The perfect UTV helmet?
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
❏ Scorpion Sports, Inc. USA
specializes in technical apparel
and equipment. That means
clothing and protective gear that
can handle adverse conditions.
Dirt Wheels has plenty of
experience with Scorpion
helmets, but with the EXO-CT220
helmet, we were looking for a
helmet that addressed specific
needs. One of our staff wears
prescription glasses, and he was
looking for a light, comfortable
helmet for over-the-glasses wear.
The EXO-CT220 has both a clear
flip-down shield and a smaller,
smoked, three-step, retractable
Speedview sun visor that flips
down beneath the clear shield.
The clear shield has detents, so
it can be partially or fully opened
and stay that way.
This a very light, clean-appearing open-face helmet. The shield fits tight and protects
your eyes very well. The inner sun visor doesn’t love dust but is still a unique feature.
black and neon yellow, and the helmet
weighs just under 3. 3 pounds. In
addition to the shield and sun visor, the
helmet comes with a removable peak.
Since it attaches the same way as the
shield, the peak also rotates up. We
didn’t try them out, but the helmet is
made with pockets for communication
WHAT’S THE FIT LIKE?
It helps to open the shield if you are
putting the helmet on while still wearing glasses. Once on, though, the fit is
quite comfortable. It fits snugly enough
to keep you warm when it is cold, yet it
still allows ample ventilation. The shield
locks completely down when fully
shut, and it almost takes two hands
to open it. You can use one hand, but
you have to do one side at a time. It
has a stop where the shield is closed
but not locked, and we frequently used
that setting. You can also lift the shield
completely for maximum airflow when
it is slow and warm, if you need to talk
to somebody or shoot photos.
Depending on your age, the $149.95
EXO-CT220 is called a full-coverage
or three-quarter open-face design.
Obviously, it is lighter than a full-face,
and the ventilation is naturally great,
and that includes the built-in vents that
are part of the Aero-Tuned ventilation
system. With the shield down, you
can drive a UTV quickly with excellent
vision and eye protection. For those
times where you are hitting slower,
more technical trails like in the woods,
swapping between the shield and a
peak takes mere seconds with the tool-free, quick-change ratchet system.
Scorpion uses a polycarbonate shell
for this DOT-approved helmet. It features a Kwik Wick II washable, anti-mi-crobial comfort liner with quick-release KwikFit cheek pads specifically
designed to accommodate eyeglasses.
The comfort padding covers dual-den-sity EPS.
There are several colors to choose
from, including white, matte or gloss
The shield is easy to keep clean
and has proven pleasantly scratch-
resistant. We wore goggles at times
with the peak, but the OTG goggles
we tried put pressure on our nasal
We are very pleased with the EXO-
CT220. It is the perfect complement to
prescription glasses. Some will call out
the safety factor, but we often see folks
avoid wearing a helmet, citing comfort
and convenience. It is never a handicap to wear the EXO-CT220. If we are
pounding high-speed rough, we would
pull out a full-face, but for most trail situations, this is the helmet of choice. We
have used it for snow and blazing hot
dunes and been pleased. Being a street
helmet, the internal flip-down sun visor
grew reluctant when contaminated
with dust. Honestly, that is the only
complaint. We like the comfort, convenience, eye protection and the five-year
warranty. We even like the price. Visit
www.scorpionusa.com to learn more. ❏