Scorpion Covert Helmet’s (5 years) Detailed Ownership Review

Are you thinking about buying the ScorpionEXO Covert helmet? It is a different-looking helmet, with a great design, I was also excited to buy this last year. But before purchasing one, I have many doubts regarding this. 

I did a lot of research watched a lot of different review videos, but none of them answered all of my questions. But I made a bet on it and bought it and after using it for more than one year, now I can help you guys who are in my position before purchasing this.

Scorpion EXO Covert helmet’s body is made of a polycarbonate shell, which makes it lightweight yet strong enough to take impact while crash. It is a DOT-approved helmet, yet super comfortable, has plenty of airflows to stay cool and the visor has not fogged up during winters.

While riding a bike or motorcycle, a helmet is the foremost form of safety provision. The Scorpion Covert Helmet is a mid-range helmet. Not too overly bulky or too subtle.  Category-wise, it’s a full-face helmet, but it has two more options that require the detachment of two parts – the chin bar muzzle and neck muzzle. 

If only the chin bar muzzle is removed, the helmet has three-quarters coverage. If both the chin bar and neck muzzle are removed, this Scorpion Covert Helmet resembles the simple half helmet, similar to the Skid Lid Helmet of the half helmet category. 

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Therefore it’s a multi-dimensional helmet with significant transformation parts. You can switch it any time, anywhere, with ease and swift motion.

The ventilation or air circulation route is the entry of air through the mohawk chimney vent and the chin muzzle ventilation slits. This air then travels through the ventilation scheme and then exits through the mesh of the neck roll on the back.

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With the many ventilation ports/slits, there is no heat maintenance. So you will have to be careful when using in colder temperatures. True to size fit, which is an exceptional feature considering online options do have some discrepancies.

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When the helmet’s new, it may not be easy for you to pull down the visor with one hand; it may take a few days or weeks till it loosens up; not too much, but just enough, and then you can feel the rider vibrate with the stylish one-handed pull-down.

Specifications

SizeXS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, & XXL
Safety RatingDOT Certified
Weight‎4.6 pounds
Dimension13.9 x 11.3 x 11.1 inches
ColourMatte Black, Gloss White, Titanium
Vehicle TypeStreet Bike
Outer MaterialAdvanced LG Polycarbonate shell

Key Features

  • DOT Approved: Yes
  • Super comfortable 
  • Plenty of airflow in the helmet to stay cool
  • Fit and feel is amazing
  • Shield visibility is good, it comes with both smoked as well as clear visor
  • This helmet comes under the category of half face helmet

Let’s hop into detailed information:

Shape and Material

The typical outer shell shape is similar to all other helmets, but the material is polycarbonate—no composite or fiber. The design is of a half-face helmet as the shields are removable and cannot take any impact, and it can be easily broken if a crash happens.

The inner shell is an intermediate oval shape, not a round oval or narrow oval. Vertical measurement, i.e., from front to back, is more elongated than horizontal size, i.e., from one ear to the other/side to side.

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The chin muzzle can be swapped for a graphic mask/cover. Any time you feel bored of the look, you have the option of simply removing the muzzle and replacing it with a new and fresh look.

The full helmet and half helmet interchangeability give it a cool combo look of retro and robot features. It definitely is a piece of a show-off. The size range includes from extra small to a triple XL.

Block-off plates are included in the three-quarters mode. When the chin muzzle is removed and the helmet is transformed into a half helmet, block-off plates are not in the picture anymore.

Overall Comfort

Since the material is polycarbonate and not heavy stuff such as composite or fiber, the Scorpion Covert Helmet weighs around 4 pounds 6 ounces (may differ in different models or personal customization), hence lightweight and no pressure on head or neck.

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The flexible rubber chin bar muzzle and neck muzzle have no significant weight either. These, along with other inner linings and extra paddings, do not add any weight further, too. 

Any additional gadgets like earphones or headphones cannot be incorporated while wearing the helmet, even in half helmet mode. Therefore, avoid using them while riding. Nevertheless, the Bluetooth option is available.

The trouble of carrying a pair of sunglasses is saved. The dual functionality of the visor is enough for both day and night driving. So, overall comfort is above average, and no major discomfort factors have been accounted for.

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While putting down the helmet, the ears get pushed down a little bit, this can be annoying for some, but I am now used to this, and the visor is also little hard to push down, you need to use your both hand if you want to use the visor. 

Overall the fit and feel while using it is quite good, you will not feel any kind of discomfort while using it, make sure you get the right size.

Visibility

An integrated dropdown sun visor with a nose hook is part of the front face or shield. The type of shield falls under the ‘dark smoke shield’ that aids in night vision.

Two semicircular scoops are present on the margins of the visor on either side for easy sliding up and down, especially one-handed while riding, depending upon its requirement or not. 

Therefore, visibility with visor off is better than visor on; however, visor on is preferred over visor off safety-wise. In the end, it is the rider’s choice, meaning you, whether you wish to use it or not; both options are present.

Quietness

Considerable quietness is what can be described as the quietness level of the Scorpion Covert Helmet. It may vary depending upon the number of removable parts attached or detached to the main head.

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If all the three parts are joined, then the quietness is high and close to no sound can enter the helmet, and you experience nil noise. But, if either the chin bar muzzle or the neck muzzle or both are removed, then the degree of quietness decreases.

A simple equation could be – quietness is directly proportional to the number of parts; more the number of parts attached, the quietness, and vice versa.

Ventilation

A little above the helmet’s forehead or simply the mohawk, chimney vent – a unique style piece is present, which can be opened or closed with a single, swift push of the lock. There is no exhaust route to it, but it has an alternate way explained below.

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On the front part of the chin bar muzzle, there are two pairs of boomerang-shaped slits. One pair is short and close, while the other pair is longer and far from each other. Under the inner lining, the actual inner layer has three rows of alternative inundations called the ventilation scheme.

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A neck roll is present lining the inner part of the chin muzzle on the back. It is a kwikwick two-liner held by velcro (trademark of Scorpion Covert Helmet), antimicrobial, soft against neck cushion, with a mesh at the exact center on the back.

Overall the air ventilation is good for riding in summers or in hot weather, you will not feel too warm or hot inside it. 

Safety

An Integrated removable, washable liner cap is part of the inner shell. It is made of basic mesh and foam with four snap points for attachment to the inner shell. Along with that, it has extra four ventilation ports. These ports also take part in the elaborate ventilation route explained above.

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An important point to be noted here is that these two either-side hooked muzzles can be attached and detached by pressing the two circular buttons located near the lobe region and directed by neodymium magnetic strips for ease in sliding, respectively not DOT approved.

The neck roll is a non-duty EPS foam extension of the inner lining. It can be removed by triggering the lock mount system on the back, near the ventilation mesh, and attached the same way.

The visor has anti-fogging features. Hence no irritating foggy vision accumulation over long rides and no constant stopping and cleaning of the visor. A crime such as unnecessary breaks in the fun should not be a part of the weekend trip.

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The transformation of a simple half helmet from the previous Scorpion Helmet models into the present Scorpion Covert Helmet has contributed to the greater good in the safety department. This development amplified the protection factor by miles.

PROs and CONs

PROs

  • Advanced LG Polycarbonate Shell
  • Removable Chin with Neodymium Magnets
  • Block-off Plates Included For Use In 3/4 Mode
  • DOT approved
  • Reliable and Comfortable

CONs

  • May give a ‘mushroom head’ goofy appearance if the chin bar muzzle and neck muzzle are removed.

FAQs

  • Are Scorpion Covert Helmets DOT Approved?

    Yes, Scorpion Cover Helmets are DOT approved, except for the neck roll and chin muzzle. Other than those two parts, the entire helmet is DOT approved.

  • Are Scorpion Covert Helmets Safe?

    Yes, Scorpion Covert Helmets are safe. Along with the main shell of the helmet, it also has the EPS foam extended neck roll and rubber chin muzzle, which add to the safety factor immensely.

  • Can you fit a headset inside the Scorpion Covert Helmet?

    The size is too fit, and it can only accommodate a small headset, but if your head is small then you can fit one, otherwise, it is too tight.

  • Can you wear eyeglasses with Scorpion Covert Helmet?

    You can wear prescription glasses and sunglasses if they are not too big or wide and still you can close the visor easily.

  • Is there any option to remove the visor and change it later?

    You can easily change the visor, and it already comes with two visors, one is a tinted one and another one is clearly one, you can use it accordingly.

Types of Motorcycle Helmets

The world of helmets spreads far and wide. Each with its characteristic features and attributes suitable for the various riding routes and paths. Of the many, there are five major category divisions.

The classification is broad, based on structural material and design, certifications, convenience, style, function, and performance. 

For example, if the hard exterior shell material is made of polycarbonate, which is more accessible and less labor-intensive to produce, this type is perfect for Modular Helmets. Another example, if blended fiberglass shells are used, they are fit for Dual Sport Helmets, which are premium.

Color and Graphic specifications are also part of the helmet design and look. 

You may also add personal preferences in some types of helmets; not all—for instance, size adjustments – a tight snug fit or a loose lax setup. Part customizations like cheek pads and crown liners may be added or removed concerning their varying thicknesses.

The following are the types —

  1. Full Face Helmets

It is the broadest category of all. It includes all types of protection-based sub-divisions, from race protection to price-conscious models to very stylish, sleek, top-of-the-line.

The lids(helmets in slang) are for an impulsive weekend-long trip or a single turn down the lane to the nearby supermarket. A one-line motto would be ‘A-Z.’

As the name suggests, the helmet covers the entire face, including eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, jaw, neck, and even throat. However, some of these helmets have the option of certain detachable/removable parts. 

  1. Open Face Helmets

The second most popular category. These types of helmets prioritize convenience over safety. However, security is not entirely negated; instead, it is just turned down to power up convenience.

The tone down and up of specific attributes is to provide the rider a pleasurable experience. Connecting to mother nature firsthand without any interfering layer is rejuvenating.

Open face helmets usually do not have the option of attaching or detaching parts. They come in entirety and do not have much space for personal customization.

  1. Half Face Helmets

The third type of category falls in the safety test. Since it covers only the top of the head as part of its protection quality, it is not a full-coverage helmet.

What it loses in safety is upped by the convenience factor. No feeling stuffed or packed when wearing a half-face helmet.

  1. Modular Helmets

Modular Helmets have a combined chin bar and visor flip up, leaning towards more on the stylish factor. Instead of a fixed chin bar or a slide in/out eye-protecting visor, you can push both in combination over.

This earns Modular Helmets major brownie points for convenience. However, safety-wise, they fall somewhere in the middle, with not too much strength and rigidity or completely defenseless.

  1. Dual Sport Helmets

A combination helmet is given to be manufactured. That is precisely what  Dual Sport Helmets are produced and used for.

Whether it’s a smooth on-road ride or a rugged off-road expedition, Dual Sport Helmets cover it all—the perfect match of street and dirt universes.

Different Parts of a Motorcycle Helmet and How do they work together?

For any gear to work, proper parts have required that work together without any hiccups and constant monitoring. Similarly, a standard motorcycle helmet is formed when the essential six elements come together and work together. 

These six parts also undergo modifications depending on the various factors as already mentioned above.

Let’s have a closer on each of these six individual parts —

  1. Outer Shell

The first part that comes into view at first glance and also the first impact breaker in case of falls is the Outer Shell. It is also the part that is treated for color, patterns, and graphics.

The framework structure is part of the outer shell. The material and shape are significant contributors to this part of a helmet.

  1. Impact Receiver

Unilayered or bilayered, this can also be called the Inner Layer. Just as the outer layer protects the head from harmful object penetration, the inner layer is responsible for dissipating energy in circumstances of head injury.

Foam, mainly of the EPS type, is the material of choice. Its flexibility and absorbing capacity are what make it the most opted lining compared to others.

  1. Overall Padding

In simpler terms, this is an extra forehead protector and sweat absorber. It is made of open-cell foam that maximizes sweat absorption and keeps the forehead cool.

In the myriad of helmets available, some have the option of interchangeability or complete removal of this layer for better replacement or repair. More often than not, it is even washable.

  1. Strapping

Also called the retention system, to hold the helmet in place. Two D-rings are mandatory parts of the system.

The material is usually nylon. The strap is moderately elaborate but performs its function with a great guarantee.

  1. Eye Visor

Sunglasses were so last season. Eye Visor, or more commonly known as a face shield, is the new ‘it.’

Integrated with most helmet types and shapes, it provides a shaded effect keeping your eyes relaxed and protects from tiny dirt or dust particles, even dried leaves. Changeable tints and shades are also available.

  1. Cheek Pads

Specific to cheeks, these protect that oh so important jawline. You do not want to get lopsided selfies, now do you?

Sweat and impact-absorbing foam, detachable and washable, are some of its striking features (no pun intended). Chubby or dimply; both types will be protected, not to worry (wink!)

Safety Standards of a Motorcycle Helmet

A person cannot self-set safety standards according to their personal preferences. Specific protocols and measures are set up. These may, however, depend on the country and test methodologies.

For reference, three major certifications for safety standards of a motorcycle helmet have been mentioned —

  1. DOT – Government-mandated standard in the USA.
  2. SNELL – USA-based independent testing by Snell Foundation.
  3. ECE – European safety standard.

Even though there are certification differences between different organizations, they all cross the bar of safety standards. One or all approvals is enough for you to be satisfied and buy the helmets. 

All certifications are proven by logo symbols/stickers on the helmets. Approved helmets obviously hold an upper hand over non-approved helmets, and our recommendation is also the same.

Verdict

The choice of selection lies in your hands after all. However, before you do that, you must go through all pros and cons a minimum of two times before taking the final plunge.

The Scorpion Covert helmet has a flexible rubber removable chin bar muzzle, a nose hook, and a gasket. It emphasizes the protection of jaws and chin along with cheeks.

A 5-year warranty is guaranteed, which is a great bargain on something with no fixed expiry date. It may so happen that the helmet may receive any type of damage the next day of purchase, and so you can easily replace it with a new one without spending any extra money.

Overall it is a great, comfortable, unique-looking, and safe helmet. You can go with it without any worries. 

Safe and happy riding!

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