Bell Vortex Archangel Helmet
Great helmet with a good price
Like other reviewers stated, it's a bit on the loud side but not unbearable. I could still hear traffic and my bike (stock pipes) at freeway speeds but definitely noisy. Not bad at all though in the city and almost prefer the extra noise around me. The option to open & close would be a nice upgrade.
The fit would be on the small side. My melon measures right at 59cm mark so, based on reviews, decided to size up from a large to an x-large and it's perfectly snug. The cheek pads almost seemed too big but wore in nicely after a few rides.
My main criteria for this buy was safety and price and this hit both. Would recommend to a friend and buy again.
April 21, 2014
Definitely the best bang for the buck
Quality helmet for a great price. The helmet does not come with the smoked lens like shown in the picture.
April 21, 2014
Made in China, it shows
Had mine for about 6 months riding a V Strom 1000. Today I noticed that the visor attachments on the cheek we're lose. On closer inspection the recessed nuts which are glue in popped out. I have not had this apart before and I was not impressed. Screws which secure these anchors were stripped an require a tap and die to rectify and some heavy duty glue. On closer inspection of the threads on the recessed nuts were very rough and I suspect it was a manufacturing fault.
The helmet noise level is ridiculous and is the main reason I have not fitted a blue tooth communication unit. I have had bell helmets before and found them to be quite good. This will be the last one. Overall what a piece of sh??.
Beware from Australia
April 17, 2014
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