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Review: Shark Race-R PRO / Race-R PRO Carbon

Reviews and tests 19 August, 2015

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The Shark Race-R PRO is the racing homologated helmet from Shark that also has a variant called Shark Race-R PRO Carbon with more carbon presence in its finishing.

The Race-R is the choice of some of the best racers in the world, like Aleix Espargaró, Scott Redding or Tom Sykes and the French brand has used all his racing knowledge to create a smart and aerodynamic helmet.
The only difference between the Race-R PRO and the Race-R PRO Carbon is in the shell. Both are made with the same material, aramid and carbon fibre, the difference is the outer finishing in the PRO Carbon, with nude carbon aesthetics.
Shark Race-R ProThe Carbon finishing is only available in the ‘PRO Carbon’ version.
The distribution and fibre orientation is design to resist high speed impacts, and that’s why Shark have differentiated up to 8 different areas in the shell, each one with a different design to respond the specific forces faced, like the double density made chin zone. Shark offers both Race-R PRO and Race-R PRO Carbon in two different outer shell sizes. The overall weight stands in 1250 grams for an M size.
Shark Race-R ProThe rear spoiler of the Race-R PRO is complemented by other minor aerodynamic appendices.
The Race-R also has very studied aerodynamics. We’ll find a double blade rear spoiler in order to improve aero balance at high speed. The entire helmet has been created under wind tunnel conditions to maximize the effect of this spoiler.
There’re four main air intakes. The first one is on the frontal part; with a slide closing system with allow any adjustment you like. In the upper zone, there’re two more, these ones with ‘on/off’ type closings, and are mounted below the spoiler system mentioned before.
Shark Race-R ProTop air intake close up.
The fourth air intake is situated in the chin and is a big one. Allows three different positions: closed, half open at 45º and totally open at 90º. But Shark also allows you to incorporate an air filter in this intake that regulates the airflow and impedes pollution entry (not included in the purchase).
Shark Race-R ProThe chin air entry at its maximum aperture angle, 90º.
Also we’ll fine little vents just between the inner visor area and the shell that flow the air to the EPS. All the air going trough the helmet uses a Venturi effect for optimize the ventilation and find seven different exists in the back of the helmet.
The Race-R visor is the VZ100. It features a variable thick design (2,8mm at sides and 4,25mm in the centre) to impede visual distortion. This kind of construction also makes a stronger to impacts visor. The VZ100 has antiscratch and antifog treatment.
Shark has provided this helmet with four visor anchorage points preventing unwanted movements. But only two of these anchorage points are part of the visor’s fast changing system: we just need two push two levers holding these tow anchorages and the screen will be off. A rubber ring seals the space between the screen and the shell.
The Race-R thermoformed padding has antibacterial treatment and is completely removable and washable. Overall, there’s no microperforated fabric but the padding is plenty of air ventilation grooves and slots. The base of the helmet has neoprene pads that offer elasticity and water sealing.
Shark Race-R ProBreathguard (left) and Easy Fit system for glasses (right).
Chin pads are adjustable to provide a perfect adjustment to our face physiognomy, a key point when racing and in sporty road riding. Also the lateral pads are optimised for glasses users thanks to the ‘Easy Fit’ system, unique to Shark.
Fasteners and details
As mandatory in a racing helmet, the fastener is a double d-ring, with the particularity of incorporation a magnetic button in the strap. Shark includes a breath guard with the purchase of the Race-R.
Shark Race-R ProDouble d-ring close up (left) and general view of the inner padding (right).
And even considering that the Race-R is a track-born helmet we can also fit this helmet with Sharktooth intercoms expanding its utility range.
Tom Sykes’ Race-R Pro
As we said before, the Race-R Pro is the helmet of many top riders. For this reason we have also the helmet of Tom Sykes in this review, rider for Kawasaki Motocard team at World SBK.
Shark Race-R Pro Tom SykesGraphic design aside, both helmets are identical.
Shark doesn’t sell the Race-R with Sykes colours, so we can assure you this is Tom’s own helmet. So, which are the differences between them? Being honest, very few differences, only the padding: Sykes’ helmet is tailor-made to his physiognomy. But even the fabrics and materials are the same. And the remainder – shell materials, air intakes, visor, etc. – is the same too. A proof that brands offer us street technology developed in racing.

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