Cheap vs Expensive Motorcycle Helmet – Crash Tested
Hello, I’m Ryan F9. And today we destroy the 300 dollar Scorpion EXO-R710 and the $30 AHP . . . Helmet . . . [Intro / Motorcycle revving noises] . . . 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 doesn’t appear to have any legal certifications. Also the seller on ebay calls this a “Top grade and beautiful, ABS shell”. Cheap motorcycle helmets with bluetooth But the sticker on here says polycarbonate, spelled incorrectly, of course. Then there’s the fact that it arrived in a garbage bag. No microfiber sleeve, no box, no protection. Whatever safety level this helmet had it’s probably compromised just from shipping. [Whoosh noise] Plus, the helmet smells so strongly of glue that if I wear more than five minutes, I feel high. Anyway, the first of our crash test is waterproofing. The Scorpion has an “Ellip-Tech” visor which seals with a decisive thud, of a Bentley’s boot lid. Meanwhile the AHP helmet 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 really matter because with no holes in the EPS foam, the vents don’t lead anywhere. The AHP does have this zip on neck warmer though. I can’t decide if that’s innovative or idiotic. [Music] . . . Well, I’m still dry. [Music continues] . . . [Most annoying noise in the world] I’m not. Now . . . Soundproofing. [Music] . . . [Ding noise] Our next test is puncture strength, how many shots to penetrate the shell and visor of each helmet. [Air rifle noises] [Music in background]
Looks like six shots to get through the shell of the Scorpion. [Air rifle shot] And, only one shot to get through the “ABS / polycarbonate” mystery shell of the AHP. Plus it went through the EPS and comfort foam underneath too. [Air rifle noises] [Music continues] Yep, the third shot embedded in the visor of the scorpion. That’s normal. [Air rifle noise] Holy shit! And . . . That is so not normal. Only one shot to blow a cannon sized hole through the AHP’s visor Straight up dangerous. [Music in background]
Now for the fun test. Yessir. [Music continues] . . . So the legitimate helmet passed the side, top, and rear impact tests very good. Meanwhile the bargain beauty clocked over 100 G’s on all three. [Whoosh noise] But that’s hardly surprising when you consider their size. See the ebay embarrassment is way smaller and lighter at 1,175 grams. Now even a “shit Sherlock” could deduce the AHP, didn’t really put much impact padding in here. Abrasion resistance! The Scorpion helmet is “Tri-Matrix”, meaning that its shell is woven together with Fiberglass, and Aramids. Meanwhile the AHP non-helmet, is either ABS or Polycarbonate, depending who you ask. My bet is that it’s neither. [Music] . . . And . . . there you have it, 26 seconds for the Scorpion, and only 21 seconds for the AHP. Though they’re actually pretty close, and neither are very good. https://helmetsearch.com/what-kind-of-paint-to-use-on-motorcycle-helmet/ Golf Town! The R710’s chin bar is fully lined with EPS foam. Meanwhile, the helmets chin bar is fully lined with “blue foam” No disrespect to the color blue, but that doesn’t seem very thick. Also as we found out after the abrasion test, they’re only using styrofoam in here rather than EPS, and there’s about a fingers width between the shell and what’s underneath. [Music] . . . Damage report, the Scorpion handled itself quite admirably, whereas the AHP looks like it’s been run over by a truck. Now the visor’s shattered, the chin bar is basically gone, we put a massive crack around the entire back of the helmet, and the melons are undoubtedly going to reflect this fact – Scorpion AHP [Whoosh noise] This state of destruction seems like the perfect time to assess build quality. Now on the scorpion the Ellip-Tech visor is still working perfectly, and for vents we’re three for four, chins busted, but good there, good there, and good there. Padding inside looks nice too. Meanwhile on the cheaper lid, the only thing that’s still working is the hideous neck condom. Oh Joy. Tallying the scores, the Scorpion EXO-R710 was better in every single way, while the AHP helmet was dangerous in every single way. If you’re familiar with our old scoring system, the R710 would have notched six out of nine, while the AHP would have scored zero. As punishment for being one of the worst ways to spend $30, this happened Oh wow, the whole things just melted. Yup. And that about does it for this crash test, on behalf of myself and Brian F9 I’d like to thank you very much for watching, take care. [Music] . . .