Tested: The kit we use ridden & rated
Shark Speed R Carbon £269
Tester Andy Calton Time tested One year/4000 miles What’s good? This is a comfortable, capable and good-looking helmet. I found the fit (medium – 57, 58) a little snug for the first thousand miles and often ended up with a red forehead after rides over 50 miles. But the padding soon gave a little and now it’s fine. I seldom get steam-up thanks to the Pinlock system and I use the internal sun visor all of the time.
For slow, summer runs I’d often ride with the visor up, but the sun visor down. I’ve struggled in the past with some helmets not taking too well to me wearing glasses, but that’s not the case with the Shark. It has an Easyfit system specifically designed to make wearing glasses a pleasure not a pain – and it works. The helmet is well-vented and I never got too hot and bothered in summer. But close the vents up now and you can keep the heat in during the cold, winter months.
What’s not? One of the fasteners holding the visor in place disappeared after a 90-mile blast, leaving me with a nervous ride home. It stayed in place as there is still a locating pin, but it was not ideal. I now keep a check on it and tighten it every now and then.
Contact www.shark-helmets.com Quality ★★★ ★★ Value ★★★★ ★
Low-angle sun is no problem with the internal visor
The forehead was too snug initially but some energetic massaging helped
Internal sun shield has been a revelation and is far easier than a dark visor