Bell Vortex Patriot Helmet
Loud beyond belief
This helmet is basically unusable over 40 miles per hour.
I tried the duck tape over the behind-the-ear-vents trick, and while it improved the 30-45 mph noise, at high speeds it does not make a difference. Most of the turbulence at higher speeds seems to be coming from the flat underside of the helmet: I can put my glove on the back of my neck, and the noise cuts off instantly at any speed.
When I ride on the highway, with ear plugs, my ears are still ringing at the end of the trip. When I hit 50 miles per hour on my way to work, the noise is deafening.
Bell should invest in a wind tunnel before building any more helmets.
That said, comfort (ignoring bleeding eardrums), safety, vision, anti-fog, weight, etc. are all good. If you just scoot around town, perhaps this is the best option.
July 26, 2014
Wonderful helmet for the price, but check your fit!
This was my first helmet purchase and right off the bat I was very happy with it. The dark smoke shield was great and the helmet was very snug and comfortable.
Just a note to beginner like me, look into how to properly fit a helmet. Not just making sure it is tightly fitted but how to properly shift the helmet to ensure it is going to hold in all situations.
After some research I found that even though it felt wonderful and was nice and tight without being uncomfortable, it did shift forwards on me horizontally when pressed. The cheek pads were firm, but if shifted, my chin would touch the front of the helmet. Also, lifting from the front or back was a little loose even though when twisting the helmet it was solid fit.
Just a heads up to first time buyers like me. It's your brain were talking about, make sure it fits perfect.
Good fit video:
July 24, 2014
Nice but Loud
Overall a great helmet. I have to admit that I got this helmet for its looks. It looks awesome and it was Snell certified. I've airbrush some custom designs on the white one and it turned out nicely. I was skeptical on the fit at first, for being too comfortable, and maybe a little lose... but after getting some miles on it I'm sure it just fits me. And switching visors between clear and smoked it really fast.... but this helmet had a couple of features that are double edge swords. Mainly it flows a tones of air, so it's nice and cool and has never fogged up on me, but it's really loud anything over 35 you will need ear plugs. And sometimes at freeway speeds I think that’s not enough. If I get another helmet I'd want something similar but much quieter.
I like this helmet, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
July 22, 2014
Great helmet for the price.
Overall, very happy with this helmet. Not too heavy with good airflow. Cheek pads are a little chunky at first but have settled in nicely. Only drawback is the vents just behind the ears are very loud. I put some tape inside the vents and it helped tremendously. I would by this helmet again. Matte black looks sharp.
July 21, 2014
Good helmet for the price
Helmet fit perfect once broke in and for a snell2010 helmet the price is good. I always get compliments. Only issue is it's a little loud at highway speeds.
July 15, 2014
Comfortable and great helmet, especially considering the price
It gets great ventilation and fits well. I could always use more ventilation since I tend to run pretty hot, but I'm sure this would be more than acceptable for someone normal.
The matte black look is great and goes well with my denim black Iron 883.
My only caution is in changing the visor. My first time, I heard the click and thought it had snapped into place. Unfortunately, it came apart when I flipped it up in slower traffic and had to try to snap it back in while moving. Not so easy for a novice.
There should be two audible snaps, on each side, to signify it's locked in. With a clear visor it should be visible also that both snap features are in place, but with a tinted one it may be more difficult.
July 15, 2014
On the noisy side but a great helmet
After the first ride (and comparing to my old helmet, Shark S700):
+ Snell 2010 AND DOT.. cant go wrong there..
+ Sexy in matte black (subjective of course)
+ Fits true to size, S for my 56cm-ish head size and more snug than my Shark S700 also in size S.
+ Good ventilation.
+ Easy to swap the shields in and out.
- Noticeably noisier than the Shark S700 as well. Not sure where the noise is coming from but I just couldn't get rid of it no matter what position I was in, though tucking your chin in does reduce that little bit of buffeting around the jaw. Might require some earplugs for longer journeys.. Head checks cause whistling around the back.
- The optional transition shield fogged up quite a bit on the first ride in pretty humid weather though nothing too unbearable.
Overall a great helmet at a great price!
July 12, 2014
Bell Vortex Monarch helmet
Beautiful and functional! Great fit and I would recommend it!
July 11, 2014