WHAT IS IT? The VX-R70 helmet is Scorpion’s
top-of-the-line helmet. Even though it has an under-$300
price tag, it still has some cool features not seen on
more expensive helmets.
WHAT’S IT COST? $269.95.
CONTACT? www.scorpionusa.com or your local dealer.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Scorpion VX-R70.
(1) Construction. The Scorpion VX-R70 helmet
uses a composite shell that incorporates Scorpion’s
thermodynamic composite technology. This technology
consists of a proprietary five-layer blend of interlaced
and specially formulated fiberglass, aramid and organic
poly-resin fibers. The VX-R70 also has dual-density EPS
foam that provides efficient energy displacement in key
areas. The Scorpion VX-R70 meets both ECE 22.05 and
DOT certification standards.
( 2) Inner liner. The inner liner and cheek pads are
removable and machine washable. The liner is secured
in multiple spots, making it almost impossible to dislodge
when riding. In fact, it took some time to reinstall the
liner and pads once removed. The anti-microbial fabric
was a hit with the MXA test riders, as it was soft and
smooth against their faces, making for a comfortable fit.
( 3) Visor. When Scorpion told the MXA wrecking
crew that their visor was shatter-resistant, we took it as
a challenge. The first thing the MXA test riders did was
bend and twist the visor in a knot. True to Scorpion’s
word, we could bend it but we couldn’t break it. We
loved this visor.
( 4) Fit. For an under-$300 helmet, the fit was very
comfortable. There were no pressure points, and
getting in and out of the helmet was as easy as pulling
the straps apart. Just make sure to deflate the cheek
air bags before taking the helmet off. That is right,
the VX-R70 has 5-inch-long air bags on each side. This
allowed test riders to customize the firmness of the fit.
The pump is located under the nosepiece (shown above),
and there is an air-release button directly next to it for
easy use. We liked this feature and thought it would be
even better if there were an air bladder in the top of the
helmet to cushion the rider’s head.
( 5) Options. The Scorpion VX-R70 comes in 12
graphic designs and in sizes from extra-small to
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Two quibbles: (1) We would
like the installation of the cheek pads to be a bit easier.
( 2) We liked the air pump but had to wonder about its
Considering its low price point, unbreakable
SCORPION VX-R70 HELMET
visor, air-pump system in the cheek pads for a
customized fit, and sleek design, we can’t think
of a reason why you shouldn’t buy this helmet.
MXA TEAM TESTED