Bell Vortex Archangel Helmet
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
Good helmet with fair price and pretty good quality (overall).Worth the dollars is asking.
January 6, 2014
I've ridden with this helmet for over a year. As other reviewers stated; it's really loud. Really, really loud. Tape over the vents makes the noise marginally better.
February 20, 2014
Great instructions for helmet sizing, perfect fit on both helmets my wife and I purchased.
We had to buy this pair of helmets. My father had permission from "The Flying Tigers" to paint the Shark Teeth on his helicopters in Viet Nam. Fit, finish, and overall quality is what we were expecting (being previous BELL owners). Now we just need to figure out which intercom/tune package to purchase. Good purchase and price. The coldest we've been in with this one is 28°F, stayed warm, warmest so far is 82°F and stayed cool. We have only had them for 3 weeks and love them. See how they do when it warms up some more (115°F).
January 23, 2014
Looks Great, But...
This is one awesome looking helmet for the money. However I noticed a lot of comments about it being loud and to cover the vents behind the ears on the inside of the helmet so I did. First thing I noticed was the shield does not come all the way down in contact with the carved out area of the helmet making it look like it is open about 1/8 of an inch and I keep wanting to close it and make it seamless, and yes it was closed all the way (see attached image). Two, there is little to no padding anywhere above the ears, just a thin liner with a thin layer of padding. I could feel the hard foam on my forehead. Not sure if I am going to keep it just yet as I have not had a long ride with it.
January 21, 2014
Very not bad.
I bought the Bell Vortex in white last year to replace my HJC CL16. Generally speaking, I like this helmet quite a bit. The large fit is right on and comfortable. I find the weight to be easy carry on longer rides. I have the dark smoke shield, and I do find the anti fog coating to be effective.
I have one major complaint and a couple small ones. First, the Vortex is loud. Screaming loud. The wind noise is so great that between 40 and 70 mph I can't hear the engine. So I ride everywhere with ear plugs. It's a workable solution as I can still hear traffic and conversation, but I'm left feeling that I shouldn't have to wear plugs just to get around town.
I don't find the vents all that effective outside of a full tuck and I noticed that after one season of use, one side of the chin vent broke. I got it working again, but I can't flip it open and closed while riding. I have to set it before I leave.
Overall I do like the Vortex, and I'm not immediately looking to replace for a lid with similar features. It's comfortable and I love the dark smoke shield during the day. It's so much easier than running sunglasses under the helmet. Aside from the wind noise, my complaints are small and I wouldn't hesitate recommending this helmet to someone looking in this price point.
January 7, 2014
1 year later and I HATE this helmet
Last December I was looking for a good value helmet and the Vortex seemed to fit the bill. I ordered it and as usual got fast shipping and great service from Revzilla. The helmet fit fine from the very start. My first ride I noticed it was a bit loud. Even compared to my cheapo Bilt helmet. The comfort was good, looks are good. I wish the vizor would have one more setting to crack it open just a half inch to defog. As it is the first opening is too big on a cold day. But that is not the worst problem.
This helmet is LOUD. Painfully, uncomfortably LOUD. I installed a Sena SMH10 in it and above 30 MPH I can't hear the music or a caller. Above 50MPH and I get a headache from the noise. My cheapo Bilt is Much quieter. I installed the Sena in the BIlt and it worked fine up to about 75MPH.
Back to the Bell -- overall the quality seems pretty good for the price, except the noise. For that reason and pretty much that reason alone, with the exception of wanting a smaller first opening for the vizor, I can only give it 1 star. It really is that loud, that painfully LOUD.
I am now shopping for a new helmet. I'll probably bite the bullet and get a Shoei Qwest. I wish I'd have done that a year ago because what I spent on the Bell was a complete waste.
December 28, 2013
Great deal for a Snell rated helmet
My head measured right in the middle of the large size, but I had to exchange it for an XL.
December 28, 2013