Scorpion Exo 100 Padova open face helmet

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The Scorpion Exo 100 looks, on paper at least, to be a breath of fresh air. With a drop down sun visor and classic  good looks,  it promises to offer something a bit different from the usual crop of no-frills open face lids.

  • Polycarbonate Shell
  • Sizes XS to XXL
  • Spring-loaded sun visor
  • Typical price range: $95-$130 depending on retailer/model

Shell and safety

The Scorpion Exo 100 is a polycarbonate-shelled open faced helmet made with a ‘half helmet’ shell.

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Scorpion Exo 100 Padova in cream

Given the Exo 100 is an open face helmet, it won’t be tested by SHARP. It hasn’t been tested by Snell either. However, it’s worth nothing that every Scorpion helmet tested by SHARP to date has scored either three or four stars out of five, so assuming the Exo 100 uses similar materials and construction methods, it’s not unreasonable to think the shell itself might score similarly – which is above average.

Size & buying

If you’re thinking of buying an Exo 100, a few owners reckoned they had to go down a size (so, if you’re an M, you might want to try an S). Scorpions seem to be a bit hit and miss where sizing’s concerned so be aware – either try one in store or our advice is to err on the smaller size and buy from a vendor who will replace without any quibbles (not all do). Either way, don’t go out for a ride in it and keep it in perfect condition with stickers and labels so you can return it – until you’re sure you’ve got the right size.

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In white showing removable peak and lowered sun visor

The Shell is manufactured in two sizes – that’s good for both safety and looks. The smaller shell size covers fittings XS to M and the larger shell size fittings L to XXL. Making two outer shell sizes fit five internal ‘fitting’ sizes is achieved by using different amounts of internal padding; with the XXL having less padding than the L for example. Which, in this example, might make the L helmet seem over-sized when worn compared to a person with an XXL head; which one or two owners have complained about (the lollipop effect). Again, it’s something to check when you try on the helmet to make sure it’s a keeper. For more information on this, see our shell size guide.

Looking to buy a Scorpion?

We recommend Revzilla (PA) for outstanding service and free shipping, and both Rocky Mountain ATV/MC (UT & KY) and 2 Wheel (CA) for great service, free shipping and returns. Or you can click through to the Scorpion helmets pages at Amazon if you prefer to buy from there. Please click any link to drop onto their Scorpion helmets pages or see here for more info about our recommended stores, including T&Cs.

Sun visor & neck skirt

The Scorpion Exo 100 has some interesting features that set it apart from the competition. Firstly, it has a built-in sun visor. There’s a button top left of the visor opening (as you’re wearing it) that you press and a spring-loaded sun visor pops down and drops to just above the nose. Folks reckon it could be a bit darker but it’s good for low sun and keeping the worst of the rain or road crud out of the eyes. It can get a bit blustery behind it so it doesn’t stop really bad wind and rain, but for most owners, it’s a useful extra for when things get particularly bad like when you’re overtaking a truck or riding into the lowering sun.  There’s also enough room behind it for goggles or glasses.

A range of different density sun visors are available as well as clear and amber (for low-visibility conditions).

Another nice touch is the removable neck/ear skirt. It zips in to the helmet to provide extra comfort and protection against the worst of the weather and reduces wind blast. It also houses speaker pockets and gives a great channel round the back of the helmet to route any cabling from your intercom or communicator that you might want to hide.

Other features include a sun peak that’s easily removable and leaves the front of the helmet clean and free of fixing brackets. Good design.

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Internals – well padded, well ventilated and comfortable

Comfort, ventilation

Users say the helmet is really comfortable on, though one or two owners with unfaired bikes do say there’s quite a bit of helmt-lift above 60 mph. Another couple complained the chin strap could do with being longer, though they did confess that it could be due to their double-chins! Most find it comfortable though – and like the micrometric fastener too.

Interestingly, the Exo also has front vents – with small inlets behind the front peak pulling air into and through channels in the EPS polystyrene liner to keep the head well ventilated and cool – and help the fully removable/washable lining wick moisture away from the head.

Looks and build quality

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Matt black Exo 100 with sun peak removed. Mean and moody most popular version.

Quite a few owners remarked on how well the Exo 100 is made. For the price of the helmet, they were surprised how high the build quality is with a solid feel and quality detailing throughout.

The Exo 100 is available only in plain colors – including gloss/matt black and gloss cream and white. The pink shown in the video is no longer available (surprise!).

Video

Here’s a video of a dude doing very well to not feel embarrassed wearing a Barbie pink Exo 100!

Guides

If you’re looking to buy a new crash helmet, you might want to check out our useful guides page – including all about the SHARP crash helmet safety testing scheme – and our 10 things to look out for when buying a helmet.

Best places to buy a Scorpion crash helmet?

Revzilla are based in Philadelphia and offer outstanding service (at the time of writing 9.8/10 at Reseller Ratings) as well as 30 day refunds and free shipping on orders over $39.99 to 48 states.

We also recommend Rocky Mountain ATV/MC who score 4.9/5 at Google Customer Reviews, offer free shipping to 48 states on orders over $75, 45 day no quibble returns and will pay for return shipping if it doesn't fit right.

2 Wheel are based in California, have excellent customer ratings at Google Customer Reviews and offer free deliveries to US Conti 48 as well as 1st free return delivery if your gear (incl helmets) doesn't fit.

Or you can jump through to the Scorpion helmets pages at Amazon if you prefer to buy from there - but make sure you only buy from the most reputable sellers.

They are our Recommended Stores for quality of service and if you click one of our links and buy from them, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you - a massive THANKS! (it's how we finance the site).

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