Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet
Great helmet. Great price
This is the first helmet that I have owned so I don't have much to compare it to, but it seems to be a great helmet. Fits well. Air flow seems to be good. Easy to remove lining for washing. And, of course, looks great! Will soon be buying the tinted shield since it is sunny most of the time here in the DR and I don't ride it at night much.
January 30, 2015
Happy with my choice
I commute about 30 miles every day and wanted a full face helmet. I know many people speak to how loud this helmet is but I'm coming from open face styles and this is my first full face so for me it's extremely quite. Sure I hear the wind but it's so much better then my previous helmets.
The helmet is comfortable and I upgraded to the smoke visor which not only looks great on this helmet but works fantastically. I recently had lasik so I needed to make sure my eyes were protected not just from dust getting kicked up but also from the sun. Very happy with this helmet and the additional visor.
The visors swap so easily couldn't be happier.
February 25, 2015
Very loud and narrower vision than others
Overall the helmet is decent and comfortable. If it wasnt for the whistling the helmet would be quiet, at a stop I can barely hear my engine running, but above 40mph and this thing is a wind tunnel. I'm guessing the cutouts for the bluetooth system are creating a vortex (probably why this is called the vortex). I will try filling those voids to see if it changes and will change my review. Bell should really have offered plugs for those recesses when they arent used IMHO.
As far as field of view, this restricts peripherals more significantly than any other helmet I've worn.
The good, the vents work well, the pads are soft, it has a nice sealer around the neck which is good for cold weather. The visor shuts well and seals well, and the overall finish is what you would expect for $175.
February 24, 2015
Very quiet with adjustments
Excellent helmet. Sizing is spot on. Aerodynamics especially with head checks is outstanding. I have the original clear shield and use my sunglasses no problem. Most of the reviews I read prior to purchase claimed the helmet was very loud. They were correct. However, the wind noise is the result of the very thing they push on this helmet which is the venturi effect of the exhaust ports on the rear of the helmet. The noise problem arises from the turbulence over the small lower rear exhaust. These exhaust exit directly behind the ear and draw air from a channel behind the ear. I blocked the lower two exhaust with tape and now the noise is absolutely minimal. Try it. A fantastic helmet for a great price from a veteran helmet maker. Just needs a little fine tuning.
January 17, 2015
Here's my two cents, for the doubtful customer.
I bought this helmet in april of '14, and is my daily commuting helmet. Why did I buy this? Well, like any other rider, we're all biased when it comes to looks in a helmet. We all want a helmet that will look great. This one shows amazing graphics and be warned, compliments from random people will be a norm for this helmet.
What made me buy this? 1. the looks, 2. the features.
This helmet is Snell rated! This helmet has undergone strenuous testing that exceeds DOT and ECE, this is a track ready helmet.
Even though I gave it five out of five stars, the only thing that has worn down, after heavy daily use, is the padding that makes the double d ring not chafe your jaw area. Dont get me wrong, the pad is still there, but the rubber strings holding the padding have become lose, it still hold well and this will not interfere with the safety of the helmet, and it is more of a nit pick, there are multiple fibers, and only a few have become lose. As I said this is an honest review, so that is the only thing that had caught my eye from this helmet.
Besides that, the helmet is extremely solid and will do its job. The material used for the shell is light and you wont feel the helmet heavy after long commutes.
The visibility in this helmet, is great, is has more than enough room for you to see left and right lanes and when you tilt your head you should have no problems on checking your blind side with minor movement.
To summarize, if you want a snell rated helmet for this price with great looks and amazing features, get this.
November 16, 2014
Great beginner snell helmet!
This helmet is really comfortable and is pretty quiet! I love how easy I can take off the visors as well.
December 22, 2014
love this helmet
This helmet is by far the best helmet I have, super comfortable. wind flow keeps your head cool, and it also does perfect with stopping wind for those cold drives. I cant be more happier with it. The only thing i would say is (wrong) is the it is very loud, only when your on the high way going over 60-65
December 16, 2014
Great product for the price
This is a great and versatile helmet. I purchased the Monarch in pink and the graphics are stunning, not at all cheesy. I changed out the cheekpads for better fit and added the Transitions shield. It's light and well vented. It does have some noise and on cold days, I have to crack the shield or it will fog, even with the breath box. Overall, a really nice product.
December 10, 2014