The Shark Spartan Carbon comes as Shark's big new release for 2016. A helmet halfway between sport and sport-tourism segment, stands out for being lightweight and aerodynamic, with a competitive price for a product that uses carbon fiber as one of its elements.
Shark Spartan Carbon lateral (left) and frontal view (right).
The design is clean but aggressive, thanks to the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics, a simulator of digital streams that optimizes the lines to make them more aerodynamic. That is why we find a characteristic spoiler formed by two rear "fins" and vortices in the area of the neck. Care in the aerodynamic section is such that Shark has created two specific screen mechanism covers, with a special surface called 'shark skin', which avoids the annoying hiss of air when riding at high speed.
Screen mechanism covers feature 'Shark Skin' finish (left). Inner padding details close up (right).
Chin air entry close up photo while remaining open.
Integrated sunvisor mechanism (left) is lowered by the way of the upper cam (right).
Once inside, the foams are removable and washable. The padding fabrics don't have any microperforations at all, but there's wide slots for air circulation in the upper zone. The lateral padding has space for insertion of glasses, plus space for the installation for Shark's Sharktooth intercom. The closure system is confined to a Double D ring fastener.
The helmet offer a dedicated space for those helmets users who wear glasses.
The Shark Spartan Carbon is situated between the two sports helmets of the brand: the Race-R Pro, a 100% sporty helmet designed for competition and Speed-R Series 2, a sport-touring helmet, that although it has an aerodynamic studied for a wide range of motorcycles and highway riding too it doesn't feature the inner noise insulation and confort levels of the brand new Spartan Carbon.