The Scorpion Exo-R710 review: a great value, sporty fiberglass full face helmet
The Scorpion Exo-R710 is a fiberglass-shelled full face helmet, designed with a nod towards the sportier side of riding.
That’s because there’s a nice large shield on there that’s suitable for the more ‘lean-forward’ type of riding position that you’ll find on a sportsbike and because it’s been aerodynamically sculpted to reduce buffeting and wind resistance. It’s not an out-and-out full-on track helmet, but if you ride with your head tucked down from time to time and upright the rest, it might well be a good fit for you.
The R710 is available at a very attractive price point too, which puts this well-featured fiberglass helmet within the reach of most folks, whether using it for a daily commute or canyon carving.
Here’s what the Scorpion Exo-R710 offers and what owners think of theirs.
- Fiberglass full face helmet
- Snell tested/certified
- SHARP 3 star rated
- DOT and ECE certified
- Double-D ring fastener
- 3lbs (1.35Kg) – that’s light
- 3 shell sizes
- 5 Year warranty
- Expect to pay around $200
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Looking at those stats, we’d expect the 710 to give you decent protection in an impact – though arguably not as good as one of these safest helmets (to qualify for our safest helmets section, a helmet has to be SHARP 4 or 5 rated).
As always, it’s worth being aware that getting a helmet that fits just right is your number one priority when buying a helmet – so make sure it fits spot on before worrying about being Snell approved or having a high SHARP rating.
OK, so that’s the ‘official’ box-ticking done. But what other safety features are there on the Exo R710?
It’s manufactured in 3 helmet shell sizes – that’s good for safety, fitting and looks.
And it comes with EQRS – that’s the system that allows for quick removal of the cheek pads to help emergency services get your helmet off more easily. It’s one of those things that hopefully you’ll never need – but is good to have on your helmet anyhow.
It’s got a good old reliable double-d ring fastener to keep it tight on your head too.
Most of us like a helmet that suppresses noise well, but they’re few and far between.
From all the comments we’ve found about the Scorpion Exo R710, it’s about average for noise with about half saying it’s noisy and half saying it’s quiet (and lots of comments in between).
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There’s quite a few vents in the shell of the R710. Up top, there’s three vents – one in the center above the shield (2 position slider) and a couple of crown vents (again, a 2 position slider) – all relatively easy to find and operate in gloves once you’ve had a bit of practice.
These top vents feed air through the shell and through some generous air channels cut into the polystyrene lining, which will take air to circulate around your scalp. All that warmer, moist air will then vent the rear where there’s a single central exhaust vent under the small rear spoiler and a couple of side exhausts too.
The whole thing seems to vent very well because we didn’t come across a bad word said by any owners about the ventilation. Lots of people said they can feel a ton of ventilation coming through and that the Scorpion R710 keeps their heads cool even on a long day of riding in the summer sun.
Down below, the central chin vent has a 3 position slider; the fully-open position vents to both chin and shield, intermediate directs air towards the shield only, and there’s a fully closed position.
These bottom vents are less effective, though used in conjunction with the EverClear anti-fog coated face shield, should keep your vision clear under most conditions.
The Scorpion Exo-R710 has Scorpion’s Ellip-Tec shield system. That’s a system that’s designed to pull the shield towards the rubber gasket when closed, making for a tighter seal that more effectively keeps rain, noise and wind out.
It’s also designed to make the quick-change shield quicker and easier still – Scorpion reckons it takes about 10 seconds to swap out the shield. That’s quick and something I doubted – though one owner reckoned it takes him about 5 seconds so maybe it’s not that optimistic!
Either way, expect it to take a little learning and practice before you get the hang of it and manage to hit those super fast times!
The Ellip-Tec system works by using springs in the shield pivot to pull the shield away from the sealing gasket. Then as you raise the shield to the fully-open position, it pulls it back in again by a few mm towards the helmet. Clever.
In the US, the R-710’s shield comes EverClear anti-fog coated, which is generally reckoned to be pretty good – as long as you don’t encounter more extreme weather types.
It’s also worth noting that while there’s no sun shield on the Exo R710, all clear shields made from polycarbonate have excellent anti-UV properties (broadly around 99%) – so while you might be squinting into the sunlight, you’re still actually getting a ton of UV protection.
Finally on the shield system, the Exo R710 has a small lever bottom-left of the shield that’s there to either lock the shield closed or allow you to crack it open slightly. A few owners said they find this feature really useful.
Note: all Scorpion Exo 710 Airs are sold with a clear shield – even though their promo shots show most with dark shields.
Comfort and Sizing
Inside the Scorpion Exo R710 is a comfort lining made from a moisture-wicking, antimicrobial material that Scorpion calls its KwickWick2 liner. It’s also fully removable and washable.
Note, the interior is one of the key differences between the US R710 and European 710 Air.
The R710 has EQRS – that’s a safety system designed to help emergency services quickly remove the cheek pads (and therefore the helmet) after an accident. Look for the red tabs on the bottom of the helmet that indicate EQRS is present.
On the 710 Air, there’s an airpump system – called AirFit – that you’ll find in several Scorpion helmets. Press a small pump located in the chin guard to inflate small air bladders in the cheek pads to squeeze them in a little and tighten the fit. There’s also a release valve next to it to deflate them again.
There’s mixed reviews as to how useful the AirFit system is. I guess it comes down to personal preference – the occasional person says they love it but I get the impression most folks don’t bother with it beyond an initial play.
Inside both helmets, the shape/fitment of the Exo R710 is medium oval, which means it should fit most heads (unless you’re an overtly rounder headed person where you might find it a bit tight on the sides).
Owners overwhelmingly like how comfy the Scorpion R710 is. OK, you’ve got to make sure it’s a nice, snug fit in the first place (follow our helmet fitting guide) but if the shape’s right and you buy the right size, other riders reckon it’s somewhere between good and very comfortable.
That comfort level’s gotta be helped by its lightweight fiberglass shell. It weighs in around 3lbs (1.35Kg) which is well under the 3.3LBS (1.49) average weight for a fiberglass full face helmet. And sure enough, several owners say it feels really light weight when they’re riding.
Finally on comfort, three people we came across said they found the helmet sizes a bit small – meaning they needed a size up on their usual helmet size. So if you measure your head and find yourself on the cusp between sizes, it might be worth going for the larger size – or ordering both, provided you buy with a shop that’ll refund without fuss (such as our recommended retailers).
Though remember – don’t try it on the road or remove any tags/stickers before you try and return it. There isn’t an online retailer in the land that’ll refund a helmet that’s not been returned in the same condition you took it out of the box – and that includes all tags, stickers and shield-vinyls.
Looks & Graphics
As usual, we’ve put a wide range of graphics up and down the page. Note: there’s both US R710s and European Scorpion Exo 701 Airs pictured on this page. You can tell which is which by the captions – or failing that the 701 Air has a Pinlock shield so you’ll be able to see the round Pinlock Pins on the shield – like on the Airline above.
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Scorpion Exo-R710 Video
First off is a really quick 40s look around the 710 Air, followed by a much longer 7m look around the US R710.
Other stuff – fasteners, audio, weight, glasses, chin curtain, warranty
The R710 comes with a double-d ring fastener.
It has decent sized speaker pockets to fit bluetooth communicator speakers and a large flat external area to fit most 3rd party communicators.
Inside the helmet there’s a pair of glasses grooves to help you slot the stems of your glasses in without them pressing into the side of your head.
The Exo-R710 comes with both a detachable breath guard and chin curtain installed.
And finally, it comes with a full five year warranty.
The Scorpion Exo-R710 is well liked by owners and it’s not hard to see why. For not very much cash, you get a light weight, fiberglass full face helmet that’s versatile enough to work on sportsbikes and more upright motorcycles too.
It’s got great ventilation and an innovative quick release shield system. And it’s got a good quality interior that includes EQRS, designed to help quickly remove the helmet after an accident.
It dropped a couple of safety points because, even though it is DOT, ECE and Snell certified, it ‘only’ scored 3/5 in the SHARP helmet safety test. But remember
So if you’re looking for a great, light weight all rounder that’ll cover you for pretty well all types of riding but will give you change out of a couple of hundred quid, then the Scorpion Exo-R710 is well worth trying out.
Crash Helmet Buying GuidesFor (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.
Good Alternatives to the Scorpion Exo-R710
If you’re after a great value full face helmet, then here’s some fantastic lids to check out.
The HJC FG-17 isn’t though – that can be had for around the same money as the R710; plus it’s SHARP 4 star safety rated and Snell approved, has a fiberglass shell and, though it’s designed to work well on sportsbikes, it’s a solid all-rounder too.
Or for a more unusual option, there’s the LS2 FF323 Arrow. That’s a smidge more than the Scorp, but for the money, you’ll get a full on track-developed sportsbike helmet, that’s DOT, ECE and SHARP 4 star rated and has an optically-correct shield – and it’s just as light as the R710 too.
Other full face helmetsThere are lots of alternative full face crash helmets. You can check out our Top 10 full-face crash helmets list to see our best rated helmets. But we also recommend you take a look at all our full face crash helmet previews and reviews as well as our safest motorcycle helmets page where you'll only find helmets that are SHARP four or five star rated - so you'll know you're wearing the best protection out there.