Shark’s budget thermoplastic full face lid with sun visor
The S700S is a budget helmet that’s a step up from Shark’s entry-level S600 model. It’s a thermoplastic shelled full face helmet with integral drop down sun visor, micrometric fastener, quick-release clear visor and has an upgraded internal comfort liner.
When you can grab one for around £100, there’s no doubt the Shark S700S is a budget full face helmet – then again, most thermoplastic shelled crash helmets tend to be at the lower end of the price range. However, that’s not to say it isn’t well worth looking at. It’s SHARP four star rated for safety, has an integral UV sun visor, uprated comfort liner and owners reckon that, especially at this price, the finishing is great.
So if you’re after a helmet that’s safe, has some decent features and don’t want to spend too much, then the Shark S700S is well worth checking out.
- SHARP 4 Star Rated (*Shark S700)
- Thermoplastic shell
- Integral sun visor
- Micrometric fastener
- 1.55 Kg (slightly heavier than the average full face)
- Size XS (53/4) – XL (61/2)
- Expect to pay £100-160
- Note: S700S is now replaced by the Shark Ridill – but good deals are still to be found. Check our retailer links below…
Now, it’s worth noting that this specific model, the S700S, hasn’t been tested by SHARP, but its predecessor the S700 was. That scored 4/5 stars (which is obviously pretty good) as did the S900 on which this latest helmet is based. So it’s probably safe to assume the 700S will score the same – particularly when every other Shark helmet (bar one) has scored either three or four stars out of five!
Obviously, it’s passed the ECE 2205 test which all helmets that are sold in the EU have to pass – so we’d be pretty confident in saying if you’re after a safe helmet, then the Shark should do the job.
Other factors that all contribute to safety are that the S700S has a drop down sun visor (especially useful when the sun’s low in the sky in the autumn/winter months) and a micrometric fastener (easy to use and if they’re adjusted correctly in the first place, will keep the helmet securely fastened).
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Most owners rate the S700S slightly below average for noise suppression. It’s not massively noisy (like some out-and-out sports/racing helmets are) but it’s not quiet either – with one owner commenting that it would’ve helped if Shark had included a chin curtain as standard to help reduce noise coming in under the helmet.
If helmet noise is a particular issue for you, check out our quietest crash helmets section.
The Shark S700S has a single chin vent and two forehead (top) vents. All can be opened/closed by either a slider or toggle switch though all are a bit fiddly to operate so will take a bit of getting used to.
The chin vent is there to direct air onto the back of the visor, while the top vents allow air to enter the helmet and through the channels in the shock absorbing liner inside the helmet to allow the air to circulate around and cool the head. Air then exits the helmet shell via the two rear exhaust vents.
Overall, owners say that ventilation is OK though if you’re going to be riding all year round, you’ll still need to use the Pinlock insert to keep the visor fog-free (see below).
The S700S has a 2.2mm clear anti-scratch visor and an anti-scratch sun visor.
The sun visor is operated by a lever on the left of the helmet and, while it can be dropped to various degrees with a bit of care, it’s spring loaded to quickly drop the visor fully down and back up again. The sun visor’s also UV380 (filters out 95% of UVA and UVB which is the current CE Standard). A few owners mentioned that the sun visor can clip your nose when you first use it, though it hasn’t stopped them using the sun visor or saying, overall, it’s great!
The main visor works on a ratchet so it can be opened to various degrees between fully open and closed positions. It also has an opening tab to the left hand side of the visor which is, arguably, the best place for it to make it nice and easy to find/open the visor.
The visor’s also Pinlock-ready and in some countries (including the UK), it will come with a Pinlock in the box, but it’s worth checking with your retailer before you buy. Read here for more information about why Pinlocks can be useful if you live in cold and rainy places.
All good so far. The main visor is also quick-release, which is essential these days so you don’t have to fiddle about with tools to change or clean your visor. The quick release mechanism on the Shark S700S is a bit trickier than some but once you get the hang of it, most owners reckon it’s very quick. To remove the visor, you press in a button at the visor pivot point then push the visor forwards and pull the visor away from the helmet. To replace, you just press the visor backwards onto the pivot and it clicks into place.
Shark have updated the liner of the helmet with the specific objective of making S700S more comfortable – and owners seem to agree that it’s worked. The lining is removable and washable (delicates cycle) and, as long as you get the fitment right in the first place, you should find it a comfy helmet.
As usual, if you want see which helmets owners rate as the most comfortable, you can click the link to the most comfortable crash helmets using the tag cloud.
Looks & Graphics
The Shark S700S is a pretty stylish helmet that owners say is well built and, for the price, surprisingly well finished. At the time of writing it’s available in seven different paint schemes as well as a few race rep versions – including three Foggy, a Guintoli and a Redding versions. We’ve included examples of the Oxyd, Squad, Tika, Sprint, Trax, Lab, Finks and Prime (plain) designs around the page, though many of these are available in two or three different colour schemes.
Quick look round the S700S – gives you a taster of what it’s about.
Other stuff – fastener, glasses, ACU gold star
Like other Sharks, the S700S has Shark’s glasses-groove in the lining, specifically there to allow the stems of glasses to sit in and not dig into the side of your head. Great touch. As mentioned previously, it comes with a micrometric fastener which is a very easy to use fastener that uses a ratchet mechanism to lock the fastener in place and a simple tag that you pull down on to release it. Quick and easy.
Finally, in the UK the helmet seems to come with an ACU gold star sticker on it, signifying it can be used on the track (despite ACU usually stipulating a helmet for track use usually needs a double-d ring fastener). I’ll try and contact them for clarification and post on the webiste if/when i get it). Either way, if the sticker’s on the lid, then you’ll be fine to ride.
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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.
You can check out other reasonably priced helmets (generally under about £150) on our Budget Crash Helmets page. However some worth checking out include the Caberg Vox – a SHARP 5 star polcycarbonate helmet also with a sun visor that’s a bit cheaper than the S700S. There’s also the AGV K3 SV which as a sun visor too and is also SHARP 4 star rated for safety. It’s slightly lighter than the Shark but slightly more expensive too.
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