So what exactly didn't you like about the Scorpion? I have the 700 and it is far and away a better helmet than the HJC. It is quieter, has a better vent system and is just better in fit and feel for me. I am surprised that you didn't at least try a free helmet.
As for the Snell ratings everyone should read the motorcyclist article on helmets and rating systems. After that article my next helmet will be the best quality DOT only helmet that I can find.
It appears that you don't read or listen to the replies other people have given as to the why cheap helmets are not best fitted for you noggin but, if you love the helmet... more power to you.
DOT & Snell test are a pure joke, a way to take some money from you and the people making helmets. Being said that, your cheap helmet may or may not save you from an accident as well as the high-end ones, the main difference is on Comfort
= Liner made out of a very good and soft material as opposed of sand paper like many of the cheap helmets come with (exageration sure but you get my drift). If you have never worn a high-end helmet for more than the time it took to fit it, you can't tell otherwise nor you'll be able to say one is better than the other.
= If 5 layers of fiberglass is all it takes to protect your head, the cheap helmets will use this as a maximum requirement and will probably use cheap fiberglass as well and the helmet will end up weighing in at about 4 to 5 punds . High=end helmets will use 7 to 10 layers of composites between good fiberglass, Kevlar & Carbon fiber which will not only be stronger but lighter, weighing in at about 2.8 to 3.5 pounds.
1 pound to 1 1/2 pounds may seem insignificant to you now but after 25min to 1 hour, it could mean the difference between wanting to get home so bad you can't see clearly from stiff neck syndrome or having the time of your life getting there. Again weighing in the difference while you're at the dealer does not mean you can say you felt no differences.
If you have worn both Cheap and High-end helmets and you'll still consider the Scorpion top helmet, I stand corrected and more power to you.
I sell both and possibly have a higher margin on the lower end helmets as I don't have to discounted so deep to be able to move them so I really don't care one way or the other and I am not being Bias towards the high-end ones.