Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet - Solids
Great features for the money
Let's face it, you can drop a lot of coin on a helmet. I agree when protecting your skull it's worth the money but how much is enough?
I feel that this helmet offers good protection for the money as well as coming with nice features (retractable visior, good venting).
The thing that's really nice (maybe a little trival) is that both the outer and inner visor are a breeze to change out unlike most other helmets I have owned that require an engineering degree to figure out.
Size runs a touch small but the large fits snugly on my giant melon and is comfortable on long trips.
March 22, 2015
Jack of all trades, master of none.
If you're looking for a good DOT/ECE approved helmet with lots of features that won't break the bank, this is a pretty decent choice. But there are some things that will become apparent later down the line which will make you wish you opted for a slightly more expensive helmet from one of the more premium manufacturers.
One of the biggest problems is the face shield and the thermally bonded anti-fog coating. Scorpion tout this as a feature, but honestly, a pinlock ready system would have been better.
My shield was so scratched up after just barely half a season, and I had to replace it. I also made the mistake of cleaning the shield too roughly. I'm actually using the term "roughly" very relatively here... Let me explain. if you so much as look at it the wrong way, this shield will scratch, so if you're cleaning it, be VERY careful and LET IT AIR DRY! I even used a microfiber cloth with lukewarm water and mild soap, still, so many tiny little scratches that built up over time and now I can barely see out of it. On top of that, the clear visor is not available in Canada, so I have to pay extra for shipping because I live across the border :(
Do yourself a favor and pay the extra few dollars for a more premium helmet. You'll thank yourself later because you won't be spending money on extra visors twice a year.
March 19, 2015
The EXO-1100 very good but a few issues keep it from being perfect.
The EXO-1100 very good but a few issues keep it from being perfect. The sun visor is my favorite feature but I can't help but noticing the finish is uneven on the edges. Like most helmets, the plastic faceshield is a dust magnet and after a few days riding from SF to San Diego it's covered in fine scratches.
January 26, 2015
great helmet for the price
This helmet is awesome. Features are easy to use even with gloves. Helmet took some breaking in to do. The air pump system ensures perfect fit and comfort.
March 9, 2015
Excellent helmet, my second one. Fits tight so order slightly larger. Only real complaint is the air bladder covering the speaker location, shouldn't be covering that location. Also wish that they would make darker internal visors, more like sunglasses, they just aren't that dark.
March 3, 2015
Helmet works great so far, don't have a ton of mileage in it yet. Does fit a little snug around the top, we'll see if it breaks in after getting more mileage.
December 29, 2014
The helmet is perfect for me. Has the features and feel of something costing much more.
December 8, 2014
Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet - Good buy
Hey 'Zilla, Thanks!!
I have had this item for almost a year now.
I am not sure what to say about this product. The only true test of a helmet is protecting your 'noggin from the random bits of flying road debris and immovable objects that suddenly appear in your path of travel. Honestly, I do NOT want to test that aspect of my headgear. ;)
In every other regard, I find the helmet to be more than adequate! Airflow is great, sits snug and securely (thank you Anthony/Zilla for the sizing guides!!!), doesn't feel too heavy on the head. Sun shield has been handy a few times too.
Now it does, IMO, have one or two weak areas and these are probably completely subjective, in no particular order:
1) High speed, say around 75-80 mph or higher, you will feel the wind force pushing on your head and neck. Sometimes my head feels like a bobber...lol.
This is my first full face rig, so that may be completely normal, IDK. But I bring it up in relation to the fact that I have neck issues and only once has the bobbing been too much for me to tolerate, high crosswinds too (I just slowed down a bit and continued on my merry way).
2) I feel peripheral vision could be a bit better. I have to turn my head a bit further than I really feel comfortable doing, in order to see behind me but that again, could be due to my neck issues. Haven't had any problems because of it, just an aspect I am aware of and deal with.
3) Visor has occasionally gotten stuck in the down position, like it's locked closed, not much of a safety concern but can be annoying.
ie: night ride in FL, stop at light, visor starts to fog a little, slip into N, reach up to open visor...wont budge
try again...still wont move...one more attempt...nada..ugh!
Mild panic attack hits as for a brief second the thought that I am trapped in this head casket forever flashes through my mind...omg
Breathing rate doubles as I try the visor again and again, dramatically increasing level of mist now gathering on the inside of visor...OMG
Somewhere down a hazy tunnel in my vision, a warm red glow suddenly turns blaring green...omfg
I realize I am effectively blind at an intersection and the light is now green with traffic all around me...OMFG
I smack myself on the side of my helmet encased head a few times, near the locking mechanism, conjuring up an image of Luke or Han doing the same thing indicating they were having communication issues, then imaging what the drivers behind me are thinking watching me smack myself around and start to laugh, out loud, fogging whatever minute space of visor that may have escaped my panic driven pant earlier...lmao
Trying the visor again, it pops open and I can breath again (YEAH!!)
but I realize my glasses have also completely fogged over (argh).
Pulling my glasses forward, so they are on the end of my nose, my vision goes from misted over to completely out of focus...fml.
I go into 1st, throttle up, clear the intersection and pull over.
Without getting a single "honk" :)
Good times, good times!! I still chuckle remembering it :D
Since then, I have learned that when it gets stuck, to grab bottom of the chin piece and use a little extra pressure on the visor and it opens right up, with a crack sound. In a year, it's gotten stuck maybe 4 or 5 times...the above narrative was the only incident of note :)
Aside from the above, it's been a great helmet and I have worn it on every highway ride since purchase (just under 5k miles). But again, I have not tested it's only true feature...safely protecting my head.
Here's to always keeping both wheels upright and rollin'
2009 Shadow 750
November 14, 2014