A review of the Evo-One modular crash helmet by Shark

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Shark Evo-One – a compact, flip-front helmet with Pinlock Max Vision included

Shark has been making flip-up/modular helmets for years – with each new model improving bit by bit. There’s the well-known Evoline series of helmets (version one through to the current version 3) and there’s also the Openline.

And now, they’ve added the Evo-One to their line-up. It’s a further development of the Evoline series, but is designed to be slightly more compact (i.e. have a smaller shell and not look as big) and have looked to improve one or two other features from the Evolines.

So here’s the lowdown on what the Evo-One offers – including tech specs, features, and – crucially – what owners think of them.

Overall/Summary

There’s no doubt Shark have spent a lot of time creating an innovative flip-up helmet with the type of features we’ve all come to love and use.

With its compact helmet shell, sun visor, great rotating chin guard that sits out of the way at the back of the helmet – if you’re after a flip-up helmet, what’s not to like?

Only, there’s a few problems reported. There were a number of owners who found the Pinlock insert rubbed against the helmet shell (though Shark reckon it’s no longer a problem) but also the SHARP safety test found that the chin guard catches can come unlocked during an impact. 66% of the time no less.

If you can live with those potential issues, then it’s a great helmet to use day-to-day. Comfortable, great ventilation and that fantastic out-of-the-way chin guard giving a proper open-faced riding experience. All at a good price too.

Check below for more information.

  • Thermoplastic flip-up helmet
  • SHARP 4 star safety rated
  • ECE certified
  • 2 shell sizes
  • Compact shell form
  • Pinlock Max Vision anti fog included
  • Sizes XS-XL
  • Weight – 1.65Kg (about average)
  • Expect to pay £309-£350
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Shark Evo-One with chin guard down in Astor graphics

Safety

The Shark Evo-One has been both ECE certified for sale in Europe and it’s been tested by the SHARP helmet testing labs in the UK.

There, it scored an excellent four out of five stars for safety (read more about their safety testing here).

Having said that, SHARP also record the % of impacts during testing where the chin guard remains fully locked. In the Evo-One’s case, that was only 33% of the time which is reasonably alarming!

I don’t know about you but I wear my flip-up helmet with the chin guard down much of the time – for protection against the elements but also for protection in case of an accident. And while the Evo-One seems to perform well in most other respects (read on!) it’s a real shame the chin bar locks don’t seem to be up to the job.

Of course, if a lock comes unlocked, it might be on one side or it might be both – the helmet might give you full protection or it might not. That’s why SHARP only report on whether the lock comes unlocked and don’t factor it in to their final rating.

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Evo-One in Priya design

Personally, I think common sense says the locks shouldn’t open and it probably compromises safety if they do. So where we’d normally award our own four star rating for safety in line with the SHARP rating, in this case we’ve felt compelled to lower the score. Seems only right.

If you’re after a flip-up where you can trust the chin guard to stay locked and closed (that’s all of us, right?!) you might want to check out the Nolan N91 Evo, Nolan N104 and the HJC IS Max II – all of which scored 100% for their locks staying closed during testing and all score SHARP four stars.

Finally for safety with the Evo-One, reports are that it’s dual-homologated. It doesn’t say it on their websites but I’ve just confirmed with SHARK’s UK distributor that it is. That means it’s tested/certified to be used in both full face and open face configurations – most modulars are ECE certified as a full face and not necessarily open face. So if you’re planning to go Easy Riding lots, then the Evo-One’s good for you.

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Helmet Noise

As usual, there’s quite a few conflicting accounts of how noisy the Shark Evo-One is. And as usual, that’s because we all ride different bikes, in different conditions with experience of different helmets to compare it to.

Shark have made efforts to design a helmet that’ll be quiet though. The aero design with rear spoiler and small and round helmet shape, magnetic chin curtain and plush lining are all there to contribute to suppressing noise.

So how does it do?

One owner commented it’s quieter than his Arai Quantum. Another that it’s not as quiet as his Schuberth. While another said it’s the noisiest helmet they’ve ever used!

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View from the front with chin guard raised

The bottom line seems to be if you’re going to be riding fast, you’ll need ear plugs to keep the noise down – but then we’d say wear earplugs for most journeys anyway (it’s the only way to keep things properly quiet and keep your hearing intact).

If pushed, and taking all the comments into consideration, it seems like the Shark Evo One is a quieter than average helmet – which is great for a modular because they’re usually on the louder side.

Ventilation

Ventilation is a plus point for the Shark Evo-One too.

Chin/visor ventilation is provided by a single exterior chin vent operated by a large toggle panel to open/close it.

There’s also another vent opening on the inside of the chin guard too to direct air towards the visor for demisting or away towards the mouth.

Two crown vents are on the top of the helmet, individually opened and closed by small sliders, and warm air exits the helmet just behind, from an exhaust below the spoiler on the top of the helmet.

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Astor in black/white from the rear – chin guard closed

All in all, it doesn’t seem anything special. But everyone who commented reckon everything conspires to do a great job at keeping your head cool – and in combination with the Pinlock Max Vision (more below) it keeps the visor fog free too.

Visor

Coming onto the visor, there’s some really good things to say here as well – along with a couple of potential not so good points!

Shark have really done their homework with the visor on the Evo-One.

Unlike some modular helmets, it doesn’t get in the way of the chin guard when you flip open the helmet (see chin guard section below) – which is good.

It has a Pinlock Max Vision-ready visor and Shark include a Max Vision in the box. Which is welcome because Pinlocks are one of the best ways to keep your visor fog-free.

One note of caution from one owner though – be very careful when fitting your Pinlock.

Shark warn you not to flex the visor when fitting the Pinlock – and it’s worth taking that warning seriously because they can be tricky to fit and in my experience do require some flattening and flexing of the visor to fit. However, it seems the the visor on the Evo-One can be a bit brittle because one owner’s visor snapped. So be careful!

It could be because the Evo-One has what Shark call their ‘Autoseal’ system, where the visor mechanism pulls the visor flush against the visor gasket to improve the seal against wind/noise/crap from the road.

This seems to work pretty well by all accounts – but Shark’s marketing blurb does say the system ‘flattens’ the visor against the helmet so maybe this accounts for it being a little brittle too? Just a thought.

The visor is also quick-change – something that’s very unusual on a modular and very welcome. It’s not tool-less removal though – to remove the visor, you need to push something like a screwdriver into the recess at each side of the visor and it’ll pop out. To replace the visor, just shove it back in and it’ll click into place. Even though it needs a tool, it’s pretty easy.

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Another Astor graphics Evo-One. Note top vents and sun visor slider on top

However, there’s another warning here. It seems Shark didn’t design the visor closing mechanism to adequately take the Pinlock into account and quite a few owners online say that theirs catches the top of the visor, leading to a nasty mark on the Pinlock that obscures your vision.

Where it happens, Shark seem to have acknowledged the problem and have worked to fix it. According to SHARK’s representative we spoke to it only affected a small number of helmets and it’s not an ongoing problem they’re aware of. However, take note and if you have a problem, get in touch with your retailer to get it sorted.

Sun Visor

We often read about sun visors being a bit too light or a bit too short.

So it’s good to hear that Shark have improved at least one of these issues.

They say the sun visor on the Evo-One is 23% bigger than the one found on the Evoline. That’s what they call a ‘full coverage’ sun visor and it’s operated by a big slider on the top of the helmet.

Reports are that the sun visor drops down nicely and it’s a good size, so that’s a thumbs up here.

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Evo-One Blank white with chin guard fully rotated

Chin Guard

Shark have made quite a thing of the chin guards on their modular helmets.

Unlike most makers (Roof excepted) they try and make it so their chin guards get well out of the way, making their modulars work really well as open-face helmets too.

The Evo-One is no exception. Press a single button centre-bottom of the chin guard and the chin guard moves all the way around to the rear of the helmet where it nestles into the back of the helmet with a ‘click’. That improves the balance and aero of the helmet while you’re using it in jet mode.

The Evo-One also features what Shark call their ‘Auto-up, Auto-down’ system. Don’t be confused though, this relates to the visor only, not the chin guard automatically opening/closing (got me all excited that!).

What it actually means is when you’re opening the chin guard, the visor automatically opens and moves out of the way. Similarly, if you’re in open-face mode with the visor down, pull the chin guard back over and down and the visor will move up to let the chin guard close.

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This one’s the Evo-One Fallout – also available in other colours

Shark do say the chin guard should be closed using both hands though and by pulling down at the sides, not the front. Folks do say you can open/close it on the move but, like most modulars, it’s a hefty bit of kit to be pushing and pulling around on the move and will obscure your view ahead quite a bit so it’s really not recommended.

All in all, the chin guard is a pretty slick system and most folks say it works nice and smoothly. It can be a bit tricky at first by all accounts, but you soon get the hang of it.

Note what we said in the safety section though. SHARP reported that the chin guard became unlocked in two-thirds of their impact tests. Which is a bit alarming!

Comfort & Sizing

The internals of the Evo-One are nice and plush and removable/washable.

Owners seem to reckon they’re comfortable too and the sizing is correct. So if you’re looking to buy one, check your measurements using our guide and the sizing should be good (but do buy from a retailer with a no-quibble returns policy as you’re never sure until you try it).

Looks & Graphics

We usually mention shell sizes in the safety section when we review helmets. But Shark have managed to pull off a neat trick with the Evo-One. They’ve managed to make a helmet that scores well for safety (though read the safety section about the chin guard performance), with a flip-front mechanism, but that’s compact too.

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Front view of the Evo-One Krono

That makes for a helmet that looks pretty good. It also helps with aero of course (a smaller helmet offers less wind resistance) but if you’re wanting a modular helmet that looks good and compact on you, then the Shark Evo-One gets the thumbs up.

As for graphics and designs, at the time of writing there’s only a handful of designs around.

There’s the usual range of solid colours – called Blank – and coming in gloss black and white and a matt black.

There’s also the Astor and the Krono designs but they’re available in quite a wide variety of colour combos and these seem to be the most popular designs.

And there’s the Priya and Fallout graphics in various colours.

As usual, we’ve dotted photos of these up and down the page – but for the latest designs and prices, click through to our recommended retailers. The links below will take you to their Shark helmet pages.

Best places to buy a Shark crash helmet?

We've chosen three of the best places to buy from - whether it's a Shark or any other helmet/gear.

If you want piece of mind when you buy, SportsBikeShop is based in the UK and offers outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot) including 365 day refunds. They usually have competitive prices too and are our recommended retailer for excellent quality of service.

Or try Motoin (Germany). They get great feedback (4.9 and 4.86 out of 5 on Idealo and eTrustedshops at the time of writing) though note, there's a small delivery charge so factor that in (see here for details).

GetGeared is another recommended UK retailer, also with a no-quibble 365 day returns policy, free delivery and score of 9/10 for customer service on Trustpilot.

Please click any picture below to visit their Shark helmets page where you can see all the latest colour schemes and prices. And if you buy from any, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you - a massive THANKS! (it's how we finance the site). Click here for more info on our recommended retailers.

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Shark Evo-One Video

First off, Shark’s slightly ropey official video followed by a quick look over the helmet by a hipster wearing an apple watch.

Other stuff – fasteners, build quality, weight, bluetooth, warranty

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Another Astor Evo-One – this time in black/red/white

The Shark Evo-One has a micrometric fastener and, internally, a glasses groove to make it easier to push your glasses in/out as well as ride while wearing glasses.

Overall, build quality is reported to be really good, with a nice finish and solid feel to it – especially at this not exorbitant price.

It’s about average weight for a modular and it’s designed for Shark’s Sharktooth bluetooth communicator. As for other communicators – it sounds like it’s a bit tricky to fit em. One owner tried to fit his Cardo headset but found the mic boom too long. Another tried a Sena 10R and had to attach it to the inner lining somehow though found a nice recess to take the battery. One guy found the Sena SMH10 fitted OK though.

Finally, Shark offer a 5 year warranty on all their helmets.

Crash Helmet Buying Guides

For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.

Alternatives to the Shark Evo-One

Flip-up helmets are becoming more and more popular, meaning there’s lots of competition and some great helmets out there.

The Caberg Tourmax and Duke are both SHARP five star rated polycarbonate helmets with sun visors and great ventilation – and both are cheaper than the Evo-One and worth a look.

For around the same price as the Shark, there’s the composite shelled X-Lite X-1003 that’s four star safety rated, dual homologated and edges the Evo-One on weight too.

Or for a quirky but cool alternative, how about the SHARP four star Roof Boxer V8 – it’s fibreglass and cheaper than the Shark.

We also love (and, more importantly, so does its owners!) the AGV Compact – another SHARP four star rated flip-up with a sun visor that’s comfortable and well ventilated. It’s a bit noisy though.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. The Sharp site now shows the chinbar staying shut in 100% of impacts, with a comment that the lock mechanism was changed in helmets produced after May 16th 2017. So if you’re buying one, check the production number (located on the chinstrap) is higher than 077099. Lower, and you’re buying a helmet with the earlier, dodgy mechanism.

  2. My problem with the Evo One was that the visor was too close to the helmet shell when raised. Any grit on the shell would scratch the inside of the visor. Also, if the helmet was wet, the visor would pick up the water running wet weather visibility. However, Shark have informed me that they modified the design late in 2016 to correct this and other problems. They also replaced mine under warranty. First class customer service if ever I saw it.

  3. I have My Evo-One at least 1 year. I like it and would say it is quite good made.
    But I have to say two things which could be important”
    1. After closing your Chin Guard one hand you have to correct it he other hand on the other side because it is as flexible that it doesn’t close at once.
    2. I lost the inner ventilation hasp in Chin Guard. I have no idea how was it possible. During a trip I was trying to close it and it just jump out of the guides and now I have two holes in my Chin Guard. I didn’t find any option to buy it so have two holes inside blowing the wind at my mouth. VERY WEAK SOLUTION!!!

  4. Anyone had trouble with the chin guard visor seals breaking away from chin guard. As they are positioned where you release the guard to return ti the close position

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