This is the latest Sylvain Guintoli replica race helmet that has been released in the premium Shark Race-R Pro range. This is a simple but really striking design – it’s the same helmet and design scheme that Guintoli has been racing with for the 2015 and 2016 World Superbike seasons.
The design features a white base, with a metallic blue pattern on either side on the helmet. Guintoli’s sponsor, Chips Pata, has their logo featured on the chin and on the top of this helmet which adds to the authenticity of this race replica. Sylvain Guintoli’s personal logo is also on the helmet and can be seen at the top and rear. A beautiful looking replica for those riders that want badass looking race graphics on a performance helmet whilst avoiding some of the more obvious attention-seeking and kinetic designs that many other race replicas on the market have. This is a classy looking lid.
Official Description & Features:
Shark’s mantra is simple, “Just race! We care about the rest.”
The Shark Race R Pro, new high end model made of carbon/aramid fibres, has been developed primarily for Sharks top level racers in MotoGP, WSBK & Moto2. They therefore had to ensure the essential elements reflected the importance of global functionality and ergonomics; lightness, stability, comfort, precision and aerodynamics are a priority.
The Race Pro-R is Shark’s high-end composite fiber helmet. Totally designed through a reverse engineering process, the Race-R Pro has been developed from technical data as close as possible from human head specifications. Shark has taken into account your constraints before considering its own. From the very first track tests, riders have acknowledged its stability, even above 300 km/h, its comfort and the precision of the wide angle vision field as well as its optical distortion-free shield.
“The Race R PRO concentrates all what I am looking for in a helmet when riding my bike. In fact, it contributes to my riding performance.” Randy de Puniet, June 22nd, 2012.
- Motorcycle helmet made of carbon fibre/Aramid to reduce neck muscle fatigue
- Optimised aerodynamics with its profiled shell and double blade spoiler
- New multi-density shell design
- Natural bamboo fibre interior
- Sealed neck pad (air and noise)
- Optic class 1 (reduces eye fatigue on long rides) anti-scratch and anti-fog visor
- New notched visor system for easier adjustment
- Tool-free quick-release visor system
- 4-point visor safety lock
- Chin guard vent with integrated anti-pollution filter
- Optimum comfort for those who wear glasses
- Removable washable interior
- Compatible with Sharktooth communication system
- Double D-ring closure with magnetic chinstrap end
- Weight: 1250 g (+/- 50 g
Thanks to wind tunnel testing, Shark has minimized unpleasant cyclonic airflows on the Race R Pro by adding a double blade spoiler. Result = Stability. The Race R Pro ventilation system is a synthesis of the most efficient ventilation:
- 4 air scoops: chin (with integrated anti-pollution air filter) + front + 2 top vents
- 7 extractors
- 3 possible positions: closed, intermediate, fully open
- Optimization of venturi effect thanks to Formula1 wind tunnel testing
You can check out the full specs of the SHARK Race-R Pro in the feature video below:
Our review / buyers guide for the Shark Race-R Pro helmet:
Overview: There was a time when we probably would have said that this is the most attractive helmet that Shark has ever made, but that honor now probably goes to the Shark Race-R Pro Carbon range – but only because we are a sucker for the carbon fibre weave effect (for example, check out the Scott Redding replica in the Shark Race-R Pro Carbon range). That said there isn’t any real difference in the basics and the shape of the two models – the SHARK Race-R Pro is a thing of beauty.
But looks aren’t everything…..or so we are told, so you should be comforted to know that the SHARK Race-R Pro has a 5 Star SHARP safety rating, which means this helmet provides performance, stye, and safety. That’s a pretty good start. And whilst this helmet isn’t cheap (pricing discounts can be found if you dig around online though, some choice links at the bottom of this page for where you can find it for decent pricing) it is definitely cheaper than other ‘premium’ brands and you get value for money as it is packed with features. To be honest you shouldn’t need to pay over £400 / $535 for this helmet, as long as you know the best places to get it from.
The shell is carbon and kevlar, giving the helmet a lightweight feel without compromising on strength and robustness – weighing in at just 1,250g this is one of the lightest helmet models in all comparable premium ranges from all manufacturers. You can get the shell in 2 sizes with various padding options from extra-small all the way to extra-large. There is a magnetic double D chinstrap, that works very effectively and is easy to use, at the base of the shell. The Race R Pro was developed by SHARK specifically for its MotoGP and World Superbike riders and it shows – the shape is aggressive and from any angle the helmet looks like it is ready to slice through air, with twin-blade rear spoilers built into the shell.
One thing that you immediately notice about the SHARK Race-R Pro visor is the thickness, it feels like you could take it into a riot, this is one of the thickest visors that we have ever seen on a helmet in this price range. I very much doubt that there is a stone lying in wait on some road someplace that could smash its way through this visor. The visor is 4.25mm at the center and it tapers off to 3mm at the sides, and as you would expect from a premium helmet it can be removed easily and a replacement snapped back on with no trouble.
Padding / Lining:
The inner lining is fully washable as you’d expect, and it is simple to remove the cheek pads. The SHARK Race-R Pro comes with an additional nose mask for those winter months or cold days which is a nice touch, and the skirt around the neck is also adjustable so you can really insulate your entire head against the cold. The interior lining in the helmet has been created so that it can house SHARK’s own bluetooth communication device (the ‘Sharktooth‘ (UK / US) that allows you to hook it up to your phone and communicate with a passenger or other riders. One other thing worth noting here is that the EPS lining contains deep grooves built in to it which have been created to serve a dual function – to help move air around more effectively and also act as a more robust shock absorber in the event of an accident.
We have touched on ventilation a bit already, but basically this entire helmet has been designed to maximise the ventilation available with front vents subtly built into the shell of the helmet. There are 4 air scoops which are situated on the chin, on the front, and two placed on the top of the helmet, with seven extration vents to suppport the air intake.
A really stunning helmet for the price. You can see the work and research that has gone in to producing this model and it is rare to see a helmet with the features present in the SHARK Race-R Pro at this price point. The only complaint that I’d have is that the interior of the helmet felt pretty tight and it was a bit of a struggle to get on and off at first, this may make some riders feel more secure, but it took us a couple of days worth of riding to fully get used to the feeling – that said, this is an incredible helmet which offers enough features to keep the most demanding rider happy on the road or on the track.
Image gallery of the Sylvain Guintoli Shark Race-R Pro Replica Helmet:
Anyway, dont just take our word for it, check out Revzilla’s in-depth review of the Shark Race-R Pro helmet in the video review below:
As mentioned, you can get the SHARK Race-R Pro at very reasonable pricing, and you can check out the trusted and tested links below for where to get it online at the best prices.
|Get it from SportsBikeShop.co.uk at around £399, great for UK and EU bikers. They ship globally also. Recommended.|
|Get it from FC-Moto.com who have stock at £389 / $534 / EUR 471. They ship globally also. Recommended.|
|Get it from Demon Tweeks who currently have stock at £399.|
|You can also usually find stock from various sellers and prices from Amazon|
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