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Shark helmets comparison: Vancore versus Raw

Comparisons and rankings 28 December, 2014

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Shark's new proposal is a very aggressive product designed for the Streetfighter and Cafe-racer segment. Both are made with the same materials and concept, but each one with its own details. So we have before us very unique helmets, whose design is very far from conventional ones.


At a first glance, both helmets attract our attention. We are faced with two helmets that have been designed with aesthetics as the main feature: very aggressive, futuristic and post-apocalyptic.

Between both helmets, the Shark Vancore is the more classic helmet, with new aesthetics, being an hybrid between the Off-road helmets and dual ones.

The Shark Raw, with its removable facial mask, is more aggressive and original. This helmet incorporates three external and independent elements: the shell, the goggles and the facial mask. This mask links with the helmet through the goggle, so with the Raw we have a jet helmet with or without goggles or a helmet similar to a full face helmet, if we want to include the goggles and the mask in it.

General view of the three configurations of the Shark Raw


Both models are designed with exactly the same shell: made with TIS-Lexan injected resin, the shell has very clean lines, optimising the aerodynamics of the helmets. It has been designed for an optimal adjustment and a reduced weight: the Vancore weighs just 1.250 grams, whilst the Raw reaches the spectacular weight of 1.050 grams. Shark offers both models with two different shell sizes to adapt to all the market sizes.

Detail of the rear side of the Shark Raw’s shell


Shark offers both as non-shielded helmets, like the off-road style, so the goggles are the main features of these helmets. The Vancore and the Raw share the same goggles model: made by the famous goggles brand Carl Zeiss, it features a double shield with anti-scratch and anti-fog treatment and that guarantees us an optimal insulation. We have to talk as well about the foam padding, with superior quality, which offers us a great feel.

The main differences between both goggles are on the union system to the shell. In one hand, the Vancore is a helmet that has a connection between the strap and the shell, through a pivot placed on the rear of the shell. It is an easy and practical way to fix the goggles to the helmet.

Detail of the union point between the goggles and the shell of the Shark Vancore helmet

On the other hand, we find that the Shark Raw has a closure system unique in the market: the goggle’s strap is fixed to the shell, on a swivel placed on both sides of the shell, so the union point is placed between the goggles and the strap, not directly on the shell. This system allows us to move the mask-goggles’ set upsidedown, similar to a flip up helmet.

Detail of the removable accessories of the Shark Raw


As we mentioned above, both the Vancore and the Raw share the same shell, so we find a generous ventilation system on both helmets, between the EPS and the interiors. The main air entrance is placed on the front side of the shell, but the Vancore has an “on-off” system which we can adjust easily, even with winter gloves on. In the Raw, the same entrance is regulated by a removable rubber closure. The mechanism allows us to open or close the air entrance manually, and always stopped, being a surprising system, very similar to a supersport helmet. We have to admit that this is an unusual system.

Detail  of the internal shell in EPS included in both helmets, with their air pipes

Both goggles have an air entrance placed in the interior, with permanent ventilation, which prevents misting up. The difference in this case is that the Raw is the only one that incorporates orifices placed on the chin, allowing an optimal ventilation in this area. This helps the goggles to fight better against the misting. The Vancore does not have any ventilation entrance on the chin. 

Detail of the Shark Raw’s chin, the only one with ventilation holes on it

So, we have two helmets with a very studied ventilation systems. While the Shark Vancore priorizes the main ventilation entrance placed on the shell, with an easy mechanism, the Shark Raw mantains a correct ventilation entrance on the facial mask and if we take out the rubber piece placed on the upper side of the shell.

Interiors and closures

The interiors of both helmets have high quality pads, giving an optimal feel and comfort. The pads are removable and washable and they also includes an antibacterial treatment. The cheek foam has Velcro for an optimal adjustment and for an easy removal. These cheek pads have been designed to allow the use of glasses or to install the Shark communication system Sharktooth.

Detail of the interiors of both helmets, with widths pipes that allow an optimal ventilation on the inside of the helmet

Both helmets have a micrometric closure system, where we find foam finish that offers a great feel.

Detail of the micrometric closure system that we can find on both helmets

With the Vancore we can enjoy a more versatile helmet, designed for both the tarmac and eventually, off-road routes. On the other hand, the Shark Raw is a more urban helmet, which is easily convertible to a Jet helmet.


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