Bell RS-1 Liner Helmet
A Solid Helmet
This helmet is a solid choice for just about anyone with a long, oval head. I got this as my first helmet, and I've found this to be a great "all-arounder" helmet which ranges from above-average to completely perfect on pretty much every metric you throw at it. It's quiet but not overly so, lightweight but not flimsy, and flows air amazingly well. I also looked at the Shoei GT Air and the HJC FG-17 Force, but the price, SNELL rating, and features made me choose this. Purchasing it was a breeze and Revzilla delivered this helmet to me in just two days. Amazon has you pay money for that kind of service.
In terms of fit, I have an oblong, long head so sometimes hats and glasses which fit my face are hard to find. I measured my head in between a small and medium (56cm) and picked a small. It was very snug at first but has broken in extremely well after wearing it around the house for a few hours and taking a few long rides. It's a comfortable snug, and feels more protective that way. My face is still long enough that my chin rests on the chin wind guard, but it's such a comfortable fabric that it's not annoying at all. Same goes for the rest of the lining, which is also easy to remove.
It's aggressive on aerodynamics and feels great in a tuck but doesn't have flashy, boy racer looks. At speeds above 55mph you'll notice the aerodynamics because when you turn your head to do a head check to change lanes, suddenly you feel the full weight of the wind. Facing forward, there is much less stress on your neck and it feels light, so long rides at highway speeds are not an issue. The field of vision is also wonderfully big.
I thought the magnetic strap keeper was going to be kitschy, but it's turned out to be one of my favorite features of the helmet and is such a great design. It keeps excess strap from flapping about in the wind and the magnet is strong enough that you can cary the helmet by the strap if you loop it through the D rings once. Seriously, this thing is brilliant and I have no idea why every other helmet manufacturer in existence for any type of sport hasn't blatantly copied this.
Airflow on this thing is top notch, and you truly can feel air moving around inside your helmet with all the vents open. The adjustability on airflow is what really makes it for me though: with the three vents plus the ability to crack your visor a minuscule amount or varying degrees of open, you can make sure you get the perfect airflow for whatever situation you are in. You can be comfortable in this helmet in subzero or 100+ temps. I especially like the toggle for the visor which lets you barely crack it open--it's perfect for cold days where temps get near or below freezing and you need just a tiny bit of air to make sure nothing fogs up.
There's no glasses cutout on the cheeks which may annoy some people, but if you have glasses which fit your face closely and don't protrude much it's not an issue. I have some transitions sunglasses which work just fine, but I'll still likely eventually be buying the transitions lens and a Sena headset.
I got the white color and have gotten quite a few comments on how good it looks. It also appears to be quite visible, especially in dusk situations, despite not being a "high-vis" color. Build quality is top notch and it seems to be very durable.
It's actually been hard to pick out drawbacks for this helmet. It's quiet, but I still wear earplugs if I'm riding at highway speeds to keep noise levels down. I'm usually skeptical of reviews which rate a product 5 stars across the board, but for the price, Bell has given me pretty much everything I needed and wanted. This helmet is a sort of "jack of all trades": you could definitely find helmets that are quieter, lighter, or cheaper, but this one does it all well at a great price--and is SNELL certified. I thoroughly recommend it.
April 25, 2015
Absolutely amazing helmet. Airflow is great with minimum wind noise. I catch hardly any wind resistance on the highway. Definitely recommending to everyone I know.
November 11, 2014
Oval head? You found your match!
This helmet fits me PERFECTLY! I love it! I have searched far and wide for the right shape, this is it.
I wanted a Shoei RF-1200, but it was pressuring my forehead. Everyone told me THAT was the long oval I needed, but the RS-1 is a way better match.
It's not silent (like my Schuberth C3Pro) but it isn't loud.
The strap is well designed, I've had no issues with build quality.
It has a wide field of view and the visor is excellent, easily swapped out with no tools. I upgraded to the Transitions visor and it's worth every penny. (Very scratch resistant)
I wear glasses, no problems there. Though I tend to fog my glasses at times when I am not moving but breathing heavy (like running up the road to get a picture of a moose before it runs off).
The vents are pretty effective, though when they are closed they can whistle at certain angles of head tilt. Nothing distracting. They are also a little hard to open and close with gloves on, but none of my helmets seem to have solved that dilemma.
I've ridden with this helmet in temps from 39f-90f, blazing sun, pouring rain, sleet and snow. It's a great helmet. Fit and finish are top notch.
I don't know how it rates safety wise, but if it's like all the other bell helmets... it is probably one of the safest lids you can get. (check out the sharp tests, Bell has more 5 stars than any other manufacturer)
I love the look of this particular finish. And I get lots of compliments on it. High vis is not fashionable, and yet... between the Badlands pro and the Bell Rs1 Liner, it isn't entirely a faux pas either ;)
October 20, 2014
Bell RS-1 Linear Helmet
This is my 2nd helmet, so I don't have a lot to compare to, but it is WAY better than the HJC CL-16 I was riding with. It fits very well, is very comfortable, and is much more quiet than the CL-16. Even though it is more quiet than I was used to, there is still a fair amount of wind noise at highway speeds (70+ mph), but it is not so loud that it annoys me. I rated the vision as slightly narrow, because it seems the brow of the helmet is lower than my previous helmet, so your upper vision seems somewhat limited while in a tuck position. The airflow is absolutely awesome in this helmet, and is one thing I love most about it. I got the matte black and hi-viz yellow graphic because I like to commute to work, and wanted some extra visibility while riding my all black '13 Suzuki Gladius. I also added the transitions visor to the helmet, and that just makes it that much more awesome...only need one visor. I'm very happy with the choice I made, and would highly recommend this helmet to anyone stepping up from an entry-level helmet.
June 16, 2014
I like it. This is my first "decent" helmet. (I came from biltwell Glingo) I like the fact that the shield doesn't get fog up. It's not light but not heavy either. I wish there were eyeglass slots though. I wear glasses and it's a bit difficult to put them on with tight padding around your temple.
April 11, 2014
better than my rf-1100, way better than my first gen star carbon
This thing is quieter (is that a word) than my RF-1100, yet the RS 1 still flows more air. It's also a huge improvement over my first gen star carbon, which I retired due to a small oopsie.
March 9, 2014