Scorpion Exo Motorcycle Helmets – Choices and Quality
Scorpion motorcycle helmets are very special. Scorpion is an American brand, designed in the USA, and the helmets are quality for a reasonable, often low, price.
As a model group, the Scorpion Exo helmets have a good and solid feel to them, and although they weigh more than the average upmarket helmet, they feel much lighter. And that is because of good engineering, making the helmet's center lower than normal.
Another thing that sets Scorpion apart from its competitors is noise, or in this case the absence of noise. Scorpion helmets are some of the quietest helmets out there.
Models like the entry-level full-face Scorpion Exo 400 are made out of an Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Engineered Shell, resistant towards impact but still light enough to wear comfortably. Although it weights 3 lbs 15 oz, which is considered heavy, it's still light enough for long rides. Even though this is an entry-level helmet, it's very good with sufficient color and graphics to give you ample choices. It's good enough to use as your everyday brain-bucket.
So if you are in the market for a low cost but quality helmet, you can not go wrong with the Exo 400. If you're not into a full-face helmet, try the Scorpion Exo 200, a jet (open face) style helmet.
With Scorpion, the higher the number, the higher the quality, and therefore the higher the price.
The Scorpion Exo 700 motorcycle helmet is their mid-range full-face offering. It has a removable moisture wicking liner, and if you ride in foggy or moist climates, a very good fog treated visor and it has excellent air flow. The Exo 700 shell is made out of fiberglass and Kevlar, and although these materials should make it lighter, they still weigh 3 lbs 13 oz, not a lightweight but not too heavy either.
The UK motorcycle helmet government testing report gave the Exo 700 4 stars out of 5 (source)
The Exo 700 has recently been superseded by the Exo 750, a fiberglass and Kevlar helmet. Many of the features found on the Exo 1000 helmet (described below) can now be found on this very successful model.
If not, try the Exo 500 helmet. It's newer, and weighs 3 lbs 10-5/8 oz. It has many of the features you'll find on their upmarket helmet, the Exo 1000. The Exo 500 is currently one of their best selling helmets.
The UK motorcycle helmet government testing report gave the Exo 500 4 stars out of 5 (source)
The Scorpion Exo 1000 motorcycle helmet is one of their top-of-the-line helmets. The helmet fits tightly (so watch out if using it with glasses, make sure you try it beforehand), making the helmet very safe. The more play there is with a helmet, the more dangerous they are. The helmet is equipped with an air pump, that when pressed, will inflate your cheek-pads. It might sound like a gadget, but any motorcycle racer will tell you that a proper helmet fits totally around your head, face and cheeks. If it doesn't, you may have a problem. The air pump will ensure that the helmet stays in place if you go off the bike, protecting you head.
The Exo 1000 has 4 different air flow entry points, each can be opened or closed independently. Despite being their upmarket helmet, it's heavy, 4 lbs 1/4 oz. This makes the helmet more difficult for smaller bikers, especially female riders. But fear not, Scorpion also make helmets specially for females.
The UK motorcycle helmet government testing report gave the Exo 1000 4 stars out of 5 (source)
Most of the Scorpion helmets have a EverClear no-fog coating face shield, protecting you against the build up of fog inside your helmet. The face shields / visors can be removed in seconds.
And finally, while you're at it, have a look at the cool Scorpion Exo jackets. The ExoWear jackets are durable, rain proof, and offer a lot of protection against not only the elements, but also road rash. You have an excellent choice in colors, from the more traditional dark colors to high visibility fluorescent yellow.
For your benefit, Scorpion have an iPhone app (free) that allows you to see more about their main products.
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