By Thai Long Ly Editor Score: 88.25%
Shark Race-R Pro Helmet
Editor Score: 88.25%
Twenty-five hundred miles in seven days, through blinding torrential rains and face melting sun, through the darkest of darks along the loneliest of highways, rapidly weaving through endless reserves of the greenest of lush, the relaxing view through my race helmet was ever changing, never to be repeated twice. From LA to British Columbia and back, this epic journey amongst friends was one for the ages. Food for the ever hungry soul, if you will.
Wait… did I just say race helmet?! Why on earth would anyone take a thousands mile journey with a race helmet and not some fancy modular touring confliption? Honestly… because I don’t own one. And because Shark‘s top ranging Race-R Pro is dead-nuts QUIET. And when you’re droning along endlessly on a big trip, a serene and calm environment for your grinning face is a must. Yes, I wear ear plugs, and as someone whose paychecks are dependent upon their hearing (Thai Long Ly is Famous), I have a vested interest in keeping it well protected. So when Shark claims their range topping MotoGP level helmet is 4.5 dB (1.5 times) quieter than its predecessor, I figure there’s no better test than a long ride.
Three fools and a Shark. Somewhere in Oregon.
And zut alors! This French marvel of carbon, Aramid and Shark resins is incredibly adept at keeping the wind from infiltrating my childish mind. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m ecstatic that they do. The fact that it’s designed to protect top riders such as Jorge Lorenzo and Johann Zarco means it should be plenty safe for …read more