Evaluation: Scorpion Sports EXO-700 Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet

The Scorpion EXO-700 is a prime example of a good sub-$200 full-face motorcycle helmet. From the August 2005 issue of _ Motorcycle Cruiser _ magazine. By Andy Cherney.

Some helmets in the under-$200 category feature sloppy quality and fit, but Scorpion Helmets looks like it wants to change all that; the new EXO-700 offers features and performance normally found on higher-end hats.

Made in China (which explains the low cost margins), the EXO-700's fiberglass/Kevlar matrix shell with a standard EPS-lined chin bar is Snell 2000/DOT certified. It features a simple, toolless shield-changing system, an anti-fog/scratch face shield, a washable, moisture-wicking fabric liner and an adjustable ventilation system.

Naturally, the EXO-700's a bit heavier than its top-shelf cousins at 3 pounds, 10 ounces, but that extra weight pretty much disappears thanks to a plush liner and padding (though sizing is on the small side). The shield seal is tight, and I found the helmet fairly quiet at speed. Shield change is pretty easy after one run-through: Twisting a large disc on each side releases and attaches the shield to the lid, though the pivot must be lined up perfectly.

Fit and finish are impressive, and certainly better than I expected from a $180 helmet. Even the inner fabric wicked away sweat from my skin as advertised.

The Scorpion EXO-700 is a prime example of a good sub-$200 helmet.

Resources
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www.scorpionusa.com

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