A review of the Scorpion EXO T1200 crash helmet

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A mid-priced full face composite crash helmet with sun visor

Introduction

The Scorpion Exo T1200 is a composite fiber street helmet designed for the road/touring market (think more sit up riding style then head-down sports bike riding). It has an integral sun visor, double-d ring fastener and, for what is a well built helmet, has a very attractive price tag.

If you’re new to buying helmets (or need a refresh) you’ll find links to more information in each section that’ll describe a feature and/or why it’s important.

Overall/Summary

The Scorpion EXO T1200 is a decent performer. Only let down by noise levels (though that can be sorted by using ear plugs) it’s comfortable, well ventilated and the fit can be finely tuned by using Scorpion’s Airfit system to tighten up the cheek pads. There’s a question mark over safety as it only scored three out of four stars in the SHARP lab, but it’s well built and offers good value for money at the price.

  • Composite fiber full face helmet
  • Internal sun visor
  • Not Snell tested
  • SHARP 3 star rating
  • Double D ring fastener
  • Scorpion’s Airfit pump system
  • 5 year warranty
  • Weight 3.5lbs/1.6Kg
  • Expect to pay about $249-$319

We only recommend places with great reviews and terms - and if you buy something, we receive a small fee (always at no extra cost to you!). Revzilla (PA) offer outstanding service and free shipping. Also 2 Wheel (CA) and BTO Sports (CA) have great online reviews as well as offering free shipping and returns! Or you can click through to 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 quick T&Cs.

Safety

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Scorpion EXO T1200 Freeway. Note helmet comes with clear shield

The Scorpion Exo T1200 has what Scorpion call their TCT or Thermodynamical Composite Technology shell – which Scorpion reckon is a game-changer in terms of impact absorption and weight.

It’s been approved for sale by being both DOT and ECE approved, and it was tested by SHARP in April 2016 and scored a 3 star safety rating (out of five stars).

All Scorpions tested to date score either 3 or 4 stars with SHARP but this three star rating for one of their more expensive helmets is a bit disappointing.

Other safety features that are a tick in the box include the number of shell sizes it’s produced in (3), the double-d ring fastener and the fact it has a drop down sun visor which can be really useful if you’re caught out by low sun and getting dazzled. Click the links above to find out more about each feature.

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Rear view of the EXO T1200 Freeway

Helmet Noise

Folks who own a T1200 overall reckon it’s very noisy. As always, it’s usually dependent on how noisy your previous helmet was. But having said that, we’ve rarely come across a helmet where so many owners say it’s really noisy.

So if you’re looking for a helmet to ride around in without ear plugs, it might be worth looking elsewhere. Part of the problem seems to be the vents. While they do let a good amount of air in, they also seem to catch the wind quite a bit and create noise.

Having said all that, ride with ear plugs in and you should be fine.

To find helmets that owners say are quiet, click our quietest helmets section.

Size

Scorpion produce the T1200 in three shell sizes – which is about right for a helmet of this type and price point. When you’re looking to buy one, sizing appears to be about right, though one or two owners reported that, if anything, they’re a bit on the small size. So, if you’re between sizes, we’d say opt for a slightly larger version first.

Ventilation

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Solid gloss white version

While the Scorpion Exo T1200 has the usual array of chin vent and twin forehead vents, owners say they work pretty well – not the best we’ve found but they’re adequate for most climates and conditions.

As usual, vents alone won’t keep your visors fog free in cold conditions (see Shield section below) but if you ride in heat, then most owners reckon they pull in a decent amount of air to keep you cool in most conditions.

The rear of the helmet has an exhaust vent with spoiler that’s been designed to help pull the heated exhaust air out from the helmet too. Although the switches on the top vents are small, we couldn’t find anyone who complained of them being fiddly to operate – even in gloves – so all should be fine there.

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Drop down sun visor clearly visible on the EXO T1200 Fulmen

Shield

The Exo T1200 comes with a clear main shield in the box (not smoked like many of the pictures). The main shield has its opening tab on the left which the occasional owner didn’t like (makes it trickier to open the shield when stationery with the clutch pulled in) and has a shield locking mechanism that lets you lock the shield in fully-closed or cracked open position.

It also has what Scorpion calls its Speedshift toolless shield removal system which allows quick changing/cleaning of the main shield – which works well.

The drop down sun visor operates from a lever to the left hand side of the main visor pivot. As with most sun visors, it has a tendency to fog up in cold/wet weather too and if you ride mostly in really sunny areas, then you might find the sun visor not dark enough. However, many riders say they love it and find it really useful – enough to leave their shades at home. One word of warning – and worth checking when you take delivery – is that several owners reported a weird film coating their sun visors that made it cloudy to look through it and, after trying to get rid of it, caused them to scratch the visor.

It might well be that was just a batch of flaky visors, but it’s probably worth checking yours as soon as you get it.

Comfort & Sizing

The internals of the Exo T1200 are well thought out. They’re fully removeable/washable and made of Scorpion’s Kwickwick 3 liner. That’s a hypoallergenic liner that’s designed to wick sweat away from your head as effectively as possible.

Most owners say it feels really plush and well made – and it’s a really comfortable crash helmet too. Obviously, that’s providing you’ve got a helmet that fits right in the first place (check the link on what to look for).

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Scorpion EXO T1200 in Quarterback colors

One welcome innovation with the T1200 is the emergency removal system where emergency services can remove the cheek pads by pulling down on the two tabs underneath the helmet, allowing them to remove both pads quickly to allow easier removal of the head from the helmet.

And while you’ll (hopefully) never need to benefit from that innovation, another that’s more useful in a day to day sense is Scorpion’s inflatable cheek pads – their Airfit system. There’s a few Scorpion helmets with these inflatable pads now, and they’re there to allow you to ensure the helmet fits nice and tightly. Once the helmet’s on your head, squeeze the inflating bulb once or twice and that should tighten the helmet up nicely, ensuring the fit’s nice and tight and the helmet won’t rotate on your head.

Several owners use it regularly and find it really useful for fine-tuning the fit.

Looks & Graphics

Lots of owners like the aggressive looks of the Exo T1200. At the time of writing, Scorpion offer the Exo T1200 in 14 different designs with a total of 30 different color schemes! That’s a whole lot of choice and you’re not going to find a retailer that stocks all of them. We’ve chosen what we consider the best looking designs and dropped them around the page. To check out the latest designs, it’s worth clicking on our links to our recommended retailers.

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Video

Here’s a video looking around the T1200 from those fine folks at STG. Should give you a bit more of a feel for the helmet.

Other stuff – fasteners, weight, build quality, chin curtain

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Rear view of the matt black solid version of the 1200 Air

The Exo T1200 comes with a double-d fastener. They’re pretty good although most helmets tend to come with micrometric fasteners these days (and get really good feedback). As for weight, at 3.5lbs/1.6Kg it’s pretty heavy for a composite helmet, but also pretty heavy if you look across all full face helmets (irrespective of materials) where the average weight is 3.26lbs/1.48Kg.

In the box, you’ll also find a removable chin curtain, breath deflector and high quality helmet bag (the amazing quality of the helmet bag was mentioned by lots of owners!)

Finally, at this middling price point, it’s worth noting that lots of owners say the build quality is excellent – much higher than they expected – with both a high quality finish and paintwork.

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 T1200

If you’re after a full face helmet with a sun visor that’s at a mid price point, there’s lots of choice.

First off, you might want to check out Shark’s SHARP 4 star rated Skwal, that’s about average weight and has funky built-in LEDs. It’s also cheaper than the Scorpion. Or there’s HJCs R-PHA ST that’s a bit cheaper than the Scorpion and a good all round performer, though it hasn’t yet been SHARP safety tested.

We only recommend places with great reviews and terms - and if you buy something, we receive a small fee (always at no extra cost to you!). Revzilla (PA) offer outstanding service and free shipping. Also 2 Wheel (CA) and BTO Sports (CA) have great online reviews as well as offering free shipping and returns! Or you can click through to 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 quick T&Cs.

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