Bell Qualifier Cam Helmet
A nice helmet for the money!
There could be more vents, but all in all it isn't too bad, even with the high humidity and 90F plus temps. A visor lock would be nice though. I don't have a windscreen on my bike and the visor tends to rattle at high speeds.
August 1, 2016
Good, basic, hornets.
Overall this is a good starter's helmet. Inexpensive, fairly comfortable, basic. I have two primary complaints. First, it's loud. It seems to do a lot of its ventilation by drawing air from below the chin, up past the face and over the head. Which is okay, but noisy. Second, debris from the outside tends to get sucked up into the face shield. Debris like hornets.
Now, I realize this likely isn't a common problem, but on my very first day of serious riding with this helmet, I found myself with a very confused hornet having been sucked up into the face shield. After a few moments of pawing frantically at my own face I was able to open the shield and the little fellow flew away. And I managed not to panic myself into a ditch. This probably isn't a common occurrence, but so far my days riding to hornet-in-face ratio is 1:1, so, that's a thing.
In short, Pros:
Would buy again.
July 24, 2016
Was in a pinch for a helmet saw this one not a bad purchase.. love the matte black finish on it fitment was perfect nice and snug.
August 30, 2016
Great First Helmet
This is a good helmet to start off with. I did change out the visor for a dark one and it was the simplest thing besides snapping the chin strap in place.
August 26, 2016
Great helmet overall
I chose this helmet because it has positive reviews and a wallet-friendly price tag and so far I haven't been disappointed. I was able to try on the Bell Star in a store to get an idea of what to expect size wise. I ordered the medium Bell Qualifier and two business days later I got a perfectly fitting helmet. The visor quick release system is super easy, just press down the levers on both sides and it pops right off. And just align the tabs and press to refit it. The only thing I found about the mechanism is that when I would open and close the visor, there would be an initial "crack/pop" sound that made me worried I was damaging something, but it seems to have gotten less and less apparent. Maybe it needed time to break in or maybe I got used to it. It's by no means the lightest helmet on the market but I haven't been bothered by it making my neck sore or anything. As for the wind noise, again, not the quietest out there (maybe due to the lack of a chin curtain) but not excruciatingly loud. A pair of ear plugs would lessen it if you're really bothered by it (something you should wear anyway when on a bike). Haven't really found much wrong with it, just a nice helmet for a nice price.
August 24, 2016
Good entry-level full face helmet
This was my first helmet. I got a medium with the "Legion" graphic. I used it for about 1000 miles, then upgraded to a Bell Vortex for reasons I'll elaborate on later.
Bang for the Buck (5/5): Can't really beat it. It's an inexpensive full face helmet from a reputable brand that'll get you safely on the road.
Style (5/5): It's nothing special, but with a variety of solid colors, matte colors, and graphic options, there's probably a Bell Qualifier out there for your style.
Comfort (3/5): The helmet is lightweight and fairly compact, so your neck probably won't get tired from wind blast or anything, but this helmet is LOUD. This thing screams in your ears at any speed above 45 mph. Earplugs are a necessity at any speeds above "around town" speeds. The noise is painful after a while, and I would go so far as to say it's distracting to the point of being dangerous.
Protection and durability (3/5): It's just a basic DOT certified helmet. Overall, I'd say it's average, 3/5. For the money, I'm sure this is one of the better helmets out there and I'd probably give it a higher rating, but I'm rating this purely based on protection, not protection per dollar spent.
Air flow (4/5): It was fairly cool when I wore it in the summer months, but for the amount of wind noise I would have thought that there would be more cool air inside the helmet. Good amount of vents, but would greatly benefit from an additional front vent like the Vortex has.
Features (3/5): It has a few vents, comfortable padding, room for a communicator (I think). Nothing special overall, but what more can you ask for at the price point.
Overall it's a good basic helmet, but for a little more you could upgrade to a Bell Vortex helmet. That's what I did, and I'm extremely happy with it. This big selling point for me was that for a little more, I could have DOT cert and Snell 2010 cert with the Vortex, rather than just DOT cert on the Qualifier. I think it's worth it, but to each his own.
I'd also recommend picking up another face shield for it. I didn't drop the money on one of those really nice photochromatic face shields, but I did get a dark smoke face shield. I used it with both the Qualifier and my current Vortex.
August 17, 2016
Bang for your buck just buy one size small.
I am a new rider so the cost to get started was a bit pricey. But this helmet was a great value the only issue I have with is is the sizing runs large so I would plan on buying one size smaller to get that snug fit that you will need when traveling at high speeds.
August 15, 2016
I was skeptical about ordering a small, as I've never ordered anything small before, but according to the size chart I was in-between small and medium. I went with the small instead considering after break-in it should still be snug. Took about a week to break-in and it fits perfectly and is very comfortable. It's possible to wear sunglasses that have narrow arms with a slight curve, tight fit but doable and no discomfort. Helmet is very light weight, I've worn it up to 3 hours straight with no problem. I can't feel or hear any air from the top vents, but always stay cool even when riding in 90F/32C so I can only assume they're doing something.
Visibility is great when looking ahead or to the side; when backing up I can't see behind me with my neck fully turned.
The black loop you use to fold the excess neck strap through tore within the first week. Not a big deal as I just loop the excess strap underneath the chin strap and button it. But it is something that be improved, maybe double stitching or a stronger material.
June 20, 2016