MOTOCROSS ACTION PRODUCT TEST: SCOTT AIRBORNE HELMET

September 15, 2010
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SCOTT AIRBORNE HELMET
WHAT IS IT? An all-new Scott helmet to match their famous goggles and freshly imported gear.

WHAT’S IT COST? $299.95 (Circuit & Grid); $309.95 (Identity).

CONTACT?
www.scottusa.com or (800) 292-5877.

WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Scott Airborne Helmet.

(1) Construction. The Scott Airborne helmet is manufactured by KBC but designed by Scott. The helmet has a “pre-impregnated carbon fiber hybrid shell.” The liner is made of triple-density EPS (expanded polystyrene) that covers the crown, front and rear. The helmet is DOT and Snell approved, and it comes with a soft helmet bag to help protect it.

(2) Inner liner. The inner liner and cheek pads are removable and machine washable. MXA test riders reported a comfortable fit, without any nagging pressure points.

(3) Goggle port. The helmet is equipped with a “high-flow vent system,” but what really lets air in is the large eyeport. Depending on the size of the goggle frame, the Airborne allows enough extra air to flow in to keep your sweaty brow dry. The compromise of the larger eyeport is that more dirt can get in, too. Still, most MXA test riders liked the feature for its comfort (as long as we weren’t racing in sand). The sides of the eyeport are rubber and position the goggles tight against the rider’s face.

(4) Nose. The chin bar is equipped with a stainless steel grill. It looks sharp, but it can’t be taken apart to be cleaned. Our solution was to tear out the little piece of netting in the Airborne and replace it with a piece of foam that we robbed from an old helmet.

(5) Visor. The visor is secured with four bolts, and an extra visor is included with the helmet. The four-bolt system holds the visor firmly in place. It’s unlikely to accidentally get bumped out of position, but you have to fetch a screwdriver when you want to adjust it.

(6) Options.
There are three different styles: Circuit, Grid and Identity. There are eight choices overall, and it comes in six sizes, from extra small to double extra large.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We grumbled about a few things.

(1) You need a screwdriver to adjust the visor.

(2) There’s no easy way to clean mud out of the nose vent.

(3) Dirt gets between the liner and the shell. Test riders complained that they could hear the dirt rattling around inside. We couldn’t shake it out.

(4) The chin strap pads aren’t removable for cleaning.


The Scott helmet is a dependable, lightweight, mid-priced helmet that would serve a racer faithfully, but with a few little quirks.

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