Bell Qualifier Hi-Vis Rally Helmet
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
Great helmet for the price
Bought this helmet for my girlfriend. She loves the style of it and the comfort of this helmet.
August 2, 2016
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
Great helmet for the $.
I was not disappointed when I received this helmet.
July 26, 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
First helmet and very happy so far
This is my first motorcycle helmet so I really don't have much to compare it to. It's pretty comfortable so I have no complaints there. If there was anything I'd add, it would be some sort of velcro to make attaching a microphone easier. You do sweat a little when wearing the helmet when you're not moving but it's a helmet so it's no issue at all. Overall, I'm happy with it. I will eventually either buy a bluetooth helmet or a sena at attach it.
July 22, 2016
Good helmet for the money
Great helmet if you're on a budget.
-Never had to test the helmets durability yet, (hopefully I will never have to) in a crash. But seems like it would hold up good.
-Great air flow
-Noisy, it's a very loud helmet.
Overall it's a decent helmet for the money, however I would spend a couple extra bucks on a different helmet if I had the chance to go back on it. I would recommend this to anyone who is on a tight budget, if not, I would definitely suggest going with a different helmet!
July 7, 2016