Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet
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
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 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
Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet is a good value
I've been using this helmet daily for two months now. I ride a TW200 on road as a work commuter in a mostly rural area.(@ 55mph), I ride "straight up" as opposed to a 3/4 tuck. I've ridden in temps ranging from 100* to 50*.
The fit is just a tad tighter than I'd like but expect that to improve a bit with more wear. I ordered a medium, that's the size I wear in most helmets and the size the Bell size chart indicated. CAN NOT wear my Oakleys with the helmet and my prescription eyeglasses are VERY snug too, I ride without them most of the time. Luckily with the mirrored face shield sunglasses aren't really necessary.
"Straight up" the helmet is somewhat loud, doesn't make a whole lot of difference if the shield is closed, city or wide open. If I'm wearing earbuds it isn't noticeable.
With face shield in city position I get a lot of wind inside the helmet hits me right in eyes if I ride without my glasses. With the shield completely open I actually get less wind in my face. The chin and eyebrow vents let in a noticeably cooling breeze (I'm bald now so I can feel it easily, when I got the helmet I had hair and couldn't really feel the eyebrow vents). The head vents don't make a noticeable difference. If I go into a 3/4 tuck the noise and wind levels improve, almost no wind in the face/eyes with the shield in city position.
If the vents are closed and I'm not moving the face shield tends to fog. IF it does fog as soon as I'm moving the shield clears.
EVERYONE comments on the styling of the helmet.
While the mirrored face shield is dark I can still see well enough to ride at night when caught off guard. IF I could carry a clear shield to swap out I would though.
Bottom line: I love the helmet and would definitely recommend it for the features/value. You MAY want to consider a larger size.
December 3, 2013
Nice product for a good price, cool artwork, very confortable and is SNELL 2010. Smart purchase.
November 27, 2013
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
Good helmet with fair price and pretty good quality (overall).Worth the dollars is asking.
January 6, 2014