Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet - Solids
Lightweight and well-featured
This is a great helmet - lightweight, fits well once you get one that fits (runs a little small, but that's the worst thing I can say about it). The internal sun visor and airflow is great. The visor quick-release is a little tricky, but you'll get the hang of it if you follow the directions and practice a few times. The padding is well-made and accommodates my Sena SMH10 mic and speakers easily.
November 19, 2013
Got my Scorpion EXO 1100 from revzilla and I love it. My Contour ROAM2 camera was able to attach to the left side of the helmet where the visor lock and internal visor controls are with little to no problem lining up a close to perfect recording angle. Right away I noticed the helmet was notably lite [previous helmet was a mid-range HJC that served me well for several years], great construction quality, DOT and ECE rated... not a whole lot to not like about it.
The only criticism I could say about the helmet are two things:
1] Depending on your ride, its wind shield, your speed and at certain body positions the wind stream coming off your ride will cause turbulence off the helmet foil and can be a little noisy. Sounds very akin to a rocket booster. It is not at an excessive decibel level and only happens in just the right position and speeds, but I did find it in a natural riding position I sit in for aggressive riding. If I move my head or changed out my windscreen it would go away so this issue is likely a rare scenario that only happens under certain circumstances and configurations.
2] The air vents on the forehead provide a straight shot into the internal visor. I generally always ride with all vents open all the time and this will put perfect dual oval shaped [of the air vent] smudges on the internal visor over time that you will see when you drop it down. Every other day I'll clear the humidity/grime/residue build up off the visor. Not a big deal, but something to note.
That said, my criticism of the helmet is completely forgivable and would recommend the EXO 1100 to anyone thinking about picking one up. I also have to confess now that I've had the helmet for a couple weeks the noise from the air turbulence going over the foil has actually kinda grown on me in a little kid kind of way. Entertaining to get a little aggressive and open it up on a quiet freeway and hear what sounds pretty much exactly like the booster rocket on a shuttle launch.
November 18, 2013
Great helmet without breaking the bank
Searching for a good beginner helmet without spending over $350, the EXO-1100 is perfect. It's a little heavier and more noisy than the high end Shoei and Arai helmets but also half the price.
I have an oddly shaped oval head and big on top but skinnier face/cheeks so finding a helmet that fit that was tough but thanks to the EXO-1100 inflatable cheek pads that wasn't a problem at all.
I use the U-Clear HBC200 blue tooth unit and i can hear calls perfectly below 45 mph. Above that gets a little hard to hear.
The drop down visor has come in handy on sunny days but sadly losing SNELL approval (hence the one star drop).
I haven't had any fog issues either so that's great in this seattle weather!
October 29, 2013
The helmet works fine with good working features. I have a little problem with the shape. My head is more oval and the helmet feels a little short to a point that my forehead gets sore from the pressure after riding awhile.B
October 24, 2013
Love the helmet got the matte black one.I have gone helmet shopping for a while and this model fits me the best great helmet for price also has a drop down visor which comes in handy helmet is very quite!! planning on getting a darker shield though in the future.
October 21, 2013
After coming from a lower-end helmet, this was a great step up and did not disappoint (I'm glad I spent the extra money).
I have a pretty round head and this helmet fits me pretty good.
August 19, 2013
Great helmet for the every day rider
My previous helmet was a generic bought-at-walmart helmet as a last minute purchase for a ride I was going on with my brother. The size was too large and it was overly loud. I read a ton of reviews before purchasing the EXO-1100 and they all had it right. This is an excellent helmet. Light weight, great air flow, incredibly quiet, awesome drop down shade, easy to use quick release, and best of all, it actually fits my head! (Although that last one is my own fault for previously purchasing an incorrect size).
If I had to complain about anything, it would be about the sun visor. First of all, it really doesn't drop down quite far enough to cover your full view, so you have to tilt the helmet down some, which can be a little bit of a nuisance. Even with it tilted, the bottom of the shade obscures the view to my mirrors. The second thing with the drop down visor (and I knew this going in), is that the default shade it comes with isn't very dark. For my daily commute on Southern California's freeways, it isn't bad, but for mountain rides, or when the sun starts setting earlier (and the sun is more in my eyes) I'll need to get a darker shade. Just something to keep in mind.
August 12, 2013
Great option for female riders!
I have worn this helmet for 2.5 months now, during a trip from South Florida to Vermont and would highly recommend it to anyone searching for a comfortable, quiet, light-weight helmet. When searching for the perfect helmet to replace my old 3/4 helmet, I payed particular attention to comfort and fit. As a female with a very narrow face, I was having to look at XS helmets in all other brands I tried; they would feel very tight around my head but they still would feel loose in the face. The EXO-1100's AirFit inflatable cheek pads solved that problem nicely, as I can inflate the cheek pads to a custom fit around my face.
I also have very sensitive skin and found that the fabric in many lower price-point helmets would irritate my face in a matter of minutes. The EXO-1100 pad liners feel nice and are non-irritating.
While adjusting to the weight of a full-faced helmet took a few days, I have compared the EXO-1100 to several other full-faced helmets I have found it to be significantly lighter.
The features of this helmet are what sold me on it after the fit/comfort factor. Being able to flip down the visor when I need it and flip it up when I don't is great - as a new rider, not dealing with putting sunglasses on while riding, is a plus. Also, being able to lock the face shield in a slightly cracked open venting position is really convenient.
I still occasionally ride on the back of my boyfriend's bike and I have found that the front of the helmet fits nicely behind his - in other words, the chin guard portion doesn't stick out so far that I am constantly cracking him in the back of the head.
My slightly lower rating in protection and durability is related to durability - the right side of the plastic molding on the top has come unglued a bit, which creates some wind noise. This was probably due to extremely hot riding temperatures in South Florida and should be easy to fix with some glue.
In terms of airflow, I can't say I ever really feel the air coming through the vents. Perhaps if I manage to get really hot when it is cold outside, I'll notice a difference. But this could also be due to the fact that air does not penetrate hair in a ponytail as well as short cropped hair...
Overall, I would strongly recommend this helmet. It is extremely comfortable, very quiet when all closed up (I think open vents in any helmet at speeds exceeding 40mph will cause some wind noise), and it looks very sharp.
July 29, 2013