Cheap vs Expensive Motorcycle Helmet


Hello! I’m RyanF9 and today we destroy the 300-dollar Scorpion EXO-R710, and the 30-dollar AHP helmet. I’m pretty sure this thing doesn’t have a real name. The ECE and DOT approval is equally questionable, because unless this is Chinese for Department of Transportation, it does not appear to have any legal certifications. Also the seller on eBay says this is a “top grade and beautiful” ABS shell. But the sticker says polycarbonate. Spelled wrong, of course. Then there’s the fact that it arrived in a garbage bag. No microfibre sleeve, no box, no protection. It’s entirely possible that the safety of this helmet is compromised just from shipping. Plus the helmet smells so strongly of glue that if I wear it for more than 5 minutes, I feel high.

Anyway, waterproofing is the first of our crash tests. The Scorpion has an Ellip-Tec visor, which seals with the decisive thump of a Bentley’s boot lid. Meanwhile the AHP closes with the most annoying sound in the world. Plus the vents look like they were made to fit a different helmet. Of course that doesn’t matter, because with no holes in the EPS foam, the vents don’t lead anywhere. The AHP does have this zip-on neck warmer, however. I can’t decide if that’s innovative or idiotic...

**Waterproofing Test*** Scorpion: Pass AHP: Fail

Our next test is puncture strength. How many shots to penetrate the shell and visor of each helmet? Looks like 6 shots to get through the shell of the Scorpion. Wowwwww... Only 1 shot to get through the 1 / polycarbonate mystery shell. 3 shots to get through the visor or the Scoprion – that’s normal. Aaaaaand that’s not normal. Only 1 shots to get through the AHP’s visor is straight-up dangerous.

Now for the fun test! Yessir. Impact test! Time to drop the helmets. Obvious news first! The legitimate helmet did much better, passing on all 3 drop tests. Meanwhile the bargain beauty failed all three. But when you consider their size, that’s hardly surprising. See the eBay embarrassment is way smaller and over 400 grams lighter at 1175. Even a shit Sherlock could deduce that AHP sacrificed on impact padding.

Abrasion resistance! The Scorpion helmet is Tri-Matrix… meaning its shell is woven together from fibreglass and Aramids. Meanwhile the AHP non-helmet is either polycarbonate or ABS depending who you ask. My bet is that it’s neither... And there you have it. 26s for the Scorpion and only 21s for the AHP.

Golf town! The EXO-R710’s chin bar is fully lined with EPS foam. Meanwhile the knockoff helmet’s chin bar is fully lined with blue foam. No disrespect to the colour blue, but this doesn’t seem very thick. Candid reaction – Damage report! The Scorpion handled itself admirably, meanwhile the AHP looks like it’s been run over by a truck. Our cantaloupe heads will undoubtedly reflect that fact... yes indeed.

I think this state of destruction is the perfect time to assess build quality. On the Scorpion visor is still working and for vents we are 3 for four. Meanwhile the cheapo lid has lost XYZ and only the hideous neck condom is still working. Oh joy.

Tallying it up, the Scorpion EXO-R710 was better in every single way, while the AHT helmet was dangerous in every single way. If you’re familiar with our old scoring system, the R710 would have notched 6/9 and the AHT would have scored 0.

As punishment for being one of the worst ways to spend 30 dollars, this is going to happen.

-- We Burn the helmet in the video here --

That about does it for this crash test. On behalf of myself and BryanF9 I’d like to thank you very much for watching. Take care.