Shark Streetfighter helmet: another face mask

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Update: now called the “Raw,” this helmet will be sold in the States. No price yet, but check RevZilla for all Shark’s helmets.

Like the Bell Rogue, this new Shark Streetfighter affixes a plastic face cover to an otherwise open face helmet. But, where the Rogue is styled to appeal to a cruiser audience, the Streetfighter should appeal more to the city/cafe/sports scene and includes integrated goggles.

Like the cover on the Rogue, the Streetfighter’s face mask is more about weather and wind protection than it is actual safety. It appears to be affixed to the integrated goggles, providing little to no impact protection as it’s not a part of the shell.

We dig the contrasting elastic goggle straps.

Shark describes the Streetfighter as “…an urban biking helmet that combines protection and style.” The shell is made from thermoplastic and the goggles are given an anti-fog, anti-scratch coating. The chin strap is a ratchet/buckle affair and there’s vents integrated into the top and rear of the shell. Both the goggles and face mask can be removed if you prefer to run an alternative eye protection arrangement.

A study Dietmar Otte conducted into motorcycle safety found that 40 percent of all impacts to helmets occur in the face area.

While the inclusion of a mask may seem odd to you, an experienced rider that makes intelligent choices about safety gear, its appearance on new helmets from two major brands indicates that it could work as sort of a halfway house for inexperienced riders not yet indoctrinated into the full-face continuum. Many new-ish riders feel uncomfortably hemmed in by a chin bar or are simply uncomfortable with the way they look. Helmets like these address those concerns while moving those riders towards a full-face design. Someone may wear one of these now, become comfortable with the idea of having their face covered, then drop dime on a fancy full-face in the near future.

The Streetfigther will retail for around $300 when it goes on sale in Europe. American availability is uncertain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bandido.ez Bandido Andrew

    Do not want.

    • George Roberts

      Do want, but not for riding. Would make a great prop for next year’s Halloween costume…

      • Khali

        I would look rad snowboarding with that on :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1302855933 Dave Hargreaves

    $300 for a sub-standard (safety) helmet with a Nose-Cutter? Damn.

    • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

      Spot on with the nose-cutter observation.

  • Khali

    Hey, so why not make a helmet that looks like this but actually protects your face? It cant be so difficult.

    • Porter

      Great idea. We’ll call it the “full-face helmet.” We’ll be millionaires.

    • kinscore

      The Nolan N43 Trilogy is vaguely as such (3/4 helmet with visor and removable black chin bar).

    • Khali

      I will rewrite my statement: So why not make THIS helmet to actually protect your face? It cant be so difficult.

      We would have a helmet that protects your face, and looks really different. Because I am not going to wear an open face helmet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Sweeney/501437288 Scott Sweeney

    If you view this helmet as a step down from a full face, then of course I can see the reason for all the disdain.

    However, it is a mild step up from the 3/4, open face, and even 30 year old VINTAGE helmets a lot of scooter and new motorcycle fashionistas are wearing lately.

  • thegreyman

    A step from a complete open face helmet.. Looks great, but again anytime you go without a full face- you are literally risking your face. I break the rule once in a while on when it get’s very hot, but only on the street’s never the why- not that’s any safer. As for this helmet- would be a good deal at around $150-$200.

  • Dennis Bratland

    The muzzle is still Bane, but the ear circles and goggles are very Optimus Prime.

    • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.Awesome Clint Keener

      Reminds me of Jason Stathams mask in Death Race

  • Monsieur Lu

    This helmet is already available in Europe and has been tested by a French web magazine : http://www.lequipement.fr/produit/casque/shark/raw/essai

  • Gonfern

    kinda cool in this Megaman, cartoony sort of way. Beats a skull cap i guess but i stick to a full face thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/KeyserBroze JB

    Can that mask integrate somehow with a medical mask or filter? A lot of people in metropolitan areas in Europe wear masks while riding through cities so they aren’t sucking up all the smog. It’s cheap and effective, but makes the riding look like he’s riding through a very uncool, post apocalyptic world. If this is just an open faced helmet with a dressed up air filter, then shark is onto some untapped portion of the market.

    It’s still ridiculous, and I bet half the people that get one will leave the mask half attached so they can ride around looking like fighter pilots.

  • http://twitter.com/Mr_Paynter Bryan Paynter

    I am and had been already considering one, though they’re called a Shark RAW on the website, I need a cheaper helmet (I ride with more expensive Shark helmets and swear by them) to lock to my bike when I go for a wave and this is kinda cool for my ratty little SR 250/beach bike aaaaaand it’s uncommon and therefore less stealable than a motorcross style helmet or road helmet, which around here will more than likely be pulled off my bike within 15 minutes flat.

  • http://twitter.com/TheVeeTwin Damo Von Maciel

    Here is a solution. If you want full face protection but still NEED to wear goggle. Buy a nice plain MX style helmet with a removable visor and then just run goggles. That way you still have loads of face protection, but you have all that tasty air flow that an MX helmet offers you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilya.khait.1 Ilya Khait

    Looks like a perfect helmet for Russian gangsters to me. Especially the one with “БРАТВА” wording on the side

  • Speedo007

    I like these fighter jet type helmets. And they certainly protect more then typical open face helmets people wear on harleys. At least this should stay on your head and protect the sides too. I’d like to see a full face with this kind of look.

  • nick2ny

    When is someone going to design a “beard” helmet that protects everything but the top of the head?

  • thumper702

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…a Tie Fighter pilot got jacked for his helmet!!!

  • yipY

    Almost zero protection from a 30mph face plant as the shield is not secure and it does wonders for the real image of riders to portray an image of a prepper on a armed robbery sortie to commuting mommas in cars.I listen to Daft Punk:I don’t live Daft Punk thanks.I’m not Tron either.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mugget mugget man

      “Almost zero” is better than “absolute zero” protection from a 30mph face plant wearing an open face helmet.

      • yipY

        Its got an eyebrow chunker and a nose chopper attachment all ready to bite your face.I’ll take my chances with a quality open face.

  • Rick

    I bought one already from Italy. It is extremely comfortable. I am used to a full face helmet, and this one gave so much more visibility around the front. It feels so much more natural then a full face helmet. Unless i’m on the track, i’m not going back to my full face.

    • Rick

      Plus – they don’t show the padding well behind the mask. It’s not a nose cutter at all.

  • Diogo

    If you’re all going to worrie about having a crash and what helmet to buy, and how we fall, and what speed is going to happen, then just don’t buy a motorcycle, stay home and don’t leave the house, but be carefull if you’re house has stairs, you can fall on your face all the way down, so what I want to say is, live to ride and ride to live, it may be cheesy but,is something many of you don’t know what it means. I can die walking on the side walk, not riding a bike, if you’re going to talk about statistics, so you will talk about it all the time instead of going for it.