12 October 2011 17:05
Scorpion Exo-1000, £259.99
Miles covered/time: 600/two months
What’s good: Surprisingly, the inflatable cheek pads inside the Scorpion EXO-1000 aren’t just a gimmick. The extra support they provide is reassuring as they manage to expand without exerting too much pressure against any one area.
The pump and release buttons are well placed on the inside of the chin guard and are as generally tough and solidly-built as the rest of the helmet.
The internal visor feels durable and military-grade. In fact, the general feeling you get from the EXO is one of standard-issue aviation quality. Immensely practical and not for posers.
What’s not: As well-made as the inflatable pads are, I tend to avoid using them as Scorpion’s shell sizes are quite tight fitting from the off. Bizarrely, it’s also much easier to put on that take off (and, yes, I am fully deflating the pads beforehand).
1650g isn’t exactly featherlight for a helmet, although the lid’s general bulkiness adds to its appeal as a tank-like, robust container for your head.