Carbon fiber. This material seems to offer considerable street “cred” to any piece of motorcycle apparel, accessory, or the hard part where this super strong material is employed. Despite what motorcycle accessory catalogs might show, not everything is better by simply being made from this material. Helmets, though, are one area I can get behind the use of carbon fiber.
The combination of lightweight and high strength make it an obvious choice for use in crash helmets. Combined with a quality EPS interior and lining, a carbon fiber based lid can offer equivalent protection to fiberglass and polycarbonate helmets while usually saving some weight.
Those weight savings do come at a price and even though carbon fiber costs have fallen a bit it is still pricey compared to other materials. So when full face helmet using a carbon fiber shell shows up at my desk at around the $400.00 (USD) mark I’m going to be taking a close look to see what corners were cut to reach that price. Let’s have a look and see if Scorpion has managed to leave those “corners” more or less intact.
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The Scorpion EXO-ST1400 Carbon
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