Bell Vortex Archangel Helmet
Too loud? Contact Bell or use electrical tape!
I've had this helmet for a few years, and I really like it. Like everyone says, it is extremely loud. I am talking like can't hear yourself loud. Some people around the web were suggesting taping closed the vents on each side of the head right behind the ear. I originally thought how dumb that was that I would have to tape my helmet to fix a manufacturer issue, so I contacted Bell about it. I just asked them if they knew of a way to correct the whistling noise and if they had heard about taping closed the two vents. They replied in a few minutes and said they heard that it works and that I should give it a try. They also sent me a pair of strap plug kits free which are essentially two small foam pieces that plug closed the ear vents from the inside of the helmet (I'm sure a cottonball or a packaging peanut would work just as good). I taped the vents closed and used the plugs at the same time and the problem was corrected. Since I have four more vents on this great helmet, I didn't mind losing two.
For fitting purposes, I wasn't sure what to go with, but I ride with Bell bicycle helmets and fit into XXL on that line, so I tried that on the Vortex. Perfect fit.
April 7, 2014
Great first helmet.
If you're looking for a awesome cheap track ready sexy helmet this is exactly what you are looking for. I get so many head turns in this helmet with the gloss black and deep chrome visor. As far as comfortability on my slight oval head it gets a tid bit uncomfortable on my third hour of riding but that just lets be know when I have to take a break. A lot of room in the ears and accommodate ear buds very well. taking off the helmet with them on though is a little uncomfortable. But listen as far as I am concerned for a first helmet you can't go wrong with bell. the money you save on this helmet can go towards more gear to keep you riding. 20 puppies in side cars out of 22.
April 2, 2014
Looking for something basic with Snell cert. It's been a while since I looked at Bell. The Vortex has plenty of features at that price point. The flying tigers graphic blends with the vents and ports nicely, and is a nice matte finish. The sizing seems a touch small, compared with other brands. The gradient tint shield looks and works great on this. Airflow is pretty good. I'll know more once summer is here.
March 31, 2014
I really like the helmet. Only draw back is noise. Wind noise is loud. Also check pads are a bit large need to get smaller ones.
March 31, 2014
Great feel and awesome quality!
This helmet is great! The shipping was no less then amazing! REVZILLA really came through on this product in both price and shipping I would recommend this helmet to anybody and REVZILLA can expect to get more of my business!
February 10, 2014
spend more money
il thought this helmet would be a good bargin,but i found it to be unbearable. first off the helmet only comes in what here we go. they claim is 3 shell sizes.i doubt that because i looked like a bobble head doll wearing it even though i was a perfect medium size in this helmet. this where it gets bad. not only did i look like a bobble- head doll. i felt like one with its ridiculous size and weight. i couldnt imagine what buffeting would have been like at speed. this helmet severely limits Field Of View on top of that.i experienced a constant hot spot despite my intermediate oval shaped head. the visor is a piece of ((exploitative deleted) period. while the chin strap is coarse and stiff. just to sum it up i wouldnt pay $50 dollars for this walmart trash. i sent it back and grabbed a shoei rf-1200.i was between that and an AGV. i have nothing negative to say about the rf-1200 , only praise. just spend more money last thing you want on a motorcycle is a distracting helmet. also props to revzilla for taking care of me no questions asked.
March 25, 2014
Overall a great product, but some of the budget shows in quality and features.
Overall this is a great helmet. It is extremely affordable for a SNELL 2010 rating so it gives great protection at a great price. It looks pretty good, not very aggressive but not bad either. The stock cheek-pads are very thick, but they seem to be breaking in with use and getting more comfortable. The biggest issue with the helmet is how loud it is. However this can be fixed fairly easily; there are two side/rear extraction vents that if covered make the helmet much quieter. I did this temporarily with some packing tape and the difference was immense. The other real issue I have is that the chin-bar is very shallow and close to my face. I feel like if I go down on my face it is going to hit my jaw. I do not have an exceptionally large jaw, it seems to just be very shallow.
Good price - quality ratio
March 11, 2014
Great overall especially for price!
I love the mil spec design on this helmet mixed with a modern twist. For it being such an affordable helmet my expectations were low and I was pleasantly surprised how close it compares with that of my Shoei Qwest. Sizes are true to size, lots of padding for extra comfort, very good airflow and overall a great helmet. I love it!!!!
March 10, 2014