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Scorpion Exo-R1 Air Helmet Review

Confession: Sometimes when the road or track opens up into a straight I get into full tuck and imagine I'm a MotoGP racer with my fans cheering me on from the stands. In reality, I'm far removed from the skill and expertise of the best riders in the world--but thanks to Scorpion, I can at least have a helmet that is worn and trusted by them.

Their newest helmet, the Exo-R1 Air, was designed and tested to meet the demands of MotoGP and World Superbike racers. Fabio Quartararo and Alvaro Bautista both wear it. So when I was provided the opportunity to try it out I said...YES! Hey, if it's good enough for those guys, it's got to be good enough for me. But still, I was interested to see for myself.

First Impressions

When I lifted the helmet out of the box, I was impressed with how feather-light the helmet feels. It felt just light on my head. As I headed to The Dragon, one of the most technical and twisty motorcycle roads in the nation, I enjoyed how light it was. As I leaned into the corners and dropped my head, it felt easier. Dropping my head when cornering has always been a challenge for me and it's something I've been working on lately, so it was nice to have a helmet that helped it feel more effortless. The ease and comfort I felt in the corners was also likely due to the shell. It's designed to reduce drag and improve balance and mobility. The other attribute that I instantly loved about it is the fit. This helmet has Scorpion's AirFit inflation adjustment system which gives you a custom fit but also reduces wind noise and lift. The interior padding is also very comfortable and KwikWick III interior helps keep your face dry. Lastly, despite riding on a wet day with humidity, the visor never fogged thanks to Scorpion's Breath Deflector and ventilation.

What About Protection?

I loved the fit and feel of R1 Air, but protection is critical when choosing a helmet. It's DOT certified and ECE approved. Scorpion also incorporated technology like their Multi-layed Ultra-TCT shell. There is a lot of fancy technical terms that go into this shell, but I'll put it simply: The shell is designed so that it has minimal weight while having maximum strength and impact dispersal. If you do find yourself in an accident, the helmet is EMT-friendly with emergency release cheek pads.

Appearance Is Important Too

Ok, so the helmet feels great and is protective, but let's be honest. We all want a good-looking helmet. The overall shape is definitely sleek and racey, but it also comes in eight different colors/designs. If you're a Quartararo or Bautista fan, you're in luck since Scorpion offers a replica design for both in this helmet. Or, you can choose from solid black, matte black, white or three designs with graphics. The only downside with the R1 Air is that Scorpion doesn't offer a design with pink--but that's ok. I chose the solid black and plan to add my own pink accents which is easy to do with a little vinyl.

How Much Does It Cost?

I think the most important aspect to point out with the R1 Air is that it's a high-quality helmet with premium features and construction but at a price that’s very reasonable. $399 to $459 may seem like a lot, but I when protecting one of your most valuable assets (your brain) it’s worth it.

Check the helmet out for yourself here:

It’s also available through Revzilla here:

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