Scorpion Exo Combat: low-cost open face helmet badassery

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Review of the Scorpion Exo Combat motorbike helmet.

It’s usually Shark with their Drak/Raw helmets that turn bikers into stormtroopers. But now Scorpion’s having a go too with their Scorpion Exo Combat helmets.

Like the Sharks, the Scorpion Combat is essentially an open face helmet with a plastic face guard that’ll instantly make you look like a badass. All for not very much money.

But with the addition of a drop down sun visor, the Combat (called the Covert outside of Europe) promises to be a much more practical helmet too.

Just don’t think of it as a full face helmet replacement – more an open face that’ll keep your face clean!

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Overall/Summary

So is it worth buying a Scorpion Exo Combat?

Well, it’s got some mega cool looks, an interesting sun visor system, it’s well built and it’s comfortable – providing the helmet shape suits your head. It’s also very well ventilated.

On the negatives, that tinted visor system means you might struggle when it gets dark. Plus, you’ll struggle to fit a bluetooth kit in there. And with that face guard, you might be lulled into thinking you’ve all the protection of a full face helmet when in fact you’re exposed in an open face.

But if you’re after a lower-priced open face helmet that’ll make you feel and look distinctive/badass, with the advantage of having some protection from the elements, then the Scorpion Exo Combat is very much made for you my friend. Go and check one out immediately.

Safety

 (more about helmet safety)

The Scorpion Exo Combat has a polycarbonate shell and is made in two shell sizes.

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Scorpion Combat in open face config with ultra dark visor

It’s a pretty basic shell construction and material, but that doesn’t mean the shell itself won’t give decent protection.

Although the Combat hasn’t been independently safety rated so we’re not sure quite how well it’ll stack up against the competition, if we look back at the stats of how well Scorpion polycarbonate helmets do when they’re safety tested, we can see that of the seven Scorpion polcarb helmets tested by SHARP to date, they score an average of just over 3 stars out of 5.

Which is pretty much what we’d expect the Scorpion Combat to score were it to be tested. Which it won’t be – because it’s essentially an open face helmet and they’re inherently less protective than full face helmets, so SHARP don’t test them.

That’s because that face guard doesn’t really offer crash protection. When ECE certified the helmet, they certified the face guard as NP for non-protective. So don’t buy a Combat for facial protection because it doesn’t really offer any. If you want that, buy a full face lid.

That face guard is easily removable courtesy of pressing in a couple of plastic tabs and pulling the guard off. It does protect you from road filth and flies etc. but that’s about it.

So, if you have an accident, as long as you hit the actual helmet shell and nowhere else, the Scorpion Combat should offer a reasonable level of protection. If you don’t, it won’t – and that includes the plastic panel that wraps around to the back/bottom of the helmet.

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Rear view of the Combat Rockstar

In the US, you can remove that part and ride with it as what’s called a half helmet (see pic below). In the UK, that’s not really a thing.

The sun visors on the Combat do give you some level of eye protection, though of course don’t use it after dusk. But that visor aperture’s a bit small according to some riders, so may not give you the all round visibility of many other helmets.

Overall, if you think of the Scorpion Combat as an open face helmet with some other useful bells and whistles – and accept the risks of riding with an open face lid – then you should be happy with the protection on offer.

But if you’re looking for the best protection out there, then choose one of our SHARP 5 star rated helmets instead.

Helmet Noise

(more about helmet noise)

Yeah, it’s an open face and open face helmets usually let more air – and noise – into a helmet.

Couple that with the fact that there’s a ton of air getting into the Combat through the vents (see below) and that makes for a helmet with potentially all the noise attenuation of a kettle drum.

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If you really don’t want any noise suppression at all, use it as a half helmet (US)

And sure enough, most owners reckon it’s a noisy helmet. Actually, most owners reckon it’s a noisy helmet but they’re happy to put up with it because a) it’s not quite as noisy as their usual open face helmets without a face guard and b) they expected it to be noisy but bought it anyway, so don’t really mind.

If you want a quiet helmet, you’re probably best to steer clear of the Scorpion Exo Combat. But if you want to look damn cool, don’t really expect to be riding too fast or too far in it (or just don’t give a s**t anyway!) then you’re good to go.

Ventilation

(more about helmet ventilation)

Ventilation’s good. There’s a surprise.

Obviously, it’s an open face helmet so pull off the face guard, push up the sun visor and you’ll get all the ventilation you’ll need.

But there’s a bit more to it than that with the Combat.

With the muzzle on and visor down, you’ll rely a little more on the designed-in vents.

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Matt black combat showing all those front vents

The vents in the chin bar are always open and just have some metal gauze in there to stop flies etc. getting in. But with the space underneath the face shield and those vents combined, there’s no shortage of air getting in.

Up top, there’s a forehead vent operated by a slider. And while there’s no exhaust vent in the rear of the shell, that forehead vent does let air circulate inside the lid through channels in the polystyrene liner.

All in all, owners of the Scorpion Combat says it flows tons of air. Which may be a good thing or it may be a bad thing depending on how often you ride in mid-winter!

Sun Visor

(more about sun visors)

OK, there isn’t actually a conventional clear visor on the Scorpion Combat. It’s really a sun visor, although it pulls down very much like a normal visor and is actually sealed at the bottom to stop water/wind getting in like a proper visor.

But because it’s tinted, you shouldn’t use it to ride at night for obvious reasons.


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Scorpion does include both a lightly tinted and dark tint sun visor in the box, which is handy.

And if you’re thinking I’ll just buy a clear visor to swap it out so I can ride at night – that’s an option because Scorpion will sell you one – or a darker tint, gold or silver one for about £20-£30.

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This one’s the Combat Incursion

Those sun visors are actually Everclear anti-fog coated so you shouldn’t be too troubled by misting either – except when it’s really cold or rainy.

Usefully, the sun visor has an opening tab on both sides which is very handy for when you’re stopped at the lights and want to use your throttle hand to push up the sun visor.

The only real fly in the ointment is that the visor opening isn’t really very big, with a few riders saying it’s both vertically and horizontally challenged and can make shoulder checks and lifesavers tricky.

So probs a helmet to avoid if you’re still on L-plates then. If that’s you, you might want to check out our commuter helmets instead.

Chin Guard

(more about chin guards)

The chin guard on the Combat is basically a large plastic face guard that’s EPS-lined and is easily removable from the helmet.

Sorry to keep on repeating myself – but it’s not designed to be protective in an accident – rather it’s there give weather and road filth protection. Oh, and to make you look hard of course!

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Side view of the matt black Scorpion Combat

It clips off easily using a couple of tabs, one on each side. And there’s a couple of locating magnets on each side to help align the tabs when you’re putting the chin piece back on. Nice touch that – with a couple of owners saying they make it dead easy to get the chin guard back in place.

Removing this chin piece obviously turns the helmet into a regular open face helmet. In the US, you can also remove the piece that wraps around the bottom of the helmet to turn it into a half helmet.

In fact they push the US version, the Covert, as a 3 in one helmet over there. However it’s fairly unanimous that it works and looks best in its openface config.

Comfort and Sizing

(more about comfort and sizing)

OK, the Scorpion Exo Combat is made in two different shell sizes to cover fitment sizes XS-XXXL.

Sizing’s a bit weird with the Combat though. Slightly more people reckoned the sizing’s a bit small, so you need to go up a size to get the fitment right. While others said the opposite. Bit weird that so we’d recommend measuring your head correctly and ordering the right size and keeping your fingers crossed.

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Unborn graphics

Just make sure you order from someone with a decent returns policy who’ll refund with no quibbles (all online retailers should do but some are better than others!)

Inside the shell, there’s Scorpion’s KwikWick2 liner which is a comfortable lining made up of anti-allergenic and moisture wicking materials.

The cheek pads are velcro’d in there so can easily be removed, while the cap is held in using poppers.

Overall, owners find their Combats very comfortable. Once they’re sure they’ve got the right size (with no pressure points but an overall comfortable yet firm fitting) then it’s a very comfortable helmet – with one occassional exception…

A few owners reckoned there’s not enough padding – or space – around the ears. There  isn’t space inside the helmet for speakers and the EPS liner can push the padding into the ears making it uncomfortable.

The internal headshape of the Combat is medium oval, which means it should fit most riders as that’s the most common headshape. But if your headshape is rounder than average, you may find this sort of problem.

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Backside of the matt black

So, again, make sure you buy from a retailer who’ll give no-quibble returns – and always leave any tags and stickers on the helmet until you’re happy it works for you, otherwise a store may not accept the return.

Looks & Graphics

Obviously, it’s the looks of the Combat that are the big talking point. And it seems that Scorpion reckons they’re only helped by dark and moody graphics because, so far, most are black or urban camo like the Incursion or Ratnik. But there is also the Rockstar – named after the energy drink, not the GTA game company.

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Scorpion Exo Combat video

Here’s a 5m video looking at a solid gloss white version of the Combat – don’t think this one’s available any longer tbh though you might find the odd one still in stock.

Other stuff – fasteners, audio, glasses, weight, aero, build quality, warranty

In Europe, the Combat comes with a quick and easy micrometric fastener. In the US it’s a double-d ring.

If you’re thinking of fitting a bluetooth kit to your Combat, don’t bother as there’s not space inside for speakers.

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Nuther view of the Incursion colourway

And while Scorpion does say it’s got grooves inside to fit your glasses stems – what they call their Kwikfit system – we’ve heard from a few riders who reckon that tightness around the ears really limits the type of glasses you can wear. Maybe if they’ve ultra thin arms and you’ve quite a narrow head, you’ll get away with it. Might be you’ll have to try it out to see if it works for you.

Onto weight, most owners say it feels quite light weight. It’s a polycarbonate helmet so that shell’s gonna be on the heavier side, but it is an open face helmet so that means it’ll shed a few grammes. It weighs around 1.3kg (2.9lbs).

As you might expect for a helmet that’s not quite a full face, aero isn’t the best on the combat. Some owners say it’s fine if you keep the speed down but press on and you’ll find quite a bit of resistance and buffeting.

Build quality is widely seen as very good though – but I think that’s widely seen in light of a helmet’s price. So comments like – great build quality for a helmet at this price range are common. Which means don’t expect top of the range Arai hand built quality but it’s more than good enough for most people.

Finally, the Combat comes with a very generous 5 year warranty. Hurrah!

Crash Helmet Buying Guides

For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.

Good Alternatives to the Scorpion Exo Combat?

OK, we’re gonna go with baddassery here and find some decent alternatives to the Combat that’ll send grannies and children running for cover when you ride by.

First up, there’s the good old Roof Boxer V4 modular helmet. It may be as old as the hills but it still looks the part and still has that excellent SHARP 4 star safety rating.

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Full on Stormtrooper Scorpion Combat

Of course there’s also the Shark Drak which is the most direct comparison with its face mask, though the Drak comes with goggles instead of sun visors.

The Shoei Ex-Zero is a fibreglass full face helmet with a proper visor (kinda). Definitely looks the part too and uses their tried and tested AIM helmet shell tech.

And there’s a nice clutch of Simpsons to look at too – including the modular Darksome and the four star safety rated Venom. Both of those have that distinctive Simpson cool look.

Looking to buy this Scorpion?

We recommend SportsBikeShop (UK) for competitive prices, free delivery and 365 day returns backed by outstanding reviews. Or you can click through to the Scorpion helmets pages of J&S Accessories at Amazon (UK) if you prefer to buy from there. Please see here for more info on why you can buy in confidence from these recommended retailers (note: if you buy from either, we get a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you - it's how we finance the site) or click the links to go straight to their Scorpion helmets pages.

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