Scorpion EXO-R2000 Ravin Matte Neon HelmetPrice: $389.95
Scorpion’s EXO-R2000, returns in 2016 as the company’s flag ship premier race helmet. Originally introduced in 2013 and developed by MotoGP stars Alvaro Bautista, Jack Miller and Mika Kallio, the R2000 quickly emerged as a favorite amongst both sport and street riders. Having ridden and tested countless helmets since then, we wanted to give one of our old favorites another test and see how it stacks up today.
The first thing you notice when pulling the helmet out of the box is the shell shape and weight. Scorpion vested three years developing and refining their “TCT” (Thermodynamic Composite Technology) shell that’s put to use in the EXO-R2000. Scorpion uses a five-layer blend of interlacing fiberglass, Aramid and organic poly-resin fibers to create one of the strongest and lightest SNELL M2015/DOT certified shells out there. What’s even more impressive is Scorpion uses four shell sizes and six EPS liners making the EXO-R2000 one of the most compact helmets we’ve ridden with.
Like most high-end race helmets, the EXO-R2000 is meant to be light for on-track performance. While we didn’t get a chance to hit the track, we still enjoyed its low profile on our Saturday stroll. Staying on track with the race-purpose design, the EXO-R2000 is definitely a “race-fit” or intermediate oval design that fits slightly tighter than your standard full face helmet. The cheek pads and neck roll provide a snug and all-encompassing fit, which does breed confidence even out in the city. One of our test riders, Steve, normally wears a medium in most helmets, and found a size large suitable, especially with the AirFit Liner Inflation System.
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Scorpion’s unique AirFit liner is an air bladder system under the cheek pads that inflate using a built-in pump under the chin bar. This allows the rider to tailor the fit snugly against your head/cheeks. Not every head is the same shape or size, so kudos for Scorpion giving us some adjustability and a solution that actually works! Another nice touch testers commented on was that the cheek pads worked great with glasses thanks to a groove in the pads. We didn’t notice any pinching and felt comfortable wearing prescription or glasses with the helmet.
Cooling things down, you’ll see tons of ventilation with six front intake ports and 10 exhaust ports. The most substantial vents are the chin and brow vents that have multi position settings to adjust or change the airflow you desire. What worked great on our chilly 40 degree ride was the chin bar vent in the first setting which channels air up the visor to help manage fog. With more than enough venting, the EXO-R2000 had no issues keeping our heads comfortable, and while it’s not as quiet as a touring full face helmet, it is not too loud for a performance oriented helmet either.
Part of the reason the helmet manages noise so well is the “Ellip Tec” ratchet system which the face shield uses. This essentially “sucks” the shield to the helmet when in the fully-closed position for a tight seal. At highway speeds we found this seal to work well never allowing any seeping air. The system also allows for a super quick release of the shield, making changes painless. To sweeten the deal, Scorpion also includes an extra smoke tint shield and a soft carrying bag.
Ok, we’ve gotten this far and haven’t mentioned one of the most attractive aspects of the EXO-R2000, and that’s the price- or should we say value! Once you ride in the helmet, you immediately start to doubt the sub $400 price tag. Right away we noticed the build quality, attention to detail and little nuances you feel when handling a top-dollar Japanese race helmet. Add our favorite little features like titanium D-ring closures, KwikWick II anti-microbial comfort liner, reflective neck roll and superb gloss/matte finish, and you get a true race quality helmet with all the amenities you’d find in a helmet that’s twice the price.
The Scorpion EXO-R2000 is a stellar racing-purposed helmet comparable to lids twice its price. High quality components, great fit and fast-paced styling make it arguably the best sport helmet for your money.