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Bell Qualifier Helmet

The Bell Qualifier Helmet comes jam packed with many great features at an aggressive price. Featuring an aerodynamic shell and Bell's exclusive ClickRelease faceshield system, the Qualifier Helmet offers a refined fit shape, tons of punch for the dollar with aggressive style great for any riding position. The Bell Qualifier raises the performance/value quotient to exceptional new levels.

Features:

  • Lightweight polycarbonate Shell 
  • Removable washable, and antibacterial interior 
  • Aerodynamic design for exceptional stability 
  • Adjustable ventilation system for cooling and comfort 
  • Padded wind collar to drastically reduce wind and road noise 
  • Contoured cheek pads for excellent fit and comfort 
  • Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers 
  • ClickRelease™ for a fast, easy and tool-free shield change 
  • NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield 
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure 
  • DOT approved
  • Industry-leading five-year warranty

Note: Helmet ships with clear faceshield only.

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Bell Qualifier Helmet 4.6 5 25 25
Dead Sexy Matte Black Awesomeness I choose the Bell Qualifier because a) their bicycle helmet saved my skull in a bike wreck back in the day and b) it looks killer. Dead sexy matte black awesome. I'm a new rider who commutes in the Pacific Northwest on my 1990 BMW K75. I've worn this helmet most days for a month now and am really settling into it. I wear a small and at first I thought it was too snug. Wrong. After trips to to the Oregon coast and day to day riding I feel secure and confident in it, not tight and frustrated; a fine line indeed. Use the sizing guide and if you are a new to motorcycle gear like me just know that everything - helmets included - fits more snuggly and rigidly than your regular street gear or cycling gear if you come from that world. I swap between the smoke dark shield and the clear, both work very nicely with a good range of vision and reasonable optical correctness. The vents keep you cool on 90 degree days if you keep moving. If you are sitting still well you gotta open your shield or you'll get toasty in about anything I imagine. All in all I couldn't have asked for a better helmet for the price point. July 29, 2014
Good starter helmet Bought this as my first helmet and it was been amazing so far. Real light so the weight on your neck isn't too bad. The airflow is really great. Never had a problem with getting too hot. The only complaint that I have it that it tends to fog up on me at the most random times. Maybe I'm just breathing too heavy haha overall though, a pretty sweet helmet for the price. July 28, 2014
great helmet for the cost The low price point of this helmet gives it great value. You are getting what could be a $200 helmet for $100. The fit and finish is boarderlind flawless and has a great sporty look to it. I would recommend this helmet to anyone looking for a entry level helmet. July 7, 2014
Excellent features for the price Great quality, surprisingly quiet and lightweight. Even at a lower price, this helmet still appears to be well-made. The helmet does run a little small, I ordered a size up, and it fits perfectly. Very little wind noise. I ordered the dark tint shield and I'm very happy with it. The 5 year Bell warranty is an added bonus to this great helmet. 5 stars. July 3, 2014
Bell qualifier helmet I bought the bell qualifier about a month ago. Overall its a durable light an a good fit, I bought the flat black version an it looks super nice! Defiantly recommend this helmet for first riders well worth your buck. June 30, 2014
New rider I'm a new rider. I checked out some of the other reviews for this product, also checked out the revzilla youtube helmet review in which the qualifier was featured. I don't consider myself a subject matter expert, I just know the price was right, the helmet looks good, and it's worked well for me so far. June 23, 2014
SUPER LOUD HELMET Got this helmet as a gift so I can sand and airbrush my own graphics but I can not ride with this helmet!!!! Very loud and it just feels unsafe/cheap compared to my Bell RS-1 June 13, 2014
Great bargain I upgraded from a 50 dollar Bilt helmet, and it was worth every penny. More comfortable, less noise, easier to adjust strap, and definitely has the cool factor. I've only been using it for a month, but I have done commuting and several 2 hour trips and it's been great every time. Definitely worthy of the price. Other people mentioned to go up a size and I would have to pass that advice along. June 11, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
brian r: great price great look Jul 10, 2014
Craig S: Read a lot of good reviews on this helmet! Jul 7, 2014
Scott S: Quality name at a good price Jul 6, 2014
Diquan S: Looks like the RS-1, has that DNA but i can't afford it yet.
I'll be getting that or maybe even the Star in due time.
Jun 29, 2014
Gerald M: Always wore Bell helmets when racing karts and were very good products and comfortable to wear. Will be my 4th Bell helmet purchased Jun 16, 2014
Bob C: I just like bell helmet, all my helmets are bell May 25, 2014
Yunfei J: not too bad May 23, 2014
Jason C: Reviews are great for a low priced helmet. More BANG for your buck!!! May 18, 2014
Adam B: Entry level, low price point, and looks fantastic with lots of features. May 9, 2014
Taneka M: After watching the video and reading the reviews. May 2, 2014
Jayson C: Great price and looks awesome. Apr 28, 2014
Vladimir T: Good price for a beginner, design is pretty simplee, we shall see. Apr 26, 2014
clinton n: Good looking helmet with reasonable price! Apr 11, 2014
Mika R: Cheap and cool Apr 2, 2014
travis b: cheap and hot for the lady riders Apr 1, 2014
Kasey W: Price and reliable company Mar 20, 2014
christian m: It had good ratings Mar 1, 2014
A shopper asked: Will the Bell Apex/Arrow/Sprint face shield work on the Bell Qualifier helmet? Jan 10, 2014
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Earl F: No those older shields will not fit. Please use the Bell Vortex / Star / Revolver / RS-1 / Qualifier Clickrelease Face Shields instead. You may also choose the excellent Bell Transitions SolFX Photochromic Face Shield for this Qualifier helmet. Feb 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: how heavy is this Bell helmet? Interior shape neutral, oval, narrorw?? thanks. Apr 7, 2014
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Jim T: After only 175miles, Intermediate oval, light side, nice room at chin, able to squeeze in glasses, wife says chin gets chilly at 40 degrees, but no chin curtain, great price for removable lining & speaker pockets. Too cold here in Wis to test ventilation, but hoping large holes and EPS channels will be good flow. Like the transitions shield (option), even though it seems to twist more than stock shield when opening. Apr 8, 2014
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Doug E: It feels fairly light. Also has a somewhat narrow-neutral fit which is good for me. It is a good helmet for this price. I wear a 7 to 7-1/4 hat size, the med fits me well. Apr 8, 2014
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Christopher F asked: Hi will the chin curtain from the other bell helmets fit? Jul 24, 2014
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A shopper asked: If i wear glasses does that affect the sizing of the helmet? Jun 24, 2014
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Dan B: The Qualifier seems to run small. Based on the size chart, I needed a medium. It was way too small even without glasses. I replaced it with a large, which is still pretty tight. I wear Oakley sunglass with the helmet without any issues. Jun 24, 2014
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Lance T: I have been riding with this helmet now for the past 3 weeks. I wear glasses and that did not affect the sizing of the helmet. I did listen to other reviews and went a size up. I wear a medium in shoei, but went with a large in the Bell. Jun 24, 2014
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Michael H: I wear XL with sunglasses and it's just a little tight on my ears when I do. More the liner than the helmet. Without them the helmet is snug and adding them doesn't seem to seriously affect the fit. Jun 24, 2014
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Corey W: No it won't. But I do know with the way the padding is by the ears on the helmet I found it difficult to get anything (sun/safety glasses) to sit level. Jun 24, 2014
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manuel c: Slightly yes. The issue with smaller helmets is that the legs don't have enough room to go back enough so they tend to slide off your face. Jun 24, 2014
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Dave P: Only if your glasses have giant temples. My wayfarers are a little tight, but you get used to it. Jun 26, 2014
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Richard W: No, but I found wearing sunglasses with the helmet uncomfortable Jun 24, 2014
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Manuel G asked: Question about the Bill Qualifier Helmet. I measure 591/2 would you recommend a LG or XLG? Mar 29, 2014
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Dan B: Manuel, to me these helmets seem to run small. I'm 57.2 cm, so I purchased a medium. It was too small and I had to it exchange it for a large. You want to try the extra-large first. Mar 29, 2014
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Michael H: I was right on the line and ordered large and it was way too tight. The XL is just about right - snug but not pinching. I feel they run small so I would go for XL. Mar 29, 2014
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Dave P: M,

I'm afraid I don't know. I wear a small and measure 55cm. It's definitely the correct size for me.

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Mar 31, 2014
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M I: I am roughly the same size head as you (60.5cm) and chose the LG. Fits snug but comfortable and will loosen with wear. Mar 29, 2014
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Wesly B: I found the sizes are consistent with other manufacturers helmets. So whatever you are wearing now should be fine. Mar 29, 2014
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Corey W: I feel this helmet fits looser than others I've worn so I'd go with the large. But I also prefer a tighter fit. Apr 1, 2014
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Sebastien B asked: I have a bell arrow size L that I want to replace. Does the bell qualifier run smaller than the arrow or should I also get size L? Jun 21, 2014
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Richard W: For me they run true to size Jun 21, 2014
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Richard W: For me there true to size Jun 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: can you get a chin curtain for this helmet?
i have an RS 1 at the moment, needs replacing.
Sticking to Bell, but love the chin curtain, would suck not having it on this helmet?
Apr 28, 2014
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Sebastien B: I have a bell arrow size L that I want to replace. Does the bell qualifier run smaller than the arrow or should I also get size L? Jun 21, 2014
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manuel c: No curtain is currently available for it. Apr 29, 2014
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A shopper asked: Which helmet would be lighter between the SS 1100 in size XL versus the Bell Qualifier helmet in size XL? I understand that the SS 1100 comes in two shell sizes versus the Bell Qualifier which comes in 3 shell sizes. Is the SS 1100 helmet bigger? Jul 8, 2014
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Bell Helmet Sizing

Size Hat Size (in)  Measurement (in)
2XS 6 3/8 - 6 1/2 20 - 20 1/2
XS 6 3/4 - 6 7/8 21 1/4 - 21 5/8
SM 6 7/8 - 7 21 5/8 - 22
MD 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 22 1/2 - 22 3/4
LG 7 1/4 - 7 3/8 22 3/4 - 23 1/4
XL 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 23 5/8 - 24
2XL 7 3/4 - 7 7/8 24 1/2 - 24 3/4

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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Black / 2XL 935368 768686515576 Out of Stock
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Matte Black / 2XL 935362 768686515514 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Silver / XS 935369 768686515583 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Metallic Silver / SM 935370 768686515590 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Metallic Silver / MD 935371 768686515606 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Silver / LG 935372 768686515613 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Silver / XL 935373 768686515620 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Silver / 2XL 935374 768686515637 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment

New in the Bell lineup, the Qualifier is its brand new, sport-oriented, really what I'm going to call entry-level into the family. If we look into it, this is the original Bell arrow. The Qualifier is replacing it and honestly it steals a lot of DNA from a lot of the more race-inspired motorcycle helmets, like the Vortex, the RS1, the Star, encapsulates them just over that $100 mark and it's a complete leap forward over what we saw in the previous Bell Arrow platform. 

If you see them side by side, which I'm going to do really, really quickly, completely different  helmets. They're really from the outside in, completely different. Different shapes, different aerodynamic profiles. Bell spent a lot of time working that DNA down into a polycarb helmet, and at the end of the day the end-user, the entry-level sports rider is left with a lot of bang for the buck again in solids as well as graphics. This is the Cam graphic just over that $100 mark. 

Now, there are a lot of key differences. I'm going to walk through them in depth as we move through this video but quickly I'm going to call out one of the big changes that's going to make people very excited. The fit of the Bell Qualifier is now intermediate oval. Intermediate oval tends to be the most popular for the American market. The original Bell Arrow was more of a round fit. It's nice to see them going this direction. The new RS1 is this fit, the new Star is this fit. This is a very consistent Bell fit now that we're seeing perpetuate through this helmet. 

Keep in mind too if you're not sure about that, we're going to ship for free. You can always talk to a geek and I'd love to hear your gut reaction and your questions as I begin to roll through this. Click here, subscribe to us, at RevZilla TV our YouTube channel. Comments, questions feedback, your gut reaction. I certainly want to hear them and we want to be able to answer your questions on the fly. Now let's dive into the outside and work our way in. 

Looking at it again, fast graphic here on the cam, looking at the vent construction, much more aerodynamic profile. If I look at the Arrow which is right next to it, look at how round this sucker is. Just very round, very round and it's shaped very bulky in its shell shape and size. Again, you're still coming in in a polycarb shell around that three pounds six ounce mark which is extremely light weight, it is only DOT rated. It's not going to be EC, it's not going to be snow. If you need that original rating, move up into something, it's big brother will be something like the Vortex. 

But if you look at it, they've even changed the vent configuration. On top you're seeing low profile chimney vents that sweep back into a very nice and contoured spoiler that's built in with nice Venturi vents for exhaust that are going to be free flowing out the back. if you look at the chin vent, stolen directly from then RS1 here on the cam graphic done in matte black, my chin vent is incorporated there. Again, the new style new school Bell, this is again them stealing that DNA and wrapping it into their more entry level price point. 

Notice along the side here how everything sweeps together and you can again see as I pull to the top you're going to see that intermediate oval head shape bring its away narrow, front to back, all the way back versus being a round shape. 

The other thing they changed is now they've gone to the same shield that we're seeing. It's UV resistant, it's going to be optically correct, it's the same shield we see on an RS-1 or a new Star. Nice touch, why? Because you can upgrade to the photochromic Bell transition shield if you want to go this direction and remember that saves you having to buy a secondary smoke shield when you hit the outside light and the UV hits it, it immediately goes to a medium smoke tint. Just by virtue of having the UV hit it and you don't have to do anything, you don't have to swap. 

I consider an easy shield change mechanism, it's one of the easiest in the biz. Again, very simple, you saw, I just pulled that lever and the side pod pops right off, very easy to snap back on. Again, nice big gasket too, creating a nice seal around the eye port. 

Last piece to note on the shell is that there are three shell sizes on an entry level helmet which I really, really like. A lot of times, you'll see manufacturers, they have to cut costs, they're not going to do those additional molds. Bell has a full size range up to 2XL, 64 centimeters so it will definitely accommodate those guys with big guy mongo-sized heads. But again, when you're looking at it, they're giving you the  range to not add weight because you're only getting enough shell  as you need to be able to tune in that EPS and create safety and the correct amount of fit. 

Now, if I start to break it down from the inside out, let  me reach over here, I'm going to grab my donut. Completely redesigned in the interior guts as well. It's going to be moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, see the nice neckroll that pulls everything together. Premium guts here and again, you start to get some other bells and whistles when you move up into the Vortex, into the Star. But again, very simple in it's design, meant to be fully removable, fully washable, fully cleanable, let you de-gunkify your helmet over time, especially if you're riding in the summertime because we know that most of the sport bike crowd is really going to be, especially here in the northeast, going to be more warm weather-centric. So again, you're going to start to sweat, you're going to be able to pull all this stuff out, get it rinsed off, let it air out and give you the best chance to keep your helmet comfortable and less gunky over time. 

Basic cheek pad design. Nice contour, again, moving into that intermediate oval head shape. This is that new style shape from Bell. Notice we also have speaker cutouts. This helmet, the way the neckroll is designed, it will take a com system, a third party, so your Cardo's your, your Sena, there're other guys out there, the inner phones that need to clamp onto this neckroll. You're going to be able to do that no problem and have plenty of room so the speakers aren't going to be pressing into your ears. A lot of times, helmets, when they don't have the speaker cutouts over a longer ride, you might start to feel those speakers, you're not going to get that here on the Qualifier. 

Here's my 3-D comfort liner, it comes out. Again, this is entry level, so it's a little more basic in it's design but it is still 3-D. You can see here its cutaways at the top to allow that air to circulate in through the scalp and if you move it like this, you're going to see that they have the additional padding that goes around the brow line really, the crown of the head where you're going to sweat the most. 

Now, if I had to call it, I'd say that for me these snaps are a little bit low on the horizon. So, depending on your head shape you may or may not feel them. But again, moving into the more premium lines of helmets, you start to make those investments, you get some of those additional creature comforts. Moving towards the inside, no surprises here. Big vent cutaways, ten millimeter vent holes that sweep all the way back moving toward those Venturis and then down the neck line so you're gong to get a great amount of ventilation through the top and down. 

Bell has perfected this again in the Star, in the RS1, in the Vortex and now they're stealing that DNA and working it into a helmet that again is just going to be over that $100 mark. So, to sum up, what we like about this helmet is it's a tremendous amount of race-inspired DNA that we saw from the more expensive models trickle there way all the way down here into what they call their entry-level sport, or universal application. You know, over time though, depending on how much you ride and how hard-care you are, you might want to reach out for some of those more refined components and that's where you have to make that larger investment. 

So, again, you're trading bang for the buck factor for some of those nuances but that's what you know you're getting into especially if you need a secondary helmet, or a secondary riders helmet for 2up riding. Again, this could be a no-brainer option in your bag of tricks when it comes to helmets. The next step in your journey is to click right here, read other rider reviews at RevZilla.com you don't have to take my word for it. Use me as a starting point, form your own opinion by seeing what other riders are saying as well.