Shark Evoline Series 3 Fusion Helmet
List Price: 369.99
Sales Price: $369.99
Shark Evoline Series 3 Fusion Helmet
Featuring now a faster opening chin bar, reduced noise and improved aerodynamics in both full face and in open face position
Item Code: SharkEvoline3Fusion
Model: Evoline Series 3 Fusion
Color: Matte Black, Grey, Silver
Shell: Injected Theromoplastic
Certification: DOT/ECE approved
Warranty: Five Year Warranty
- "Auto-up" device for unlocking the visor and chin bar simultaneously
- Improved aerodynamics particularly in the open-face position
- New quieter design and improved inside ventilation
- Homologated twice for open-face and full-face
- New comfortable padding with high quality washable fabrics
The Evoline Series 3 helmet from Shark is one of the most sophisticated modular helmets available, and is a great solution for the rider looking for a helmet that combines the debris protection of a full face, with the ability to be worn as an open face at speed. The Evoline is constructed using an injected thermoplastic resin, and is DOT, ECE, and AS approved. The AS sticker is only found on helmets bought from dealers in applicable areas, and will not be found on a helmet purchased from Jafrum. This helmet has also received a 5 out of 5 score from the Sharp safety helmet assessment and rating program. It’s available in a myriad of gloss and matte finish solid colors and some subtle yet sharp looking graphics. The fit is sort of unique and the helmet is available only to a size XL. The fit of the Evoline 2 was completely round, and couldn’t be worn by anyone with a head that even hinted at oval. This new 3 series now has an intermediate oval shape. Out of the box, it still doesn’t fit long oval headed riders. But, I found a memory foam pad behind the liner at the forehead that, when removed, allowed me to wear this large comfortably. This new series three is also lighter than the 2, by almost 200 grams, and the liner, which we’ll take a closer look at here shortly, is much softer, and more comfortable.
Alright, let’s get to the good stuff. The feature most of you are probably the most interested in, is the chinbar. This new setup is pretty amazing. Previous model design required the shield be brought to the full up position before the chinbar could be raised. Not anymore. Now, when you press the lever to raise the chinbar, a little tab comes out and begins to raise the face shield. The chinbar path also contributes to this one step process. When you press the release lever, the chinbar releases forward, instead of straight up. This allows the chinbar to clear the faceshield easily. The shape of the channeling in the side plates helps the chinbar to rest flush against the shell when in the rear position. This creates the most aerodynamic profile possible. It is important to remember: While the chinbar and faceshield raising process has just a single step, lowering the chinbar may require two. It is important that the faceshield be in the raised position when the chinbar is lowered. Once the chinbar is lowered, you can then return the faceshield to the down position. It is also important to remember to press the chinbar in toward the shell until it clicks into place, to make sure it is locked into the down position. If you need to remove the faceshield, you simply press this tab and pull forward on the shield. If you can’t apply enough pressure with your finger tip to release the tab, there is an indentation on the tab that allows you to use a pen to get pressure. Lift up gently on the shield with the tab pressed in to get the removal process started. Then hold the helmet with one hand and pull out on the shield with the other. When reinstalling, insert the top edge of the shield first, then press the bottom edge in until it clicks.
The next feature I want to show you didn’t get an upgrade at all over the previous model. The internal sun shade is the same as it was on the series two helmet. The reason it didn’t change is because it’s already excellent. The mechanism to raise and lower the shade is easy to operate with gloves, and it’s simple. There is very little with this system that can fail. There are no springs or locking mechanics at all. The coverage is good, and there is very little refraction. Removing the sunshade takes a little courage the first time, but it’s easy. Remove the faceshield to get it out of the way. Use your pen from the shield removal to depress this tap in the top center of the shade. Pull the shade down until it is clear of the tab and retract the tab back into the helmet to get it out of the way. Here is where the courage comes in. Get a good grip on the shade as close to one edge of the eye port as possible, and pull straight out. Repeat the process on the other side. Reverse the process to reinstall.
The next set of features we’re going to look at involves the ventilation. You get a two position vent in the chinbar to assist with shield fog, and a two position vent on the forehead to channel air to the crown. There are no exhaust ports of any kind, which if this helmet had a flaw, that might be it. The helmet can get a little warm in situations where raising the chinbar is less than ideal. Air circulation throughout the helmet does get significant help from the EPS design, but we’ll get to that in a minute when the liner is removed.
Speaking of liners, this is one of the more sophisticated liner setups you’ll find. The cheek pads snap in and remove in the normal way. Of course these cheek pads have to be fancy; this is the Evoline for crying out loud. The black neoprene area here on the top of the pad has a special function. There is a pad on the inside, that when installed, works to reduce wind noise. You can also remove the pad to make it more comfortable with eyeglasses. With the cheek pads removed, you can see the cutouts for the installation of speakers. These removable inserts also work to reduce helmet noise when installed. The head liner also comes out in the usual way, with snaps at the rear and a plastic ridge at the front that snaps into the shell. These channels here in the EPS are the feature I mentioned earlier that help with airflow.