My previous tests of Scorpion products have led me to expect quality gear at prices that don’t pinch the pocket. I’ve been pleased with each one and looked forward to a similar experience with its EXO-AT950 adventure helmet.
Out of the box, this lid was everything I want in a helmet. Fully dressed with its wide-view face shield and rakish visor peak, the look and function are perfect for exploring on my BMW F 800 GS. Although the peak fluttered a bit under certain highway conditions aboard that bike, on others it was rock steady.
Without it the AT becomes a street helmet, perfect for my Yamaha sportbike, while swapping the face shield for goggles makes it dirt ready. Scorpion makes it easy to change the shield—this one goes on and off in seconds with only a nickel for a tool (to remove the peak).
Inside, the AT950 provides a cushy head bed with a soft, anti-microbial Kwik-Wick lining that pops out for cleaning. After swapping the original, too-thick cheek pads for the thinner set that now ships with the helmet, an over-snug headspace became comfortable for long rides.
Senior Editor Greg “Dangerous” Drevenstedt installed a comms system in the available speaker pockets in his AT, describing the task as “easy.” In warm weather, the AT’s comfort gets a boost from a wide spring-loaded top vent large enough to find and operate with a gloved hand. Pop it open and air courses through channels in the dual-density EPS liner for noticeable top-end cooling, exiting via twin exhaust vents at the rear.
When installed, the flow-through peak doesn’t hinder the flow. Up front, the chin vent is screened to prevent bug intake, and directs a modicum of air to the face.
The AT features a matte-finish, proprietary polycarbonate shell, said to minimize weight (our size small test unit weighs 3.8 pounds) and disperse impact (not tested, any volunteers out there?). Its sculpted form helps control wind noise, and doesn’t catch neck-snapping air during head checks.
By making three shell sizes for sizes XS through 3XL helmets, Scorpion minimizes exterior dimensions throughout the range. At first glance, most people don’t notice the AT950’s modular design, very handy for gas stops or a quick drink. The chinbar opens via a central button and secures with two full-metal latches, though it lacks EPS foam inside.
My favorite AT attributes are the expansive eye port and its distortion- and fog-free face shield. Anti-scratch hardening is standard for the tight-sealing shield. Second is the drop-down sun visor, sporting a dual-sided fog-free coating and a short-throw slide control. It’s a welcome assist when the sun is searing my eyeballs, dimming the blazing orb and allowing me to concentrate on the road.
Scorpion’s DOT-approved EXO-AT950 is a versatile helmet that met my high expectations, and I look forward to wearing it on many future rides. MSRP is $269.95 for solid colors and $289.95 for the Neocon (shown) and Battleflage models. Scorpion covers the AT with a five-year warranty.
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