I realize this may only be specific to Scorpion Exo-1000's but who knows, you may have a lid where you can pull something similar off.
TX summers suck and riding even for short distances in 100+ degree weather on top of a 200+ degree missile can be physically exhausting and dehydrating. Yesterday I decided I'd had enough and came up with a way to integrate my Camelbak to my helmet so I can ride and drink without any sort of issues.
My first problem was figuring out how to get the hose into the helmet. The exo-1000 has, what Brian Van of STG calls, Venturi style vents on the front and rear. I figure, well, if I am getting hydration, do I really need both of these "vents"? Nah. Eff it. Took off the inner pads, gave it a quick look and I'm like, I can do this.
Do a little bit of research and find the Camelbak Quick Link Conversion Kit that make linking filters, adapters and other cool little gadgets a breeze. The wheels start turning and I get the idea of what I am going for.
Exo-1000 or similar helmet
Camelbak, preferably with a 90 degree bite valve
Camelbak quick link conversion kit($10-$13 at serious sporting goods stores)
Measure and cut the length of hose I need for inside the helmet, use the quick link kit to connect the hose in the helmet to the hose coming from the camelbak and profit. It wasn't quite that easy, but without further adieu... the build.
Remove the neck roller
Pop the Venturi vent (on whatever side you want, I went with left) out of the shell. It's not in there tight at all and that part of the shell is pretty flexible.
Feed the hose through the vent opening, above where the roller will go but underneath the cheek pad.
Check the placement of the bite valve behind the chin bar. I did this several times. I was lucky and had two hoses, but I wanted to be certain my first one was a go. I also shortened the bite valve on the valve side of the 90 degree bend. Took off roughly 1/2" this way it hangs freely without digging into your chin.
At this point, I marked where I thought the hose would be cut and pulled it through the viewing port until the end of the hose was near the rear vent opening. I put the male adapter from the conversion kit on the end of the hose and made sure I could use the adapter without issue(with and without gloves). Since I was certain I was good, I cut the hose where I had marked it off and added the male adapter and put all of the pads in nice and tight
(dunno what happened to the pic, but you get the idea)
With the helmet side done, I threw the female adapter from the conversion kit on the end of the hose coming from my Camelbak
Threw the helmet, gloves and bag on and voila.
That's it. The thing works incredibly well and this has already become my favorite mod to enhance the riding experience from a comfort side. That and it just looks beastly.
I am going to put the cover back in to clean it up a bit. I need to drill out the hole so that the hose fits through without issue. The bite valve is only slightly annoying at first but it stays out of the way for the most part. Also, if you're disconnecting the hose with the helmet on, be sure to evacuate the hose in the helmet. The female side has a valve so you can disconnect and refill your bladder or whatever but the male side doesn't. Just suck while you disconnect and you won't have any issues, no homo.
Looks like something out of a syfi movie, kinda cyborg-ish. Very cool.
How easy does the hose connection stay together? If you're looking side to side, is there any resistance from the hose? Any fear that the hose will come apart?
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I haven't had any problems with anything yet. If you provide enough hose outside of your bag/camelbak floating freely, there shouldn't be any real stress on the connector itself. Same goes for moving side to side. I'm really not worried about the hose coming apart at all, the connector is pretty sturdy.
I was fortunate that I had an extra hose for my camelbak from when I bought the neoprene sleeved one. The neoprene one was also about 4" longer than the one that came with the bag.
I also managed to get the vent cover back onto my helmet after I had drilled out the vent hole to make room for the hose:
I like the helmet mod! Don't think it would work on mine though. I am interested in doing the same, but having the water bladder inside the hump of my leathers. It's just a void in there really.Should fit Camels do it......