Scorpion EXO-400 Helmet
Scorpion EXO-400 motorcycle helmet is a great deal if you want something you can afford, which looks great and has all the necessary features. It might not have all the best features out there, but it is light on your wallet.
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If you think about it, the perfect helmet for you is the one which suits you best and meets your most important requirements. It doesn’t necessarily have to have all the features out there and it certainly doesn’t need to be perfect in all aspects. Think about what’s most important to you in a helmet. You could be looking for comfort or affordability, the visual appeal of your helmet or something completely different.
Now, if you’re looking for a helmet which is strong, durable, looks damn good, has all the basic features and yet is easily affordable – well the Scorpion EXO-400 is a great choice.
Scorpion EXO-400 – Overview:
The EXO-400 helmet is available in a number of different colors and designs. That being said I often tell people not to dwell too much on the color, simply choose the one which works for you and suits your style. Overall, I found the exterior finish is of very high quality and looks great too. The shine and polish will make your EXO-400 look perfectly new for a long time and the construction is made to last – very durable. The helmet has been shaped to fit a variety of heads, but beware some of my buddies with long-ish oval shaped heads did complain a little on this one.
Equipped with interior linings and pads the Scorpion EXO-400 is super comfortable. The liner and pads are removable and washable, plus they are available in different patterns and colors. The helmet’s weight is a bit on the heavy side at just under 4 lbs, but the design makes it feel reasonably light on your shoulders. The visor is anti-fog and anti-scratch to give you better visibility and is thick enough to provide good quality and safety.
Alas like most other helmets, the EXO-400 isn’t perfect and comes with a few downsides as well. The noise level might be a source of discomfort for some of you with sensitive ears. The removal of the face-shield may seem cumbersome before you learn and practice how to do it properly. The ventilation system could have been better, but cutting down the price tag means cutting down on some features too. At this price point the EXO-400 is competing against lids such as the HJC CL-16 and maybe even the GMax GM54S.
Summary of Features:
The helmet’s shell is engineered out of an advanced polycarbonate composite. This makes it feel light and gives it durability. The EXO-400 features a SpeedShift quick changing mechanism to help you with the removal of the face-shield, without requiring any additional tools.
Here’s a quick video from Scorpion on SpeedShift:
“Scorpion SpeedShift Motorcycle Helmet Technology”
The face-shield has been optically treated with high-tech anti fogging technology for increased visibility. It is coated to be anti-scratch as well. In addition to being comfortable, the liner and cheek pads are removable, washable and feature KwikWick moisture wicking to give off a comfortable breathable aroma while you ride to enhance your overall riding experience.
The ventilation system is adjustable and comes with rear and front vents as is normal these days. To prevent the visor from fogging due to your breathing, the helmet features a breath deflector. Finally, the Scorpion EXO-400 is DOT certified to ensure safety and performance and its parts come with a limited warranty.
The Good Stuff:
Just like other Scorpion EXO helmets, I find the EXO-400 looks visually stunning. If you like to go simple, you can stick to the solid colors. If you prefer going a little wilder you can choose out of the “Sting” graphics. It’s available in a bunch of different colors, red, silver, orange, green, blue and yellow. Again, I always say choose the one that looks complementary with your bike’s theme and design.
The exterior is of superb quality and can withstand wear and tear without significant scratches to ensure the helmet will keep looking new, shiny and polished. With the EXO-400, Scorpion has again maintained the outstanding standard of comfort its helmets usually provide. The liner and cheek padding are extremely comfortable, easy to wash, thick, smooth and nylon free. They work really well together and provide safety and noise reduction to some extent as well. The helmet is somewhat heavy; a medium sized one weighs almost four pounds.
Still, its design and weight distribution will make it light on your shoulders. You might be surprised to find out how much the helmet actually weighs after wearing it. The face-shield is anti-fog and anti-scratch to achieve the highest level of visibility. It is thick enough to be durable and provide you safety. One of my favorite things about the helmet is the price tag. As with most Scorpion EXO offerings it’s very affordable and considering all the features it has, the Scorpion EXO-400 is a great bargain.
The Bad Stuff:
The aroma of the KwikWick moisture wicking was a little too much for me. It is meant to make it more breathable, but I found it to be a little off-putting. The liner and padding could do without that. The SpeedShift quick changing mechanism might actually be a nuisance for some of you, instead of a facilitating feature. I, for one, found the removal and replacement process to be somewhat messy. It could have been made simpler. Also, if you are riding on a somewhat turbulent path, the noise levels can be discomforting and the helmet might even start vibrating. The noise levels can be blamed on the ventilation system which is OK but not the best. The vents and levers are more than necessary and don’t even help much in changing air flow levels. The helmet could improve on the ventilation design.
Scorpion EXO-400 motorcycle helmet is a great deal if you want something you can afford, which looks great and has all the necessary features. It might not have all the best features out there, but it is light on your wallet. In fact, it’s really far more attractive in terms of price/features compared to the EXO-900 in my opinion. You will get used to the liner wicking and the face-shield removal process after a while; and you can use ear plugs to curb the noise levels. The helmet promises a quality bike riding experience with an affordable price tag.