thanks to “Venturi” side extractors.
  • Fully adjustable, removable and washable interior using top-of-the-range fabrics Cool Max® and Sanitized®.
  • Ergonomic cheek pads in 3D foam.
  • Double-D ring “Racing” chin strap.
  • Anti-fog mask and chin cover for visor as standard.
  • High-performance anti-fog “Winter” mask as standard.
  • Supplied with tear-offs. *Weight : 1290g (± 50g).
  • Lightest helmet in its class
  • Meets or exceeds D.O.T. and ECE 22-05 standards
  • 5 years warranty

I am embarrassed to make such an obvious pitch for a helmet, or any motorcycle safety product.  I have no relationship of any kind to Shark,  and there is no benefit to me if they do, or don’t sell helmets.

I haven’t tried one for fit or comfort yet, but if I do end up buying one, I will do a review.  Otherwise, look for another Arai.

Michael Padway

Michael Padway uses his expertise in personal injury and motorcycle accidents to represent a broad spectrum of clients dealing with life-changing and permanent injuries for the first time. His offices are located at 235 Montgomery St., Ste 668, San Francisco, CA 94104 and at 3140 Chapman St. Oakland, CA 94601. For more information, please call (800) 928-1511.

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