Bell Vortex Rally Helmet
This helmet is extremely comfortable, but gets loud above 40mph. The vents work great, but I haven't ridden in anything above 50F yet, so we'll see how it performs in heat.
The visor's anti-fog works extremely well. However, the visor fogs (well, accumulates water) below 35-40 degrees, but I imagine this is the same across all visors and/or this could be due to the fact that I have to ride without the breath deflector (see below).
The shape is best suited for rounder faces. I have a long face, and my nose hits the breath deflector (I just ride without it) and my chin seems a little too close to the bottom and front of the chin guard. I use a small, which fits the crown of my head perfectly, but then I run into fit issues with the front and lower portion of my face. A small top half and medium bottom half would be perfect!
Overall, this helmet has been great for commuting around town at <50mph. The only negative would be its loudness at high speeds. It's comfortable, allows me to see clearly, an appears to be of a durable build.
February 17, 2015
Looks good and comfort
Wanted a helmet to match my yamaha FZ-07. The new Bell looks great. A little noisy but some ear plugs take care of that. The Bell fitting chart was spot on.
January 19, 2015
Really Good Looking Helmet
This helmet is a really great buy. I wanted the best protection I could get around the $200 mark. Research showed me that paying anymore than this wasn't really yielding any significant features and benefits to justify the next highest price helmet which was around the $400 mark. Several people have mentioned the helmet is pretty loud at highway speeds and it is, but after several hundred miles and experimentation I figured out it's the way the neck guard sits around your neck. Everyone has a different neck girth so this is why some folks experience a quieter ride than others. So make sure you don't go for a more expensive helmet in the hopes to have less noise. I used to wear a Biltwell Gringo and a Bell Retro open face and this helmet is slightly quieter than those. It's tolerable, especially with earplugs or ear buds.
Lastly the venting works fantastic on hot days. So far I've ridden with it in temps up to 95 degrees and it kept me cool. I ride in the upright position and I have to tilt my head down slightly further than what feels natural to feel the top vents. It's not an issue but if your really particular you may want to look into other helmets unless you ride more in the tucked position. I'm really pleased with this helmet. Matches my bike perfectly.
2015 YAMAHA FZ-07 (pearl white/black).
November 24, 2014
Great fit, very comfortable, great look!
Revzilla shipped this product to me the next day. I also ordered the tinted visor which looks fantastic with the helmet; I live in the southwestern US too so now I wear my normal glasses which also fit great rather than sunglasses.
The helmet fits slightly snug - I was wearing an HJC Large and tool a chance by ordering Large in this helmet too. It is a fraction more snug than the HJC but it fits me perfect. It is very comfortable and lightweight.
As other reviews have said, it is loud. It is fine around town but I got up to around 80mph this weekend and I don't think I could take it for more than a few minutes. I don't often ride freeways so its fine for me, and seemed no louder than the HJC at 40/50mph.
I would recommend this helmet.
November 10, 2014
Great protection with a great look
This is an awesome looking helmet, that fits great, provides excellent protection and coupled with a photochromic lens can be used anytime day or night, light or dark. Took a little bit of work to fit my Sena Bluetooth to it, but I got it.
October 21, 2014
Quite possibly the best bang for your buck
I needed a new helmet, and while I was looking for a helmet, it had to meet a few requirements: 1) Full Face 2) DOT and SNELL rated 3) Vents for airflow 4) Tinted visors available 5) $200 or under in price 6) Had to look awesome
And man did this helmet hit those marks. Visually, the helmet is stunning, its a beautiful matte black with a matte white stripe going down the middle, front to back. I get compliments on it everywhere I go.
Considering that this is a SNELL rated helmet, you couldnt ask for a fairer price, most SNELL rated helmets are well above 200 dollars, but this one did it for under 200.
It has a visor quick release system, which works great, I bought the dark silver iridium visor, and I switch it out almost daily for the clear one, depending on the light conditions outside. The vents work great, but in order for them to work at their best, a tucked in position or 3/4 position is recommended. The visors come with an anti-fog coating, which although I havent really gotten to test yet due to the warm weather, when I breathe onto it, it doesnt fog up in the slightest, so Im sure itll work fine when the cold weather starts coming in.
The helmet is comfortable, the padding is quite soft, and it doesnt weigh that much, which is great on long rides.
Now, in terms of quality, sure its not going to be on par with that of the 500+ Arai helmets, but the value in this helmet is worth so much more then the price, I really cant complain about anything. It most definitely does not have a cheap feel to it, it feels well built and will definitely last me a good long time.
September 14, 2014
Product fits great and looks awesome. It is a little loud, but not too bad. Have gotten lots of compliments on the helmet.
September 8, 2014
Awesome helmet at a great price
Great ventilation, sharp look and quit. Bell Vortex Rally Helmet The Bell Vortex is every bit the helmet youd expect of the Stars little brother. Developed in Bells state-of-the-art Santa Cruz, Calif. design center, the Vortex borrows...
September 1, 2014