Shark SpartanColour:Visible carbon
The Shark Spartan is the new full face Shark helmet for 2016. All too often, riders have to make a compromise between a lightweight, aerodynamic helmet and a well-equipped one, with features more often found in a touring helmet. Not any longer, since the Shark Spartan offers the characteristics of a race helmet with the functions of a touring model. Made from a blend of carbon fibre and fibreglass, it weighs just 1350g and has been designed to combine excellent aerodynamics with active wind noise reduction. The Spartan features a retractable sun visor, so you can reduce sun glare at the flick of a switch. Keeping you stable at speed is a double spoiler which also incorporates air extractors, to keep you cool.
This version of the Spartan has no painted areas, just beautiful, visible carbon with a finishing gloss lacquer. Be the envy of all of your mates when you rock up at the ride out meeting point! A misting visor drives us all nuts, but thanks to the Pinlock anti-fog visor insert, which comes as standard with the helmet, your vision will remain clear in all weathers. The Spartan is available in two shell sizes, covering five helmets sizes from XS to XL, for head measurements spanning 53cm to 62cm (check out the 'Sizing' tab above to accurately choose your size). The helmet uses a micro-lock buckle to secure and can accommodate the Sharktooth communications system, so you can keep in touch with your riding buddies, pillion, GPS or smartphone. It's also designed for easy use with spectacle wearers and is covered by Shark's five year warranty. If you're used to wearing a Race-R Pro, or other brands of race helmet, and long to have the convenience of a drop down sun visor, you're going to love the Spartan.
Shark Spartan Review
We've now had a few months with the Shark Spartan and we're seriously impressed! At ForMotorbikes, we've been wearing full face carbon helmets for the last six years, so we're very used to how they feel and perform. Our favourite for most of this time has been the Nexx XR2 Carbon, especially the Carbon Zero, which is probably the closest competitor to the Shark Spartan. The Nexx is about 50g lighter and has a slightly larger viewing port, but the key selling point of the Shark is the drop down visor. It tickles us to think that Arai once said they'd never put a drop down visor in one of their race helmets. We understand why they'd say it, especially for on track use, but motorcycling has changed. Riders want all the benefits of a race helmet, like aerodynamics and lightness, but most of us wear our lids at least some of the time on the road and that means we need practicality too. Squinting into the sunshine is no fun and sometimes the weather does change mid-ride, which causes problems when you didn't leave the house with your tinted visor. So, it's no wonder why the Shark Spartan has hit the sweet spot; light, aerodynamic, amazing looks and practicality, all in one helmet. No wonder it's become one of our best selling motorcycle helmets.
We've been delighted to watch, as Shark have continuously improved the quality of their helmets over the last few years. About five years ago was a tipping point, when their helmets took a leap in quality. It's no surprise that Jorge Lorenzo now wears one, Shark now operate at the top of the market in terms of performance and quality. From the finish of the carbon, to the lacquer, the internal padding, the visor mechanism and the robustness of their helmets over time, everything just works. No wonder Shark are sufficiently confident to offer a five year warranty. ForMotorbikes are delighted to be an official Shark stockist and the Spartan is currently our favourite. We ship the Shark Spartan to anywhere in the world, including the USA and Canada, which is great news for you guys Stateside, since the Spartan isn't available there yet. Shipping time is just two days.
Shark Spartan Helmet Specifications
- Carbon fibre and fibreglass shell
- Retractable sun visor
- Free Pinlock anti-fog insert provided in the box
- Weighs just 1350g
- ECE 22/05 approved
- Removable inner lining
- 2 shell sizes
- Available in sizes XS (53-54 cm), S (55-56 cm), M (57-58 cm), L (59-60 cm), XL (61-62 cm) and XXL (63-64 cm)
- Optimal comfort for riders who wear glasses
- Micro-lock buckle system
- Accommodates the Sharktooth bluetooth communication system
- 5 year Shark warranty
Shark Spartan Sizing
1. Measure the circumference of your head, immediately above the eyebrows and ears.
2. If applicable, allow some tolerance for very long or thick hair.
3. Use the helmet sizing chart to select your helmet size.