Scorpion Covert Helmet
Someone at Scorpion spilled steroids in a batch of helmet juice. Part retro drag racer, part cyborg soldier of the future, the Scorpion Covert Helmet is an augmented half lid the likes of which the moto world has never seen. The main construction is a clean, badass half helmet with a drop down visor. A removable rear sleeve allows the Scorpion Covert Helmet to transform from a standard skid lid into a ¾ open face helmet. The face mask detaches easily and attaches securely via tiny neodymium magnets (the same type of rare earth magnets that make your hard drive work), launching the style and function of the Scorpion Covert Helmet into uncharted airspace. By their own admission, Scorpion “took a perfectly good half helmet and made it badder.”
- Advanced Polycarbonate shell
- SpeedView internal tinted sun visor with EverClear no fog coating
- Includes clear visor for night-time riding
- Kwikwick 2 anti-microbial fabric liner
- Dual density EPS
- Easily removable front mask with neodymium magnets included
- Aero-tuned ventilation system
- Removable ear flaps
- Double D-ring chinstrap system
- DOT approved
My head measures a tiny 21-1/4 inches, so I purchased the plain black XS.
SHELL: The matt black finish and “S” logo is very well done. The shell is smaller than I expected, which keeps me from looking like a bobble-head. Build quality for the helmet I received was excellent - no sharp edges, gaps or sloppy liner construction I've seen on other helmets. Overall, the shell looks better in person than on the photos!
MUZZLE: As stated in the description, the muzzle is just a vinyl-style plastic cover - it will stop bugs and rocks, but provide nothing more than abrasion protection in a fall. Even knowing that, I think it's very well made. I really like the fact the muzzle is easy to remove while wearing the helmet and almost reattaches itself once the pegs are seated in the slots. Plugs are provided to fill the slots when riders want to leave the muzzle off, creating a very clean appearance.
VISOR: The installed visor is the dark tinted style, but Scorpion supplies a clear version too. Swap-out is quick and easy with a simple sharp tug. What's really impressive about the visor is how well it seats into a groove in the muzzle for a neat fit. Field of vision is a little narrow top-to-bottom, but fine in all other respects.
Aerodynamics: I ride without a windshield so get a great deal of wind buffeting on the road. Due to the muzzle design, I expected to feel and hear a great deal of wind turbulence during my ride, but Not So! I was pleasantly surprised by how well the wind flowed around the helmet and how much was blocked by the muzzle/visor combo. The chin area is open, so the expected amount of air comes in from that area, but this is true for any helmet.
Comfort: The shape of the helmet is a round oval that fits pretty snug. The chinstrap is one of the first I've found on a half-helmet that is actually pointed in the right direction by facing towards the front of the throat instead of in the middle of the neck (I'm glaring at you, Bell).
Even with a chin strap that doesn't want to strangle me when I go faster than 35mph, the one thing helmet manufacturers need to start doing for any helmet with a full-face configuration is provide a ratchet-style buckle. Double-dee rings are old tech that is just flat dangerous in an emergency situation because of the difficulty getting the strap to release. Ratchet buckles can be operated one-handed with a glove, are easy for EMTs to release without disturbing a rider’s head, and yet are extremely secure when they need to be. There is no reason not to use them.
There is one major failing with this helmet that seriously makes me think about sending it back, and makes me hesitate to recommend it to anyone else. Simply stated, it’s painful after more than a half hour. Why? Because there is no accommodation for a person's ears. I have relatively small ears, but even so they are either forced to fold down under the helmet padding, or are compressed between the foam and my head. Either configuration is extremely painful after more than a half hour. For someone who routinely take half-day tours on the bike, the Scorpion will be sheer torture. There really is no excuse for this oversight. Even regular half-helmets have space carved out of the foam for the rider's ears. I can’t imagine how bad it will be for someone with large ears.
I really want to like this helmet. If you are a person who typically rides short distances around town, the Scorpion Covert helmet will probably work for you. It’s sleek, stylish, flexible and just all around a kickass looking piece of gear. However, all the style in the world means nothing if it’s painful to wear. I’ll keep this for a while and see if the padding gives enough after a while to become bearable. But honestly, unless I cut an ear-size shape out of the foam, the Scorpion Covert will never be comfortable enough to be more than a fashion statement.
1 year ago
Breathability is perfect. My close-faced helmet always fogged up first thing in the morning and I was hesitant to go with what is technically an "open-faced" helmet; while the face-guard doesn't offer structural protection I still feel fairly secure and protected with it. The noise isn't an issue any more than my other helmets and its actually a fair bit quieter than some. Also, the visor is quick and easy to change out in case you start riding in daylight and return home after dusk.
Style-wise I love it. It screams "get out of my way" without having to either a) look like a modern-day Nazi or b) appear to be trying too hard with the accessories. The one thing I should warn is Star Wars references may fly at you-- I've gotten Stormtrooper and Darth Vader so far. Depending on your nerdly proclivities this may be a drawback or an accolade.
As a rule I highly recommend this helmet to anyone. It looks great on my Harley but I imagine it would also go well with a sportbike as well. Its comfortable after the necessary adjustment period and I feel entirely safe and secure in it. The only drawback from my perspective is that it has slightly less visibility than some helmets; however, if you're an aware and assertive rider that shouldn't be an issue at all.
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