While I wear and review all styles of helmets, my personal choice has been the 3/4 helmet with a faceshield. I know it’s not as protective as a full-face but it’s what I feel most comfortable wearing.
Thanks to the rise in popularity of retro open face helmets like the Bell Custom 500 we reviewed on WRN, 3/4 helmets with a faceshield are getting more attention. They give those of us who want the fun of a retro open face more protection. Last fall Scorpion introduced the EXO-CT220, a 3/4 helmet that combines many features of its high priced competitors but at the budget price of just $149.99.
Besides the retractable sun visor, the “peak visor” also attracted me to this helmet. Its a plastic sun visor that you attach to the helmet in the same place the faceshield goes. My go-to helmet for a long time was a 3/4Arai SZ/Ram IIIthat is no longer made. I would find myself taking my left hand off the controls to shield my eyes from the setting sun. The peak visor solves that problem for me. Or so I thought.
There is one caveat I wasnt aware of until after I got this helmet. You can’t have the faceshield and the peak visor attached at the same time. The peak visor clips in to the same place as the faceshield. So the faceshield must be removed and then the peak visor attached. I was hoping for both. Since I don’t like to ride without some sort of face protection, this option didn’t work for me so I don’t use the peak visor at all.
I really like the versatility and options the EXO-CT220 offers me, but unfortunately, I developed a hot spot on my forehead after wearing the helmet after about 30 minutes. I was hoping the pressure there would dissipate once the foam liner settled in, but it did not. I found this same thing happening when I reviewed the first version of Schuberth’s womens helmet, the C3W.
I’ve learned after all my years of reviewing motorcycle helmets that not all helmets are going to work for you. Thank goodness for the different brands and the variety. If the versatility of this helmet appeals to you, it’s worth checking out because the price is great. The whole Scorpion line is known for offering high priced features at affordable prices.
Helmet sizes range from XS to 3XL and colors offered are matte black, solid black (which is a gloss black) and neon. Again, the price for the EXO-CT220 is $149.99 and can be ordered online at ScorpionUSA.com.
Additional Info for Changing Out to the Peak Visor
While it’s easy to pop out the faceshield by pressing on the tabs on either side of the helmet the directions to install the peak visor were difficult to follow. I couldn’t find the arrows that were mentioned to line up the visor on the helmet. I fumbled and bumbled a bit, but finally figured out that you need to press the tabs to the open position on either side of the helmet, doing one at a time, and pop in the visor, then release the tab, which locks it in place. That is the key. I was not pressing the tab open, but rather expecting the visor to just pop into the side mechanism—and that is why I’m sharing this here. Once both sides are popped in, you simply lower the visor until it falls into the same depression on either side of the helmet that the faceshield does when it’s installed.