The all new Shark Spartan is packed with an arsenal of features, including: Internal sunvisor, fibre aramid shell, auto seal visor, Pinlock Max visor, and innovative rear upper and lower spoilers for stability and ventilation. The Spartan carries all of these features whilst weighing in at a fighting fit weight of only circa 1290g
Like the Race-R PRO, the Spartan was developed using CFD (in simulating computational fluids). Its design has been entirely dictated by the desired functionalities: each line of the helmet is assigned a precise function, and its location on the shell is determined to guarantee optimal aerodynamics.
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-"SHARK SKIN" cover: active reduction of whistling noise
-Double spoiler with incorporated air extractors: optimization of the aerodynamic trail and internal cooling
-Pinlock MaxVision visor a standard feature
-Available XS (53/54 cm), S (55/56 cm), M (57/58 cm), L (59/60 cm), XL (61/62 cm), XXL (63/64cm)
- Quality HelmetReview by Ben
Brought as a replacement for my HJC Rpha 10 and do not regret it one bit having owned a few Arai's and a Shoei before also I am happy with my purchase (Posted on 28/03/2017)
- Excellent helmetReview by Ian
Great to look at and great to wear with spectacles.
Minimal wind noise ( not tried with autocom)
(Posted on 09/09/2016)
- Not 'Shark's finest helmetReview by Marc
I've tested a multitude of brands and models such as Schuberth, Shoei, Scorpion, Shark, HJC, Caberg, Nolan, Nexx and AGV and narrowed it down to the Shark Race R Pro Carbon (used this twice when testing a race bike), the HJC RPHA Max Evo (esp. for touring / internal sun visor and very quiet, but not for racing because it lacks the double D-ring strap) and HJC RPHA 11 (comes with a dark visor included). But then Shark released the Spartan Carbon Skin.....Carbon (lightweight) and internal sunvisor.....I ordered one from Firecrestmoto.
At first I was very impressed with the fit, finish and features: beautiful design with the carbon weave clearly visible underneath a glossy finish, Internal sunvisor, Pinlock Max visor and very, very light; in size S 1289gr (on the kitchen scales). When I fitted the helmet the inner liner around one ear caused a bit of irritation and the fit was quite snug, but the inner shape matched my head, so decided to keep hoping it would break in after 1000 miles or so and hence fitted the Sena comms system. Disappointment 1: The position of the cut-out for the speakers were to high and too far to the rear. Didn't have this problem with any other brand, so I'm guessing my ears are positioned on my head more or less like the average man and Shark adopted a different standard for the Spartan.
I wish at that point I had decided to exchange it for another helmet, but an 800 mile trip was coming up and I needed a helmet, so decided to make some adjustment on the EPS to fit the speakers and thought I was set for the next 5 years.
Well disappointment 2: After very loosely test fitting the control knob on the left outside of the helmet (just enough pressure to barley hold it in place) I tried to reposition the controls and the glossy finish layer of the helmet ripped off, leaving a 1 cm2 exposed spot of carbon weave, without the glossy finish. 'Masked' it by placing the Sena controls over it, but I was no longer that impressed with the finish of the helmet.
After the 800 mile trip and another 400 miles locally I'm left with the following observations:
a) Ventilation is on par with the Shark Race R Pro, which is excellent, only two vents, but they work perfectly;
b) Alas there is also 'ventilation' via the 'auto seal visor' ie. the visor does not seal properly. Rain does not penetrate, but wind does. I guess Shark redesigned the visor opening/closing tab after many complaints re. the tab on the Race-R Pro visor.....but this is not the best redesign because it does not close properly.
c) The internal sun visor has a perfect shape and tint (not too light and not too dark) and provides enough coverage for your eyes and face to drive around in very warm weather with the external visor open;
d) When cleaning the external visor under the water-tap, water gets in between the pinlock Max visor and the external visor.....never had this before with the pinlocks on my Arai visors. BTW Due to the recesses in the external Shark visor, one can not install the pinlock visor incorrectly;
e) The natural bamboo fibre interior does not break in....in stays uncomfortable 'snug', making me look like a foraging hamster. Perhaps a different 'helmet cheek thickness' would solve this.
f) It is not a quiet helmet. According Shark, the Spartan is based on the Race-R Pro which is really quiet....but not when it comes to the noise level.
Overall I'm not really impressed with the Shark Spartan Carbon and if it wasn't for the planned 800 mile I would have used Firecrests' offer ( excellent service !) to exchange it, when I mentioned the initial irritation of the inner liner.
Now I'm faced with the decision to invest in different cheek thickness (and still left with the other negative observations) or break the bank for a Shark Race-R Pro or the HJC Max Evo.
(Posted on 21/08/2016)
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