It’s about time to look at a new lid. As a long time Arai, and occasional Shoei, user, I have looked at some of the innovative safety features of Shark helmets from time to time. Here is the Shark RS2 Duhamel Model:
Readers of this blog know that I have also been a fan of the UK’s Sharp program, where helmets are rated from one to five stars. This is designed to allow riders to simply purchase five star helmets, with a good chance that they are buying the safest helmets available. I predicted that this would make huge changes for the helmet world.
They advertise the following impressive list of features:
- Shell made from Carbone-fibre/Kevlar multidirectional composite fibres.
- Five different sizes of polystyrene absorber.
- Two shell sizes.
- Multi-element internal shock-absorber (6) with differentiated density.
- Airflow directed by integrated ducts.
- 1 type enhanced safety 3 mm visor.
- Dual treated (anti-scratch/anti-fog) “Total Vision” visor.
- “Push One” visor quick release system using 4 anchorage points.
- Very high flow ventilation system with easy opening vent.
- Optimised demisting thanks to “Venturi” side extractors.
- Fully adjustable, removable and washable interior using top-of-the-range fabrics Cool Max® and Sanitized®.
- Ergonomic cheek pads in 3D foam.
- Double-D ring “Racing” chin strap.
- Anti-fog mask and chin cover for visor as standard.
- High-performance anti-fog “Winter” mask as standard.
- Supplied with tear-offs. *Weight : 1290g (± 50g).
- Lightest helmet in its class
- Meets or exceeds D.O.T. and ECE 22-05 standards
- 5 years warranty
I am embarrassed to make such an obvious pitch for a helmet, or any motorcycle safety product. I have no relationship of any kind to Shark, and there is no benefit to me if they do, or don’t sell helmets.
I haven’t tried one for fit or comfort yet, but if I do end up buying one, I will do a review. Otherwise, look for another Arai.