Shark Race-R Pro Carbon Fibre Full Face Helmet Review


Apparently, the Shark Race-R Pro helmet was originally designed for pro racers. Guess that means Stefan Bradl, Scott Redding and the like – and it gives you an idea of the sort of biker who’ll naturally get the most out of the Race-R. Full faired, head-down sportsbike riders.

  • SHARP 5 Star Rated (maximum safety score)
  • Carbon Fibre Shell
  • FIM Racing version available
  • 1.3Kg (light) and aerodynamic
  • Good for glasses wearers
  • Double-D ring fastener
  • MCN Rating: Quality 5/5, Value 5/5
  • Price range typically £450-530 depending on retailer
  • Race R Pro GP FIM helmet – around £1000

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The Shark Race-R Pro Carbon is a carbon fibre, full faced helmet with wide visor aperture, good ventilation and SHARP 5 star safety rating (maximum rating). It’s comfortable, reasonably quiet and aerodynamic – but it’s not the cheapest.

Shark Race-R Pro GP FIM
FIM approved Race R Pro GP with the massive spoiler at the rear.

Race R Pro GP FIM Spoiler

Aside from the Regular Race R Pro, you’ve probably seen the Shark Race R Pro GP on the race track if you watch any of the major series. Scott Reading wears one as does Johann Zarco and Miguel Olivera in MotoGP. But the ones they wear have that massive spoiler on the back, obviously designed to improve aero and stability at speed.

Because it’s used in racing, these days that also means it’s FIM tested/homologated for racing.

In fact all sizes from XS-XL are homologated – so if you take your bike on the track quite a bit, then you might want to buy that version. It’s not cheap though – costing around double the price of the regular Race R Pro.

Helmet Shell

shark race r crash helmet
Carbon fibre shell, great ventilation, cool looks. What’s not to like?

The shell of the Race-R Pro Carbon is built from carbon and aramid fibres. That makes it really light and strong – 1.3kg light to be precise. This can make a hell of a difference to riders on the track who’re riding for session after session through the day, but it does also help reduce the effect of buffeting for the rest of us. But unless you’re a high mileage rider, it’s more of a ‘nice to have’. It’s probably not a deal-maker, but there are lots of nice touches to this helmet that might be.


Take the inside of the lid. It uses bamboo fibres which – so they say – fights bacteria to prevent the helmet from retaining sweat, and keeping it relatively stink-free. Lots of manufacturers claim to use antibacterial helmet linings these days but it’s the first time I’ve heard of bamboo being used. Not too sure bamboo will help my helmet much after a sweaty day’s summer riding – but I’m willing to be convinced. The inside’s fully removable and washable and you can get different cheek pad thicknesses from Shark dealers to help with the fit.

Noise, Fogging

Shark Race-R Pro GP Zarco graphics
Another view of the Race R Pro GP – this one’s a Zarco replica.

The interior also has something called a ‘whisper strip’. Sounds a little gimmicky, but it’s designed to cut out exterior noise by forming a barrier round your neck. That said, there’s almost total silence on how noisy the helmet is. I take that to be ‘it’s OK’, plus it’s wind tunnel designed to be a slippery, aerodynamic shape and that always reduces noise from wind buffeting.

Shark also say it’s 4.5db quieter than their standard Race-R Pro. Not quite sure how 4.5db feels in the real world (probably the same as lightly drumming your fingers on a desktop?) but I guess every little helps (unless you wear ear plugs when it’ll be quiet anyhow!).

It’s also got a rubber mask inside the helmet that actively deflects your breath. The breath is sent downwards to reduce misting. Plus, it’s got an anti-fog coating on the inside of the 4mm thick visor so fogging is mostly not a problem, except in more extreme weather or slow riding in town.


The visor gives a nice wide view and has an excellent quick-release mechanism- once you get the hang of it, it’ll literally take you 2 minutes to take off and refit it. It’s one of the best. With such a thick visor, it has been mentioned that riding at night can lead to double vision (reflections off both sides of the visor?). It’s pretty rarely reported though so, unless do lots of night riding, probably not an issue.

Best places to buy a Shark Race R Pro?

Please click below to visit the Shark Race R Pro helmets pages at our recommended stores. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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In Racing Divis White, Green & Red livery showing top vents
In Racing Divis White, Green & Red livery showing top vents


Ventilation is a strong point for the Shark Race R. It has four front vents (chin, forehead, two on top of the head) and reportedly pulls in lots of air. If you’re a fiddler and are continually adjusting the air flow as you ride, you might have a problem as they all push/pull/close in different directions, even though their switches are easy to use with gloves. I know I have a problem remembering which way just a couple of vents go without pulling over and taking my helmet off. Still, if you can get your head around them, the ventilation’s great and there when you need it.

Helmet Safety

Another big tick in the box for the Race-R is that it’s SHARP 5 star rated – the maximum available. Shark came 3rd overall in our safety shootout of 37 brands and this goes to show they’re not letting up. It’ll be as safe as you could hope to get. The shell itself comes in two shell sizes, possibly not the best if you’re at the extreme ends of the scale – either XXS or XXL as your helmet might look too big or too small when you’re wearing it. There’s not much data around to tell if it’ll compromise safety, but there is an argument that there’s an optimal size of helmet shell/padding, and reducing the amount of padding in the larger sizes may reduce shock absorption in an impact. However, that may be one reason why the Race R doesn’t cater for extreme sizes – the Pro Carbon is only available in sizes XL to XS. More than one owner has commented that their helmet seems a bit oddly sized – with the medium size seeming a bit on the big side. Might be worth a try before you buy.


Shark Race R Pro Carbon in blank red colours
Shark Race R Pro Carbon in blank red colours

Having said that, most people find the helmet really comfortable. There’s the usual caveat that you need to make sure you’ve got a correctly fitting helmet in the first place, but if you do, it’s a nice place to put your head. Quite a few people have found the cheek pads are a little tight when they first buy it, but almost all said they quickly ‘gave’ to make a very nicely fitting helmet that’s all-day comfortable.

Looks and Graphics

They’re entirely subjective of course, but most people comment on how cool the helmet looks. It’s got nice clean lines and the carbon fibre effect is nice and understated, peaking out at the bottom of the paint. At the time of writing, there are 10 different paint schemes including white, gloss and matt black and variety of colour combinations based on the designs shown.

Shark Race R pro carbon rear view
Always worth a quick look at the rear! Showing exhaust vents and spoiler.

Other stuff – fastener, ACU Gold, Glasses, SharkTooth

Other stuff worth mentioning. It’s got a double-d ring strap with magnetic ends so should be good for track day use – just check before you buy that it’s got the ACU gold sticker on it – it’ll probably be authorised but it’s up to the distributor to actually put the sticker on. It’s also got Shark’s ‘Easy Fit’ interior that means it’s been designed for people who wear glasses – and most owners reckon it works really well.

Like most Shark helmets, it’s SharkTooth ready – meaning it’s got recesses behind the cheekpads to fit the speakers. They should be good if you’ve got another 3rd party communicator set – but worth checking before you buy.

And if you’ve experience of the Shark Race-R Pro Carbon, let us know what you reckon by adding a comment below or fill out the form and we’ll publish it – the site’s based mostly on feedback from users and owners like you so we’d genuinely love to know what you think.

Best places to buy a Shark Race R Pro?

Please click below to visit the Shark Race R Pro helmets pages at our recommended stores. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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shark-race-r-pro-carbon-fibre-full-face-helmet-reviewAll in all - a well thought out helmet and safe helmet. And while it's designed for sports bike riders, it's fine for road use too. It's not the cheapest, in fact, bar specials and limited edition helmets, it's one of the most expensive helmets around. But it does perform very well in most respects, has all the features you'll need, so is one of our best buys.


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