Bell Revolver EVO Hi-Vis Helmet
big, bright, kind of awesome.. but whoa it's loud
Got this helmet as a safe cozy hi-viz winter option. It does most things very well. It's "good", not super plush but a decent fitting modular with nice features. The built in drop down visor is a nice add, and the spring loaded mechanism is convenient. No hot spots on the head. But I bought it as my winter riding option, so the ventilation is excellent, so excellent that i can't shut it down. Also shockingly, this helmet is LOUD for a full face option. I was hoping i wouldn't have to wear earplugs but at highway speeds it's just a bit much form what I'd expect.
December 18, 2014
Very bright helmet
I just started wearing this helmet. It fits a little snug, but so did my other Bell helmet. My other one broke in and I hope this one does too. It is a little loud but it is expected due to the model. It is really easy to use deploy the tinted visor. Very happy with this helmet.
December 17, 2014
Decent on a budget - runs small
I wish I'd taken about an hour wearing the helmet before I committed, because I'm convinced I'm probably about 1/2 size too small, but that's my fault. I wear a large in HJC which is generally at the big end of roomy for my head. The Large size Bell seems to be at the extreme end of tight even though I matched the listed measurements for both brands.
Let's get on to the faults: I have noticeable hot spots on the crown of my head after an hour long ride. The flip up face shield doesn't quite clear my chin, and it's completely annoying how the chin air curtain falls completely into the forward field of vision when open (kind of ruins the point of a modular helmet if the flip up portion hangs directly in your field of vision). Also, this tight fit front to back makes it somewhat disconcerting to slam down the modular front for fear that I might smash it right into my face, so far that hasn't happened but I do manage to mash the chin air curtain into my mouth just about every time. That's lame.
When riding at speed, air gets in from some unknown location making this helmet extremely loud and very cold in the winter. I'm still trying to determine where the air is coming in when the vents are fully closed, but it's a constant blast directly on the face.
The helmet weight is on the heavier end of the scale, but I barely notice it to be honest.
Fit and finish are decent, but I'm either a mutant or this helmet is just not well designed for an intercom system. There are deep pockets for speakers and a grooved channel for a boom mic, but the molded pockets situate the speakers at least 1.5" behind my actual ear holes so the speakers fire directly behind my ears.
Vision is more limited than a lot of other brands with a much smaller angle of view from top to bottom. The visor does have a single de-fog indent which is nice because the bell non-fog coating makes the visor completely blurry at the first sign of moisture.
Last but not least, the flip down sunshield is not a dark smoke. The included shield is more of what I'd call "barely smoke" instead, so that was the first thing I replaced. That being said, replacement shields are about $10, so you can't really complain there.
All in all, this would make a decent backup or cheap first helmet if properly sized for the quirky fit.
December 15, 2014
I bought this helmet for my girlfriend, so she could join me on some weekend rides on the bike. This is a great option for females, since the fold-up feature makes it easier to put on. The tinted drop-down visor is a great feature to block any sun glare, and the helmet is pretty comfy. Good buy for the price!
December 15, 2014
Best helmet so far.
I wear a medium and bought the smallest cheek pads available. Its still a little tight around the cheeks. Otherwise, it fits me great. First helmet I've had where I can do shoulder checks on the freeway without feeling like my head is about to be twisted off.
It fogs up less than my other helmets, though fogging is still a problem. The internal sun shade is the main reason I bought it. Also wanted a high visibility color.
I plan to buy another soon for my wife.
November 17, 2014
Great helmet, loud
Excellent helmet for the money. Air flow could be better (it's hot!) and it could be quieter, but for the money it's a great buy.
November 10, 2014
Bell Revolver Evo long term review
I purchased this helmet about 1.5 years ago and wanted to provide my impressions after spending a considerable amount of time riding with the helmet.
I bought this helmet to replace an Icon Alliance in which I experienced wind buffeting during head checks and an excessive amount of air flowing from underneath the helmet. This is not to knock the Icon, as most of the problems disappeared when I purchased a different motorcycle, with just a slightly different riding position and windshield position.
Firstly, I would like to review what I consider the good points of the helmet.
Value: Excellent. Although I have not tested other modular helmets, for the price you get style, comfort, and features, which will be expounded upon below.
Style: I like the aggressive style of this helmet as compared to some of the other modular helmets I considered. I have had many compliments on the helmet from "squids" that don't wear helmets at all.
Comfort: Overall a very comfortable helmet for my small slightly oval pea shaped head. Ventilation is adequate, especially at speeds above 40 m.p.h., however below that and you experience perspiration on your noggin, although it is not unbearable. Both the chin and chimney vents are easy to operate. I did not experience buffeting at any speed when doing head checks. This is not a light weight helmet by any means, but after a week of riding I did not notice the weight thereof. In my opinion, this helmet is best for someone that rides in the upright or 3/4 position. In the tuck I had to regularly reposition the helmet on my head to get visibility at the upper limits of my periphery. It is at this time, when you are straining to keep your head up, that the weight of the helmet becomes a factor. As to the noise level, I personally do not find it to be excessive. I did not experience significantly higher noise levels with all the vents open. I do not ride with earplugs and have had no ringing in my ears, even after hours of riding. That being said, my wife will swear to you that I am hard of hearing. This helmet could be made quieter if the faceshield sealed securely against the helmet gasket.
Features: The modularity of the helmet is a feature in and of itself. During the cooler months this makes it extremely easy to put the helmet on over sort of hood or balaclava. Stuck in traffic in the unbearable heat of summer - flip the chin guard up and get instant cooling. And for those that like to smoke and ride, just flip it up and you can put that foreign substance in your lungs without interference. It really is the best of both worlds. The drop down internal sun visor is excellent feature. Gone are the days when you struggle to put your sunglasses on after you have your helmet on. Gone are the days when you have to deal with those same sunglasses becoming uncomfortable after riding for awhile. Gone are the days when you forgot those sunglasses and had to ride into a blinding sun. I tried on several other helmets with drop down visors and some did not come down far enough, others would hit the bridge of my nose, at least one felt too close to my eyes. The internal visor in this helmet presented with none of those issues. The lever that controls the internal visor was easy to find and easily manipulated, even with thick gloves. The "magnafusion" strap takes a little getting used to but stays put once it is in position. Lastly, shield changes are astonishingly simplistic and effortless.
Quality: Pictures do not do this helmet justice. I was more than pleased when I first opened the box and saw the helmet in person. The paint and graphics appear to be of good quality and have stood up well over time. The chin guard locks securely in the closed position; I never had any doubts about it opening once it was closed. As to the magnafusion strap, after about a year the glue disintegrated on the little piece of fabric used to keep the magnet in place. My little magnet is gone, lost forever to dark forces of the underworld. I think the process of routing the strap in and out of the D rings over and again is a contributing factor in this. Bell does have a 5 year warranty so getting it fixed should not be a problem. When first got the helmet I noticed that there a small gap at the top between the shield and the helmet. This gap got slightly larger after about 3 months of use. This led to increased wind noise and rain invading the inside of the helmet. You are not getting hit in the eyes, but it is noticeable. A quick crack open of the shield will evacuate all the accumulated water.
Overall I think this is an excellent helmet for the price. You can pay twice as much, but I don't think you will get two times the helmet. Are there better modulars out there? Sure. But for the price, quality, and features of this helmet, I think it deserves serious consideration.
December 8, 2014
Overall Good bang for your buck
This is a good helmet and get a lot of bang for your buck .. I wish the noise level wasn't as loud and is kind of annoying but can't expect much out of a $200 helmet.. Good first helmet though. I wish the airflow was a bit better. I think my head would get pretty hot in the summer. I guess we'll see..
December 8, 2014