Scorpion EXO-500 West Neon Helmet
It did its job.... I'm not dead
I had been riding for a about a year, had my permit, insurance the whole package. I was never too reckless. Only used my bike for my 7 mile community to the university. Unfortunately while on my way to class one morning i was in an accident. I woke up 3 days later in the hospital with a breathing tube in my mouth unable to move. I had broken both my legs, both my ankles, fractured my hip, dislocated my shoulder, broke my wrist, displaced my kidney, tore my bladder, and fractured my spine. Later realizing that I had been thrown over 100ft off my bike, and nearly bled to death. I was not distraught with my situation, only grateful that my spine was not severed. My head was was not critically injured but my neck was incredibly stiff and I did have a 2 inch cut going across my forehead, most likely from the initially smack to the ground. I was a track running, 300lbs benching 500lbs squating animal, all that muscle on me LITERALLY kept me alive, but this is just my story. There is no right or wrong. Only Experience. Decide for yourself what you think you need to do. Its a Great helmet, I loved it very much. Great quality, fit so well, was very comfortable.
January 17, 2015
Incredibly tight cheek pads
So let's get the negative out of the way first:
I ordered according to my size on the chart and found it to be too small. So I ordered the next size up
And was rewarded with a helmet that fit my head.
But with cheek pads that put so much pressure on my neck, I felt like I was being choked out.
I can't understand the reasoning behind nearly doubling the thickness of the cheek pads (29 mm in the L to 42 mm in the XL). I am not exaggerating when I say the width of the helmet was more than an inch narrower on the XL than the L. Apparently Scorpion thinks people with bigger heads have significantly smaller necks?
The styling is good; the internal sun visor is OUTSTANDING; and the lock open for the main visor is pretty useful.
While I recommend this helmet, I would be very aware that you will have to buy different cheek pads, at least for the XL.
January 9, 2015
EXO-500 West - First Helmet - Seems great for the money
At first the cheek pads were really uncomfortable. I called revzilla to ask if I should order smaller cheek pads and they said that the pads in scorpion helmets are extremely tight at first. To the point where you are biting the insides of your cheeks. They said to take the pads out and wear the helmet without them to make sure the shell size was comfortable and if it was to put the cheek pads under a pile of books for a night or two. This worked out great, next time I put on the helmet with the pads it was a lot more manageable but still quite snug. Everyday I ride though it seems to be a little better.
The helmet seems fairly heavy to me but as a new rider I think I just don't have the neck muscles yet.
The sun visor is awesome, some people said theirs came with the light smoke visor but I believe mine came with dark smoke.
The visor lock thing is hard to manage with gloves on while on the bike but being able to crack it open adds a lot of extra air(and noise) without taking away the eye protection.
November 17, 2014
This is my first full face helmet. A bit on the snug side for my round nugget but with smaller cheek pads it's just right. Face shield got some scratches after 3 months of use but not noticeable while riding .
December 29, 2014
Amazing helmet at at amazing price!
Break in period was a bit long but the helmet works fantastic at high and low speed. Sun visor is a great feature. My only issue is that it is a big cumberson to wear with my glasses. Sena Bluetooth works quite well with this helmet. I am very happy with my purchase as this is my first scorpion.
November 10, 2014
Love the helmet!!
I wanted an EXO since trying on a 500-series about 6 months ago in a BMW showroom. Love the internal visor (I have sensitive blue eyes) and the dedicated de-fog position for the visor. Very comfortable to try on, but I haven't spent any extended time in it yet. It seems a bit tight right now, but I'm hoping it'll loosen up a little once "broken-in". If not, it's still acceptable.
The graphics that I preffered, the WEST, are apparently not very popular, because I got mine for about $50 cheaper than other graphics; mine was on close out for $159 delivered.
Fit and finish is as nice as ANY helmet I've owned or looked at. Graphics are under a nice gloss coat, they look good!
Visor swapping (I bought the mirrored one for it) was harder than they make it sound, but it was probably just me doing it wrong. If you want an extra visor, they are more than $50, so that's an issue considering some companies offer theirs for less than $15! (At $50 each, I won't have a collection, that's for sure)
Quality of the visor mechanism seems really solid, with positive detents and a good feel.
Interior is, again, of very high quality. Cheek pads are really nice and snap out easily. I probably won't use the AIR BLADDER system, due to the snugness of the helmet right now, but maybe after some time (and miles) pass.
I would definitely recommend this helmet, especially at the price I got it for! Just consider the extra shield price if you don't want clear (included).
December 22, 2014
Very good value
This helmet is very good for the price. From the internal visor to the air adjustment, this helmet really is the best bang for the buck
November 3, 2014
Nice helmet for a nice price
I bought this helmet just a couple of weeks ago to replace an older Bell Vortex that I have been riding in for several years. I feel like this helmet has a slightly better build quality than the Bell, but has a slightly more narrow field of vision, and is also slightly louder.
This helmet fit me very tight in the cheeks initially, but after swapping the cheek pads out to the "Large" it fits perfect! RevZilla was great to work with on getting the cheek pads to me quick and without shipping charge. The whole inside of the helmet seems well made and of a quality material. Another small negative is the small opening that you must cram your head through when putting the helmet on. Not a big deal but an hindrance.
The sunvisor is a cool feature, but I feel like it is a little bit of a gimmick. I am not really sold on its functionality yet, but at least it looks cool. Seems to cause some glare...
I was hoping for there to be less wind noise when on my naked bike (Triumph Speed Triple) but its pretty loud. So I guess I will keep wearing my ear plugs.
The paint on this helmet looks great! the trim fits well and seems like it is going to stay in place.
Overall I think this helmet was a good buy. I gave it 4 stars because 5 would be darn near perfect in every way, which I dont think I have ever experienced that in any safety gear. I will update this in a few months to let everyone know how well it holds up.
November 10, 2014