It’s been a while since webBikeWorld reviewed a helmet from Shark. In fact, it looks like it has been nearly five years since we reviewed the “Raw” helmet. Maybe part of the reason was that Shark went through some changes in USA distribution? Maybe it was just simply that Shark was never quite the “household” name in helmets here in the USA like other brands such as Shoei, HJC, and Arai.
Whatever the case, I feel like the riders in the United States have largely missed out on one of the industry’s best helmet manufacturers. Maybe that sounds biased, but that bias is driven by having owned four Shark Helmets over the past 10 years and having the opportunity to test and handle a lot of other helmets from a variety of manufacturers.
I’m not trying to say that Shark beats everything out there but they compete very well in quality and design with other manufacturers from what I have seen. So when I was provided the chance to get a new Shark helmet in for review I jumped all over it. Would Shark still be bringing the heat and putting pressure on their peers?
Let’s find out.
In case you’re not familiar with Shark, they are not new to the motorcycle helmet scene. 2018 marked the 30th year since Shark Helmets was established by two brothers in the South of France. In fact, Shark was the first manufacturer to commercially produce a carbon fiber helmet with the XRC Carbon in 1991. You can find out more at their website.
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