Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet
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
Great graphics. Pretty good for the money.
I do like this helmet. It is quite noisy as others have said. More round fitting for me. Rear neck roll padding puts my face too close to chin bar.
December 5, 2014
Great overall helmet!
This helmet fits perfect! I feel very safe and secure wearing it. The visibly is awesome and the ventilation system keeps me cool. Great value for the price.
November 26, 2014
Great helmet for the price
I purchased this helmet about a little over a month ago. Great helmet for the sub-200 dollar price range. It's comfortable and flows a lot of air. The shield is easy to change out (even with gloves on). It comes with a chin guard (not sure what the official name of it is) which helps with keeping the wind and cold air out. My only complaint (and it's not a big one) is the noise. It's a pretty loud helmet. It's loud enough that I can't use my bluetooth on the freeway.
Overall, if you're not concerned about the noise, it's a great helmet for the price.
November 20, 2014