The clearance on the Scorpion helmets got me looking at new hemets again. I did not like the Scorpions. Just not my fit. I tried on an Icon Alliance that fit well, realy comfortable. I found a good price on it too, $130.00. Good reviews all over the interweb. I wish I could afford a premium helmet, but I'm kinda spending alot of money these days. Anyone have any 1st hand experience with Icon? Always kind of a squid brand, but anyway...
I have a new, Icon HiVis Alliance and I am very happy with it. It's DOT and ECE approved, has easier to use vents then my Scorpion and I think it fits a little better.
The check pads don't come around the front quite as far as the Scorpions, so your face feels a little more open and maybe a little less protected.
The positive lock shield can be a bitch to unlatch sometimes until it's broken in, but unlike the Scorpion, you can ride without problems with the shield open on the first notch nearest full closed. With the Scorpion the air shot uncomfortably into the nose and eyes.
I can tell you from first hand experience, a $100 bucket will save your life just as fast as a $600 bucket. youll just be much more comfortable in the meantime. so, get what you can afford. sure its nice to have the perks of a $500 lid, but if you cant swing it, you cant swing it.. at least youre not unprotected.