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Bell Vortex Monarch Helmet

Developed in Bell’s state-of-the-art Santa Cruz, California design center, the  Bell Vortex borrows heavily from its big brother the Star. With a solid compliment of features the Bell Vortex is a great choice as a primary helmet for everyday use that can also transition to the occasional track day. A killer price rounds out the package and gives you a big bang for your buck.

Features:

  • Velocity Flow Ventilation™ system with FlowAdjust™ for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting
  • Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell
  • Contour cheek pads (by means of stacked foam, not hand cut)
  • 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
  • Clear NutraFog II™ superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield. Dark tint and other shields available for purchase separately
  • Five year warranty
  • Weight: 1600g
  • Certification: Snell M2010, DOT

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

RevZilla's Opinion of the The Bell Vortex Helmet

The Bell Vortex Helmet has grown to be one of the top selling and more ubiquitous ~$200 sport helmets in the RevZilla family. The light weight, Snell Rating and ability to use the Bell Photochromic shield allow the Bell Vortex Helmet to cover a lot of the bases the typical sport or track day rider is looking for in a reasonably priced helmet. Many times we see this type of functionality only available in helmets over the $300 mark. In the 3/4 or tuck position the Bell Vortex Helmet will provide a great solution in just about any spirited or sport riding scenario. If you find a graphic or color that suits your taste and you have an intermediate oval head shape, the Bell Vortex is a great option.

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Bell Vortex Monarch Helmet 4.4 5 437 437
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
good helmet happy with helmet, plenty of airflow, just as described November 17, 2014
Great Backup or 1st "Snell Safety" Helmet The medium Vortex fits a little better than my large RS1. I bought this helmet as a backup/girlfriend helmet. The gloss white helps me mix it up if i get tired of my black helmet. The fit is right on. The inside is not as plush feeling as the RS1. And the noise is a bit louder say scale 1 - 10 this would be a 71/2 my RS1 would be a 5. My face shields are interchangeable from both helmets. The air system is not as good the RS1. I noticed I lightly sweat in it compared to not sweating at all in my RS1 with face shield down while moving. Also this helmet feels lighter than the RS1 probably due to shell size. At speeds higher than 60mph this helmet's aerodynamics are are not as good as the RS1 I give it a 2-1/2 out of 4 as the RS1 would be a 3-1/2. If I were to replace my year old RS1 i'd look into another RS1 though perhaps Medium next time... November 17, 2014
Great inexpensive helmet Helmet fits true to size, but I needed to go up one size on the cheek pads to give a more snug fit. I've got a little longer and slightly narrow face, so I needed a little more padding in the cheeks for the perfect fit. Changing out the visor is a breeze, and so are the removable liners (makes it very easy to clean). The fit is very comfortable and lightweight for long rides. I rode about 7 hours in a day and didn't have any complaints about being sore or feeling like it's too heavy. Ventilation seems to work rather well, and you definitely notice a difference in warmer months. Once I replaced the cheek pads (50mm to 55mm) the helmet fits nice and snug all the way around, and doesn't move around at all on the highway. Get yourself a smoked visor and you'll be set! Overall, it's a great helmet for what you pay, and little touches like the wind guard underneath your chin make a difference. November 17, 2014
Great bang for the buck This helmet is a super value for a DOT/Snell rated helmet. Airflow is good. Noise average. Good styling. The optional Transitions face shield makes this a versatile, quality choice. November 17, 2014
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
Noisy I like everything about this helmet, it is definitely looks great especially with the black visor. It is very comfortable and fits good (my head is a more oval shape). I got the large size and its just a bit big, but no issues. The major fault with this helmet was the noise level, above 100km/h the noise becomes unbearable! I recommend this product only for urban use where there are no high speeds. November 15, 2014
Excellent entry helmet I originally got this helmet specifically because I wanted the transitions visor. (haven't gotten it yet) But it turns out that it's a good helmet for entry level cyclists like me. This is my first helmet so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I can tell you what I noticed as first timer. It fits a bit tight to start out, but after wearing it for a few weeks it breaks in to about perfect. I think it's kinda loud not from outside noise, but from wind noise. I've read that you can remedy this by covering the holes near the ears, haven't tried it yet. Its not so loud that it's distracting or uncomfortable, just louder then I thought. The visor that comes with the helmet seems to fog up easily. The weight is appropriate for helmets in it's class, I researched that this helmet weighs the same exact amount as the icon airframe construct, which I was also looking at. But ended up getting this because it's cheaper and just as light. October 22, 2014
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Bell Vortex Monarch Helmet
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Thomas R: Nice helmet for my wife. Bell quality. Jun 2, 2014
Tiffany M: Love butterflies and bell makes a great helmet. May 16, 2014
John M: Value and color for wife. May 3, 2014
Oscar G: My wife wanted a snell approved helmet, but didn't want to spend to much. So this was the best option out there and it was a great choice. Sep 25, 2013
Amy J: I like the emphasis on the features of this helmet and it's affordability of the under $200 range. Sep 2, 2013
Chi-Ho L asked: Anthony mentioned in the Monarch video that the pinstripes are reflective. Does he mean that it is actually reflective at night? Oct 17, 2013
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Reid H: It is not reflective at night. There's inlaid 'glitter' on either side of the white pinstripes, but they are definitely not reflective at night --I just tested it out in the garage with only a flashlight and nothing. By the way, it's my wife's helmet, kind of a cool touch perhaps, I guess it's a chick thing. Hope this helps. Oct 21, 2013
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Richard B: We had to take a look at it at night before answering. My husband doesn't think it is very "reflective". The pinstripes are small and the glitter seems more reflective, but not really at night. I wouldn't rely on that. It is a beautiful helmet and the fit is snug. Very comfortable. I love it! Oct 21, 2013
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Kirk P: I havn't checked the reflectivity of the helmet in the dark, but I believe that Anthony was referring to some glitter applied along the pin striping. Again, I am not sure about any reflectivity for safety's sake, but the helmet looks great! Oct 19, 2013
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Joseph C: Bought for my wife.....so i can see it at night while she is riding near me. No it is not reflective at night Oct 17, 2013
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jason L: No, it does not reflect light at night, it just looks super awesome all the time! Oct 18, 2013
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Chi-Ho L: Sure, it's your wife's helmet....ha. Thanks for the reply! Oct 22, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does this helmet come with dark smoke or clear shield? Mar 25, 2013
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RevZilla: The Bell Vortex Monarch Helmet ships with a Clear faceshield only. Check out the Bell Vortex / Star / Revolver / RS1 Faceshield, Bell Vortex / Star / Revolver / RS1 Race Faceshield, & Bell Transitions SolFX Photochromic Face Shield for alternative options. Mar 27, 2013
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candrose2000: Comes with a clear shield. You would have to order a separate dark smoke shield. I think they're around $30. May 13, 2013
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Missykp: Comes standard with clear. I'm looking into ordering a tinted shield Mar 27, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hello - I never bought a helmet before. Do I measure my head around my eye brow line or above? Oct 6, 2012
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RevZilla: All the information you need to determine your head measurement is provided in the product review videos. Be sure to check out the video titled "Bell Helmet Sizing Guide." Please feel free to contact us directly via e-mail: CS@RevZilla.com or by phone: 877-792-9455 for individual sizing recommendations. Oct 8, 2012
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Mskembo: Just above your eyebrows. Watch this video, it should answer your questions, but honestly call Revzilla if you still have questions, they are really customer service oriented.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U5UE-13Tp8
Nov 14, 2012
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A shopper asked: Does this helmet easily accept a Sena SMH-10? Jan 26, 2013
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RevZilla: We have not run into any complications during installation for this helmet. The Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset is easily installed on the Bell Vortex. It will take approximately 10 minutes or so. Jan 28, 2013
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Bell Vortex Helmet Sizing

Size Measurement (in) Hat Size
XS 21 1/4 - 21 5/8     6 5/8 - 6 3/4
SM 21 5/8 - 22 6 3/4 - 6 7/8
MD 22 1/2 - 22 3/4 7 - 7 1/8
LG 22 3/4 - 23 1/4 7 1/8 - 7 1/4
XL 23 5/8 - 24 7 3/8 - 7 1/2
2XL 24 1/2 - 24 3/4 7 5/8 - 7 3/4

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

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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black/Pink / XS 829455 768686871436 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Black/Pink / SM 829456 768686871443 Out of Stock
Black/Pink / MD 829457 768686871450 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Black/Pink / LG 829458 768686871467 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Pink / XL 829459 768686871474 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Black/Pink / 2XL 829460 768686871481 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment