Scorpion EXO-R420 is the successor of the famous full-face motorcycle helmet, the legendary R410 and it is now even better than before! This improved version of the popular predecessor from the 400 series has a stylish look and it is available in many different colors and graphic designs. Scorpion is one of the best motorcycle helmet brands when it comes to value for your money and R420 is no exception. It comes with many features that you will usually find in higher-end and much more expensive helmets.
The Scorpion EXO-R420 can be categorized as a street helmet. You can use it for other purposes such as racing, but we do not recommend it. The helmet features an aerodynamic design with aggressive feel and it looks even better in person than on pictures! What is even more attractive than the look of the helmet is the price-tag. It only costs around $150, so we can actually call it a budget helmet.
Here is our review of this new and updated model of the Scorpion’s 400 series, the EXO-R420 motorcycle helmet.
Scorpion EXO-R420 Motorcycle Helmet Review
Shell Design & Protection Level
The Scorpion EXO-R420 features the typical shell design that this brand is well know for. It has a super smooth finish, the iconic logo in the front and Scorpion branding on the sides. The finish of the shell has an optically-clear and scratch-resistant coating.
There have been many new improvements done to the shell. In the front of the helmet, you will find a newly designed air-vents system that will increase the airflow and improve the riding comfort. The material used in the R420’s shell is called advanced LG polycarbonate and it is SNELL and DOT approved. The helmet is extremely light and weights only about 3,7 lbs (1,7 kg). Not many motorcycle helmets in this price category are SNELL-certified and as light as the R420 at the same time.
As mentioned before, you can choose from many interesting colors and designs. This fact makes the Scorpion EXO-R420 an ideal helmet for individuals who want to stand out.
The helmet comes in 2 shell sizes: XS-M and L-3XL.
Face Shield & Visor
Face shield of the R420 helmet is 100% UV protected and Scorpion made one big change to the functionality. It now offers a brand new center-locking mechanism with the Ellip-Tec 2 Technology, which makes the shield more aerodynamic. It will allow you to lock the shield with a proper seal providing a much higher level of weather protection. You can now use either hand for opening and closing it, when compared to the R410, where you could only use your left hand.
There is one downside of the shield though. You won’t find any-pin lock on the visor of the Scorpion EXO-R420 helmet so there can be some fogging issues. Scorpion helmets have a special feature called Fog-Free Technology. This is one of the brand’s most famous features and it was designed to fight fogging without any actual pin-lock. If you will need the pin-lock anyway, there is an option to order one separately as an add-on.
Ventilation & Airflow
The Scorpion EXO-R420 has an improved ventilation system with two air-vents. These vents are not that great compared to most other helmets, but remember that we are talking about a budget helmet here. They are nothing special, but they will get the job done.
The first one is located in the chin area and it will provide airflow to your mouth and to the visor area of the helmet. You can switch between 3 positions on the chin air-vent. It can either be closed, half-way open, or fully open.
The second one is the large vent located on the top of the helmet and it will provide airflow to your the top of your head. This is a new thing on the R420 model, if you want to compare it to the R410 helmet, which has two smaller vents on the top.
Interior & Comfort level
The interior of the Scorpion EXO-R420 helmet is made from a high-quality washable fabric that has moisture-wicking and antimicrobial-wicking properties. You can simply remove the 3D inner padding using your hand and take it off without any special tools. The connection points are located on the edges of the lining to avoid pressure on the top of the head.
The lining has a lot of cut-outs for improved airflow and you will find two big cut-outs for Bluetooth speakers, this is a very important information for those who want to use their Bluetooth headset. The padding is also designed is designed to work with any kind of glasses thanks to the Kwikfit Cheekapds technology. There is a chin curtain that can be removed separately.
The Scorpion EXO-R420 additionally offers a safety feature called Emergency Cheek Pad Removal System. This feature can be used in the case of an accident to safely remove the cheek pads before taking off the helmet.
The material used for the lining is comfortable to the touch and the stitching is very well made. Overall, the interior of the R420 has a strength and feel of a higher-end helmet.
Scorpion EXO-R420 Video Review
Scorpion EXO-R420 is a perfect model for those who are looking for an entry-level helmet offering features of the more expensive helmets at an affordable price. It looks amazing and comes in many different styles. Its best use would be for everyday commuting or weekend rides. At its price point, Scorpion EXO-R420 is without a doubt one of the most interesting offers you will find on today’s motorcycle helmet market.
We hope this review was useful and will help you to decide whether the EXO-R420 helmet from Scorpion is the right choice for you or not. We also appreciate any feedback or comments, which you can leave in the section below the article. Thank you for reading!
Scorpion EXO-R420 Helmet
Pros: Extremely Light, Snell & DOT approved, Ellip-Tec 2, Fog-Free Technology, Emergency Cheek Pad Removal System, Very affordable
Cons: Average airflow, No pin-lock