Shark EVO GT Review and Road Test + Video

Shark EVO GT Review and Road Test + Video

Following fresh on the heels of the Shark EVO ES, we’ve now got the next Shark modular helmet, the Shark EVO GT. Built to offer improved performance without losing out on its famous 180 degree capability. So, stay tuned as we review the helmet and take it out on our data driven road test where we bring you the facts.

Shark EVO GT Review and Road Test + Video

Today we’ve got our hands on the Shark EVO GT Modular Helmet, the latest new addition in the EVO line.  

The Evo GT is coming as a completely reworked successor to the Evo One 2 while the Shark EVO ES remains a budget option, and in design alone, Shark have made this patently clear. No more will rider’s have to struggle with a sticky flip up mechanism or scratched Pinlock inserts, since the rotating chin bar has been redesigned, and you will no longer have to search for a set of small switches at the top thanks to new, glove friendly vents that will also flow more air. Shark have made more changes than this, but we’ll go into them soon.

 

 

 

So, in a nutshell, the EVO GT really does cement this helmet’s place among premium 180 degree flip up helmets thanks to a lot of hard work from Shark. So, with a recommended retail price of about 430 Euros, or 500 USD, it will be competing with the Roof BoXXer Carbon, Airoh Rev19, AGV Sportmodular, Shoei Neotec 2, Schuberth C4 Pro, X-Lite X-1005 Ultra Carbon and the HJC RPHA 90S Carbon.

 

Material

As usual for the Evo series, the Shark EVOGT is made from an injected thermoplastic shell with multi-density EPS for impact protection. Also unchanged is the fact that the helmet only comes in 2 outer shell sizes, with the first spanning XS to M and the second L to XL. Shell sizes are an important factor to consider when looking at a helmet since they affect how proportional the fit is as well as weight, safety, and comfort.

 

Nonetheless, the Shark helmet is ECE 22.05 certified. For weight, the EVO GT is coming in at about 1680 grams, or 3 lbs 11 oz, in a size M, which is an improvement over the previous Evo One 2 and a little heavier than the Shark EvoES, so not bad so far.

 

Ventilation

For ventilation, Shark have made massive changes to improve performance and aerodynamics. In the chin, you’re getting the same classic venturi vent that will suck air into the helmet and there is a slider just inside the chin bar that will let you direct the airflow.

 

A nice change up top is that Shark have completely redesigned the vents to make them much more glove friendly. While on the previous EVO One 2 and the EVO ES you had very small switches that were easy to miss, the new adjustable vents use large textured sliders that will make things much easier, and they’ll bring in plenty of air. All this hot air will then escape out the rear spoiler of the helmet. While considering the vents, Shark have also refocused the helmet for performance, leaving out some of the chrome of past Evo helmets.

 

Visor

The visor of the Shark EVO GT Helmet is also going to be bringing a lot of the well known features of the EVO series alongside some major improvements. As usual, it offers a good field of view and the mechanism pulls the visor into the helmet for a strong seal. The VZ 250 visor is Pinlock prepared with the insert in the box Pinlock 120 insert in the box and it is Optical Class 1 to prevent visual distortion.

A new change we’re seeing for this helmet is that Shark have also started rolling out colored visors with the VZ250 being offered in dark and medium smoke and there is a chrome visor as well, which is exciting to see.

 

The Shark EVO G T does also include an internal sun visor that is operated by a slider in the top of the helmet, which makes it an ambidextrous mechanism. To raise the chin bar, you get the same clever Auto Up / Auto Down system as the other Evo helmets and the completely redesigned mechanism seems to finally offer that higher clearance that would prevent the helmet from scratching the Pinlock insert.

 

This is clear as you open up the chin bar with the single central button in the chin and how the visor automatically lifts to allow the chin bar to clear the helmet. Once up, you get a much more aerodynamic profile than standard flip up helmets since the chin bar is effectively out of the way. Shark have also improved the mechanism to make it easier to flip closed as well.

 

To remove the visor though, you’re still going to need to keep a small narrow object on you, which in this case is a screwdriver. With your screwdriver ready, you first lift the visor into the open position, cover the screwdriver with a cloth to prevent any scratching, and push in on the small triangular notch on the bottom of the visor. Once free of the catch, you simply pull the visor forward. Then, you just do the same on the other side. To put it back in again, you just line it up and move it back in until the triangle notch goes into the helmet.

 

Liner

Besides the new visor mechanism, Shark have also upgraded the interior since you’re now getting a microtech fabric liner. is the benefit of this liner is that it will be more comfortable than the previous version of the EVO One 2 while also offering improved moisture wicking, noise isolation, and ventilation properties. It is also removable, washable, fits eyeglasses with Shark’s EasyFit, and is antimicrobial which keeps up its premium quality and features, not to mention it is made from recycled polyester for environmental friendliness.

 

What really stands out though is that Shark are now also allowing you to get a more customized fit out of the box since the helmet comes with a custom fit. So, out of the box, you already get 2 different thickness sizes of the cheek pads to get an optimum fit, and a total sum of 4 thicknesses are available from Shark. It’s really great to see Shark also start offering this feature since fit is so crucial.  

To remove the liner, you’ll first have to remove the cheek pads, which are held in with Velcro, buttons, and inserts. The material is comfortable and will feel good against the skin. While removing the other cheek pad, you can also see the helmet’s micrometric buckle system. With the cheek pads out, you can then start on the crown, which is connected to the neck roll.

First, you can remove the front with the set of forehead inserts and then remove it and the neck roll all in one. The comfort liner is well finished as usual and does come with a decent number of cutouts for airflow.

Inside the helmet it is prepared for the Sharktooth Prime Intercom system with speaker pockets and that the EPS grooves are numerous to allow for better internal ventilation.

 

Now, we come to the moment we’ve all been waiting for, let’s see how the helmet did out on our road test. We’ll first run you through our setup, then our data, and lastly, we’ll see how many stars the EVO GT earns.

 

Road Test Setup

Before we get started with the helmet’s data, just a quick reminder for how we set up our road test. We measured the helmet’s internal temperature in degrees Celsius from a thermometer inside the helmet in the EPS. For noise, we have a decibel meter showing the helmet’s noise level from a microphone placed near our rider’s ear. Lastly, we used a bike mounted anemometer to measure the day’s airspeed on the helmet.

 

Shark EvoGT Road Test

When we took the EVO GT out, it was a great autumn day, perfect for a road test. The day’s airspeed was at about 120-130 km/h though during our test it did pick up dramatically to about 140 km/h, so given that 120-130 best represents our test riding conditions, we used these results to give the helmet a fair chance. The exterior temperature was about 14 degrees Celsius and later dropped to 13.

 

The Shark EVO GT was then able to demonstrate an incredible improvement for its interior temperature with a result of 13 degrees followed by 12 when the temperature dropped, either way this is one degree cooler than the outside, which means the EVO GT offers more airflow than both the EVO ES and EVO One 2. This even puts the helmet’s ventilation on par with the Schuberth C 4 Pro and AGV Sport Modular, which have shown some of the best performance on the road to date.

 

For noise we were also impressed since the EVO GT showed a noise level of about 100-101 dB, which makes this one of the quietest Shark helmets we’ve tested not to mention a quiet modular in general. It also puts more pressure on other modulars like the AGV Sportmodular with 100 dB and the Shoei Neotec II, with 101 dB.

 

While out on the road our rider was very impressed with the Shark EVO GT since it blew past all of our expectations and showed consistent improvement across the board. Not only did he find it quieter and better ventilated but also more comfortable than the EVO ES and the EVO One 2. Overall, we were all very pleased with the Evo GT since it simply shows miles of improvement without significant change in price, which a strong indicator of legitimate improvement.

 

Shark EvoGT Champion Helmets Ranking

Lastly, we now come to our Champion Helmets ranking where we’ll actually see how many stars the helmet earns.

For material, since the helmet is made of polycarbonate and comes in 2 outer shell sizes it earns 2 stars. For weight, the EVO GT comes in at 3 stars due to the result of 1680 grams. Since the visor mechanism is much improved and comes with the Pinlock insert, the Evo GT earns 4 stars. And for noise, with its strong improvement with 101 dB it earns 3.5 stars. For ventilation, since the EVO GT was 1 degree cooler than the outside, it earns an excellent 5 stars, passing the EVO ES and the Evo One 2 by a mile.

 

Lastly, for comfort, the new microtech features and multiple fits showed remarkable progress from Shark also earning the helmet 4 stars. Overall, this brings the EVO GT to a total of 3.5 stars at 20 Euros per star, which is a more than respectable score since we’re seeing improvement across the board and a better score than both the EVO ES and the Evo One 2.

 

Looking at the value for money of this helmet, it clearly overperforms given its price point, since it even beats the HJC RPHA 90 S Carbon, which generally stands as one of the best value for money helmets available.

 

If you’d like to learn more about the Shark EVO GT, then make sure to check out ChampionHelmets.com where we have our lowest price guarantee and plenty of bundle deals including discounted communication systems and additional visors.

 

Summary

The Shark EVO GT is coming with some substantial changes to it that are definitely appreciated and clearly reflected in its stellar performance. Not only will it justify its place as sitting above both the EVO ES and the older Evo One 2, but it is bringing some new features from Shark as well that make it much more user friendly.

 

If you want to learn more about the Shark EvoGT, then make sure to check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel where we have our Shark EvoGT Video Review and Road Test alongside our latest data driven helmet road tests.

 

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