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From the first time you put the Pit Boss helmet on, you can feel the difference. The ultra-light TriMatrix construction keeps weight to a minimum while still passing tough DOT standards. The Bell Pit Boss also features Bell’s innovative Speed Dial adjustable fit system which provides unmatched levels of comfort while drastically reducing the tendency for open face helmets to lift off of the head. And with additional features like a removable neck curtain and drop down sunshield, the Pit Boss truly reigns supreme on the wide open road.
I purchased this for several reasons. I wanted this style, the sun shield and the detachable neck and ear curtain. I ride in NorCal so it works well for the 30 degree mornings. I had an accident since I bought it and can truthfully say it didn't move at all when I went down. I replaced it with the same helmet. It's a great helmet fits well love the fact that it's adjustable.
February 11, 2015
fit and finish great
I have had the helmet for awhile now and could not be more happier with my choice, I use this helmet in asia and have been happy with its performance riding in high humidity and at times heavy rain. Only little negative i have found is with the visor down its a little tight if you have glasses on. i bought the matt black bell but have since had it custom repainted.
Thanks revzilla for the fast hassle free service and shipping to Aus
February 11, 2015
quality and comfort
Extreme high quality and comfort. Only con is that the inner shield is difficult to replace.
January 31, 2015
First thing first...I am picky. Second, I have a great big Charlie Brown head. The XXL fits with a couple of notches left on the adjustable dial. It's light enough, the chin strap has a snap so it doesn't slap you in the wind, and the sun visor is easy to operate even with gloves on. I LOVE THIS HELMET!!!
January 29, 2015
Great helmet but.....
I ordered this helmet cause I didn't want a full face helmet. The helmet was awesome but it made me look like I had a mushroom head. I returned it with ZERO hassle and received a full return on my money!
January 4, 2015
This helmet looks great, very comfortable fit and doesn't shift at all! I'm very happy with it!!!
December 29, 2014
Large - maybe not
I ordered a large/2XL, there is a unique sizing band that allows one to turn a knob and adjust sizing, very ingenious. This gives a scale of sizing up to 2XL.
I opened mine all the way and it did not fit my big head. Then I cranked it down to its lowest setting, presumably a Large. My wife was able to wear it comfortably. The only problem, she's a small in other helmets.
So, this is a great helmet with a wide range of possibilities.
It's just burns me that my wife will get to wear it since it doesn't fit me. Now I'm out 129 bucks!
Still I say buy it, the pull down visor is great along with the removable ear warmers and snap back strap.
December 2, 2014
This helmet is ultra-light, built with advanced technology, very comfortable, DOT approved, and made by Bell. Buy it.
The fit of the Bell Pit Boss helmet is somewhat unique, very secure, and stays put with no lifting at speed. The TriMatrix construction is super strong and light weight. I wear prescription glasses and the visor fit over them, no problem. The visor attachment needs a little improvement - my only negative point; but if you open and close the drop down visor carefully, it works fine. The open face gives plenty of air flow even with the zip out liner in place. I ride on the Big Island of Hawaii where it is warm and no so warm, depending on elevation; and do not find the helmet to be too warm. My ride is a Honda Shadow Aero, and I sit behind a windshield. The Pit Boss Helmet is perfect for cruising in warm or hot weather. The Bell 500 Classic saved my life over 40 years ago so I always wear a helmet, and I believe Bell is the best!
October 27, 2014
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Lewis T: I reviewed the feedback, researched the helmet and reviewed the videos and arrived at the conclusion that this helmet is the best half helmet and meant for me.Jan 23, 2015
Ivan E O: It seems to be a good choice for my sportster, we'll see.Dec 26, 2014
M J: My tour rides take me all over in all weather my ride to Alaska it rained on me almost every day and I got hailed on 4 times that's why I bought 2 helmets. I always travel with two helmets , love them both, fit ,comfort, looks both are exceptional.Dec 17, 2014
Hilliard C: I wear eye glasses so I was interested in this because of the pull down sun visor and the extra removable padding around the neck and ears for cooler days.Oct 26, 2014
Doug B: Tried this helmet on at an area motorcycle gear shop. Helmet is very comfortable, and adjusts easily using the adjustable band. I also like the versatility afforded by the removable liner. And.....you don't look like a Mario Bros character.Oct 18, 2014
Greg W: Moved to florida from colorado wanted a open face helmet instead of my full face for cruising around town it gets pretty hot here also my other helmet is black ordered a white helmet to be more visibleOct 17, 2014
Wayne R: Advanced design and materials, light weight, cool for hot weather riding in Hawaii, Bell reputation, DOT rated, good reviews.Oct 7, 2014
Brian K: Had the Nolan Super Cruise helmet since 2010, which I really liked, but had to replace after I got in an accident this past January. Seems Nolan no longer manufactures half helmets. Finally chose the Pit Boss which has proven to be a great fit and design - the ratchet in the back really does it's' job. My only issue is that I wish the helmet had vents (like the Nolan had). Maybe Bell should offer a version of the Pit Boss with vents instead of a retractable visor (hint, hint)?Sep 15, 2014
Eugene M: Returned. After trying several times did not like the adjustable sixe/fit feature.Sep 11, 2014
Florencio G: Great half helmet, better than my current Harley Davidson half helmet. Helmet sits low, does not lift at high speed and looks great.Sep 8, 2014
Jon R: I like a half helmet, but don't like the mushroom look. Review said this helmet should fit my head shape.Sep 6, 2014
saul c: Do not like the way it sits on your head that's why I returned itAug 23, 2014
M WADE W: Friend has one,liked it,sooo! I'm getting my own.Aug 17, 2014
Michael M: Adjustable fit and no mushroom head.Aug 15, 2014
Daniel W G: Need a tighter fit have a small head hard to find a helmet that fits snug and doesn't try to come up in the wind.Aug 12, 2014
William B: When I lived i NY I always had a convertible full helmet. Now that I live in Florida where it is currently bloody hot and there are no helmet laws, I think that this shorty will encourage me to wear a helmet without me bursting into flames due to the weather.Aug 9, 2014
Sergio K: Heat comfort for summer rides.Aug 7, 2014
Christopher C: Purchased this helmet because of the Revzilla review comment about fit.Aug 6, 2014
Kevin R: I like the style. Was thinking of the rouge but to much doeJul 25, 2014
William R: wife tried many helmets on at the store, several different stores, she loved the fit loved the look of the Bell Pit Boss! store only had the shelf model in stock and RevZilla rocks! so I bought one new in box here. :)Jul 13, 2014
Slav D: Good styling and DOT approved. Flip down shield provides additional safety and the visor helps reduce glare. Helmet vents would be very desirable.Jul 10, 2014
Harry W: Custom 500 was too small. This is more adjustable
Best helmet ever for fitJul 3, 2014
Tom D: The video sold me on this helmet and I have owed Bell helmets before always happy.Jul 3, 2014
Dean L: Bell helmets are the best value for the money. Great fitment across all of their models and high quality always.Jul 1, 2014
Kevin N: It was the perfect lid for summer time cruising too and from work , also with my small head it doesn't look like a bucket . Thanks team zilla for your helpJun 28, 2014
William S: I very much like the adjuster knob at the back. Really gives a customized fit. The appearance is a winner as well!Jun 19, 2014
John B: Liked the look, the retractable visor and the adjustability.Jun 10, 2014
Clark B: Quality helmet in the right color. Design doesn't make you look like a mushroom head.Jun 2, 2014
Marc L: I drive a fully restored 1973 Z1. For the shorter distances at lower speeds I want to HEAR my bike! Love the built-in slightly understated peak. Not the plastic clip-on jobs. Like the fitting system. Been in work helmets for years so why did it take so long to jump into bike helmets? Lastly, Bell is a great name in helmets.May 29, 2014
David H: Bell is top line gear. If I am protecting my head. I use Bell. Both on my pedal bikes and my motorcycle.May 3, 2014
James J: Your sight provided in depth reviews as well as great customer support. I was easily able to obtain sizing information and knowledge through your website. I will definitely return to this website for my bike gear accessories in the future.
Richard H: Research made it the best buy for my buck. Will see how it performs.Apr 29, 2014
MICHAEL M: Light weight helmet with adjustment dial for a comfortable fit.Apr 21, 2014
Peter F: This is an excellent choice to replace one that became compromised when I went down on pavement at 50 mph. My previous helmet didn't show any excessive signs of damage but good safety sense requires replacement once a helmet has protected your noggin once. It's cheap insurance to protect the few grey cells I have left.Apr 17, 2014
Kyle W: Great look and comfort. The strap is very soft and doesn't cut into your face or chin and the flip down visor is tinted perfectly. The only thing I might cry about (like one tear, no more) is the adjuster in the back digs in your neck a little, but after wearing it around some you don't really notice it anymore. Overall, this is a great helmet!Apr 6, 2014
Steven G: Low profile, DOT approved, adjustable.Apr 5, 2014
sebastien O: After watching the review on youtube ( RevZilla)Mar 30, 2014
craig c: i watched the video and i like the speed dial option,and also the reviews looked good.Mar 28, 2014
William S: Good reviews. Need a summer helmet that doesn't make you look like a mushroomMar 22, 2014
Scott S: For warmer times of the year. Also, I have issues with my neck and this helmet is supposed to be one of the lightest on the market but still DOT approved.Mar 18, 2014
Tyler H: Looks good and has speed adjust system on the backFeb 17, 2014
Roger S: ability to adjust size, flip down visor, name brand, good reviews.Feb 16, 2014
Brian W: Looked good! Reviews were great!!Feb 13, 2014
Abigail B: This is my first time buying a helmet online without trying it on. I became confident to purchase this Bell because of all of the great reviews from almost 100 customers! I've heard great things about Bell and am so excited to try out this half helmet! I live in south Florida and the heat is wicked! I need something light and ventilated...I thought the Pit Boss would be great for my riding conditions and look hot! Lol! With free shipping and free returns how could I go wrong?Feb 9, 2014
Charles F: I've used Bell helmets before and found them to be comfortable and fit well.Jan 25, 2014
Robert G K: I like the smaller,lower profile size of this helmet and the flip down visor that I think will be handy with my prescription glasses.Dec 28, 2013
Gregory G: Great helmet ,excellent design ,fit very well ,gives a nice profile on a bike ,not too big , very light , adjustable , just the best open face helmet on the market.Dec 23, 2013
Sean M: The reviews looked promising, I have a selection of helmets a needed a good DOT half helmet -which I prefer to wear. This one seemed good.Nov 13, 2013
Louis W: Purchased this hemet mainly for the light weight and easy adjustment. The cool looks of helmet was just a bonus, plus I got tired of my buds bragging how great this helmet was.Oct 27, 2013
Mike H: I have a friend that has one and I liked the looks of it.Oct 18, 2013
Charles N: Excellent fit and quality. Needed DOT helmet.Oct 16, 2013
Mark F: I have been looking for a 1/2 helmet that is safe and dot approved. I have a full face modular helmet that works great, but during the summer it gets very hot. I also wanted a 1/2 helmet that did not look like a mushroom and was low profile. I wear glasses so the pull down shield is key for me. I hope this works out for me as I am very picky and if it does not fit correctly I will be returning it. MarkSep 15, 2013
Chris B: Great brand, low profile helmet made of materials I trust and it looks comfortable. The drop down visor is nice and I will probably use it in a clear color for night riding....sunglasses during the day.Sep 14, 2013
Kevin S: I have been looking for a new helmet all year and this seems to be the best one for me. I will soon find out.Sep 8, 2013
A shopper asked:can the sena smh10 be affixed and used on this helment ?Apr 1, 2014
Anthony B asked:In the video, Anthony mentions the ability to remove the visor - is he talking about the internal sun visor or the "bill" of the helmet? If the bill can be removed, does the internal sun shade still function?
Jason M:Hi Anthony. I purchased this helmet in 2012 so, assuming the model hasn't changed, I'll try and answer for you. In short you could remove the peak (which is what I assume you're looking to do) and the visor will still work...however the middle of the peak has a 'grommet' pin that seems to go through helmet. So if you remove the visor/peak you'll have a small hole. Hope this helps? Jason Jun 26, 2014
Edgar G:The bill or visor can be removed and the sunshade functions normally. I bought a med and found it too tight until I removed the adjustment parts. Have 2 of these helmets now and they are great since I removed the sizing parts. Suggest you buy a size larger then you would normally. You can always adjust smaller.Jun 26, 2014
stephen r:The bill on the helmet is held on by two screws, one on each side of the helmet. You can see them in the side view of the helmet. You can remove the bill and the sun shade will still function.Jun 26, 2014
A shopper asked:What's the wind noise like with this type of helmet? I normally wear foam ear plugs with my full-face helmet to reduce that high-pitched frequencies and can only assume that you don't get that type of squeal when you're more open with a helmet like this. I would really like an alternative helmet for hot-weather riding.Nov 22, 2013
Alan H:To some degree it depends on what you are riding (ie do you have a windshield) and where (screaming down the highway or around town?) Airflow over the helmet and visor is smooth and as you note, there is no high pitched noises associated with wind squeezing in through vents. That said, it is an open face helmet, so there is certainly wind noise as it goes past your ears and the helmet strap. I rode it from Virginia all the way to Florida on secondary roads on a big Twin with a shortie wind screen, spending 6-8 hours per day on the bike. I wore foamies for hearing protection and at the end of the day had no issues with "hum" or reduced hearing from the noise level. It is not "quiet" as it is open face, but the wind noise from that airflow is manageable and very pleasant on warm days.Nov 23, 2013
DENNIS M:My advice,..... rent, borrow, buy a cheap pot, whatever....a half-helmet to experience riding with one. That's all I wear (been riding 48 years). Before you invest in what I have found to be the most comfortable helmet to-date because it is a drastic jump from full-face to half. But if noise is your only concern, wear ear plugs or some form of noise protection because there is always wind, pipes, traffic, etc. I do on extended trips because it helps cut down of fatigue. If you make the move, you'll love this helmet. My son (18) balked 'til he tried one on then bought it. Hope this helped.Nov 22, 2013
Lynne G:Wind noise is bothersome while riding without my wind shield but that is to be expected. With my windshield on it is no problem but I still wear foam ear plugs on long highway runs to protect my hearing. This is by far the most comfortable helmet I have owned. I would recommend this helmet highly. It is light, does not make you look like a bobble head and adjustable for you comfort.Nov 22, 2013
Len D:This is a great lightweight helmet, and with foam earplugs wind noise should not be an issue. Of course that will depend on other factors (windshield, fairing etc), but I get no wind noise generated by the helmet. I've also recommended this helmet to friends, and everyone who has one really likes it.Nov 22, 2013
Al S:I'd go larger. The adjustable band should allow you to get a good fit. Mine was a snug fit when it was all the way out and became a little uncomfortable after a while. I remove the adjuster and now it fits perfectly. Great helmet! Great company!Feb 11, 2015
Julian M:The sun shade will work at night but it will have a similar effect of wearing sunglasses at night...your visibility will be negatively effected. When I plan to ride into the evening hours, I wear my transition 7-Eye riding glasses. They won't darken when the visor is down and at night I can lift the visor and have clear eye protection.Apr 23, 2014
Brad B:You can order a second visor in CLEAR COLOR for about $10 and snap that in for night driving, but the shaded visor comes standard with the PB Helmet. I switch back and forth because the visor won't fit well over my sunglasses. Also the visor helps screen the wind better than sunglasses, and actually helps with the wind noise some.Nov 4, 2014
Randy L:This helmet fits small, based on my experience. I think it is also best suited for rounder heads than mine. I usually take a L - XL so that is what I bought in this helmet. However, after a few weeks of using it, I had to stop as it seemed to fit too tight and was giving me a headache. That said, it is a nice-looking helmet and seems well made.Feb 16, 2015
george R:I also have an exact 23 inch head and I went with large---there's also an adjustable tension that makes adjustment to nice snug fit ---terrific terrific much quality best helmet I've ever had Recommend ordering smoke lenses when ordering the helmet also Been riding 40 yearsFeb 11, 2015
steve y:Im a new owner of a large PB. All I can say is if its to small you will be in pain and not like it. If its a tad to big, you can always wear a rag underneath. Also remember you have the contraception in the back that helps adjust the fit. I would go for the large.
Nathan P:Large should be fine. The helmet includes a bicycle-style fine tuning fit adjustment system that works very well. Also the snap-in ear covers are handy for chilly days. I haven't used the drop-down visor. Overall a great helmet!May 14, 2014
Chris I:Bryan. I have a 2012 electraglide limited and a medium and a large pit boss helmet. Neither will fit without first unsnapping the rear ratchet system so that it pushes inside the helmet. My large just fits inside the opening but is VERY tight. I wouldn't ride with it this way.
David M:Go with the medium. The adjustment setup around the back of your noggin does a great job cinching the helmet down. On any other half helmet I would recommend trying it on first if you're on on the fence but wouldn't have any reservations about going up a size on this one. Oct 14, 2013
Len D:This helmet has a thumb wheel size adjuster so if you are slightly smaller than the max size for a small, order the small and adjust the fit with the thumb wheel. If your head is larger than the max size for small, order the medium and use the adjuster to fit.Oct 14, 2013
A shopper asked:I'm undisided on color . My question is : Is the Titanium more of a Grey color? My bike color is Vivid BLK and Charcoal grey. I've seen other helmets that say the are Titanium and they look more brown and grey combined the Pit Boss looks to be more of a grey. Also if i order and do not like the color can i return it for another color and what would be my cost on a return and reship on the same item but different color?Jun 13, 2014
BillL:Absolutely it does, the adjustor on the back is not made to make the helmet fit, it is there so you can adjust the fit to your desire. The small shell is smaller then the XL that I wear, I can't even get my head into the small shell.May 27, 2013
Al S:Yes it is. Sena unit mounted on with no problem. The helmet liner has pockets for the ear phone. With the liner removed the Velcro on the ear phone will stick to the helmet strap near your ear. Great helmet.Aug 10, 2014
The Bell Pit Boss Helmet is new from Bell. It's going to do a handful of
things pretty well, but really the key takeaways, and I have the checkered
pattern in front of me this is one of the graphic models, is that this is a
half helmet that's going to be DOT and my favorite, favorite thing about
this is the way that it fits. Intermediate, oval head shape is going to fit
most riders. It's not too long front to back, not too round, but what
they've done is they've managed to use an EPS that keeps the DOT but
doesn't give you that Toad from Mario Kart type of look.
A lot of times with DOT half helmets they sit really, really high on the
head and you have people say "Well I don't want to look like I'm wearing a
mushroom so I'm going to go with something that is more of a brain bucket."
And what you end up with is a non DOT helmet or a helmet that is less
comfortable or less safe. Not the case here with the Bell Pit Boss.
So what you have is a nice internal guts to it that are going to be wicking
and comfortable, but one of the keys here, the first thing that I'm going
to hone in on, is the speed dial system from Bell that you see on the back
here. It's really, its bicycle technology, Easton-Bell makes tons and tons
and tons of helmets for lots of different types of riding, even hard hats,
they just make helmets. And what they've done is they've taken technology
that allows you to custom fit the circumference of this piece here that's
going to fit just along, and it's not going to be uncomfortable. It sits
underneath the back of the ridge of your head and there's actually a snap
in here so it's multi positionable so if I snap it out here you're going to
see that it comes down, you see how there's multiple points that it
connects to the helmet.
And what it allows you to do, as I snap it back in, it allows you to keep
this helmet from lifting of its speed. So whether you're riding its speed,
or where ever you position it on your head, it's going to want to go like
that when the wind hits it, and by having this really comfortable
technology here in the back that you can loosen and tighten it's going to
allow you to keep it down. This is straight from the bicycle world.
Looking at this helmet too, as far as the shell composite, it's a tri
composite which is Bell's high end material for lightweight, 900 grams on
this guy so it's very, very lightweight for what it is. A solid is
available as well. Removable visor and the other thing about it is it has a
removable cold weather neck curtain. So double D-ring closure. I'm going to
open it up here, let's look at it. I'm going to zip out this neck liner and
show you what it looks like when you pull it off.
So, notice it's a snap there, pull the leather piece down. This is for cold
weather riding and we're just going to zip it off, it's very easy to do.
Zips all the way around. Every Bell Pit Boss has this included. And there
is my fleece-lined neck liner for colder weather riding.
When I do that you can see the speed dial system very, very clearly and you
can also see where it sits. Remember everybody has that occipital ridge in
the back of there head, that's kind of where your head slope changes. This
is going to sit right below it and be very, very comfortable.
So let us know what you think of the Bell Pit Boss Helmet. It's a half
helmet; it's the fit that you need to hone in on here. The other thing I
didn't mention it has a flip down polycarbonate shield, so eye protection
is typically required by most states you can either wear this or rock your
sunglasses, it's up to you, and that is spring loaded.