The Shark Evoline 3 was launched early 2012 and is a little lighter than it’s predecessor (though still relatively heavy because of the extra components needed to open the chinguard), good for glasses wearers and added an extra SHARP star to its safety rating. It’s also bluetooth (sharktooth) ready. Click to see reviews of all our other reviewed flip-up (modular) helmets – or here for our top rated modulars.
A well-built, SHARP 5 star safety rated (maximum) flip-up helmet that’s popular with owners. Open face only good up to about 50mph before things get noisy and it is noisier than many full faced crash helmets. If you want a flip-up though, this has some great features.
- Sharp 5 Star safety rating
- Weight – 1.8 Kg
- Injected thermoplastic shell
- Integrated sun visor & anti fog visor
- Fully washable interior
- Great for glasses-wearers
- Sizes XS to XL
- Expect to pay £250-£270 (£300-£400 for pro carbon version)
The Evoline 3 has been ECE approved for sale in the EU and was the first flip-up crash helmet to receive dual homologation. That means it was tested and approved to be worn with the chin guard up as an open face helmet and with the chin guard down as a full face helmet. Not all modulars are.
It was also tested by the UK SHARP safety testing organisation where it received a five star rating, which is the maximum possible score available. So far so good.
However, there’s a fly in the ointment.
If you check SHARP’s results, they also reported that the chin bar remained closed and locked in only 57% of impacts during testing. It’s not uncommon for chin bars to open occasionally during testing, but 57% is a pretty low mark by modular helmet standards. That’s especially true when you compare with a company like Nolan whose four tested flip-up helmets all scored 100%. The most recently tested AGVs (the Compact and Numo (discontinued)) both scored 100% too.
Because of this, we’ve knocked a point off our review stars for safety (at the bottom of the page).
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When the chin guard’s up, it’s reported to be pretty noisy above 40-50mph. This is dependent on the bike you’re riding of course (noisier on unfaired bikes) but with the chin guard raised, it catches some wind and therefore makes more noise.
When the guard is down, it’s obviously quieter but it’s relative – some owners report that it’s noisier than they expected and you need to wear ear plugs to make it tolerable.
That’s about par for the course with most system helmets – they are generally noisier than the equivalent full-face helmet and expect to wear ear plugs for most journeys.
Ventilation and Visor
That said, the latest Evoline 3 was designed to be slightly more aerodynamic than it’s predecessor and is reported to be slightly quieter and have better ventilation than the Evoline 2.
It has the usual chin and upper forehead vents which are easy to operate wearing gloves, as can the moveable chin guard. Owners say it’s reasonably well vented – about average for a modular.
The main visor on the Evoline 3 generally works without any problems. One nice feature is that when you open the chin guard and push it up past the visor, it’ll automagically open the main visor too, so you don’t have to. And, of course, the chin guard on the Evoline pushes around the helmet right to the rear of the helmet (like the dual homologated Roof Desmo) keeping the chin guard right out of the way.
The Evoline has an integral tinted sun visor too which folks say works well.
As for fit, Sharks are often reported as being on the large size, and the Shark Evoline 3 is no exception – so you might want to order a size smaller than normal. Eg. on one review site I found, a geezer was saying his head was usually a 63 or XL, yet with the Evoline, he wore a 58 M!
That said, one or two people do mention that it’s an over-large helmet shell too – making the helmet look large on their heads when wearing it. This can be a problem with some flip-ups and is probably because Shark have had to fit quite a lot of mechanism into the helmet shell to cater for the sun visor and moving chin guard.
If you want to have a tour around the Evoline 3, here’s a vid from MotoLegends taking you round its features.
For other helmet reviews check out either our Crash Helmet Reviews or SHARP 4 & 5 Star Crash Helmet reviews sections! And if you’ve ever worn a Shark Evoline, please comment below and let us all know what you think. Thanks!