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Shape: Intermediate Oval

Weight: 3.92 lbs

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Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet 

The Flying Tiger pays homage to the 1st American Volunteer Group, a fighter group protecting China during World War II. Sporting elements of the Tigers' shark-faced fighter planes and the distinctive "Flying Tiger" insignia created by Disney, this helmet is a slice of history. Part of the Bell Vortex Helmet series the Flying Tiger posses a lot of features and functions you don't normally see in a helmet at this price point.  The Vortex borrows heavily from its big brother, the Star, giving you a complete package at a killer price. 

Features:

  • Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting
  • Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell
  • 3 shell sizes
    • SM: XS and SM Helmets
    • MD: MD and LG Helmets
    • LG: XL and 2XL Helmets
  • Contour cheek pads
  • Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner
  • Padded Wind collar to drastically reduce wind/road noise
  • Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers
  • ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever
  • NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield
  • Five-year warranty
  • Certification: Snell M2010, DOT

Note: Helmet comes with clear face shield

Note: Helmet may come with either the magnetic strap keeper or standard chin strap snaps

4.4 / 5
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Bell Helmet Sizing

Size Head (cm)
XS 54-55
SM 55-56
MD 57-58
LG 58-59
XL 60-61
2XL 62-63

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

How To Measure

H Head Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows and ears. Pull the tape comfortably snug, read the length, repeat for good measure and use the largest measurement.
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
XS 791170 2028545 Out of Stock
SM 791171 2028546 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
MD 791172 2028547 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
LG 791173 2028548 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
XL 791174 2028549 Out of Stock
2XL 791175 2028550 Out of Stock

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This is a great helmet!
I've had this helmet for a few weeks now. I've used it a few times now and it is very comfortable. The air flow is pretty good. I love the graphics on it. Overall a great helmet.
June 30, 2014
Ride:
2001 Suzuki LS650 Savage
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Great overall especially for price!
I love the mil spec design on this helmet mixed with a modern twist. For it being such an affordable helmet my expectations were low and I was pleasantly surprised how close it compares with that of my Shoei Qwest. Sizes are true to size, lots of padding for extra comfort, very good airflow and overall a great helmet. I love it!!!!
March 10, 2014
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Super unique and nicely priced!
I work in the aviation industry, and so when I realized Bell made a Vortex that paid tribute to the P-40 and the Flying Tigers, you bet your butt I snatched it right up. I wear a 7 1/8" fitted ball cap and went with the helmet size Medium. It's a perfect, snug fit. Styling wise, I wish the shape of the helmet was a bit more aggressive, but the more aggressive models like the Qualifier begin moving up in price. Again, the Flying Tigers theme and price point is what really sold me on the helmet. With the face shield closed, wind noise isn't too terrible. I don't need to wear ear plugs and my ears are not ringing or anything when I get off the bike. It's quite tolerable. Air flow is pretty great.. I don't really sweat much inside the helmet. The one feature the helmet lacks that would just make it a 100% winner in my book, is a retractable sun visor. You only get the clear face shield with the helmet, so be prepared to drop a bit more cash in order to get the sunlight protection and enhanced styling that you'll want. I went with the Dark Iridium Silver face shield, and I keep the clear one in my pack should I encounter a night ride. The artwork definitely turns heads and gets me compliments!
June 15, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2009 Yamaha FZ6R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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Great paint job for an even better helmet
Bell rocks. Such a great value.

The helmet will fit an intermediate oval but I think it leans slightly more to the narrow side. For whatever reason according to Bell's sizing charts I'm a medium, but I tried on a buddy's and I'm actually a small.

In any case I love this helmet and you can really see how Bell's stuff is a step above the rest.
December 19, 2011
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Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet
The helmet fits well once it's on. Since it is new, it is pretty tight getting on and off. The size seems to be pretty true. The only thing that is a minor problem is, it seems I have to pull the chin part of the helmet down or the chin screen hits in the middle of my chin. Overall though, it's a good buy and I'd recommend it. Revzilla got the helmet out and to me quickly.
The helmet design also matches my bike graphics.
March 29, 2016
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Love it.. But My cheeks don't...
This helmet fits great with the exception of my cheeks. Thank goodness for the ability to order smaller sized cheek padding! Styling of the helmet is great fits true to size around the crown of the head. Excellent price point for a snell 2010 helmet.
February 26, 2013
Ride:
2006 Honda CBR600RR
Bang For The Buck
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Honest Review
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
Ride:
2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ZX636
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
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Best helmet I've owned
This helmet is great! The graphics are really awesome and the overall design is outstanding.
I like my helmets to be a little snug and this one does just that. It was kind of annoying at first, but once the pads broke in, it became very comfortable while still feeling very safe at the same time.
This is the only helmet that I can comfortably wear headphones in. The pads have the pockets for speakers to put in and they do well as space for my headphones.
The wind noise is kind of on the loud side. Since I wear headphones, I don't notice it too much. It's not that bad when I am not wearing headphones either.
My only problem is that my face shield fogs up quickly. I think the helmet could use a better breath box. If my face shield is cracked open then my shield stays clear. It only stays fog-free while fully closed when I am going 50+ MPH. When just riding through residential areas I keep the shield up.
It's a great helmet for the price. Snell and DOT approved for under $200. Great helmet with lots of nice features, great ventilation, a variety of graphic designs all at a price that's almost too good to be true.
I'm not sure if anyone else has the same fogging issue, might just be me. I put the transitions SolFx shield on my helmet.
January 6, 2013
Ride:
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6RR
Bang For The Buck
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Great value
I love the look, feel, and value from my new Bell helmet.
February 12, 2013
Ride:
2007 Honda CBR600RR
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Still Love The Vortex, Despite The Flaws
Usually I write a long intro before my reviews but I'll skip it since you're probably concerned with 1 thing above all: The noise. Ill address the noise issue first before reviewing the rest of the helmet (which is quite exceptional). Is it as noisy as everyone says?

Yes.

The Vortex is pretty loud. My other helmet is an Icon Alliance. It's probably half as loud as the Vortex and it doesn't even have a chin curtain. So people complain in reviews and all over the net about how unbearably loud the Vortex is and wah, wah, wah... If you want dead quiet, buy a Buick and ride around and a big comfy cage. The solution is earplugs. While super annoying, the noise problem is a simple one to solve. JUST WEAR EARPLUGS. Oddly enough, the noise is actually at it's worst around 40-45 mph. At that speed, it sounds almost the same as sitting on an airplane at 35,000 feet. It's a low pitch, droning, unyielding bringer of pain. Speeding up increases the volume, but also the frequency of the sound so though louder, it's more bearable. I have an open face helmet (Custom 500) that is actually quieter at 40 mph than the Vortex. Yes really. I can't tell you how they compare at higher speeds. I won't wear an open face above 40 mph. Short missions around town only.

So it's the worst helmet ever, right? Far from it. Just wear earplugs and it's biggest flaw all but disappears. It's only other flaw, however, is one that can't really be solved. It doesn't flow any air. Well, it does, but barely. Even with all the vents open you still barely feel anything getting in. I was sweating after a short ride at dusk in 65 degrees. I imagine it will be murder in high heat. Looks like I'll be wearing my Alliance through the dead of summer.

Flowing almost no air isn't necessarily a bad thing. NOTHING is getting in there. With all the vents closed on my Alliance, I still have gotten bugs under the chin bar and even in my eye. That's actually what prompted me to purchase the Vortex. Fear of a bug in the eye at high speed. The Vortex will never allow anything into it. Unfortunately that also means air. I'm not sure if the chin curtain is removable. If it is, that would really improve airflow but since I intend to ride with it on regardless, I have to rate airflow as poor to nonexistent. In 65 degrees at 70 mph, you can feel the vents are open, but not in that "ahhh that's better," way. It's more of a "Eh, I guess. it's better than nothing," way. And while I'm whining about airflow, I have a VERY hard time opening/closing the chin and brow vents with gloves on. I managed it, but it took way too long trying to find the switches (and failing) before finally getting it. Maybe more time in the helmet will get me more familiar with it. And since the airflow sucks so bad anyway, who cares if they're open or not? Just crack the visor then, right? Sure, if you like a stream of air DIRECTLY into your eyes. The 1st detent is just a little too high. So instead of filling the helmet with welcome, cool air, it just directs it straight to your eyes. The airflow on the vortex is really a perfect storm of terrible. But all these ventilation issues probably add up to a huge positive in colder weather. So in that case, it might actually be flawless since no freezing cold air is getting through, either.

Now for the good and I swear there's a ton of good. The fit is incredible. I'm usually an XL in everything but I went with L this time for a more snug fit and I'm glad I did. It's perfect. Even better than my Alliance which I already thought couldn't be beat.

Vision is better than expected. Head checks are very easy and vision is wide enough to look all the way back over your shoulder with ease. The wind doesn't catch the helmet, either. It's also very light. I was very surprised at how much lighter it is than my Alliance despite looking like a bigger helmet. Comfort/fit wise, I can't find a flaw.

Changing the shield is nothing. I can't compare it to Icon because Icons system is some tout out of the Stone Age. Bells shield change takes seconds, literally.

The magnetic thing in place of the strap snap is cool but an unnecessary feature and all the reports of the magnet falling out have me being extra careful as I feed it through and back through the D rings. I suppose it will last if you're careful and don't just jam it through or rip it out before taking it off. I'll be taking full advantage of Bell's 5 year warranty if it falls off.

Overall quality seems great. I seems well made and the graphics are even better in person. It's a smooth, matte finish which means no fingerprints. You'll turn a lot of heads at traffic lights. Either from the awesome graphics or from drying of heat stroke. Either way, they'll take notice!

So after all that, I still recommend the Vortex. It's light, the vision is great, Snell and DOT, killer looks, noise is easily solved and 90-100 degrees sucks in ANY helmet. If you're thinking about the Vortex but are hesitant from the complaints, don't be deterred. Way more people rate it highly than rate it poorly and with good reason. It excels at all the I present stuff. Fit, safety, visibility... In all, it's a great sub $200 helmet for the rest of us that can't afford a Shoei.
May 7, 2013
Ride:
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
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Bell helmets fit me good. Helmit and graphics always exception in design and quality.
MARK A on Mar 13, 2016
Really turns me on.
Bunrith L on Jan 3, 2016
Bell helmets fit me good. Helmit and graphics always exception in design and quality.
MARK A on Mar 13, 2016
looks
Lawrence M on Mar 7, 2016
Really turns me on.
Bunrith L on Jan 3, 2016
I told my girlfriend that she could only get a Snell Certified helmet and she thought this was the coolest looking one.
Travis V on Oct 26, 2015
Husband wanted it...
Alva O on Oct 26, 2015
had a qualifier that I loved so stuck with bell and that meant I had my sizing pinpointed already. badass graphic and much lower drag especially with head checks when compared to the qualifier.
Jesus G on Oct 26, 2015
Love the Flying Tiger theme and increased visibility at a reasonable price for a SNELL rated full face helmet
James B on Oct 24, 2015
Liked the livery and appreciated the Vortex design.
BackAtIt on Oct 14, 2015
I really like the military design!
James L on Oct 4, 2015
Replaces another vortex helmet I have worn for 4 years, and put 50,000 plus miles no. Ready for a new one. Love the graphics.
Scott P on Jun 26, 2015
remains me of war jets
Rolando G on Jun 13, 2015
wanted a gender neutral helmet with green in it.
Megan F on Jun 2, 2015
I have owned this helmet before.....and for the money....it's a good deal......
Steven K on May 16, 2015
gift for boyfriend
Jessica W on Apr 26, 2015
Cool look and full face protection
Michael H on Apr 19, 2015
Bell fit, Price point, Snell quality, the photochormatic sheild option, the video review and the style all made me go for this helmet.
MIKE N on Apr 7, 2015
Good entry/mid level protector for my dome from a top quality company with WWII style fighter plane graphics for under 200 bones? Count me in. Looking forward to seeing if pictures and reviews on this helmet are correct, if they are it is a steal.
Marcus C on Mar 24, 2015
BA decal look, will look good with my black crusier.
john d on Mar 24, 2015
Anthony's review on the Bell Votex and the badass graphic speaks to me. A large portion of my family are military going back to WWII in which the Flying Tigers were established. Thanks Revzilla!
Graikus on Mar 7, 2015
I analyzed ALL the helmets online and this one seemed to be the best one for the money if a person wanted to spend about 200 dollars or less.
S L on Mar 5, 2015
Cool graphics, decent ratings, and a name brand even a newbie has heard of. Hope I never have to use it.
Daniel G on Nov 11, 2014
I chose this helmet because it was snell rated and had a great graphic.
Randy R on Nov 1, 2014
SNELL 2010 rated, DOT Cert, great airflow, lots of features of helmets twice the price and a sweet graphic too. What's not to love?
Jeffrey E on Aug 11, 2014
I am a retired military pilot and have a strong interest in historical aviation. The question is, do I have the guts to wear it in public!
Lawrence W on Aug 10, 2014
Bell has amazing history in helmet safety. The graphics are amazing and they honor volunteers and military veterans.
henry j on Aug 6, 2014
I am a WWII Military Aviation Buff and retired soldier. This helmet's graphics just hooked me. It's gonna look great with my 2013 Z1000.
John D on Jun 9, 2014
Graffics
Joe K on Jun 7, 2014
Very cool graphics and quality of Bell Helmet
Dennis H on Jun 3, 2014
Design
Ramon R on Apr 24, 2014
Sweet paint work, Stupid noisy though its from the face shield fitment, put a hand over the top or the side ratchet area and noise is cut in half. Back to my ARAI ......
Kenneth H on Apr 11, 2014
because awesome. just look at it.
mark t on Mar 25, 2014
I love the looks of this helmet! As an Aviation and a history buff, it was almost a given that I'd buy this. Honestly though, the real reason I got this helmet was because it was sub $200 and was SNELL 2010 approved. I've been using a helmet that works well enough, but wasn't SNELL, and I just felt that I should have better protection for my head. The fact that it was the Flying Tiger helmet was just a bonus!
Shawn M on Mar 20, 2014
I watched so many videos this site provided for so many helmets and other products. functionally and cosmetically matched with the price, i couldn't say no. this is my first time buying from this site and if they turn out to be what they say they are i will continue buying all that i need from them. the format of the site and the simplicity of it is refreshing. looking forward to spending my hard earned dollars here haha.

- ride harder
Robert R on Jan 11, 2014
my husband does demo derby every year and he needs a good / aewesome helmet. and i paint flying tigers on his truck like in the 40s. so i thought this might be a awesome xmas gift.
Sara W on Nov 15, 2013
safety, price, brand and awesome design...
Jose S on Nov 4, 2013
looks
Lawrence M on Mar 7, 2016
I told my girlfriend that she could only get a Snell Certified helmet and she thought this was the coolest looking one.
Travis V on Oct 26, 2015
Are there any bothersome pressure points if you wear glasses with this helmet?
Christopher V on Apr 7, 2015
Can you please advice me regarding the size of helmet? Ive tried ICON helmet, sized L..If I want to get BELL helmet, is the size will be different? My head size is around 59 to 60centimetres. Thank u
A shopper on Sep 14, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I haven't owned an Icon helmet, but I have had several Arai helmets and I can testify that the sizing and fit were very similar. I have been very satisfied with my Bell Vortex helmet and would definitely buy another! I hope this is helpful!
How does the fit and sizing compare to an Icon Airmada?
david r on Jun 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: David, I've had my helmet for awhile, the fit is tighter than my previous HJC helmet. My HJC was a medium and fit well, but the Bell Flying Tiger is much tighter fit and I went to a large. I don't know how the Icon Airmada fits in comparison, but I have tried on ICONS before and they fit tighter like the flying tiger. I'm happy with the flying tiger, only improvement would be to make it less noisy at speed. I have multiple faceshields; Solflex (auto-tinting) real nice for me when traveling back and from work at different times of the day. I also like the heated one for winter travels, helps the face and eliminates fogging during morning commutes. Hope this helps!
Is the Vortex pre-drilled for HANS anchors? If not which Bell Helmets are?
A shopper on Mar 21, 2012
BEST ANSWER: As far as we are aware, none of the Bell Motorcycle Helmets are equipped with this feature. This would only be available for Bell's Auto Helmet line.
Looking for a black visor for this helment. Does size of visor matter ? Can I just search visor and choose?
Tubby S on Aug 8, 2016