New Adventure Helmet - Scorpion's EXO AT950 - Modular Adventure!

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Y E T I, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    I have been trying out Scorpion's new Dual Sport/Adventure Touring helmet, the Scorpion EXO AT950, which is aimed squarely at the “Adventure Touring” market. “AT” is for Adventure Touring and 950 is, well, because the KTM 950 engine is the best engine ever. Ok, maybe that last bit is made up, maybe it isn’t. :lol3 What is not made up is this: this helmet could be a market changer.

    “Why?” you ask. Simple. Scorpion’s EXO AT950 is a modular adventure touring helmet with a built-in sunshade. “So what? Touratech already has the Adventuro Mod Helmet which is the same thing.” Well, yes. Sort of. The helmets are very similar in overall approach and function. However, the Touratech Adventuro Mod Helmet is $889.

    The Scorpion EXO AT950 is $289 for graphics models and $269 for solids like the test helmet. That's $600 less than the Touratech! The Touratech weighs in at 1,571 grams, the Scorpion at a reported 1780 grams. Not bad.

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    Fit: I wear an XL in just about every helmet I’ve ever worn and that’s true for the AT-950 too. My head is a Shoei head, meaning that it’s more oval than round, longer front to rear than side to side. The Scorpion fits somewhere between a Shoei and a Bell. I had a Bell Revolver Evo helmet a year ago and had to return it. After 20-30 minutes, it put a lot of pressure on my forehead. While the AT-950 puts a bit of pressure on my forehead, it’s nothing I couldn’t ride with. My longest ride thus far was just under an hour and it was good.

    Quiet: It is not as quiet as a Shoei or Arai full face helmet, but it is not as loud as I expected either. It is certainly on par with a Hornet X2 or XD-4 or other dual-sport helmet. With earplugs it is great.

    Aerodynamics: The visor or peak is not as aerodynamic as the Shoei X2’s, but I suspect Shoei employed black magic to make the visor disappear. But it is on par with the XD or other dual-sport helmet visors.

    However, and this is big, you can remove the visor in less than two minutes without tools and you’ll have what I believe is the most attractive visor-less dual sport helmet. For example, when you remove the visor from the Hornet X2, you’re left with a hole in the top of the helmet where the vent is and the helmet just doesn’t look like an ordinary full face helmet. No such issues with the AT-950. The vent stays in place as it is not integrated into the visor and the helmet itself just looks good. It looks like a “normal” modular full-face helmet.

    To remove the visor, all you have to do is remove the screw from one side (note: this is a pre-production helmet, on production models the hardware will be metal), slide the visor out of the way, install the “pod” and replace the screw. Repeat for the other side and you’re done.

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    Ventilation: The AT-950 vents well for a modular helmet. The chin vent is two position as shown below. It adjusts from closed, to a defroster for the face shield in the second position to a flow through vent in the third position. It really flows the air. The top vent flows air well, better when the visor is not installed. There are two exit vents at the rear.

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    Face shield: The face shield is almost distortion-free, you have to look for it to see it. Although it does not have a Pinlock, the face shield itself has an anti-fog coating built in. In use, I did not experience any fogging although temperatures never dropped below 56 F while I was testing the helmet. The drop down sun visor is also anti-fog coated.

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    Modular Operation: The modular operation is a simple one-button operation and is immediately intuitive. It operates smoothly and affirmatively latches into place.

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    Liner: The liner is very comfortable, moisture wicking and is easily removed for cleaning.

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    The ear pockets should be big enough to accommodate most helmet speakers.

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    Other: The eye port opening is easily wide enough to accommodate goggles, even with the face shield in place.

    Overall, I am very impressed with the Scorpion EXO AT950 and, when taking the price into consideration, I’m blown away. It’s clear, Scorpion wants a big chunk of the Adventure Touring/Dual Sport helmet market.



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  2. elcabong

    elcabong Been here awhile

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    I think this may be my next helmet! The only other competition(s) is what you mentioned and the Schuberth E1 - both very expensive. I am mainly concerned about noise. You mentioned it was on par with the Shoei Hornet X2. I currently use a Shoei Hornet DS (previous generation). Does anyone know if the X2 is quieter than the DS? This would give me some idea to compare this Scorpion to my lid. I'm really excited about this helmet.

    Revzilla also has a review/video on their site that I just saw last night.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Peels

    Peels Long timer

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    Scorpion makes decent AND affordable helmets. I had the exo 1000. And this looks pretty sweet, and versatile.
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  4. Y E T I

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    I have had the original Hornet and now ride with the X2. The X2 is quieter. In my opinion, the X2 is quieter than the AT950, but not by a significant amount. You won't want to ride on the freeway without ear plugs for a long time, but with ear plugs it's great.
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  5. Y E T I

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    Yeah, I was very impressed. I tried it out for a bit and then played the guessing game with the Scorpion rep. I figured this would be at least $150 more.
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  6. guyfawkes

    guyfawkes Move along, nothing to see here

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    thing looks like somebody just slapped a peak on a street helmet.
    is the peak adjustable ? cause those indicators would suggest otherwise.
    not a big of the chemical coating anti-fog ... eventually it washes off when you clean the thing.
    could use more vents for offroad usage as well.
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    only negative I had on Scorpion stuff, be careful with it.

    My exo1000 was very sensitive. easy to ruin the inside of the shield when cleaning. :(

    also, dont drop it lol. i destroyed the latch mechanism during a flat tire incident. It was a long day...
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  8. elcabong

    elcabong Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I've always used earplugs. I couldn't ride without them especially with the Hornet DS.
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  9. Y E T I

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    Peak is not adjustable. I wish it was. Only dual-sport helmet peak that's adjustable (afaik) is the Arai XD.

    Venting is on par with every other ADV helmet out there. Off road, I usually ride with shield up so venting isn't an issue.
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  10. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    I have a brand new XL Caberg Tourmax that, while receiving excellent reviews (same designes) , just is too damn close to my face and chin when closed. NO room at all in front of mouth area.

    How's the room there? Can we get a pic of you wearing it with the visor up and chinbar down?

    Thanks!
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  11. bisbonian

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    Both the Scorpion helmets I have (EXO-T1200 and EXO-GT3000) have reliefs for the speakers cut out in the Styrofoam under the padding. On the T1200 these were quite obvious but on the GT3000 not so much. On the GT3000 there are plugs in the speaker pockets which were no easy to remove as they are held in with double sided tape. I originally put the speakers in over these plugs (as I did not know they were actually removable) and ended up with great pain in my ears from the speakers. I'd be surprised if this new helmet didn't also have reliefs built in for the speakers.

    I ruined 2 shields, both the main shield and the inner sunvisor while cleaning the inside. No matter what sort of cloth I used on the inside I ended up scratching the hell out of it and it made the shield mostly opaque. Now I take the shield and run it under warm water from the faucet. I lightly rub the inside and out side of the shield with my hand until I feel that it's clean, then wipe the outside of the shield dry but leave the inside to air dry. I could leave the outside to air dry as well I guess. Since I began doing this I've had no more scratches on the shield and I haven't had any sort of problems with water spots or the like.

    I also gave up on Scorpion just because of the easy to scratch shield.

    BTW, the fit between my EXO-T1200 and my EXO-GT3000 is different, with the GT feeling quite a bit narrower.
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  12. guyfawkes

    guyfawkes Move along, nothing to see here

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    yeah ... no ... E1, Aventuro Mod, Nexx(in Nexx and TT version) all have adjustable Peak and they have additional vents.
    and thats just at the top of my head
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  13. Y E T I

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    I'm on my phone now, but later sure. I just put it on and I can get two fingers, width-wise, between my chin and the chin bar. I have not tried on the Caberg so I cannot compare. I did try on a Scorpion dirt helmet last weekend and that helmet's chin bar was too close. It feels about the same as my Shoei Hornet X2.

    Sorry, I've not tried any of those. (Aren't they pretty much the same helmet?) I've only tried the Arai XD's (which do have adjustable peaks), and both Shoei Hornets, the AFX, Bell, and Fly Tracker which do not have adjustable peaks.
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  14. King Gidorah

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    Thank you, Yeti. I appreciate and enjoy reading your reviews of Scorpion’s new offerings in adventure oriented gear.
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    Well good news for you! I just heard from Scorpion that there will be a clear, Pinlock compatible face shield coming out soon. They will also have dark and gold face shields (non-Pinlock) available too. I have had Pinlock shields in just about every helmet I've had in the past few years and really like them.

    I should be getting the metal hardware in the next day or two and will update the thread with pictures of those. :thumb
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  16. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    You lost me at "modular". The chin piece is not structural on any currently produced modular I'm aware of and since that area maintains something like an 80% chance of impact during an off (statistically), I'm not about to chance it.

    YMMV
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    Understood, all helmets are a choice of compromises.

    For those who do want a modular helmet, the AT-950 does have EPS in the chin bar and uses metal latching hardware, which many modular helmets do not. When the chin bar latches, it feels very secure with no rattling or looseness.
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  18. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    I had a Scorpion modular I just replaced after 6 years of service. Never had a problem with the helmet or the visor. Best anti-fog I have had.

    Literally replaced it last week with an E1...if only I had seen this before. However, I have no regerts. The E1 is awesome. I will vouch for the quality of Scorpion for the price and that of their modulars. I have not face planted it though.
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  19. elcabong

    elcabong Been here awhile

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    Any updates on its performance? I just bought one, received it and returned it the same day because it was too small. When I put on the helmet it was a little tight and barely tolerable. I know that helmets have to be snug but the entire crown was a little tight. That said, I thought - maybe it would have to break-in after a few hours. However all things changed when I lowered the chin bar. I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my sockets when down in the locked position. The positive locking system really squeezes the helmet. Now I am concerned if I order the next size up (from small to medium) it may be too big. Do you know if the liners are can be interchanged to customize the fit?
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  20. Y E T I

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    The liners can be changed to customize the fit. I swapped in some narrower cheek pads to make it more comfortable.

    Ultimately for me, it was too short front to back. Just. I have now passed it on to another tester who normally wears a Bell helmet and he loves the fit. He's going to be doing a two week trip with it and will chime in after that.
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