Scorpion EXO-700 Neon Helmet
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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Honorable Mention: The Scorpion EXO-700 Neon
received an Honorable Mention in the
2008 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year Awards!
The new Scorpion EXO-700 "Neon" motorcycle helmet
was announced one month ago, in October of 2008. The original
press release from Scorpion is
Scorpion recently sent us a production Neon so we could take
a closer look, and this is our report.
Why all the coverage on the EXO-700, a helmet that we first
reviewed way back in December of 2004? Well, it's all
about the color...
We've been promoting the use of bright and highly visible
colors for motorcycle clothing and accessories since the very
beginning of webBikeWorld in 1999. Motorcyclists need all the
visibility they can get, whether it's from lighting, clothing,
reflective stickers and decals or helmets, and many of our reviews
and articles explicitly or implicitly address this issue.
Wearing a brightly colored helmet is one of the best things
a motorcycle rider can do to increase visibility because the
helmet is the highest visible point on the combined motorcycle
and rider unit.
A brilliantly colored helmet can make a real difference.
Next time you're out and about, look for motorcycles and you'll
probably notice that the riders wearing brightly colored helmets
usually catch your eye long before those wearing black or dark
Fortunately, there are many more helmet color choices in
2008 than there were nearly 10 years ago, and the new Scorpion
EXO-700 Neon is definitely the brightest, most eye-popping color
We want to publicly thank and congratulate Scorpion for making
the EXO-700 in this Neon color and we hope it's just the beginning
of a new color revolution! Let's hope also that other
manufacturers will take up the challenge -- there can never
be too many exciting, brilliant and safe motorcycle helmet colors
For example, there are many interesting patterns that can
be created with retro-reflective materials (and we have a very
interesting example of that coming soon); paints and -- how
about this -- even electro-luminescent helmet shells?
In the meantime, the Scorpion EXO-700 Neon features a blazing
lime-green-yellow paint that honestly looks like it glows just
when you need it most -- dark morning and evening twilight commutes.
These are the conditions where the lime-green-yellow safety
color really pops.
It's extremely hard to capture the true color of the Scorpion
Safest Colors for Motorcycle Helmets
Now I don't profess
to be an expert statistician or color theorist, but some casual
searching for topics involving safe colors or most visible colors
for motorcycle helmets will bring up a variety of studies and
In the U.S., one of the most cited studies regarding the
most noticeable colors for vehicles is the Solomon and King "Influence
of Color on Fire Vehicle Accidents" paper, published in
the Spring 1995 edition of the Journal of Safety Research.
This study helped establish the trend towards lime yellow
fire trucks (Influence of Color on Fire Vehicle Accidents. Authors:
Solomon S.S. King J.G.. Source: Journal of Safety Research,
Volume 26, Number 1, Spring 1995).
Another study, conducted by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (of the U.S. Department of Transportation)
states, in part:
"It is noted that the color
red, used for fire fighting equipment, is one of the
least visible of vehicle colors. Optometrists note that,
for its high visibility, lime yellow should be used
by fire and rescue teams, as well as favored by trucks
and car buyers. Lime yellow falls in the middle of the
color spectrum (Schuman 1991)." Shuman
M, Traditional Red Colors Safety, National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, April 1991;2: 22-24.
Some of the studies I have found, such as the "Motorcycle
Rider Conspicuity and Crash Related Injury: Case-Control Study"
in the BMJ (BMJ, ex British Medical Journal), published in January
of 2004, seem to indicate that black is the worst possible color
in terms of visibility (i.e., wearers are involved in more crashes),
while yellow and white are the most visible.
Silver is also apparently not a good color under many real-world
conditions, because it tends to blend in with the background
colors of the road surface.
To illustrate the visibility of the Scorpion EXO-700 Neon,
we took some photos in low light conditions, comparing the red
EXO-700 with the EXO-700 Neon.
Although this type of photography is extremely difficult,
and the camera does not capture the light spectrum the same
way the human eye sees it, the difference in the Neon's appearance
and how much more of the helmet is visible are readily apparent:
Unretouched photos of the Scorpion EXO-700 Neon (L) vs. Red.
ISO 400, f5.6 at 1 second
with diffused light from a single
Scorpion EXO-700 Neon outdoors at dawn. Unretouched.
Above and below: Unretouched photos of the Scorpion EXO-700
Neon vs. Red, outdoors at dawn.
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Our experience indicates that the lime-green-yellow color
used on the Scorpion EXO-700 Neon is definitely more visible
than any other helmet color I've seen or that we've compared
it to. We've tried orange, plain yellow, red and white helmets
in comparison and the Neon appears to almost have a self-induced
At noon on a sunny day, with light "temperatures"
around 5500K, most colors tend to become washed out, and this
is probably the only time that the "Neon" lime-green-yellow
color doesn't "pop" as well it does during the rest
of the day.
In addition to dawn and dusk, the Neon color really works
well on cloudy days or in fog or rain. This is when you need
the utmost in visibility on a motorcycle, and after wearing
the Neon helmet in those conditions, it feels both foolish and
unsafe to wear anything else.
The 2009 Scorpion EXO-700 Helmet
Now all this would
be moot if the Scorpion EXO-700 was a helmet that no one wanted
to wear. But it has been one of the biggest sellers in the Scorpion
inventory -- which, by the way, has expanded tremendously since
the EXO-series was first released back in 2004.
Since the EXO-700 was first released, Scorpion created the
EXO-1000 (review) and
the EXO-400 (review),
one of the best deals for a high-quality helmet in all of motorcycling.
And Scorpion has also recently released a complete line of
motorcycle clothing -- in fact, we're in the process of reviewing
the new Scorpion XDR "Commander" 3/4-length jacket,
and we'll have that report coming soon.
We had a few nits to pick on the EXO-700 back in 2004, but
all credit to Scorpion -- they've made incremental improvements
on this helmet and all their other products, and the quality
of this EXO-700 Neon is flawless.
New vs. Old: 2009 Scorpion EXO-700 vs. 2004 edition.
Pretty much everything we said about the red EXO-700 we reviewed
in 2004 holds today. The helmet uses an advanced fiberglass
and Kevlar "matrix" shell that meets both DOT and
Snell safety specifications and it has very good ventilation.
The visor is now very easy to remove and replace with the
Scorpion "SpeedShift" removal system, and the circular
visor removal button on the side is now rubberized, making it
even easier to grip.
The visor also has a large tab on the lower left, which makes
it very easy to find when wearing gloves and it's very easy
to lift and lower. The visor also smartly pops open just a crack
for ventilation, and the Scorpion "EverClear" anti-fog
system really does seem to work.
The EXO-700 line also has a number of optional accessories,
including a chin curtain, various colored visors and different
sized liners and cheek pads.
This new EXO-700 seems to have a slightly modified fit compared
to the original red EXO-700 we reviewed nearly 4 years ago.
The size XL Neon shown here runs about 1/2 size smaller than
expected; this XL should fit a neutral to long oval head shape
of about 59 to 61 cm circumference.
The Scorpion website lists an XL as fitting a 61-62 cm head,
but we think that may be a tight fit, based on this example.
But just as you should for any motorcycle helmet, make sure
you try it on before you buy.
Remember that correct helmet fit is crucial for comfort,
safety and noise reduction; see the
Motorcycle Helmet FAQ page for more information on finding
the right fit for your particular head shape.
Scorpion has taken one of the most popular
motorcycle helmets available and made it even better with the
choice of this brilliant "Neon" color. If you're as
concerned about motorcycle safety as we are, the EXO-700 Neon
deserves your attention. The new color has just been released
and should be on dealers' shelves soon at an excellent list
price of only $209.99.
Honorable Mention: wBW
2008 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year!
Product Review: Scorpion EXO-700 Neon
Available From: Scorpion
Suggested Retail Price: $209.99
Colors: Lime green yellow.
Made In: China
Review Date: November 2008
Original Scorpion Press Release for the EXO-700 Neon
First Look Edited by webBikeWorld.com
Editor's Note: The following press release from Scorpion
arrived on October 7, 2008:
Highly visible but not highly priced.
Developed in real world conditions with features that will
enhance any riderís experience, the Neon EXO-700 has established
an all-new level of performance for an under-$210 hand-laid,
fiberglass Kevlar composite helmet.
The Neon colored EXO-700 helmet is in stores November 1st
and offered in sizes extra-small through double extra-large.
The neon color increases rider conspicuity for increased
visibility and safety while riding. The EXO-700ís remarkable
fit and comfort have become a new standard in motorcycle full-faced
From its EverClear no-fog face shield to its rider tested
aerodynamics and breathable, removable and washable KwikWick
liner, the features and construction of the EXO-700 rival much
more expensive helmets on the market.
J.D. Power and Associates ranked Scorpion EXO in the top
two and three places for the Customer Satisfaction category,
out of 40 helmet brands in the United States over the last two
Scorpion helmets were also $25 below the average price index
out of those 40 brands.
Features of the Scorpion EXO-700 Neon:
Fiberglass and Kevlar
Matrix Shell: Quiet, aero-tuned design for wind-tunnel tested
EPS-lined chin bar
for additional protection.
shield system: Easy, secure tool-less face shield changes
in ten seconds or less.
face shield: Optically-correct shield with state-of-the-art,
thermally bonded, hydrophobic, fog-free technology and anti-scratch
helmet liner and cheek pads: Breathable, easily removable
Adjustable, indexed front and rear vents with aero-tuned
rear spoiler reduce lift, create vacuum and maximize airflow
Custom liner and
cheek pad kits: Available in hot colors and wild patterns.
Meets both Snell
and DOT safety standards.
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From "B.S." (9/09): "About
8 months ago, I bought a Scorpion EXO700 "Neon". At
first I raved about this helmet, both the overall quality and
the eye popping color. I'd been searching for a true "Hi
Viz" helmet for years. I even submitted a nice short review
(below). The first ride I took with this helmet in the rain
changed my mind.
The gasket/face shield has a poor seal, just above the eyebrows,
and therefore water just streaked, no, make that POURED down
the inside of the shield. The so called "no fog" treatment
failed to do anything and my vision was so distorted I had to
eventually open the shield about half way, ride through the
rain, and get my face wet. Just so you and the readers know,
I was riding a 2002 BMW K1200 LTC. It has some of the best weather
protection of any motorcycle.
I contacted Scorpion and complained about the seal and they
told me how to adjust it so it would fit tighter. I followed
their instructions but there was no room to move the shield
back or make even the slightest adjustment. I re-contacted them
again and asked what, if anything, could be done. (I was hoping
they'd tell me to send it to them for a gasket fix)
This was their reply; "Some time going up or down will
provide the adjustment needed. A 100% seal will most likely
not occur; a mild gap is common on these helmets".
Therefore, I'm stuck with a helmet that can only be used
when there is NO chance of rain during my rides. This is disappointing
to say the least. Most of us mere mortals can only afford one
helmet to last several years. With this being said, I wouldn't
purchase another Scorpion helmet unless they can fix this issue.
BTW, I'm not the only customer who's had this same complaint.
Just thought your good followers @ WBW would want to know
in case they're considering this helmet."
Editor's Note: Just for the record, there
are few/no helmets that are completely waterproof or even close.
From "J.G." (9/09): "I
have been waiting for years for someone to make a high visibility
helmet like this one. From a visibility standpoint there is
nothing like it on the market. When I walk into my garage, day
or night, the Neon is the first thing that catches my eye; it
Fit and finish on my helmet were as expected for a $200 helmet,
though I needed the 15 mm cheek pads to get the fit right. This
helmet fits a bit tight for a medium; tighter than my Shoei
I returned my first Neon for warranty replacement due to
a poorly installed visor seal. In the rain it would not only
leak to the inside of the visor ( as most helmets do) from
the center top, it would actually blow golf ball sized bubbles
right between my eyes. Talk about a distraction! Scorpion
replaced the helmet with a new one which works great. T
he only negative thing I have found wearing a Neon helmet
is that when tucked into my sportbike, head on tank bag as I
ride much of the time, the helmet casts a neon hue over my instrument
panel and inner wind screen. At least I can see myself coming!
A big thanks to Scorpion for making this helmet."
From "J.S." (9/09): "Regarding
the complaint of fading in the Florida sun (below), I suggest
that if the owner had used the cloth helmet sack that comes
with every Scorpion helmet, there may have been no fading at
all. If nothing else, it will stay cleaner."
From "T.D." (8/09): "In
regards to the reader ("R.R.", below) that tested
the Neon helmet in the sun for fading:
Fluorescent pigments by their nature are going to fade over
time quicker than other pigment colors, particularly when exposed
to UV rays. The fluorescent pigment interacts with the UV light
to create that bright glow and it wears out over time. There
is no real way around this so a neon yellow helmet will end
up being pale yellow eventually all fluorescent colors will
The only way to slow it down would be to store the helmet
in a dark place when not in use. I'm not saying that makes this
a bad helmet just that the buyer must know it will fade and
they will have to take a little extra care of their helmet if
they want to slow down the fading. Putting it out in the sun
would make it fade the fastest.
I have worked in the art field for about thirty years and
know something about pigments. I don't work for a helmet manufacturer."
From "R.R." (5/09): "I
purchased a Scorpion EXO-700 in High Viz Neon in the middle
of March, I haven't been wearing it every day, but recently
I've been leaving it clipped to the side of my bike in the bright
Florida sun. The paint on that side is fading! It's really
obvious where I recently (1 week ago) removed the warning sticker.
I've put in call to Scorpion Warranty so we'll see what happens."
Right side is faded
Right - faded
From "GA" (4/09): "I bought
the Neon EXO-700 a few months ago, and I love the color. Did
I say I loved the color?
BUT....the fit.....sigh.....my lips are pressed against the
inside of the chin bar. Break-in didn't help. It's an XL, and
the XXL is too big. So I went to a Shoei Multitec Yellow.
But I hope other helmet manufacturers get on the Hi-Viz bandwagon.
I called over a dozen vendors, and that Neon EXO-700 was sold
out in all but two. There IS demand for hi-viz, and as the over-40
riding crowd grows, I believe that the hi-viz demand is growing.
WHY no safety orange colors? WHY?"
From "de St. C." (4/09): "I
recently purchased the Neon EXO-700 and I have to say it is
one of the best helmets I have ever worn. My experience ranges
from top of the line Arai and Shoei helmets for racing and street
This Scorpion easily ranks up with the cream of the crop.
I liked it so much I went out and got one of their dirt helmets
for my dual-sport and have to say it feels even better... but
I digress. The materials and good and simple D-ring, the loose
strap "snap" on its own tab etc., all premium.
My long oval head shape fits comfortably - I know I will
have some break in but after a few weeks it is fitting like
a glove with no hot spots or pain.
The interior is top notch and easily removed and replaced
or washed ( I always tear down my helmets to see how they go
together before I ride with them).
Most importantly the balance/weight of the helmet is quite
good - the spoiler helps to keep my head calm. With my previous
helmet, if I ducked down about a half inch, while riding, I
could feel and hear a quieting. To my surprise that is gone
and replaced with a much quieter ride - both sound and turbulence
- no matter how I sit on the bike. I can only assume it is the
more pronounced spoiler working away.
Visor - is great!!! Easy on and off and adjustable
just fine. If you like notched adjustments. Which until now
I did not but it works the way it is supposed to work and comes
on and off very easily.
Of note also is how quiet the helmet is - even with the visor
open - I get none of that buzzing or vibrating and it is much
more pleasant riding with the visor open. I can unequivocally
also say that the anti-fog coating works perfectly. I do not
know how long it will last but for now it is working fine.
If I have a con it is a constant, slight venting on the top
of my head - I have a shaved head - the spoiler has three vent
channels - two of which have switches and the one in the center
does not. Very slight and fine in any weather than my Canadian
spring - I will put a little piece of tape over it in the fall.
Overall a great helmet with an amazing price - and of course
that wonderful, wonderful neon."
From "G.S." (3/09): "Yesterday
I purchased a neon Scorpion EXO-700 at my local bike shop and
what a fantastic helmet!
I went in looking for a
in orange but, not surprisingly, they would have to order it.
Walking out knowing that I could order the helmet myself, something
caught my eye, literally. A large sized neon Scorpion EXO-700
was resting high up on a shelf and standing out amongst all
the other helmets. I asked the sales person to get it down for
me and he politely said, "Great helmet, good choice".
I was still thinking I was going to order the orange TZ-R
off the web but decided to compare the fit and quality of a
non-orange TZ-R to the neon EXO-700. Both are high quality DOT/Snell
helmets, fit great, and feel nearly identical in size (large
= large). The features on the EXO-700, however, are far superior
to the TZ-R, including an anti-fog visor, about 10 more vents,
and removable pads. Scorpion gives you all this for $75-100
USD less than the Shoei.
Becoming a more "responsible" rider and living
in a sprawling metropolis made me want a high visibility helmet.
My web research only returned one helmet for high visibility
colors- the orange Shoei TZ-R. I was really surprised to learn
this but excited to learn that there are actually two high visibility
helmet models out there- one in each color!
So, I thank the guy who called the helmet manufacturers requesting
high vis colors, and I thank Scorpion and Shoei for making them.
I chose the Scorpion because it is more helmet for less money.
Maybe the rest of the industry should step up to the plate.
Now, if there was only an EXO-1000 in neon or orange. That
flip down tinted visor..."
From "L.H." (12/08): "Let
Scorpion know that I also will be in line for the modular Neon
helmet . Riders in the UK and elsewhere have put safety &
visibility before so-called fashion for a long time now.
I suppose the wearing of black clothing & leather might
be a camouflage attempt and as an exercise in Social Darwinism
I'm all for it."
From "Brian" (11/08): "Several
months ago, I contacted many of the top helmet manufacturers
and asked them if they would consider painting a helmet "HI
VIZ or NEON lime/yellow". HJCs answer was, "we have
no intentions of doing so anytime soon". Arai didn't respond
at all and Shoei said, "no, we aren't looking at that color
in the future". Scorpion just simply responded," we'll
send your request and suggestion to R & D"
For years, I have been preaching the benefits of Hi Viz motorcycle
apparel. Especially the helmet. When I asked the 4 companies
if they would custom paint one for me they all said no. You
would think that with all the variations of colors that these
companies make, they would jump on the opportunity to be first.
I even offered to buy the first one one the market.
It appears that I'll have to dig up the money and make good
on my promise. Maybe Scorpion listened and decided to give it
a try. I doubt I'm the only person to contact helmet companies
and ask for this so I'm not singing the blues. Quite the contrary.
I join you and send a BIG thank you to Scorpion for being innovative,
forward thinking and down right smart. Apparently my, or should
I say our requests and suggestions were taken seriously.
I went to their site to see if there was any additional information
but it hasn't been posted yet. I don't care. As soon as I can
find one on line, I'll be wearing one! Now, if Scorpion
will hurry up and make a modular in this color, I'll have to
have one of those too!
So, all the rest of you helmet manufacturers take a good
look. This is what you should've done. In my opinion, Scorpion
has just elevated itself to the top of the helmet world. They
have achieved the almost impossible with a reasonably priced
helmet that is also top quality, that's finally, HI Viz."
Response from Teri Gorrell, Media Relations & Rider
Support, Scorpion USA: "Thank you Brian for
the suggestions and for the compliments! All of the staff
here at Scorpion Sports prides themselves in not only customer
service, but also in being motorcycle enthusiasts! We
ride, we listen to your suggestions and we make good things
happen for riders like ourselves. The Modular helmet is on the
way, stay tuned for Spring 2009! Get STUNG."
(Edtior's Note, August 2009: See our
review of the Scorpion EXO-900