Scorpion EXO-500 Oil Neon Helmet
When it was time to upgrade, I decided that I want to stick to a hi-viz color but not plain solid color, which limited the selection to a very small amount. I fell in love right away when I see this graphic. Looking through all the reviews and the features it offers, I can't a better one for the price. I order a size up for a large, and it came fitting perfectly. It was snug while breaking it in but still very comfortable. The only complain is the neck roll is very tight, which is good for noise reduction, making it harder to put on and off. Overall, I am very satisfied with the helmet.
August 5, 2013
Nice helmet for the price.
First, the color and paint design is awesome. It is very bright but still has some style to it, not just a boring hi-viz look.
Seems to be a nice helmet for the price. But its not perfect.
Few things are very cheaply done, which is where the price cuts come in I guess.
The internal shield is cool, but I think it should be a little lower. When I use it, I either have to keep my head tilted down a little or try to pull the helmet down more so the shield is further down to block out the sun.
It is a great idea when just riding around and you need something to shade your eyes. On long rides or very bright sunny days, I still try to wear sunglasses, as the tinted shield is not very dark or optically clear.
the external shield needs work. The locking function is horrible! It is a small lever on the left side that has no feel to it at all. You can't tell which position it is in. It has a lock, open, and vent position, but the vent part doesn't open enough to let air in and the first position for the shield opens it to much. Just needs some work in this area. But I will say it is a nice touch that the shield has the opening lip on both sides, so you can open with either hand. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but when you have the clutch pulled in, you can use your right hand to open the shield!
For the price, this helmet is awesome. Fix the issues with the shield and it would be even better!
July 16, 2013
Not bad but not great.
This is my first helmet and I was excited about the features it had for so cheap but I should have known better. Nothing comes cheap; you get what you pay for. The helmet is ok, I'm not returning it, but it's just a helmet to get me through the first year of riding a cheap motorcycle before buying a quality helmet that matches the bike I buy when I get back to the states.
The internal sun visor, which attracted me, is half thought through. It doesn't drop down far enough, leaving a line in the bottom 1/3 of your vision between shaded and unshaded that is distracting and it is not adjustable. The tint is not nearly dark enough, I ordered a dark smoke visor so we'll see how that works out.
The vent-lock is terrible. It doesn't open far enough to vent any air you can feel and when you stop at a stop light and want to raise the visor to get some air you have to fiddle with this tiny little lever on the left of your helmet to be able to raise your visor. Try doing that while holding the clutch in. Because Scorpion is so proud of this little feature the first detent in the visor lift is way too far open to vent; again you get an awkward line in your vision.
Fit. I have a big head, I accept that. I wear a 7 5/8" fitted baseball cap and most helmets and hats are an XL for me. I had to return the XL for a XXL in this helmet because of awful pressure points on my forehead. The XXL isn't entirely comfortable either, the cheek pads push in too much and I still get pressure on my forehead. Probably should have exchanged for a XXXL but I got tired of waiting and wanted to ride.
June 18, 2013
Great helmet! Looks great in the sun!!
I'm usually an extra large in helmets and with this one I had to send back the XL and get a XXL. The color is awesome!! It fit a little tight at first but it's comfortable now. Great helmet!!!
June 10, 2013
Not your average neon helmet!
I purchased this helmet late last year for commuting. I initially looked at getting a white helmet then I ran across the neon colored ones. They are very bright and when riding so they stand out. I searched and found different neon colored helmets till I stumbled upon the Scorpion EXO-500 Neon Oil Spill. Here is my review.
Fit - The sizing runs small on Scorpion brand helmets. Every other helmet I had tried I was a medium. In the scorpion I am a large. Out of the box it was a little tight on my forehead. I have a round oval head shape which is pretty much the standard shape. After about 4-5 times riding in the helmet the tightness was gone. I like the adjustable cheek pads. Gives you that custom fit. The interior padding is about a medium density.
Noise - I have ridden in several brand helmets (Icon Alliance, Speed and Strength S1000, Bell Vortex, Scorpion 500, 1000, 400, 750) and this is one of the quietest. I am able to reduce some of the wind noise by adjusting the cheek pads tighter. I also ride with earphones and it helps to reduce the wind noise as well.
Appearance - The graphics speaks for itself. The paint scheme is a very nice quality. I use it mostly to commute to work and every time someone sees me with it they have nothing but nice things to say about it. Like the title says it's not your average high visibility helmet.
Features - Scorpion has a couple of nice features with this helmet. One is the drop down visor. This comes in handy riding in the early morning or afternoon with the sun is right in your eyes. Just hit a switch on the side of the helmet and you are good to go. No sunglasses needed. The only down side to the visor is that it's not polarized so the clarity is not the greatest. The other feature is the speed shift system to change the visor. You can change your visor in about 15-20 seconds easy. The first couple of times it's a little cumbersome. Once you practice taking it off and putting it on a couple of times you get use to where things need to be for it to lock in. I purchased a mirror tinted visor for sun up riding and it makes a huge difference in clarity.
Value - For the price this helmet is a winner. I have seen other helmets with some of the same features for almost double the price. I found this on Amazon for a little less than some of the other online retailers and couldn't turn down the price.
In conclusion I would have no problem with purchasing this helmet again. I hope this review helps if you plan on making the purchase. Safe riding!!
May 1, 2013
This helmet is great!
I've had this helmet now for about 5 months, and let me tell you it works great for me. I love the color & design and the fact that it has a secondary lens, one of my best purchases so far!
March 11, 2013
nice street helment
This is my first street helment.that's the only reason for the fair air flow rating. coming from off road helmets its a bit on the warm side nothing I can't get used to. Very bright especially in the sunlight .
February 24, 2013
Love this helmet
I love this helmet so much, after I dragged my face all over the pavement, I bought another one. I low sided my bike on a turn and slid 20 ft face first and got up without a scratch. I love the pump chin and the sun visor (I will never buy a helmet without one). doesn't in cold mornings, and has awesome graphics. Its a little loud and has a low hissing sound when the vents are closed but only in 3/4 tuck. If hi-viz is not your cup of tea, the black and red versions look hot too!!!
January 4, 2013