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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 face shield 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.


  • Lightweight polycarbonate Shell
  • 3 shell sizes
    • SM: XS and SM Helmets
    • MD: MD and LG Helmets
    • LG: XL and 2XL Helmets
  • 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 face shield only

Bell Custom 500 / Custom 500 Carbon / MX-9 / MX-9 Adventure / Qualifier / Qualifier DLX Helmet Sizing:

Size Head Measurement (cm)
XS 53-54
SM 55-56
MD 57-58
LG 59-60
XL 61-62
2XL 63-64

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

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Black / LG 935366 768686515552 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Matte Black / XS 935357 768686515460 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Matte Black / 2XL 935362 768686515514 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Silver / XS 935369 768686515583 Out of Stock
Metallic Silver / SM 935370 768686515590 Out of Stock
Metallic Silver / MD 935371 768686515606 Out of Stock
Metallic Silver / LG 935372 768686515613 Out of Stock
Metallic Silver / XL 935373 768686515620 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Bell Qualifier Helmet 4.5 5 159 159
Good Affordable Option. Matte black finish is very cool. Padding is very comfortable. Chin strap could be a little more comfortable but not a deal breaker. Ultimately great coverage for an economical price point. October 12, 2015
This product has great features Very good product it fits perfectly very nice desing thank youI love it! October 5, 2015
Almost Perfect and Great Value This helmet fits snugly yet very comfortable, air flow is pretty good but I find myself kept the face shield one notch opened most of the time, I think it's a great looking helmet with great value so I purchased two, the other one for my guest. If I don't have to wear my regular/sun glasses I would gave this helmet a full 5-stars; the peddlings around the temple are well padded but also made it very difficult to put my glasses on and take them off... a little softer or less foam in the temple area should do great for any riders wearing glasses. October 5, 2015
Best value for money It's hard to accurately know if this is the safest helmet for my head, which is the greatest priority for me. But, I'm in a city with a 25 MPH speed limit, so my speeds rarely go above 45-50 MPH, I just don't need a helmet that is almost the value of my bike. I'm happy to buy a fresh helmet every 2-3 years between the $100-200 range. And, have cash left over to continue in investing in other safe riding gear. The other important aspects, fit, comfort and style, are all pretty much nailed here. I like the way it looks (I got the red, white and blue). It fits my head, I have a really small head and I'm a woman so I never really know if I should get XS or Small. I got the small and it's snug enough without crushing me in the jaw or temple. I probably could have gone XS and been okay, but I wouldn't be able to get a baclava on for cold. And, so far, it's been easy to keep clean. The padding is a little thin, though. But, you can use the money you saved to buy fatter padding if needed. My only criticism on the helmet is the visor gets fogged up when closed and the breathability (?) is not great, but I wasn't expecting too much with that considering how cheap this helmet is. But, it really only fogs up when I'm stopped and the air flow is at a stand still. I mostly ride with sunglass/glass and the visor open anyway and I only close it when it's cold. But, my old HJC helmet never fogged up. I think it's a tradeoff though. When I close the lid I want to be warm and so far I haven't felt the need to put something on my head and face to stay warm. This is a really good value for the money. There's a bunch of color options also so you don't have to look like a low budget squid. You can get something with a little style that doesn't look corny or cheap. November 16, 2015
Great value, another fantastic Bell product The Bell qualifier is a great helmet and a great value for the price. September 29, 2015
It's a Bell for a great price and it looks great. Too noisy though. This helmet replaced a 23 year old HJC CL-10 so that's what I'm comparing it to. First off, the shield replacement is fantastic. What used to take me 3 minutes now takes about 10 seconds. Next, it's light and the matte black plus a smoke shield looks great. It has built in speaker pockets so I bought the Thumper 2 speakers. That was a disappointment. The speaker pockets are behind the cheek pad and the speakers are just too quiet to hear with the cheek pads in between. That's a problem with the speakers though, not the helmet. However, I thought the helmet was pretty noisy. In fact, its louder than my old HJC and I wonder if that's partly because the cavity for the speaker allows more airflow through. When I turn my head I get a whistling sound coming from the upper right vent that is really quite loud. I would seriously consider returning the helmet but I tore the label out of the liner. It didn't make sense to me to have a moisture wicking, high-tech, helmet liner that doesn't make contact with your head since the label is large (about 2" x 5"). I should have left that label in there though since I can't return it now and when it came out it ripped the seams in the helmet liner too. September 23, 2015
Great entry level helmet Got this as a first helmet, which will eventually become a spare. I opted for the large, since I have a wide face and wanted the smaller cheekpad thickness. I could have probably gotten away with the medium in hindsight. Only a few issues so far. One of the top vent sliders is loose, so it won't stay open or closed without a piece of paper wedged underneath. I put uClear HBC200 speakers in the ear cutouts, but because of the integrated mic in the speakers they wouldn't fit neatly. I had to stack velcro behind the speakers to stabilize them, but this isn't the fault of the helmet. Finally, it's just plain loud. Earplugs help, but the noise doesn't hurt outgoing communication as far as I can tell. Can't beat the bang for the buck though. I'll upgrade when I'm able to squirrel away a few more bucks. September 22, 2015
wife's helmet. It's a good helmet. She's loves the design of the helmet. The helmet tends to run small, she normally wears a medium. But she had to move to a large in this one. The pad inside is very comfortable. Def a great helmet for the money.. October 27, 2015
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Pablo N: Model and for price Nov 18, 2015
Arthur J: Nice helmet at a fantastic price. Oct 21, 2015
Rick T: I like the style and price.. since I just purchased it I hope it will fit nicely on my big head. Sep 18, 2015
Jairo M: Affordable helmet for my passengers. Sep 16, 2015
Kostas S: For an entry level helmet it has everything I was looking for: aerodynamic oval shape, a perfect medium sized fit with great interior pad placement, nice styling and fair pricing. Aug 19, 2015
William C: free shipping Jul 30, 2015
Elias D: Like the style Jul 23, 2015
Alanna O: Price and good reviews Jun 25, 2015
Jamie L: Reviews of helmet Jun 19, 2015
Paul S: After looking at reviews, it appeared to be a good value for the money. Jun 10, 2015
craig w: price and name Jun 2, 2015
Alvin C: It has great reviews and you can't beat the price. Jun 1, 2015
Ted C: Based on Revzilla reviews and low cost. May 15, 2015
Ryan D: Price point, and features: removable liner, anti-fog shield May 11, 2015
Scott D: Price point, Bell name, met my requirements for a helmet. Apr 26, 2015
Philip C: Great helmet for the price. Apr 22, 2015
William R: I've owned the Bell Arrow for about 5 years and when I saw this as the replacement for it I had to try it out. The product review video was very informative and made the decision easy. Apr 10, 2015
Nicholas M: Ships to APO Apr 10, 2015
Abraham C: For the price, this helmet is a great entry-level helmet. Since it's going to be my first motorcycle helmet I want a helmet from a brand that I can trust. Mar 28, 2015
Nicholas K: Need a beginner helmet that fits my price range and doesn't lack any of the protection standards. The matte finish and basic sportbike look will look great on my honda cb750f, which mixes modern with retro style but it works. Mar 28, 2015
James A: Stylish and affordable. Bell quality! Mar 25, 2015
Alastair O: Nicely styled, and well recommended entry level helmet. Mar 22, 2015
Pedro M: Light weight, Fits great Mar 20, 2015
randy c: Good looks for an occasional rider. Feb 3, 2015
Paul D: Affordable, stylish, positive reviews. Feb 2, 2015
Thurston S: this the first time for me to order a helmet, so I thought I might as well try something with quality. Jan 16, 2015
Steve S: Returned for a different color Jan 12, 2015
carlos a: I like the style of this helmet and im willing to give it a try to see how it does at high speeds. Dec 17, 2014
rafael m: bang for the buck, is a trustable brand not so expensive Dec 15, 2014
Raymond E: The price, good looks, and lots of positive reviews. Needless to say, it's a Bell Oct 29, 2014
Ricardo N: price and good starter helmet for my kids Oct 27, 2014
M A: I needed a spare helmet. Oct 21, 2014
Kyle M: Ordered this for my father after he tried on my mine (purchased elsewhere). I picked thiws for myself originally because it has a nice shape, simple look, is very comfortable, and has removable/ washable pads.ALso, very affordable Oct 5, 2014
Matthew B: I thought it looked like a great first helmet for a good price Sep 15, 2014
Kenneth S: It will look good on me. Sep 3, 2014
S D: honestly for the price .... i know how much Bell helmets usually are and thought I would give it a try. I have been a Scorpion helmet guy ever since they have come out .... I have three of the EXO 500 series and love them ... this color will match my matte grey and black 2013 R6 .... Aug 30, 2014
ABIMAEL C: Good reviews and low price. Aug 27, 2014
casey l: I liked the look of it and the price was perfect for me and over all reviews where great. love revzilla Aug 21, 2014
misty v: Great price, I'm a petite female so I have to be careful of what style my helmets are or else I'll look like a blow pop, very sleek look, this helmet also had good reviews from others. Aug 20, 2014
Michael H: because i have a fat head and it fits nicely Aug 9, 2014
A H: Lots of features for the money. Aug 7, 2014
Max W: Love the shape and the matte black looks fantastic! Aug 4, 2014
Patrick P: Price, Styling, and a well reviewed product from both customers and the 2014 Helmet Guide. Aug 4, 2014
Gary J: I like Bell products. Been using for 40 years. Aug 3, 2014
Marshall G: I needed a new helmet that was more aerodynamic for speed compared to the dual sport ss2500 hell and back helmet. Aug 2, 2014
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
Christopher F asked: Hi will the chin curtain from the other bell helmets fit? Jul 24, 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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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: If i wear glasses does that affect the sizing of the helmet? 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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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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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.

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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Van N asked: I think I may have a round head and I measure about 22 inches. Should I go Medium or size up to a Large? Sep 17, 2014
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mason s: Check to see if there is a local dealer of bell around you. When I bought mine I had never owned a bell before and found out that they run a bit small. Normaly im a medium but thanx to a local dealer letting me try some bells on a feel them out (since most there helmets fit the same) I found out a largr is the way to go. So try that out if possible. If not revzilla does ship and return for free for this item. Sep 17, 2014
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Van N: Not really asking so much about the sizing as much as what I do with an "Intermediate Oval" if I have a round head. Do I size up 2 times in that case? Or do I just allow the helmet to mold itself to my headshape AND go a size up? Sep 18, 2014
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Dan B: I'm 221/4. I went with a large. I tried a medium, but it was too small. Sep 17, 2014
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Chuck L asked: Last winter I purchased my first Bell product a Custom 500 that was on close out. My head measures right at 23 inches so I ordered a size large. At first I had a hot spot on my forehead but the overall fit wasn't tight. After massaging the area where the hot spot was it's now ok. After reading about the Qualifier it sounds like it might be a little more oval than the 2013 Custom 500. It also sounds like it might fit a little smaller than the 2013 Custom 500. I'm thinking with my head measuring 23 inches or just a spec less I should probably order a Large in the Qualifier,do you agree ? Thanks. Aug 2, 2014
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Corey W: Compared to my Icon, this helmet fits looser. I'd say if you like a tight fit go one size smaller. Aug 6, 2014
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Dan B: My head is 22 1/5 and I wear a large. I tried a medium, but it was way too small. Aug 5, 2014
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Richard W: The helmet looks smaller, but the fit was just right for me Aug 7, 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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Brendan B: Chin curtain for Shoei models 1000, TZ, 900, & 800 fits perfect. no attachments though. just tuck under existing padding. might try velcro. Nov 8, 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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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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jay k asked: Is it Australia approved. If so does it come with the aus approved sticker.? Mar 14, 2015
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Patrick L: This helmet is DOT approved in the US. It does not have the AS/NZS 1698 sticker. I am not sure how strict Australian Standards are, so you may want to check your local laws first. Any helmet sold in Australia must comply with the Australian Standard and be marked accordingly. Mar 14, 2015
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A shopper asked: This a good helmet to keep on the side for the chicks or what? And what's a good size that will fit most chicks.. Plan on having as many chicks to ride with me as possible of course. Let me know thanks! Mar 3, 2015
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Anthony P: I would say small to medium in this helmet should be good for a chick. This is a great helmet has good features for the price I say buy it. Ride safe-ish Mar 4, 2015
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A shopper asked: I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on this helmet but also looking at the Vortex. I ride a 2010 Ultra Classic and normally wear a 2013 Bell Custom 500 3/4 style helmet. In the past I have always had HJC helmets, no particular reason just seemed to be a half way decent helmet at a decent price. I have had 1/2's 3/4's and one FF. The full face always gave me a headache so I finally sold it. I'm thinking about trying to get back to a Fullface, one reason is for cold weather riding but also because I'm trying to wear more protective gear. I found the old style Bell Custom 500 3/4 to be fairly comfortable but I think it's shape is a touch to round for my head. So from what I have read about the Qualifier it is a little more oval which should suit me fine. According to the size chart I fall right in the middle of the Large measurements. The only concerns I have is with my prescription glasses wondering if I will be able to get the helmet off and on while I'm wearing my glasses. I read where someone had problems with their glasses on the Vortex model which was another helmet I'm considering. Can anyone tell me if there would be any fitment differences in the Qualifier and Vortex? Sorry I was long winded, I appreciate your comments. Thanks Aug 10, 2014
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Anthony P: I have both the qualifier And vortex helmets. In my opinion they both fit quite snug on the head and I think with both you're going to have to put on and take off your glasses. In my opinion both breath pretty well but if your looking for a helmet for the winter time I would definitely go with the vortex it comes with a Removable chin curtain that keeps the air from blowing in your helmet from the bottom. Aug 13, 2014
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Jared A asked: I really would like an orange iridium shield for this helmet. Looks like the closest thing to this would be the high def orange, which looks see-through (please correct me if I'm wrong). But I was wondering if the official Bell brands were my only options, or if you knew of any aftermarket brands that sell an orange, non-see-through shield kinda like the blue iridium or gold iridium? Sep 23, 2015
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A shopper asked: I see it has 3 shell sizes, so is the MD and LG sized qualifier the same shell size? i own the Large and was curious if the medium mite be a little smaller shell, or if maybe it was just based on the inner padding/liner. trying to find the lowest profile and i feel like i look like a bobble head with the LG on lol. May 5, 2015
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A S asked: I wear a small size HJC and was wondering if i should get a small in bell as well? Apr 6, 2015
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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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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.