Shark Spartan motorcycle helmet review

Review of Shark’s full face streetbike motorcycle helmet, the Shark Spartan

The Spartan is Shark’s aggressive streetbike full face helmet that comes in both fiberglass and fiberglass/carbon versions.

The Spartan comes in two flavors – there’s a light weight carbon fiber version and a slightly heavier fiberglass version of the helmet, both aimed at your typical streetbike rider.

Having said that, the carbon version is actually a fiberglass and carbon composite – though Shark does quote a weight saving of 100g for the carbon helmet over the fiberglass.

It’s available for around $329 upwards, but what exactly do you get for your money? And, importantly, what do owners of the Shark Spartan think about their helmets, so you know if it’s worth getting one?

  • Carbon or fiberglass composite shell
  • Street-focused full face
  • SHARP 4 star safety rated (Eu version)
  • Integral sun visor
  • Pinlock Max Vision included
  • Double-d ring fastener
  • Weight:
    • 3.1 lbs (1.39 Kg) – fiberglass
    • 2.8 lbs (1.29 Kg) – carbon
  • Size XS-XXL
  • 5 year warranty
  • Expect to pay around $369 – $429

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    Split rear spoiler showing on plain carbon version

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Safety

Shark Spartan Droze motorcycle crash helmet front view
This one’s the Spartan Droze – showing both top vent and sun visor sliders on the top of the helmet

Shark is our joint second safest helmet brand at the moment and, so far, all their composite and carbon fiber crash helmets have scored either four or five stars in the SHARP crash helmet safety test.

It’s also DOT certified, although it hasn’t been tested by the guys at Snell (Shark doesn’t submit their helmets to them for testing).

Over in the UK, SHARP has tested both the fiberglass and carbon fiber versions of the Spartan. The original fibreglass version was rated at three stars, whereas the full carbon fibre version got them back on track by scoring four stars, out of a maximum five.

But from June 2017, the fibreglass version’s score was changed to four stars too as the earlier helmet used a type of shell that was replaced.

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Here’s the UK SHARP Shark spartan 8_5ms sharp test result. Note this was on a UK helmet which may vary from the US spec Spartan

Beyond the SHARP rating, there’s a heap of other features that will – hopefully – help you along the way to a safer ride.

The main shield comes with a Pinlock Max Vision anti-fog insert in the box. That should keep your vision fog free in pretty well all conditions.

And there’s also a drop down sun visor to keep the sun out of your eyes and keep you from being dazzled when the sun drops low and catches you out.

All that’s finished off with a double-d ring strap – they’re safe as houses and mean that you have to readjust the strap every trip. Again, that’s great for having a secure helmet that shouldn’t come off in an accident.

Helmet Noise

Full face helmets are broadly quieter than all other types.

But even though Shark has paid a great deal of attention to the aerodynamics of the helmet (they say they used computational fluid dynamics to make for a slippery shape), based on the range of opinions we found across the web, the Shark Spartan is only seen as about average for noise suppression by owners.

Shark Spartan Kraken motorcycle helmet side view
Shark Spartan Kraken

In addition to the careful aero design, they’ve used a plush and comfortable lining too; but that can only go so far towards making a quiet helmet, and with all those spoilers and protruding vents, it seems they create a bit of noise for some folks (but far from everyone) with one or two complaining of an annoying whistling coming from the back of their Spartans.

But because there’s a broad range of feeling about how quiet the Spartan is from owners – with opinions ranging from really noisy to very quiet – expect it to be about average if you buy one, and expect to need to wear ear plugs.

Ventilation

The Spartan’s venting system relies on a single chin vent and single crown vent to allow air into the helmet and onto the back of the shield. Up top, that air is routed through the helmet shell into channels in the polystyrene shock liner where it’s then pushed onto the head.

The chin vent is a two-position panel-switch that lets you either open or close it; whereas the top vent uses a two-position slider.

Owners report that both are easy to find and work well, even in gloves. And importantly, they almost all agree that the ventilation’s very good – despite the fact that there isn’t a rear exhaust vent to let the air out of the helmet.

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Rear view of the Spartan Rughed showing rear spoilers

Shield

There’s a few useful features when it comes to the Shark Spartan’s main shield.

First off, it’s both Pinlock ready and comes with a Pinlock Max Vision insert in the box. That’s going to keep your vision nice and fog-free in most conditions and is the best way we know to keep your shield clear.

Secondly, the Spartan has an innovative – and really fast – quick release system. Quick release shields have become really popular in recent years because they let you quickly whip off the shield to clean or change it, usually without the need for any tools. Usually, you have to open the shield, push a button or lever, and the shield pulls away.

But the Spartan takes this a step further. With the Spartan, you simply have to open the shield and tug it free from the pivot. Owners love its simplicity and say it works well – and we reckon more manufacturers are probably going to start to copy it.

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Front view of the Spartan DDR

Sun Visor

The Spartan’s also got a drop down sun visor.

It works using a large slider at the top of the helmet. These sort of sliders are probably the least convenient to use for the rider because, until you really get the hang of it, they can be a bit tricky to locate and use.

Having said that, owners of the Spartan seem to reckon that the sun visor itself is really good. Even though it can be prone to fogging (it’s not anti-fog treated) they reckon it’s nice and dark and drops down low – two things not all sun visors manage to do.

The last thing to say about the sun visor is that it works using friction – meaning you can push the slider a little bit and that’ll drop the sun visor down a little bit, where it’ll stay put. Some sun visors are either fully up or fully down affairs – often using return springs to quickly withdraw the sun visor – but it’s personal preference which works best for you.

Comfort & Sizing

The Shark Spartan is available in sizes XS-XXL and should fit people with all but the roundest heads because it’s a medium oval fitment.

Inside the Spartan you’ll find a fully removable and washable interior. Owners reckon it’s really plush and comfortable and feels high quality.

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Plain Carbon version of the Spartan

Looks & Graphics

Lots of folks buy the Shark Spartan because of its super aggressive looks.

That particularly goes for the Spartan Carbons which are available in either plain carbon or carbon with a variety of color/design options – all showing that carbon fiber weave but with other graphics overlaid.

If you decide to go for a fiberglass version of the Spartan, there’s loads of graphics to choose from with an immense array of mean and moody looking designs. We’ve grabbed as many as we can to put on this page but for the whole range – and to see their latest deals – please click through to our recommended retailers using the links below.

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Shark Spartan Video

A 3m look around the Spartan.

Other stuff – audio, weight, glasses, buffeting, chin curtain, warranty

The Shark Spartan is designed for Shark’s Sharktooth bluetooth headset. But if you’ve got a different communicator, word is there’s decent-sized cutaways for headphones and room for a mic in there too.

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Shark Spartan carbon EDWS

If you’re looking for a light weight helmet, both the fiberglass and the carbon fiber versions of the Spartan make it into our lightweight helmets category because both come in under 3.1 lbs (1.4Kg) which is our cut off point. The fiberglass version is just under 3.1lbs (1.39Kg) while the carbon/fiberglass version is 2.85 lbs (1.29Kg) so is particularly light weight.

Glasses wearers are catered for too because the Spartan has a glasses groove to stop your glasses’ stems digging into your head.

The Spartan comes with both a fog guard and innovative chin curtain as standard. The chin curtain is particularly cool because it’s retractable so you can pull it out if things get cold and push it totally away when it warms up again. Well handy that and new on the scene.

And to top off the package, the Shark Spartan comes with a very generous 5 year warranty.

Overall/Summary

The Shark Spartan is a really attractive package. Naked and streetfighter owners will love its aggressive looks – particularly the full carbon versions. But even if you’re just after a competent helmet at a decent price point, the Spartan appeals. With it’s super-quick-release shield with included Pinlock anti-mist insert, great drop down sun visor and with great ventilation and a quality build, the Spartan should be a good helmet to live with too.

In fact, there were very few bad points mentioned by the owners we came across. Owners seem to love the way their Spartan’s look and the way they’re super comfortable.

Both versions have scored excellent SHARP 4 star safety ratings in the UK (out of max 5 stars) so the indications are the US version should offer similarly great protection too. Which means there’s very little to choose between both versions – both are lightweight so the only real choice is between colorways and price.

All in all, owners reckon the Spartan is a great all-rounder that’s well worth the money.

Good Alternatives to the Shark Spartan?

If you’re looking for a decent full face helmet that won’t break the bank, then there’s some sensational helmets out there.

First up, there’s the Kabuto RT-33. That’s a SHARP 4 star composite helmet that’s both DOT and ECE certified, comes with a Pinlock in the box – and owners say they’re nice and quiet, though it is more sportsbike oriented.

Or there’s the X-Lite X-702 GT, that’s a light weight composite fiber helmet that’s available in a particularly wide range of sizes and scored maximum points when tested by SHARP. It’s also quiet, comfortable and has great ventilation.

Finally, it’s worth checking out the AGV K5S – a SHARP 4 star safety rated carbon composite helmet with sun visor and great aero and venting qualities.

Looking to buy this Shark?

We recommend Revzilla (PA) for outstanding service and free shipping. Or you can click through to the Shark helmets pages at Amazon if you prefer to buy from there. Please click any link to drop onto their Shark helmets pages or see here for more info about our recommended stores, including T&Cs.

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