TESTED ‘The lid that’s flipping clever’
Shark Evo One helmet £329.99
Tester Andy Downes Time tested Six weeks/1000 miles
What’s good? This is a very cleverly designed flip-front helmet that lets the rider flip the front section over to the back of the helmet, so you get to choose whether it’s a full-face or open-face lid. This allows the rider to have the chinbar up but still have the visor down for riding around town. The comfort is first rate and the liner is very plush and remains comfortable even on long rides. The Pinlock anti-mist insert on the visor seals perfectly for excellent protection against fogging, and in wet weather the visor itself seals very well. The drop-down sun shield is great at this time of the year for when the sunlight reflects back off wet roads. The matt black and fluro yellow scheme looks stylish and there’s an optional reflective sticker kit in the box too.
What’s not? The chinbar can take a bit of effort to click into place. It needs a firm click on each side to locate properly and that means taking both hands off the handlebars (one at a time, obviously) to make sure it’s located. It lets in a lot of air from underneath that can be tiring for my eyes in very cold weather. The Pinlock insert is already scratched on the inside because it’s scraping against either the top visor seal or the helmet shell.