Introducing… Shark Spartan GT and GT Carbon
Introducing... Shark Spartan GT and GT Carbon
Shark are stepping up the pressure in the GT helmet class for 2020 with the arrival of the Spartan GT and Spartan GT Carbon.
Both are upgraded versions of Shark’s Spartan sports-touring helmet, with heavy revisions to the visor, ventilation system and interior lining.
The most prominent change is the new VZ300 visor, which is a significant improvement over the VZ160 used on the original Spartan and Spartan Carbon helmets, which both continue in Shark’s range alongside the Spartan GT.
Rotating switches derived from Shark’s Race-R Pro helmet transfer give a more secure mounting method and the lifting tab is now in the middle of the visor with a lug to hold it in the closed position. Lifting is a matter of pushing the release tab in with a finger and raising it in one motion.
Like the Spartan’s VZ160, it’s an optical Class 1 visor with a Pinlock MaxVision insert to keep it mist-free without hindering field of vision.
The internal sun visor remains from the Spartan, with a sliding switch that remains in the same location on top of the shell, but the switch itself has been revised to make it easier to operate.
New venting involves a twin-intake at the chin to help keep the rider’s face cool, a sliding top vent and an exhaust vent that can be closed to stop warm air escaping if the outside temperature is chilly.
Changes to the interior make it feel more cosseting than the base Spartan model, with 3D sculpted cheekpads for a close fit.
They also feature a new emergency release system to make it easier for a paramedic to remove the lid after an accident.
Its cheekpads are connected at the front, with a bridging section concealed behind the chin curtain. Pulling that section releases the pads from the lid, making it far easier for a paramedic to remove the lid with minimal disruption.
Essential details like the fibreglass shell (it’s a carbon-fibre skin over composite-fibre on the GT Carbon), D-ring fastening strap and stowage for Sharktooth intercom systems remain in place.
The GT Carbon will be available in eight designs in sizes XS-XXL, with one shell size covering XS-M and another covering L-XXL.
Eight multi-coloured options and four plains (gloss black, matt black, white and grey) adorn the GT, in the same size options as the GT Carbon.