Scorpion EXO-R2000 crash helmet review

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Top of the range sportsbike helmet from Scorpion – the EXO-R2000

The EXO R2000 is Scorpion’s Moto-GP derived sports bike helmet.

It’s a full face helmet with a shell made from Scorpion’s TCT composite material – that includes layers of fiberglass, aramid and organic poly resin (whatever that is – sounds like a fancy word for plastic!) and aims to take on the top-of-the range helmets from the likes of AGV, Arai and Shoei. That’s a big ask – especially when Scorpion are undercutting the rest with a hugely competitive price point.

  • Snell 2010 tested/certified
  • Composite fiber shelled helmet
  • 4 Shell sizes
  • Emergency removal cheek pad system
  • Great ventilation & build quality
  • 5 year warranty
  • Includes extra smoked shield*
  • Sizes XS-XXL
  • Expect to pay around $299
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Exo R2000 Carb with mirrored shield (extra)

Safety

The EXO-R2000 is the first time we’ve seen Scorpion’s TCT composite fiber shell, so it’s difficult to know exactly how well it’ll perform in an accident – though it has been tested by Snell and was awarded their M2010 rating which is a very good sign.

It hasn’t been tested by SHARP yet though so we can’t tell quite how safe it is relative to other helmets.

However, the EXO 2000 scored 3 stars back in 2014 and Scorpions have scored an average of 3.5 stars out of 5 for safety across all SHARP-tested helmets, and analysing the data, we’d expect the EXO-R2000 to score a similar rating (which we’ve shown in our star ratings at the bottom). Of course, if SHARP do test it, we’ll update this report as soon as they do.

There are of course other elements, apart from the helmet shell materials, that add to safety of course. The Scorpion EXO-R2000 is manufactured in 4 shell sizes and has dual density EPS shock absorbing lining, all of which is good news. It features Scorpion’s AirFit system, allowing you to ensure the helmet fits nice and tightly at all times (good helmet fit is one of the most important features of an effective helmet in an accident) and the shield is lockable meaning, all being well, it’ll stay closed and locked in an accident.

Finally, it features a double-d chin strap locking mechanism, which are old-style but very effective at keeping your helmet tightly locked and on your head during an accident. The great thing about a double-d strap is that you can tighten it up exactly right every time, keeping the helmet nice and secure on every trip.

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Rear view of the Scorpion EXO-R2000 Fortis

Helmet Noise

The Scorpion EXO-2000 Evo Air is a racing/sportsbike helmet and, as we’ve found out before, because helmet noise is not so much of a priority for racers – or designing a racing helmet – they can be pretty noisy.

And true to form, the Scorpion only manages about average for quietness.

It’s fair to say that a few owners so say it’s a quiet helmet, but more say it’s noisy – and overall, the opinion of owners and pro reviewers that we’ve seen point to the Scorpion EXO-R2000 being about average for noise suppression. As always, it’s very much dependent on the bike you ride and what helmet you’ve had before.

Ventilation

Ventilation is resoundingly a massive strong point for the EXO-R2000.

Scorpion reckon it has six inlet vents on the front of the helmet and ten exhausts on the rear. I reckon they’re counting some twice; but even so, EXO-R2000 users say the vents gulp up loads of air and keep you feeling cool and comfortable when you need it.

There’s a 2 position chin vent – position 1 pushes air up onto the shield, position 2 brings it round the chin guard.

Then there’s a forehead vent and a vent either side at the top of the helmet – all are closeable and all pull air through the channels in the polystyrene, around the scalp and out of the back of the helmet – through one of an array of always-open exhaust vents.

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Rear view of the Track black/white – showing 5 of the exhaust ports

The two main vents – the chin and forehead – are both easy to find and open/close in gloves, though the other two top vents are less easy. But overall, the ventilation system is bang on and pulls in heaps of air into the helmet – especially when you’re in a sportsbike tuck position where the vents are more in the airflow. Bang on. If good ventilation is your priority, then the EXO-R2000 is worth a serious look.

Shield

The main shield on the Scorpion EXO-R2000 features what Scorpion calls its Ellip-Tec system. The main features of this system is a quick-release shield and a combo of rubber gasket around the eyeport and shield mechanism that pulls the shield into towards it to form a nice tight seal against air and wind.

The quick release mechanism is very good – like many helmets including HJC, you have to open the shield, push a small lever near the pivot and the shield pulls out. To reinstall, just click the shield back in to the pivot – really quick and easy.

It’s got a good action too, with a nice, positive five position ratchet mechanism and reports are that the Ellip-Tech sealing system works well too.

The Shield on the Exo R2000 is coated with Scorpion’s EverClear anti-fog treatment and is both anti-scratch and optically correct. The anti-fog seems to be OK but a couple of owners reckon it’s a little prone to being removed if you clean your shield too vigorously – and generally it’s not up to the standard of a dedicated Pinlock.

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EXO-R2000 hi vis Ravin

There’s also a small lever beneath the shield pivot on the left. In the back position, this locks the shield closed. Push it forwards, and it keeps the shield in a ‘cracked open’ position and stops it from closing. That’s a nice feature and is easy to use.

Being a sportsbike-focused helmet, it’s useful to have a good wide shield aperture and a number of owners said the field of vision is good and noticeably wider than their previous helmets.

*Note. In the US it usually comes with a replacement smoked shield in the box – but check with the retailer before you buy as this can vary slightly from retailer to retailer.

Comfort & Sizing

The Scorpion EXO-R2000 is available in XS-XXL sizes. Quite a few users reckon it sizes on the small side though, so if you’re between sizes you should probably buy a size larger – and you may even find you need to go a size larger regardless.

As to comfort, the lining features Scorpion’s KwikWick II material which is antibacterial and wicks sweat away from the head. Owners reckon it’s a comfortable lining and seems to do its job well, with a couple of owners saying they’ve worn the helmet all day and found it to be really comfortable.

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EXO R2000 Bautista (who helped in the development)

There’s a few other features worth noting about the internals. It is of course removable and washable – only the cheapest helmets aren’t these days – and has a glasses groove down each side so your glasses’ stems can sit in there without pressing into your head.

It’s also got emergency removal tabs at the bottom – the idea being it helps the emergency services remove the helmet more easily by pulling on the tabs and the cheek pads pulling out of the bottom of the helmet. Nice touch – as long as the emergency services know to look for them!

There’s also the AirFit system as mentioned above. There’s a couple of small air bladders behind each cheek pad – you can inflate them by pressing the air bulb bottom center inside the chin guard, which has the effect of pushing the cheek pads out into the cheeks and keeping the helmet fit nice and firm.

It’s a useful feature, especially for folks with narrower chins. But it’s also helpful for keeping the helmet tightly fixed in place, helping reducing any movement caused by buffeting and should increase safety; a nice snug-fitting helmet is one of the most important factors in ensuring a helmet can do its job during an accident.

Looks & Graphics

The Scorpion EXO-R2000 has a modern, slightly aggressive and sporty look which is, at the time of writing, supplemented by 8 different designs including the Fortis, Track and Bautista, as well as the usual solid matt/gloss blacks and a white versions. We’ve tried to include as many as we can around the page but check out our recommended retailer links that’ll drop you straight onto their Scorpion helmet pages where you can check out the latest graphics and prices. To find out more about why you should try our recommended retailers and for a quick glance at their delivery costs, check here.

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.

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Video

Here’s Scorpion’s promo video of the EXO-2000 Evo Air.

Other stuff – fasteners, buffeting, build quality, chin curtain.

As we mentioned before, the Scorpion EXO-R2000 comes with a double-d ring fastener. What we didn’t mention is that it’s a titanium double-d ring fastener! We’re not sure why it’s made out of titanium but it’s the first time we’ve seen it on a motorcycle helmet and we like it (who doesn’t like titanium stuff?!)

A few owners have said that the EXO-R2000 feels very stable and slippery and doesn’t buffet around half as badly as their previous helmets. Making a helmet that’s slippery as possible and that’s doesn’t pull on the rider when you’re looking around was one of Scorpion’s aims when designing the helmet so it sounds like they’ve done a good job.

The Scorpion EXO-R2000 comes with a removable chin curtain and neck roll fitted, both of which are there to reduce noise and creating a tighter fit around the neck.

Finally, many owners – several who own helmets from the likes of Arai and Shoei – commented that the Scorpion’s got great build quality and finish; especially at this price.

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Matt black version of the R2000

Crash Helmet Buying Guides

For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.

Alternatives to the Scorpion EXO-2000 Evo Air

Most of the sportsbike helmet competition tends to be more expensive than the Scorpion – which is one of the Scorp’s main selling points of course. If you’re willing to spend a bit more and need an out-and-out sports helmet, then there’s lots to choose from.

There’s the SHARP 5 star rated AGV Corsa – that’s AGVs 2nd most exclusive sports helmet that’s got great ventilation and an optically-correct shield. For something a little less mainstream, how about Schuberth’s carbon-compostite SR1, a track-focused SHARP 4 star lid. Or there’s the Shoei X-Spirit III – you’ll see a smattering of those across pretty well every motorcycle grid at the moment so they must work well (and of course, at the time of writing, there’s deals to be had on the outgoing X-Spirit II). Finally, if we’re talking about track helmets, we have to include an Arai. If you’ve the money to cover it, take a look at the Arai RX-7V, their range-topping race-bred helmet.

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Overall/Summary

The Scorpion EXO-R2000 is a great helmet that owners seem to love. It’s got great build quality, comfort and outstanding ventilation all at a really competitive price – especially for a sportsbike, racetrack-developed helmet. It’s Snell M2010 certified too so should protect you well in an accident. So if you need a new helmet, especially if you ride a sportsbike and don’t want to spend big bucks, then the Scorpion EXO-R2000 is well worth looking at. From what we can see, you’ll get a great helmet with some really useful features and get lots of helmet for your money.

Star Ratings

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