Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet
Comfortable fit for a round headed individual like myself
Comfortable, fairly lightweight, good visibility and love the flying tiger military styling. Very pleased with this purchase
October 7, 2014
Great helmet for sub-$200. Good airflow and great graphics. Easily removable liner and shield for cleaning / replacement. Cheek pads were a little snug on arrival, and I considered ordering replacement from Bell, but decided to keep the originals and after 3 mos / 3000 miles they are perfect.
October 6, 2014
Really Great Helmet for the Price
Although this is my first helmet i thought that it was light years ahead of the HJC i used to complete my mc learning course. First off the styling is amazing it looks even cooler in person, they need to make more ww2 inspired designs. The fit seems to be a tad bit smaller than the HJC i had used however once i got the correct size it felt great. The internal Pads have so far lasted the entire season and dont smell too bad and i ride every day however i have noticed that at higher speeds(not legal speeds) the helmet tends to get a little bit loose but thats probably normal and its not something i could fault bell for. The pads are also really easy to take out and they seem to be really secure mounted inside(it took me a while to remove them actually.. which i think is good i wouldnt want to lose pads or have them moving around) It has 4 different vents for airflow and it seemed to keep me comfortable in the summer and when closed it keeps me relatively warm. The visor does fog on those colder nights however if you leave the bottom vent open it tends to eliminate that. The visor changes are rediculiously easy takes a total of 10 seconds to change from my clear to the smoked lens. I use the uclear hbc100 communicator and it fits fine inside the helmet, infact there are little spots for the speakers to mount right into the sides of the helmet which is nice. Sound seems to be normal around city driving but at higher speeds you get some wind but i feel that most of it is from the bottom of the helmet. I havent tried any top of the line helmets plus im always playing my music so i really dont have any issues with sound(would it be nice to have it quieter? yes of course)its manageable. Overall i think its a great helmet for the price, the dark iridium/ chromed visor is a must with this helmet it looks amazing. Id buy another in a heartbeat if they brought back the pinup girls bell helmets.
September 25, 2014
Great looking helmet, fit is true and the airflow is amazing especially that brow vent. It's very snug at first but it contours so well. Its a little on the bulky looking side but that's to be expected with the lower cost helmets. Face shield removal is crazy quick and easy and it has great protection. Wind noise is a little high at 120+ but very bearable.
October 13, 2014
Awesome!... but WOW it's LOUD!
So first off my head circumference measurement is 23 1/2 inches. According to the size chart 1/4in too big for a L and 1/8in too small for an XL. So I ordered both and the L fit perfectly, it's very comfortable, sent the XL back of course. Secondly, for $180 this thing looks fantastic, heck even if it was $400 it would look fantastic. This helmet is very high quality, the shield mechanism as mentioned in the video is phenomenal; makes you wonder why other helmets have such complicated systems. Ventilation is another major plus, flows lots of air. The only bad thing that comes to mind is that it is ridiculously loud, like borderline unbearably loud. **WITHOUT EAR PLUGS** However if you wear earplugs, like I do, you'll be fine. And finally, bottom line if you want a comfortable, quality built, SAFE (Don't forget this thing is Snell 2010), good looking helmet for a GREAT price... don't hesitate buy it, buy it now. Also, pick up the transitions shield it works really well.
October 10, 2014
Great Helmet, but it is Loud
The Bell has all the features you are looking for, great ventilation, awesome shield system, best safety ratings. I like the fit, and look of the helmet. It seems fairly large, not sure how many shell sizes Bell is using. My main con is it's loud, my wife's HJC cost less, is much quieter, and a more compact helmet shape for the same head size. I still like the Bell's shield and look better, but wish it wasn't as noisy.
October 6, 2014
I'm very happy with this helmet - for the price, you can't beat the features.
Pro - good fit. I was on the line between L and XL - I went with XL and it fits fine. I like the styling and the pad design. Vision is great.
Con - as noted in other reviews, the wind noise is quite loud, especially from the vents on top. Also, the vent above the face-shield blows directly on my forehead - so much I have to close it down a bit. The other surprise is that the helmet itself is very large - I've always been able to keep 2 helmets in my top-box, but with the Vortex I can only fit 1.
Overall, these are minor complaints, and I'm quite satisfied with the helmet.
October 6, 2014
Can't beat the price!
With such a low price tag, I was able to get this helmet AND a transitional face shield! Plus, the helmet is very stable at speed...even when I turn my head to check my blind spot. The visibility is great and the fit is very comfortable.
September 29, 2014