There’s some funky helmet designs out there from superheroes to Star Wars characters, so in the scheme of things the Shark D-Skwal with the Saurus graphics isn’t too outrageous. It’s a perfect mix of cool looks and a hint of restraint – I love it!
The Shark D-Skwal is the most fun-looking motorcycle helmet I’ve had in years, but it dinosaurs or the apocalypse don’t really do it for you, the Shark D-Skwal helmet does come in various colors and graphics.
Under the graphics, the Shark D-Skwal helmet is a mid-range product, offering a good amount of features. The Pinlock visor is large, giving a good wide aperture, and guaranteeing the visor won’t fog up; it attaches to the helmet with a push/pull quick-release mechanism, which helps with cleaning everything properly.
There’s also a drop-down sun visor operated via a switch in the left visor fastening point. It’s simple to use and very effective. For commuting, I always go for a helmet with a sun visor like this, just to make life easier for myself. If it’s a track or off-road helmet, it’s a different story, but when I’m rushing about getting to office or back home, I don’t want to be messing about with dark visors (which in Thailand can be a problem at police stops).
The vents are in the chin bar and top of the head. They’re easy to operate (the top vent even has the word ‘open’ on one side of it, although you can tell if the vents are open when you wear he helmet, and let a good amount of fresh air in. The chin curtain is made from light mesh and doesn’t get in the way, but if you prefer to rid without one, it’s removable.
At 1450 grams this is a pretty standard injected thermoplastic helmet. It doesn’t feel especially heavy, but equally it can’t compete in weight with some of the more expensive carbon fiber helmets.
The chin strap buckle is a micro-ratchet one, rather than a double-D, and I sometimes find that there press into my Adam’s apple, but this one is well placed away from my neck so that I have no discomfort.
I was surprised how good the aerodynamics were: even when riding a motorcycle with a screen that causes a fair amount of buffeting, the helmet didn’t feel vibey, although it’s a little noisier than the top-of-the-range helmets.