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 Shark Vision-R BeCool Helmet
Shark Vision-R BeCool Helmet
Shark Vision-R BeCool Helmet SHARK RD engineers have created a helmet that offers the panoramic eyeport of an open-face helmet, for one of the widest view angles currently on the market, combined with the safety of the latest generation of full-face fiber-composite shells. The SHARK patented faceshield mechanism ensures a perfect seal which equates to better soundproofing, less draft and an improved water-tight seal. The Rapid Anti-Fog System slightly opens the shield in anti-mist position. This has been designed to operate smoothly with the use of gloves. Features Integrated drop-down sun visor Two composite-fiber shell sizes Shark Easy Fit glasses system offers wearers a comfort lining which has a pre-tted system to accommodate all types of glasses New Anti-Scratch/Anti-Fog coating Removable and interchangeable 3 piece liner Neckroll is PVC free and features reective material at rear Included chin curtain Two upper vents and 1 lower vents with optimized venturi effect Double D ring strap closure Sharktooth-ready ECE 2205 and DOT Certified Approximate Weight from 1725 g + / 50 g in size Large
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Shark Vision-R 2012 BeCool
PostedNovember 27, 2012
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joylesshusband
From Shippensburg
State:PA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
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Round
Vision
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Exceptionally Wide
Wide
The 2012 Shark Vision-R seemed to have lots of features I wanted (wider and taller visor - claimed to be non-fogging, "city position" button for the visor, low-reaching drop-down sunshades, largish adjustable chin curtain, adjustable temple pads in the liner for occasional wearing of glasses, removable breath guard, decent weight).
Got it from Revzilla, and did 5 outings totalling 400 miles and about 8 hours. In temperatures between 54 and 38°F and humidity between 75% and 65%.
Happy to share my observations in case anyone is considering this helmet.
Finish and materials:
Very good, inside is a bit better than Nolan's. Fully on par with the Schuberts and Arais I have tried in the stores.
Fit:
Snug (as desired), the crown fits well - my head's crown shape is roundish, a bit wider at the rear than the front above the temples. Ears tuck in comfortably
Cheekpads are comfortable, and sufficiently snug for now. My jaws are quite wide at the "hinge" area, and the pads accommodate them well without any unpleasant pressure points. The ear pockets are generously deep, and nicely padded.
The fastening buckle is aimed exactly where it needs to be - right behind the tip of my chin, staying far from the neck. The retractable chin curtain is a breeze to adjust once the helmet is on. Fully deployed it interferes with my nose, which is a size larger than the face it belongs to, and after several tries I decided that I should keep it semi-retracted while putting the helmet on and off, and adjust it afterwards. It is soft, warm, covers the entire area under my chin - up to the neck, and probably affects how much noise would reach my ears.
The chinbar and breath guard leave plenty of room for my mouth and nose, making it possible to stick a CamelBak mouthpiece underneath for a drink.
Venting:
I did not dare use the top vents given the cold weather. No verdict there, although I am suspicious - the intakes are small, the exhaust port on the back is microscopic, and my expectations at this point are quite low. The top vent buttons are indeed very small, but it is not extremely difficult to operate them with winter gloves on.
The bottom vent performs like a champ. It directs air to the visor. At 38°F and speeds under 60 mph my face was still comfortable. Above 60 mph I had to close the vent even at 42°F. Very easy to operate the vent.
Fogging:
The good news is that the shield did not fog.
The bad is that the sunshade did, only below 45°F at my stated humidity and the bottom vent closed.
My regular breathing pattern is 10-12 breaths per minute. Let's say, 2 seconds inhale and 3 secs - exhale. I noticed fogging on the sunshade a second after I start exhaling, which disappeared a second after I start inhaling. The fog did not cover the entire sunshade, it formed a thin layer only on the upper half, and I was still able to see through - just not with the desired clarity. Of course, this is a good indicator of what to expect at higher humidity.
A week ago Shark posted on their web site that a newer revision of Vision-R is about to become available, with a visor accommodating a PinLock insert. The new Shark offering means that I could probably get a PinLock shield later on as a bomb-proof recipe should I ever encounter shield fogging.
Warmth:
Very good. Totally suitable for the temperatures I encountered.
Noise:
Excellent. I always ride with ear plugs and my trained and sensitive musician's hearing tells me the noise level with the Shark is half of what I experienced with the Nolan. The N90 with ports closed still allows me at low speed to remotely hear the engine, while the Shark does not. Again, this is with top vents closed, bottom - open, and chin curtain fully deployed. The tight neckroll probably helps as well.
Vision:
Excellent. The expanded eye port added perhaps 5 mm on each side compared to the N90, which has a decent side-to-side opening. Love it as it matches my own peripheral field of vision. Vertically, it added a lot and I am very satisfied.
On the flip side, riding into the low sun is indeed unpleasant. Sunshade is perhaps around 35% VLT, which is probably mandated by legislation in the US and abroad. Lots of users complain that the shades are too light. I find them adequate, although I would much prefer a 16% VLT as in pair of good ole Ray-Bans. What no sunshade could address, however, is the direct sun glare. For that one probably needs 5% VLT, and definitely no more than 8% VLT. This can only be achieved with a separate upper strip of tint film, and I am on my way to install one in the upper center area of the shield - or the sunshade. As I mentioned above, my helmet got "modified" and I now encounter the direct glare only when the sun is quite low, but still much higher than with my N90. Besides, most helmets with regular size eyeport allow for using the helmet portion above one's eyebrows to cast a shade over one's eyes by slightly tucking the chin down, which is nearly impossible with the Shark's eyeport size and shape. Still, I like the expanded field of vision very much and will address this issue shortly.
The lever engaging the sunshade is solid and easy to operate with the left hand. The sunshade comes down much lower than the ones on all the other helmets I have tried, including my N90, and leaves no unpleasant bright gap underneath.
The "city position" button does what was intended, and is a convenient feature. However, as most people stay in 1st gear during traffic stops - which essentially frees up only their right hand - its location of the left-hand side is strange and a bit awkward as I had to operate it with my right hand.
Weight and balance.
The helmet measures 1590 g (3 lbs 8 oz), Shark's claimed weight is 1600 g.
It is lighter than the N90, and its balance is very neutral when riding. My natural riding position is semi-tucked and the N90 had a slight front bias, which might be a normal thing for a flip-up - not enough to tire me in my shortish (less than 3 hours) rides, but perhaps enough to make me uncomfortable on a longer ride. No such thing with the Shark - its balance is nearly perfect. Shoulder checks at any speed are easy and comfortable. The N90 has a pronounced "overhang" behind the neck, while the Vision-R does not; which reduces the likelihood of helmet bumping when one has a pillion passenger behind. It is also a bit narrower in the upper area which makes it look more proportional to one's body and to me at least is aesthetically pleasing.
Visor change:
I don't care about this aspect. Users report that they have broken their shields while (or because of) swapping them - this is of no concern to me. The only reason I'd swap a shield is to discard a broken one - or to get it out in case I decide to install a PinLock-ready one. Once.
Rain-proofness:
The weather offered no opportunity to test this. I have washed the outside of the shield several times under running water while being closed, and noticed no water penetration into the eyeport. The gasket seems decent, the fit between the closed shield and gasket appears to be reliable. Only time will tell.
Overall:
I am very satisfied with this helmet. It was a good buy, worth the cost. The adequacy of the upper venting in sweaty weather and the helmet's rain-proofness are still unknown. I might do a follow-up when I have more to report on this.
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TCX X-Five Plus Gore-Tex Boots A fresh perspective on TCX's global best-selling boot. Major styling improvements for 2011 make this a solid pick for the touring purist. Italian styled and manufactured of full grain leather with a full Gore-Tex membrane. The X-Five Plus Gore-Tex offers excellent shin and malleolus protection with unmatched fit and finish for 2011. Full grain leather upper GoreTex lining Inner thermo contoured shin plate AntiImpact malleolus protection Shift pad integrated in the sole Rear padded calf area Rear flex bellow Touring sole, with specific grip area, oil and petroleum resistant TCX X-5 GTX Boot
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
sufficiently wide to match EE
PostedJuly 5, 2012
Customer avatar
joylesshusband
From Shippensburg
State:PA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Footbed
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Adequate protection. Waterproof. Good-looking. Reasonably light. Seem to breath well.
Most important - wide enough and very comfortable for my 8.5 EE high arch feet.
Having used them for a month, on and off with a couple of 8-hour days, I am very satisfied with this product.
Rides: 2007 BMW F800ST
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Tour Master Venture Air Pants Features Armor-Link Mesh shell with 1680 Denier Ballistic Polyester knee panels for comfort, durability and abrasion resistance Phoslitereflective panels and piping for increased nighttime visibility Durable 1680 Denier Ballistic Polyester seat panel minimizes slipping Double stitched construction throughout Dual-elastic panel waistband with adjustable waist belts Accordion-style expansion panels at the rear waist and above knees for increased flexibility Two zippered hand pockets with 600 Denier Carbolex covers Removable, CE-approved knee armor with Tour Master's exclusive 3-Position Knee Armor Alignment System as well as removable soft hip armor Stretch materials in the calf and inseam for a performance fit Removable, Two-Stage AquaTherm liner The first stage is a waterproof /windproof liner, and the insulated second stage can be easily added forincreased warmth Features an 8 pant/jacket zipper attachment with the jacket side included Note There may be silver fabric surrounding the exterior of the pockets.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
good fit and lots of airflow
PostedJuly 5, 2012
Customer avatar
joylesshusband
From Shippensburg
State:PA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Used these for a month. No crash tests yet. Very good airflow. Fit nice, correct to size.
Wish they had 1 or 2 cargo or thigh pocket(s).
Rides: 2007 BMW F800ST
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon Compound Mesh Short Gloves The Compound Mesh Shorty is all businessin a wrist-length package. Built of a durable mesh chassis and neoprene flex panels, both the fit and function of the Compound is beyond reproach. Add in dual compound main knuckle armor, finger armor and a Battlehide goatskin palm and the results are clear. Compound your expectations from a mesh riding glove. ABRASION RESISTANT PREMIUM GRADE BATTLEHIDE TM GOATSKIN PALM AND FINGER GUSSETS PADDED DOUBLE LAYER ABRASION ZONE PALM CONSTRUCTION PRE-CURVED PALM AND FINGER DESIGN THERMOPLASTIC KNUCKLE EMBOSSED NEOPRENE FLEX PANELS IN CRITICAL AREAS HI-FLOW BACKHAND MESH FOR VENTILATION
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
good for summer
PostedJuly 5, 2012
Customer avatar
joylesshusband
From Shippensburg
State:PA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Decent airflow. Durability unknown as I only had the for a month. Protection appears adequate for a lightweight glove of this type. Not crash-tested yet. Keep my hands cool at 90-95°F. Fit is good.
I normally wear size 9 gloves. Initially bought MD size per Revzilla's sizing chart, which turned out to be a bit small. Revzilla promptly had them exchanged for a size LG which is the desired fit.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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