Scorpion EXO-500 West Neon Helmet
This is my first helmet after riding with it for about 8 months with about 6000 miles so far, so understand that before my review is taken with too much weight. Keep in mind, while reading this review, that I do not have the experience with other helmets to compare this to. Therefore, I will try to talk specifically about the helmet with an absence of comparative judgments.
My typical ride is about 40 minutes. 25 minutes on the freeway moving at about 75-80mph. Then there is about 15 minutes of 45 – 60mph of twisty road with. My elevation starts from home at about 850ft. above sea level, peaks at 1030 or so, then drop to 80ft. above sea level on the central coast of California. The lowest temperature experienced is about 35 and the most is about 95 over the past 8 months. My ride is a 2005 CBR600rr.
Shield: Leaving from home early in the morning before the sunrise tends to experience some fog near the coast with some accumulation on the shield. The shield does not bead up the fine water droplets very well and I find myself turning my head left and right to clear off the shield using the wind. It works sufficiently, but I am probably going to try using Rain-X or Fog-X soon. It cleans off easily with soap and water. Typically I use distilled water to clean the shield so as not to require the use of anything other than my hand, soap, and water to prevent scratching the surface. The distilled water since when the water dries, nothing is left behind on the shield. The shield has a lock and also a vent mode where you can allow extra ventilation at lower speeds and/or higher outside temperatures. Additionally, the drop down internal visor is easy to use at speed. It does not shade significantly the sun, but performs well enough for me. Think of a cheap pair of sunglasses from a gas station. As of yet, there has been no issues with glare. Keep in mind that you can purchase darker internal visors for about 20 bucks. Changing out the main shield isn't too difficult and it really does only take about 10 seconds after you get the hang of it. But the first few times you will be doubting the whole 8 or 10 seconds of whatever they claim it takes.
Air Flow: I trim my head so close that it should be considered bald. In cold weather, the helmet does great at insulating my bald head from the cold. There has never been an issue of being too cold with this helmet. At higher temperatures with the vents open, the helmet does a good job of keeping me cool. Of course, if you have a full head of hair, it might be different for you. I recently rode through eastern LA where the temperatures were quite high and only moving at about 30mph on average. It got quite warm in the helmet; however, the temperatures were in the 90s. It seems to be sufficient air flow for my purposes.
Weight: After about a 6 hour ride to southern California, I could "feel" the helmet on my head for about 2 hours following removal. It seemed that my muscles had accounted for the extra weight. It didn't bother me, just something I noticed. The weight of the helmet never bothered me during the length of the ride. On the 40 minute ride to/from work, I never notice this effect.
Style: I picked this helmet mostly for the hi-viz. Being a new rider and seeing that most accidents are a result of other drivers, this seemed to be the best option for me. I pair it with the Alpinestars hi-viz Andes touring suit. With those two pieces of equipment, there doesn't seem to be any issues with others seeing me. Some people at work say the helmet has a Tron look to it.
Protection: Not sure. It has ECE 22.05 and DOT FMVSS No.218 certifications. Fortunately, I have not had to test this feature yet.
Price: For the features, I found this price to be excellent.
Noise: This seems to be a comparative feature of helmets, so I am not sure how to judge this.
Fit: This is the only downfall I have with it. The helmet always leaves a mark just past the hairline above the forehead about 2 inches across. It takes about 2 hours for it to completely fade. I have been told that my head is more round than oval. The break in period has caused the fit to come a little lose, but not significantly. The air-pump feature hasn't been used since it has never been needed. My head measures about a medium, but I ordered a large since many people who reviewed Scorpion helmets recommend going one size larger. Even still, the helmet seemed a little too tight.
Summary: Overall, I like this helmet. I wouldn't say that I love it, but it seems to be a great first helmet for someone like myself. If you are looking for a helmet that keeps you cool, not very expensive, and has good visibility with some useful features, I think you will like this helmet. Hope this helps.
April 20, 2014
Perfect value to the money
This is a Helmet with great features. I specially like the lever that allow the visor to open slightly, just the right amount to let air flow. This feature and the sun visor makes a great helmet for everyday commuting and weekend sport riding.
March 4, 2014
Product is good for the price
Coming from having an EXO-400 and going to the EXO-500 there are some slight pros and cons. The pros are the EXO-500 has great ventilation good for the summer and in the cold it is okay. The 500 is bigger and heavier, it is okay for riding on my cruiser not so much on the sport bike it gives me neck pain. The features are cool like the built in visor and the shield adjustments. I love the high viz very sharp and helps me be safe. I noticed the helmet is a little noisy when top vents are open annoying in fact. Otherwise its a good helmet I like the Scorpion helmets they are comfortable and low cost.
December 2, 2013
All the features, none of the ridiculous cost
Loving this helmet so far. I've had medium helmets fit in the store, though, and a friend suggested I get a Large because these guys run a tad small...and even the large is just barely big enough. With the inflatable cheek pads, it would definitely be worth it to get a size above what you normally might, and let the PUMPS do the rest.
November 13, 2013
Great features, cheekpads too thick.
The hi viz color and graphics are excellent, air flow through vents is really spectacular. Love the sun shield, and the crack setting on the shield. The biggest problem I had was the cheek pads are too thick for an XXXL. You would think with having the air pump to tighten them they could be way thinner. So I did it myself. Another suggestion to Scorpion is to make the speaker cut outs bigger around and deeper. My Sena setup only fit with modifications. Overall a great helmet.
July 14, 2013
Very comfortable helmet
This is my second helmet after 2700 miles, I am fairly new to riding but as soon as I put this helmet on it was perfect. I love the colors and the design of this it matches my jacket from another brand perfect. I get many compliments on it. My neck was a bit sore after riding with this helmet but I think that is do to my position and the reason why I don't feel the airflow from the vents on top. The chin vent when open can be very loud. I found it was better to just use the vent position on the side of the face shield. I wear glasses and was wanting another modular for the ease of putting the helmet on but the comfort and eyeglass frame channel works great in the EXO-500! The Blast shield works amazing and does not get in the way. The air pump is great feature I feel that the helmet is secure at highway speeds when looking to make a lane check. Overall with the upgraded features with this helmet you cant beat the price!
April 12, 2013