After talking to a lot of users and running various tests we have the feeling that Scorpion EXO-500 is the best helmet currently available in the market because it has a lot of features which are present without increasing the cost of the helmet too much.
Scorpion has been manufacturing helmets and different kinds of protective gear for motorcyclists for a long time now. Their primary objective has been to offer riders various high-quality products at affordable prices. They have set up their factory in China where they have full control over the processes of manufacturing shell moldings made of Kevlar, fiberglass, and polycarbonate and other materials. With the production of liners and the means of sewing, assembly, shipping and packaging also under its control, the company has the capability to manufacture helmets and gear of high quality without jacking up their prices unnecessarily.
Helmets made by Scorpion are very durable and sturdy. Maximum safety from head injuries gets assured by the company which has designed and manufactured these top quality helmets. DOT certifies all helmets made by Scorpion after conducting various tests on them. When buying a helmet, a motorcyclist should always look for this certification from the “Department of Transportation, USA”.
Who is this for?
The Scorpion EXO-500 is just right for all those motorcyclists who want to drive their motorcycles at moderate and high speeds on the roads and highways. It has all the features that a person looking for a top quality helmet can get in the market without having to fork out an exorbitant price for it. It is also suitable for people who participate in motocross races where there is always a chance of falling off your motorbike. The helmet guarantees every time that you do not receive any head injury if a crash does occur and you land on your head while falling from the motorbike.
It is available in different sizes so that it fits almost everybody buying one of these helmets. It has clean and graceful lines which make the helmet look attractive irrespective of the gender of the wearer. The helmet is also lighter than other helmets in its class which makes it much comfortable to wear at a stretch for long periods of time. Any person wearing the helmet will not feel any discomfort at high speeds as it is very well ventilated allowing the hot air inside to pass out into the external atmosphere very quickly. It produces a minimum amount of whistling sound caused by the passing air allowing the wearer to hear other sounds created by the traffic.
How we picked and tested Scorpion EXO-500
The most important thing of a helmet to be tested is its outer shell. We tested the shell by conducting an impact absorption test in which the helmet is allowed to fall freely on a fixed steel anvil. The acceleration of decline was then increased at different stages from less than 150 gn to more than 300 gn (where one gn = 9.81meters per second square).
The second phase of the testing was the resistance-to-penetration test where metal drop hammer falls on a metal point punch resting vertically on the top of the shell resting on a head form, and a device measures the depth of penetration.
Then the rigidity test was done by applying pressure on two sides of the transverse and longitudinal axes with the help of two metal plates. Starting from an initial pressure of 30N the pressure is increased to 630 N in stages of 100N every two minutes, and the distance between the two plates gets measured at every stage.
Testing the retention system comes next. The retention system of the helmet resting on the head form is subjected to a pull whose force is equal to 15 Kg plus or minus 0.5 kg. The maximum displacement of the point where the force is applied should not be more than 25 mm. The damage to the retention system is acceptable provided the helmet gets easily removed from the head form.
The audibility test was carried out by placing the helmet on a head form and blowing a horn fixed 1.2 meters above the ground and 12 meters away from its base. The difference of the sound effect on the head form with and without the helmet gets recorded to the nearest dB. The opening angle of the visor was also tested so that it was entirely clear of the commencement in the helmet in front.
The Scorpion EXO-500 helmet is the best helmet we have come across till now as far as the features to price ratio is concerned. It has features which at this price seems to make the helmet an excellent buy. The internal sun visor especially is a characteristic that is very attractive to a lot of people. You do not need to stop to change them, or put on or take off an extra pair of goggles or glasses when the ambient light changes. Just flip it up or down according to the presence of the amount of sunlight or as per your need. Another attractive feature is the air pump which allows the inflatable cheek pads to fill up with air to make the inside of the helmet fit tightly to your face.
Scorpion EXO-500 Helmet
The size of the helmet is smaller than other helmets in its category giving it more graceful and cleaner lines. Its weight is also lesser which helps in preventing any sore necks when using it for long periods. The opening in front of the helmet is big enough to give excellent visibility and a clear line of vision whether you are leaning forward or sitting upright. There are no extra graphics on the outer shell to spoil the look of the helmet except the silver “S” on the forehead above the external sun visor which is not visible from a distance of more than 6 feet.
The ventilation system of the helmet is quite good and helps to keep the head cool even in temperatures ranging from 60 degrees to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. As far as sound is concerned, it is reasonably quiet and produces a very low hum at speeds of more than 70 mph. You can get used to the hum after some time so that it becomes unnoticeable. Its matte black color matches all types of gear that are available but may become shiny in places if it gets rubbed on any hard surface.
In case you are looking for a good helmet with a more stylish appearance than we would like to recommend the “Heritage Helmet” of the same model available in bright yellow color as the next best thing in helmets. It has all the features that come with the conventional design though it’s priced slightly more. The yellow color makes the wearer visible from a greater distance and matches very well with any motorbike which is yellow in color.
The size of the helmet is smaller than other helmets of the same size, and you may have to order two sizes larger than your size given in the size chart. Even if the helmet is slightly bigger, it can fit snugly to your face when you use the air pump for filling up the inflatable cheek pads. The ventilation system is same as the previous model mentioned above and helps to keep the air inside the helmet cool in all kinds of external temperatures. It does not reduce any visibility due to fogging if worn while driving even in the rain.
The internal drop down eye-guard is an excellent addition to the number of features available with the helmet. The retention system has a chin curtain which provides a good fit and prevents the helmet from wobbling on the head. Replacement parts are also available for the helmet which allows you to use it for a longer period without having to change the helmet. If you are not satisfied with the internal eye-guard, then you can get a replacement visor to fit into the helmet.
Why scorpion exo-500?
You may still have the question in your mind about why chose this helmet after all. The main reasons for selecting this helmet over others are quite a few in numbers, of which the foremost is the safety provided by the outer shell made of a “Polycarbonate Composite” material. Not only is it reasonably priced but also fits perfectly to any shape of head and face because of the “AirFit Inflatable Cheek Pads” system. The “KwickWick 2 Liner” material used for the internal liner provides a comfortable experience for the wearer of this helmet irrespective of the external temperature. The liner is made of anti-microbial fabric and is washable whenever required.
The “EverClear No-Fog Face Shield” provides perfect visibility during the daytime or night time driving. The shield remains clear and does not fog up with the hot breath released by the wearer and also remains fog-free while driving in the rain. It has an “Anti-Scratch” hardened coating and provides 100 percent UV protection. The face shield is easily changeable within seconds with the help of the “SpeedShift Quick-Change Shield System”. The internal drop down “SpeedView Retractable Sun Visor” is also very convenient to use and contributes to preventing stoppages for taking off or putting on any extra sunglasses according to the level of light present.
The ventilation system of the helmet has been designed to provide the most comfortable ride with the help of the “Aero-Tuned Ventilation” system. This system uses three air intake ports situated at the front of the helmet and six exhaust vents at the back of the helmet. The intake vents allow fresh air to enter the helmet while the exhaust vents prevent the buildup of any hot and moist air inside the helmet. The “FaceShield LockVent System” keeps the shield locked in place and also allows it to be raised to let more air into the helmet. The retention system is strong and keeps the helmet on the head even during intense impacts and is equipped with a chin curtain to hold the helmet snugly in place.
The helmet comes in five different sizes and in four different colors. DOT, USA have certified both the “CAPA Rating” and the “Safety Rating.”
Wrapping it up
Next time you go to buy a helmet, look for one which has been manufactured by Scorpion and buy one which has been described above as it is the best one in its class and price level. This helmet will provide the utmost safety and security for your head and face if you ever get involved in a crash. It will save your life even if other parts of your body get severely injured in the accident. Before paying for it put it on and find out whether it fits your head correctly or not. You may have to look for a size which is one or two sizes bigger than other helmets that fit you, but you can rest assured that even it has a loose fit it can be tightened up by the inflatable cheek pads.
With all the features available at this reasonable price, you can be sure of getting an excellent deal if you buy this helmet. You will no doubt have the same pleasant experience as most of the owners of this helmet have gone through after buying this helmet. Do not mind the slight hum produced when you wear it for the first time as you will soon get accustomed to it. It weighs less or the same as most of the other helmets in its category and will feel the same, if not better when you wear it. With its capacity to provide an excellent and wide line of sight you will be able to drive your motorbike much more safely in bright sunlight, night darkness, fog or rain. This helmet always stands for maximum comfort and safety under all kinds of conditions.
The Best Choice for safety helmet with good price
The Best Choice safety helmet, good quality and reasonable price.
Helmets made by Scorpion are very durable and sturdy. Maximum safety from head injuries gets assured by the company which has designed and manufactured these top quality helmets. DOT certifies all helmets made by Scorpion after conducting various tests on them. When buying a helmet, a motorcyclist should always look for this certification from the "Department of Transportation, USA".