Scorpion EXO-500 West Neon Helmet
After 5k the helmet managed to keep up. Air flow can be a bit low, the fake leather on the neck roll is starting showed significant wear, the sun visor have maintained its anti fog qualities. Had to change the visor few times due to scratches that with time can be a bit annoying. The cheeks pad are getting worned out but mainly due to facial hair. The wind deflector around the neck roll started to detached but nothing that some super glue can fix. Overall I am very content with the helmet, the grease neon paint scheme still attracts a lot of attention from drivers, wished it had better wind interaction but being a sort of round helmet I guess is prone to do so. I highly recommend this helmet specially if you are in a budget but with protection consciousness.
June 20, 2015
The only issue I have experienced with this helmet is when in a tucked position the helmet seems to obstruct the top of my view more than most helmets. Other than that, helmet has met my standards!
May 26, 2015
Excellent fit and features
The helmet is everything I asked for in this purchase. I wanted a snug, fitted helmet that doesn't shift when you turn your head on the freeway to check before lane changing. In my past helmet, I had an issue where the helmet would move due to the wind resistance when I turned my head sideways. There's an airpump embedded in the cheek pads to fill up the loose space between your cheeks and the helmet which guarantees a good fit. The sunvisor feature is also favorable as it's easy to find while using gloves and snaps quickly into place: on and off. It doesn't have the lag or sticky issue like the newer HJC sunvisors like in the IS 17. The venting seems functional, at least in the chin vent. As for protection, I've never fallen off my bike in a manner where I fell on my head, so I cannot speak from experience but the helmet seems trustworthy since it's DOT approved.
June 29, 2015
Very nice and light helmet compared to my last one. Love the sunglasses built in. Makes riding much easier on the eyes.
June 22, 2015
Great value, airflow OK
The fit is a bit tight at first, but it does wear in like others say, in a short amount of time. The airflow is ok, it will get warm on a warm day; but I must admit, I am a "hot-head," I think baseball hats are warm if its above 60F...
May 1, 2015
This is my third EXO. Started with the 700 then 1000 and now the 500. I have tried other helmets and these fit my noggin pretty good. Only issue I have with the internal visor is the extra room it takes up pushes the padding a little tight on my temples making it hard to get glasses on. On the 1000, I cut a small hole in the side padding and used some hemostats to pull some of the foam out of the temple pads which makes it easier to get glasses on. I will do the same mod to this one.
June 15, 2015
Good overall helment
I've had this helmet for 10 months now, overall great helmet. Biggest complaint is that the sizing, went one size up to an extra large kind of wish I would have stuck with the large but the break in would have been unbearable. Can't say enough about the drop down visor, I do not think I can ever go to one without the sun visor. It does get slightly loud at higher speeds unless you close all the vents. Good product for the money!
June 1, 2015
Fantastic first helmet
This is my first helmet and a great one at that. I actually bought it a year before I got my bike due to some unforeseen circumstances, but I did manage to use it a bunch while go-karting that first year. Both as a karting helmet and a bike helmet, this thing is spectacular. It's the only bucket in the 200ish price range (when I bought it) that offers the perfect combination of perceived safety, good features, and great looks.
The built-in sun shield is a godsend. Don't need sunglasses thanks to it, and at night just flip it back up. Visor detents feel nice and solid, though I usually just use full open, fully closed, and cracked. I don't do a lot of freeway riding yet so I can't speak to the ventilation - I don't notice a difference whether all the vents are open or closed, at least not at the speeds I ride (55mph or less). Visor fully open is plenty of air for me though.
My only complaint is that the side of my jaw hurts a bit after riding for a while, though for the record I have a pretty wide jaw for my head shape. It never hurts during the ride itself, so I reckon I can live with it.
TL;DR Feels safe, lots of features, good buy.
May 26, 2015