First Look by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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Scorpion announced the new EXO-1000 motorcycle helmet today at the 2007 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana (see the wBW report from the show).
The EXO-1000 is Scorpion's new flagship helmet, replacing the EXO-700, a successful helmet which will remain in the lineup.
The EXO-1000 features a unique an innovative cheek pad fitting system, called the HelmetPump.
The HelmetPump is reminiscent of the Reebok Pump, the first athletic show to have an inflatable bladder (and not the Nike Air as I reported earlier).
A button on the inside of the chin bar can be squeezed to pump up the cheek pads, creating a custom fit for the rider. A small button next to the pump button is pressed to release the air pressure, allowing the rider to remove the helmet.
It remains to be seen how comfortable this system will be for the rider; a lot depends on the initial placement of the cheek pads. If the cheek pads are installed with extra room, allowing them to be pumped up to fit, the system may have advantages.
But if the cheek pads are installed at "normal" widths, inflating them may only be useful for those with thinner than normal heads.
In any case, it's an interesting concept and a first for motorcycle helmets, as far as we know. The EXO-1000 also includes the "SpeedView" sun visor, an internally rotating visor similar to the one found on the Schuberth C2 (see review), the Schuberth S1 (see review) and others.
The EXO-1000 also includes Scorpion's "KwikWick" moisture-absorbent helmet liner, the "EverClear" anti-fog visor and the "SpeedShift" visor removal system.
KwikWick liners are available separately in various colors and in patterns including Op Art Checkerboard, Jungle Camo, Leopard, Zebra, Desert Camo and Standard Grey.
The helmet will feature a composite fiberglass and Kevlar shell, a locking visor, a dual-density EPS liner and more.
Suggested retail price is expected to be $299.95 for black and $309.95 for other solid colors. Graphics will retail for $329.95.
It was unknown at press time which helmet safety standards will be met by the EXO-1000. We'll have more information as it becomes available and a full helmet review as soon as we can obtain a sample.
Scorpion Sports EXO-1000 Press Release
Introducing the full-featured EXO-1000 helmet. Scorpion Sports is officially introducing the EXO-1000 helmet, first seen at the 2007 Indy Dealer Expo and in the 2007 ScorpionEXO Catalog.
The EXO-1000 is equipped with two innovative new features, never before offered in a Snell rated helmet.
The HelmetPump permits a rider to personalize helmet fit through air adjustable cheek pads and SpeedView which is an internal retractable sun visor that eases eye strain instantly in varying light conditions without changing face shields.
These technologies with prove to be extremely valuable in many different riding applications. “Here are just two more reasons Scorpion EXO helmets represent the best performance for your money on the market” says Eric Anderson; Scorpion Sports, VP of Sales.
Developed in real world conditions with features that will enhance any rider’s experience, the EXO-1000 has established an all-new level of performance in a mid-price point helmet.
The EXO-1000 remarkable fit and comfort will become a new standard, from its EverClear no-fog faceshield to its wind-tunnel tested aerodynamics.
Also the breathable, removable and washable KwikWick liner, the features and construction of the EXO-1000 rival much more expensive helmets on the market.
The expected release date is August, 2007.
Fiberglass/Kevlar Matrix Shell: Quiet, aero-tuned design for wind-tunnel tested comfort. EPS-lined chin bar for additional protection.
SpeedShift quick-change shield system (patent pending): Easy, secure tool-less faceshield changes in ten seconds or less.
EverClear no-fog faceshield: Optically-correct shield with state-of-the- art fog-free technology and anti-scratch hardened coating.
KwikWick moisture-wicking helmet liner and cheek pads: Breathable, easily removable and washable.
SpeedView internal retractable sun visor for varying light conditions.
HelmetPump air adjustable cheek pads to personal helmet fit.
Ventilation system: Adjustable, indexed front and rear vents with aero-tuned rear spoiler reduce lift, create vacuum and maximize airflow through helmet.
Colors: Apollo Graphic-Blue, Dark Silver, Silver, White
Solids-Dark Silver, Black, Matte Black, Light Silver
Price (2007): $299.95-$329.95 USD
From "L.W.": "I was able to test ride the EXO 1000 and would love to hear what your take is on this helmet.
My impressions of the EXO 1000 is that this is one BIG helmet. It weighs over 4 pounds and the shell is simply enormous. I thought the quality of build and construction was quite good. The pump system feels solid but the inflatable cheek pads seem a bit uncomfortable to me.
Unlike a dual density foam that forms to your face the air pads stay hard and don’t conform. Another thing about this helmet is the noise level, it is very loud. I understand that if you inflate the cheek pads firmly it helps to reduce the noise, but the booming sounds in this helmet are loud even with ear plugs in. I was really looking forward to buying this helmet but now I’m looking for something else. i.e. the Schuberth R1."