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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

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