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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.
Really good helmet for the price. Maybe it's just my big head but the size seemed to run small. Very easy to scratch the flat black paint.
May 18, 2015
I switched to Bell pit boss from HJC Is cruiser and i have to say and I have to say it was worth it. Great fit, super comfortable. Speed dial system secures the helmet perfectly. Helmet is no longer trying to filf off at highway speeds. Dark tint sunshield finishes everything off.
May 12, 2015
Fits like it should. Zip out liner great for air flow or sound reduction. Pull down sun visor works like it should.
May 12, 2015
Very nice half helmet
This helmet fits small. I measured 58 and the large fits me fine with the adjuster all the way open. The adjuster on back of helmet can be a little irritating when tilting head up. There should be some opening for air flow through helmet. It is hotter than the old Bell it replaced. The chin strap is thinner than most making it more noticeable. The visor and adjuster both work well. The zip off warmer has ear piece pockets and comes off and goes on easy. The lining is better then most half helmets. Overall happy with helmet and quality seems good for a China made product. I ride a 14 HD Ultra Limited and the is no buffeting and remains stable. Revzilla service was great! Ordered on Wed and received helmet on Friday with the std shipping.
May 11, 2015
The benchmark of half-helmets
This helmet has about the best fit you could ask for in a half helmet. While it is not as sleek as some of the more minimalist buckets, it is low profile enough to look good and still offer reasonable protection. The neck skirt and drop down visor are also an added bonus. I Highly recommend this helmet if you are seeking a traditional half and want a good fit. For $120, you can't ask for much more.
May 7, 2015
Great features, overall great performance. A few minor things to note.
I've got 35 years of riding experience, ride in all seasons and weather conditions and have gone through dozens of helmets (full, half, 3/4, non DOT.....none). The Pit Boss is my current "go-to" helmet and it's got a few thousand miles on it now. It's a classic Bell shape which fits my head fine (oval / round). I wear a medium in every other helmet I own (Bell included); after measuring my head I fell right in the middle of Bell's Pit Boss Medium range. The Pit Boss size ran a little on the small side which was slightly shocking & disappointing. I fully expected it to loosen up and "break-in" but so far it is just like it came out of the box. The restraint / adjuster system has three height positions and a full range of tighten and loosen. I may purchase another one in a large for the winter so I can layer underneath and ratchet to tighten. As is the system is useless to me and I have it backed all the way off and tucked as far up in the helmet as I can get it. I may consider removing it...however that will destroy it and I will not be able to put it back. What I was looking for in a helmet when I purchased the Pit Boss: lightweight, slim design (not a mushroom on my head), removable ear/neck warmer, hard mounted brim visor (the snap on ones will drive you crazy with rattles at high speed and long distance), integrated flip down visor/shield and vents. The Pit Boss was hands down the best looking helmet when worn, it sits low, lots of room around my ears, easy on/off zip out ear/neck warmer, the brim visor is solid as steel, weighed slightly more than my other hybrid but not significantly more. There is room for improvement in the following areas, the flip down visor. I wear prescription glasses (smaller frames) and they will not touch once the visor is down. Its a bit of a trick to get the visor past them on the way down without touching/rubbing but after a few tries I have a system worked out. I also notice that there is a bit of vision distortion at the lower edges only notice it when looking at gauges....NOTE: this could be completely MY GLASSES.....I have "progressive" lenses and it sucks to get old. A tilt of the head when looking at the dash fixes the problem. Other notables, the visor is spring loaded and is either up or down. There is no halfway point at highway speeds. The tab to pull down the visor is very small. Cant find it with gloved hands and end up pulling on the edge until I can get a finger on the tab. It fits perfect over my prescription sunglasses which are a wrap around style. The visor is dark enough that I don't really need my sunglasses (which is why I wanted the flip down in the first place) I ride a lot of day/night/day transitions and didn't want the hassle of changing out my glasses. Finally....venting. The Pit Boss has none. It is hotter than my other helmets however not to the point of being uncomfortable. I also think the larger size would accommodate airflow better and provide a cooler interior.
Pros: quality / craftsmanship / safety / slim design / zip out ear/neck warmer / integrated flip down visor
Cons: size runs a little small / tab on visor could be bigger / visor is either up or down so it my hit your nose on heavy bumps when down, also will not fit over larger frame glasses / no vents its a little warm
The retention system - for me con. In a larger size - useable and comfortable would be a pro.
May 5, 2015
I have no issues at all with this helmet. Buying a second one.
The adjustable fit it comfortable and it doesn't want to lift up under acceleration. The liner is great up here in the north in Michigan for spring riding, and the hide away shield is perfect when riding into the wind.
May 5, 2015
Great helmet, pretty comfortable but can easily be adjusted for the perfect fit. No lifting off on the highway or looking over your shoulder. Visor covers perfect area and is super dark.
May 4, 2015
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michael l: Quality helmet low fit and adjustable. Will write a review if all is true.May 7, 2015
Casey C: This helmet has some great features, and I wanted a helmet that would give me a little more wind in my beard. Although, I have to wear goggles with it because the wind whips right past the pull down sun visor and makes my eyes watery. So, it's a trade-off. Still a great helmet.Apr 28, 2015
Ira S: I liked the idea of adjustable fitApr 19, 2015
Brian G: It's a sharp looking helmet, adjustable sizing is a huge plus, but having the video on your website is what made the sale.Apr 18, 2015
Charles B: I like the videos help me decide and compare like the size speed dial systemApr 16, 2015
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 currently have a Bell Arrow helmet the size is xxl and it fits fine. I am looking for an open face and like the Pitt Boss. After watching the video I measured my head and it is a little over 23 inches which puts me into a large. My question is which is correct? Should I buy a large in the Pitt Boss or stick with the xxl?Mar 24, 2015
Kevin N:First i would like to say its a great lid to wear during the hot months and i would recommend this lid to anyone who is considering purchasing it. Sizing , what i like about this lid the adjustability to have a more custom fit . this lid come with a adjustable dial in the back allowing you to make adjustment to fie your head , Follow the chart when you order you lid you will be happy .. i hope this helps you make an informed decisionMar 24, 2015
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.