Hello, everyone! I thought I’d tell you all about the Shox Sniper motorcycle helmet as it’s a low-cost, functional and highly underrated helmet for it’s value. Shox is already a personally trusted brand of mine having owned the Shox Assault in the past but I assure you I’ll give you my honest and unbiased opinion of the helmet despite my previous, positive experiences.
Lets start by talking about the shell. It’s a polycarbonate construction, which provides a strong shell yet keeps the helmet light at 1450g. The shape of the shell is very rounded and features a modest spoiler at the back which makes the helmet nicely aerodynamic even at higher speed. Because of it’s rounder shape there’s not a lot of flat surface to catch the wind while making lifesaver checks- so it’s nice and easy on the neck when checking over the shoulder. The shell has a five point ventilation system, all of them nice and low profile to preserve aerodynamics and not protrude too much from the helmets rounded profile. There’s a closeable intake on the chin-bar below the visor to help with visor fogging. Two more closeable intakes on the top of the forehead for airflow and cooling. And two open exhaust vents on the back so that the air being taken in from the front vents has somewhere to go, pushing hot air out and allowing cool air in. Also on the back of the helmet you may notice the ECER 22.05 label, meaning that the helmet has even met safety standards for legal road use in the rest of Europe, so it’s a good budget choice if you fancy going touring.
Next up is my favourite feature of the Shox helmets- the visor. It’s scratch resistant and if you don’t mind a little bit of a breeze, it’s a great helmet if you don’t want to invest in pinlock inserts. The visor fogs up like any other budget helmet would but don’t let that put you off. The visor has seven riding positions, all the way shut to all the way open. So riding with the visor open just a crack provides all the extra airflow you could need to keep your visor clear. The extra airflow doesn’t bother me personally and I welcome it in the summer. But if you do want some better fog-prevention and want to ride with the visor and all the vents fully closed for as quiet and breezeless a ride as you can get, you can slip on an Oxford Ultra Clear Shield from our range of Oxford accessories for as little as £14.99 and your fog worries will be over. And if you fancy a new Shox Sniper Visor, they’re easy to change and we’ve plenty to choose from for just £14.99.
The chin strap features a micrometric adjustment buckle for an adjustable fit and quick release when removing the helmet, a definite time saver. On the inside of the helmet it has a removable breath guard if you find you don’t need it or want that little bit of extra room in front of your nose and it also has a removable chin curtain. The liner inside isn’t anything fancy or over complicated, it’s padded and soft and provides the basics for keeping your head snug yet comfortably in place.
The Shox Sniper comes in:
– The Skar graphics in Blue, Red, Green, Yellow or White at £39.99
– Solid Colours of White, Gloss Black or Matte Black at £34.99
– Hi-Vis Yellow at £21.59
– And the Peacock graphics of Blue and Pink or Pink and Yellow at £39.99
The sizes range from XS to XXL except for the Peacock graphics that only go up to XL. From as low as £21.59 the Shox Sniper is a great value for money budget helmet and the extras are also nice and affordable, it’s perfect for entry level riders, commuters who wear their helmets regularly, as an extra for potential pillion riders and an inexpensive extra if you’re worried about taking your more expensive helmets on longer trips. There are many reasons that the Shox Sniper is worthy of your attention.
Well, that’s my opinion of the Shox Sniper Motorcycle Helmet! I hope you’ve all enjoyed the read and found this blog informative. If you have any questions relating to the helmet, do leave me a comment in the comments section or get in touch with Ghostbikes.com by visiting our Contact Us tab at the top, right hand side of this page. Thank you all for your time and have a great day!
– MattW at Ghostbikes.com