Six months and 3,500 miles of use have left me pretty happy with the Shark Spartan.
This is my third or fourth Shark lid – I must have been bitten by the bug! And it doesn’t stray from the quality, comfort and fit I’ve come to expect from the brand. The Spartan took very little breaking in and even after a couple of hours riding there were no niggly aches or any discomfort.
As I’d worn the lid throughout the warm summer months, I gave the removable lining a wash. To keep all the bits together while they were in my wash load, I placed them inside a pillowcase. With normal detergent and on a 30-degree cycle, I was pleased with the results and the lining hadn’t lost any shape and plumped-up like new.
Both the vents and internal sun visor are easy to operate and, unlike other internal sun visors I’ve tried, this has sufficient tint for even the sunniest of days.
The visor mechanism isn’t as intuitive as some so you will find yourself needing to refer to the instructions – and the process seemed a bit brutal. The lining, which is secured with a combination of poppers and Velcro, was fiddly to remove and difficult to refit. I had such difficulty, I employed the services of a mate, who’s a bit of a whizz with helmets, to refit it for me.
Junior Web Producer, James has been using Shoei’s RYD for the past six months and has been really impressed with it, giving it a full five-star rating for both quality and value. At around £50 more than the Shark Spartan, it’s definitely worth considering. You can check out the full review here.