Friday, July 15

Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet Review

Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet - Solid
The Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet is packed with improvements over its predecessor, the EXO-1000, but manages to remain in the same price range, delivering an even higher degree of performance. Designed as the premium long-distance touring lid within the Scorpion range, the Scorpion EXO1100 Helmet is optimized for the upright or 3/4 riding position, providing ideal comfort, aerodynamics, protection, and ventilation in all touring scenarios. With an improved shell, redesigned airflow system, and other subtle upgrades, we can easily see this helmet being an absolute home run as we move into the latter portion of 2011 and the 2012 riding season.

Check out our Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet Review:



Scorpion EXO-1100 Street Demon Helmet
Available in a run of solid colors and Scorpion's newest graphic options, the Scorpion EXO 1100 Helmet is sure to carry the torch after the immense popularity of the EXO-1000. Let's get right in to the upgrades found on the 1100. First and foremost, the ventilation in the EXO-1100 has been completely redesigned with enormous channels that span the entirety of the EPS liner to flow a ton of air and keep the head cool on all long rides. As with the EXO-1000, the ventilation is strategically-positioned to perform the best in the upright and 3/4 position. There is an open/close chin vent, an open/close brow intake, two open/close chimney intakes, an open/close chimney exhaust (that controls two vents), and two rear lower diffusers. There is a ton of air that flows through this lid.

Scorpion EXO-1100 Freedom Helmet
The new for 2010 Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet is also 4oz. lighter than its predecessor. Scorpion has decided to use DOT and ECE safety certifications rather than Snell. ECE provides a comparable safety level to Snell, but allows for significant weight savings. We see this with some other brands (such as AGV) and the result is a high-performance, lighter weight helmet. Internally, the KwikWick II liner system is now being used which is a significant upgrade over the first iteration. In addition to being softer and providing better moisture-wicking properties, the KwikWick II is also completely antimicrobial and antibacterial which will help keep your helmet funk-free. It still remains removable and washable (cheekpads and crown liner). The comfort liner uses a slot system rather than the velcro of the 1000, which reduces pressure points.

Scorpion EXO-1100 Kranium Helmet
At the neckroll, we see another improvement as it now features a new lower profile that creates a better seal at the entrance of the helmet, offering significantly lower wind noise. The opening is now more accommodating for putting the 1100 on and off, and its intermediate oval shape is going to fit an extremely wide range of riders' head shapes. The AirFit system remains in this helmet which is a controllable air bladder system behind each cheekpad, allowing a personalized fit with the simple push of a button. This makes getting in and out of the helmet a lot easier and also ensures you can have the snuggest fit possible for maximum comfort and ergonomics.

Scorpion EXO-1100 Preciosa Helmet
Beyond the extensive upgrades, the EverClear fog-free shield is optically-correct and anti-fog treatment works very well. The SpeedShift shield change mechanism allows for shield changes in seconds with the simple twist of a knob. The shield itself is spring-loaded, features strong detents, and the locking mechanism is three positions (open, locked, and cracked for airflow). Another big feature that carries over is the SpeedView internal retractable sun visor (also featuring the anti-fog EverClear coating) which provides the rider a quick way to ease the glare when the sun makes its way out.

With the extensive feature set from the EXO-1000 and a significant amount of improvements, we see the Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet as providing excellent value at its price point and being suitable for a wide range of riders.

To see our full range, visit our Motorcycle Helmets segment at RevZilla.com.

-RetroZilla

Previously:
Scorpion EXO-1100 Helmet Preview
Scorpion VX-34 Helmet Review
Scorpion EXO-500 Helmet Review
Scorpion EXO-750 Helmet Review
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