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Shape: Intermediate Oval

Weight: 3.92 lbs

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Bell Vortex Helmet

Nothing beats a solid color to highlight the stylish design of a helmet. Developed in Bell’s state-of-the-art Santa Cruz, California design center, the 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
  • 3 shell sizes
    • SM: XS and SM Helmets
    • MD: MD and LG Helmets
    • LG: XL and 2XL Helmets
  • 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 face shield swaps ever
  • Clear NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield
  • Five-year warranty
  • Certification: Snell M2010, DOT

Note: Helmets ship with clear face shield only.

Note: Bell Vortex 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.

4.4 / 5
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5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Comfort
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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
Black / XS 609012 2017620 In Stock: Requires 2-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
Black / SM 609013 2017621 In Stock: Requires 2-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
Black / MD 609014 2017622 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / LG 609015 2017623 In Stock: Requires 2-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
Black / XL 609016 2017624 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / 2XL 609017 2017625 Out of Stock
Matte Black / XS 609018 2017626 Out of Stock
Matte Black / SM 609019 2017627 Out of Stock
Matte Black / MD 609020 2017628 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / LG 609021 2017629 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / XL 609022 2017630 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / 2XL 609023 2017631 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours

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Almost perfect if you modify it
For my full review of the Vortex, look at the Flying Tiger reviews. This review is my solution to the unnecessary amount of wind noise.

In my previous review, I very snakily said "JUST WEAR EARPLUGS," But earplugs actually don't work. They block out everything BUT the wind noise. So foot in the mouth there. The wind noise is unbearable. It's so loud, my ear drums actually crackle at times. That's bad. That's really bad! I read somewhere that putting tape over the side vents eliminates the noise. So I tried it and it totally works.

But no one wants tape on their helmet. The answer: fill the side vents with caulk! You don't lose any ventilation. Bell very stupidly put them too far forward for them to actually work, hence the lack of ventilation and ungodly noise. I used clear Phenoseal. Get a small tube, not the big one meant for a caulk gun. Fill the vent from the outside only down to the mesh. You don't have to fill it to the eps. Just block the vent. Wipe away the excess and let it dry. It works perfectly. The Vortex is louder than my Custom 500. Yes really. Caulking the side vents makes it dead silent. The transformation is amazing. Do it!
May 25, 2013
Ride:
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
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4 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Loud, Excellent Protection. Crash Tested
Helmet is loud, you will get a lot of wind noise on the highway. If your going out on long sustained high-speed rides be prepared to pop in some earplugs or lose some hearing. Ok, other than that its an excellent helmet. Airflow is great, I used it through a central Alabama summer and it was just fine. I have crash tested it and would say the protection is excellent. I high sided at around 60mph, give or take 10mph, and landed on my head and shoulder. No concussion and no doubt in my mind that the helmet worked. I ordered another one despite the noise for that reason alone. If you don't have a lot to spend on a helmet, want maximum protection, and can deal with the extra noise, this helmet is an excellent choice.
September 28, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2007 Honda CBR600RR
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
Awesome helmet, awesome company.
I waited about a year before I gave my review on the Bell Vortex.

The thing that suprised me the most was the quality of the helmet (especially for the price). The inside materials feel very nice against your face (something you don't get with under $200 helmets). This is very important to me and was one reason why I originally wanted to splurge for an Arai. The ventilation is okay (used in 50 and 100 degree weather) but is a bit noisy. However, this can be easily remedied with a little plugging material on the back vent, behind the ear. After the modification, it is perfect. I should note that the easy release visor is an awesome feature.

Also, Bell has great customer service (RevZilla-like quality). I think they'll replace your crashed helmet for a new one for a reduced cost. Plus, I believe its an American based company.

Snell2010!

The only thing is that the Vortex looks a bit bulky. My white 2xl makes me look like a Stig bobblehead.

I would not hesitate on purchasing a Bell Vortex.
August 8, 2014
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
3 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
Great helmet for those on a limited budget
I've had this helmet since 04/2011 when I started riding. I selected it because of the price and because it carries a Snell 2010 rating; I think HJC is the only other company (at the time at least) to offer a Snell 2010 rated helmet at a cheaper price. I tried on a couple of HJC helmets and didn't care for them. It fits my head perfectly in a size Medium with pressure evenly around my head. My head shape is more of the oval/oblong shape than round. The cheek pads were firm but have broken in nicely but are still snug. Airflow is not too bad but as most reviews on the web have stated, it is loud! When I first started learning to ride I didn't want to wear earplugs for fear of blocking out important noises. Now that I know better, I have to say that earplugs are a must with this helmet. Anything above 50mph is unbearable for me. The vents are easy to locate and operate while riding and wearing gloves. The chin and brow vents flow great, the top vents don't seem to flow as well. I keep a shaved head and I can barely feel air on my scalp when at highway speeds. The actual inlet holes are not as large as the vent openings are, they're about a 1/3 that size - just a little oval recessed in the vent opening.

The quick release system for the visor makes it a snap to swap visors for the most part. It takes an extra few seconds when swapping on my smoked visor because it's dark enough that it's harder to line up the visor into the helmet unless you're operating in bright light. The clear visor fogs up a bit when stopped at traffic lights in cooler weather. Cracking the visor clears it up right away as soon as I start rolling. Another little feature I thought was cool is there's a magnet sewn into the chin strap and a tab on the D-ring so that when you loop it through the D-ring and snug it down, you can affix the strap to the D-ring to keep the strap from flapping around. I hadn't seen this feature on other helmets I'd looked at so if this is a common feature then it's news to me. Problem is that the fabric stitched over that magnet started peeling off on both sides so I had to glue it down to keep the magnet from falling off.

Fit and finish seems pretty good. Definitely not up there with Arai or Shoei, but then again the Vortex is sub-$200 so it's to be expected. The paint on the plastic vents has chipped as has the flat black finish which sucks, not sure if it's from rocks hitting it or just negligence on my part in handling/storing it. Oddly enough, the plastic parts are red underneath the black paint. Another issue is, and I'm not sure if it's the visors or the helmet, but the seal around the visor is not remotely air tight; with all vents closed I still feel a moderate breeze blowing in my face.

Overall, I'd still recommend this helmet, but if it's in your budget for a higher end helmet, definitely go for it.
December 26, 2011
Ride:
2006 Honda CBR600RR
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
Great protection for under 200.
I got this as a trade up from an old arrow and it was a great decision. The helmet fits fantastically and just feels better and more protective. I also really enjoy the fact that it meets SNELL 2010. Fantastic helmet at a very good price.
June 23, 2014
Ride:
2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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Only one gripe about this
The helmet is very comfy and the airflow was surprising for a sub $300 helmet. Its a little noisy but it was expected and not really that bad.
My only gripe about this helmet is that the "Bell" logos are not removable stickers like some helmets have. I prefer the solid look without advertising for a company. Will need to put some over lays on it if you like the sleek blacked out look.
August 16, 2013
Ride:
2012 Harley Davidson Softail Slim FLS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
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Awsome Helmet
This my first helmet in US and I love it. It is sharp looking helmet and it looks good on me. At first it felt very tight and heavy but, after few times I got used it. It is a perfect fit and every thing is true per Tony's video.
April 8, 2015
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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Bell delivers-premium quality, extremely low price
The overall construction and quality of this helmet is unbelievable for the price tag. With SNELL 2010 safety ratings, magnetic strap, quiet noise level, and fluid air flow, its something that you would expect from a shoei or $500+ lid. On top of all of this Bell backs their product with a 5-Year warranty. Check pads are snug as expected from new helmet, more than satisfied on this decision as a first helmet, Bell delivers.
April 21, 2012
Ride:
2012 Honda CBR250R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Great first helmet.
If you're looking for a awesome cheap track ready sexy helmet this is exactly what you are looking for. I get so many head turns in this helmet with the gloss black and deep chrome visor. As far as comfortability on my slight oval head it gets a tid bit uncomfortable on my third hour of riding but that just lets be know when I have to take a break. A lot of room in the ears and accommodate ear buds very well. taking off the helmet with them on though is a little uncomfortable. But listen as far as I am concerned for a first helmet you can't go wrong with bell. the money you save on this helmet can go towards more gear to keep you riding. 20 puppies in side cars out of 22.
April 2, 2014
Ride:
1996 Suzuki GSF600S Bandit
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Great helmet for a great price
Bottom line, if you're looking for a quality helmet for under $200, get this. The matte black finish is spot on, very clean, airflow thru the helmet is very good. It's light, vision is good, DOT and Snell approved. Can't ask for much more..... My girlfriend ordered this one for herself after I got the Vortex Band, she liked it so much. Also got a dark smoke shield with it, changing out the lenses on this helmet was the easiest and quickest i've ever done on one.

As far as fit, My girlfriends head measured within the S size, and it fits perfectly. My head measured within XS and it fits perfect.
June 23, 2014
Ride:
2007 Triumph Daytona 675
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
Need Snell approved helmet
patrick k on Sep 9, 2016
Looked like a solid helmet with good reviews for a decent price. I'm not a fan of a whole bunch of colors plus the matte black matches my bike.
one3ten on Jul 28, 2016
Need Snell approved helmet
patrick k on Sep 9, 2016
lots of benefits for < 200
Luke M on Aug 22, 2016
Looked like a solid helmet with good reviews for a decent price. I'm not a fan of a whole bunch of colors plus the matte black matches my bike.
one3ten on Jul 28, 2016
Awesome price for a Snell and DOT helmet.
Shane D on Jul 22, 2016
SNELL rating, excellent quality, design fits my head, awesome price. Great Revzilla video!
David C on Jul 17, 2016
Head shape and great reviews
Philip V on Jul 14, 2016
good price for beginner Snell certified helmet
John K on Jul 12, 2016
For the price, nothing else comes close!
Wesley O on Jul 10, 2016
Price and quality
Joe C on Jul 4, 2016
Because bell. Great Lid
louis l on Jun 19, 2016
Bought for the wife on longer road trips, she loves the fit and comfort!
Sandra S on Jun 17, 2016
Needed an upgrade from my G-MAX budget helmet. Getting the AGV Corsa soon!
jared r on May 28, 2016
The reviews!
Melanie S on May 10, 2016
Increased air flow for cooling in the hot Mississippi summers. Snell M2010 certification.
Kenneth S on May 3, 2016
Great helmet, I bought this to replace my HJC that didn't fit me all that well. Its great quality and even better when paired with theTransitions SolFX Photochromic Face Shield. it is a little too loud. One remedy has been to seal the openings/vents next to the ears as this won't effect air flow. this makes the noise easier to handle. With that said, after sealing the ear openings, id recommend and buy again.
Cory R on Apr 10, 2016
safety quality of the Bell helmets, and the oval shape that better fits my elongated head shape. too many helmets are round and create pressure points on the forehead.
george b on Apr 5, 2016
vortex for a reason. this is like a wind tunnel. wish i could exchange.
Nathan O on Mar 24, 2016
Less noise than my open face, more warmth now that is cooling off, and i love the way it looks.
Jordan M on Nov 12, 2015
My persuasion to choose this product was affordabillity and good reviews as well as a long standing company with integrity.
tony r on Nov 1, 2015
The amount of features for the price. Both DOT and SNELL ratings.
Randy D on Sep 7, 2015
I originally wanted the ICON Alliance, but after the video described this helmet as more of an intermediate oval (Whereas the Alliance is more elongated) I decided to go with this for my gargantuan noggin. both were good helmets, but I want it to fit right.
Clayton W on Sep 6, 2015
"It's awesome!! Been using it 3 months now."
Martin W on Sep 5, 2015
Bell reputation and reasonable price.
Paul G on Aug 29, 2015
It looks good and the video sold it.
Wilson C on Aug 28, 2015
Wife needed a helmet to start riding passenger, fit her best other than the $500 Shoei when tried on at a local store.
sk8nsanta on Aug 26, 2015
Revzilla video review
Kevin C on Aug 3, 2015
Value and RevZilla's on-line video (very good remarks by Anthony)
CARLOS G on Jul 31, 2015
bell
art h on Jul 20, 2015
Extremely clean looking helmet and Snell certified at a reasonable cost.
Fabrizio C on Jun 29, 2015
I chose this helmet based on the reviews. It's also a nice looking helmet.
Eric A on Jun 21, 2015
Helmet had good reviews.
Lance P on Jun 14, 2015
NAME, Value
I saw a video here at RevZilla that was excellent. It explained features and convinced me that this is a race designed helmet, just made from the inexpensive materials...an above standard entry level helmet.
DENNIS S on May 29, 2015
New rider. Obsessed with Safety! Bell is a reputable company that has been around for awhile. Plus its DOT and SNELL approved! Price is also great, and it was recommended to me by a friend!
Austin T on May 28, 2015
Great helmet, Snell and DOT.
Jdiggles on May 23, 2015
looks cool, trusted brand, good price.
Phil T on May 21, 2015
the info on the video
John W on May 19, 2015
Looks like a good match with the bike!
Tina C on May 12, 2015
Great value for a nice helmet.
Dennis M on May 12, 2015
This helmet seems to be very well rated and approved over and above the qualifier DLX I was also looking at, and looks to have just a bit better venting also. For about $40 bucks more (after I bought the transisions sheild to go with it) I think I will end up with a better package deal for my money and still be under $300 range with snell2010 certification.
Matt W on May 11, 2015
Very Good review from Revzilla. Good bang for buck!
Yvonne H on May 8, 2015
snell rated. fits & looks good.
Angela M on Apr 8, 2015
Review sold me, also, space for bluetooth speakers, and transition visor.
Clay H on Mar 31, 2015
Good vents, good features, good price, Snell helmet.
Lawrence B on Mar 23, 2015
I got a killer deal from Revzilla and I have the utmost respect for Bell's helmet lines, in regards to design and safety. I honestly couldn't ask for a better helmet at this price point. The sizing fits perfectly like the chart says.
Zachary H on Feb 22, 2015
Looks like the best helmet for the price
William, P on Feb 8, 2015
Wanted a full face for a long ride coming up and wanted something I could connect a communicator to comfortably.
Jesse P on Dec 29, 2014
USA Product, Great Price, Love the color, BELL QUALITY! This is the third Vortex helmet I have purchased.
Michael B on Dec 14, 2014
Helmet for winter riding
T H on Dec 14, 2014
Christmas LIST
KAREN E on Nov 24, 2014
Excellent price, and it looks great! I needed a Snell approved helmet for road racing and this helmet fit the bill. Cant wait to try it out and I hope the sizing chart is true!
Jesse N on Nov 6, 2014
lots of benefits for < 200
Luke M on Aug 22, 2016
Awesome price for a Snell and DOT helmet.
Shane D on Jul 22, 2016
Is the draft collar removable? I bought a Bluetooth com and I can't clamp it on.
mike f on Jan 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Never mind - nailed it, metaphorically speaking.
Recently purchased the vortex helmet, the cheek pads are super tight. Looking to buying smaller pads, What cheek pads fit this helmet?
Austen W on Jul 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Here is the link from my past order:
https://www.revzilla.com/product/bell-vortex-cheek-pads
my head is 22 1/4inches. should I get a medium or a small?
A shopper on Sep 20, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Depends. If you're 22 1/4 with a bald head I would probably say go for the small. If your hair sometimes grows out or you sometimes tie your head to ride, go for the medium. As always, ensure the accuracy of your measurement. Take 3 measurements and have someone else do the same. Compare the results.
Does the Bell Helmet decal come off, or is it printed onto the helmet?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Its a decal under the final layer of the finish. You can't get to it unless you really wanted to screw up the clear coat.
I've been reading the reviews and almost everyone mentions the sides being a bit tight at first. I wear glasses and was wondering if that would be a problem with the first few wears.

Thanks.
A shopper on Oct 6, 2011
BEST ANSWER: I wore sunglasses for awhile (Oakley) when the Dark Visors were on back order. It was a little bothersome at first, but the more I rode the more I stopped noticing. My noggin and the helmet adjusted. My best advice would be to try one on locally somewhere if you can. Otherwise you may want to wear contacts or you could just ship the Helmet back. They have an excellent return policy as long as the item is not "ridden".
My head is 23.5 inches, is the XL too big?
A shopper on Apr 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: my head is 23" bang on - my xl bell is a perfect fit for my rather narrow oval head shape .. most helmet are too round for me , exercising pressure points on my forehead and back of head . It also has a lot of wind noise but comfortable in hot condition ( to compare to 2 hjc i own ) . An other rider with a bell helmet told me he also suffered of sever hair loss after using a bell helmet . i'am 43 .. was it hazard ? ..the face shield going black from clear with uv rays is a great option. Over all it's a great helmet up to 100 mph , seek better quality for higher speeds. Good luck shopping , hope it helps you cause i know i hate shopping those.
I wanted to know does the visor came tinted black or is it clear and when it hits UV light it goes dark black?
A shopper on Apr 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Mine came with a clear visor. If you want the one that changes in sunlight, you will need to order the Transitions shield. I think it runs about $120. IMO, it is worth the money.
Can the Bell Vortex be used in an upright position on a cruiser style bike, or is it more for a sport bike?
A shopper on Oct 6, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The Bell Vortex is more oriented towards a sport use, but can definitely be used on a cruiser or touring bike with an upright position.
Got the XS and it's a little loose. Is there a liner that can be used to decrease the size? Thanks.
A shopper on Apr 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Only thing that comes to mind are those head socks that racers wear. That will snug up the fit but it will be rather warm in the summer months. You would be better off exchanging the helmet for one that fits properly. I had to do this twice until I got the right size. Revzilla was very good with the exchanges. As long as you send it back as received they will exchange without issues.
I currently have a Bell Apex in medium and it fits perfectly. Should I get a medium or a large if my head is 23"? It seems to be at the edge of both sizes.
Conrad L on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'll say that go with a large one if you fill like squeezed in or your ears are pushed against your head. The good thing about getting a large for you will be that when you open vents you'll have nice airflow inside the helmet and you won't have sweaty head and hair, also your helmet won't smell stinky... LOL
But also get some expert reviews from revzilla videos and buying guides. Sometimes google has nice explanations and answers...

At first glance the Bell Vortex, in my opinion, is one the best-suited and
most functional helmets under the $200 range at RevZilla.com. You're
looking at right around that $189-mark for a graphic or a solid and there
are a lot of different options available. And you're looking really at a
SNELL 2010 certified helmet.

Now, from an application standpoint, it does have an aggressive look to it,
but the Bell Vortex can be worn in any riding scenario as well as the three-
quarter, as well as a tuck. We really look at this as a great, in my
opinion, entry-level track day helmet for a guy who needs that SNELL
certified helmet to get to the track depending on who he's racing with or
riding with, but doesn't want to make that $500, $600, $700 investment.

You know within the Bell line, their baby helmet in the mix that's full
face, their really entry level $100 helmet's going to be that Arrow. This
thing's a light year ahead of that. And from here you'd step into something
in that $300 to $400 range like the RS-1 which becomes a composite type of
a material. It has some additional features and bells and whistles that are
more race oriented. That's really a more aggressive sport helmet at that
level.

Now from a fit standpoint, and remember use the size chart, use this video
as a guide and if you're not sure, we ship for free and we exchange for
free without a re-stock fee if you have to make a guess. But the size and
the shape here of the Bell Vortex are going to be what we consider an
intermediate oval. Five years ago, Bell went through some iterations on how
its head shape was going to fit.

With the latest generation of Stars, Vortexes and RS-1's, you really have a
helmet that's an intermediate oval head shape that's slightly longer front
to back, but really fits most people. Most people aren't round, most people
aren't extremely narrow front to back. They're going to be in that middle
range and the intermediate oval head shape we think for Bell was a really
good choice. Now we look at it past the fit, past the application, we get
into the nuances.

You're looking at a helmet that's around the 1600 gram mark, is a
polycarbonate shell. When you get into higher-end helmets, you get that
composite, that fiberglass different aramidic and carbon fiber weaves that
come into play. But again, you're looking at sub-$200. It's a polycarbonate
shell.

We have a good amount of venting going on. We can see here in the front. So
we have chin vent. You're going to have a brow vent that's going to vent
into the helmet. Chimney vents that vent to the EPS that circulate air
through the helmet and then the air that's moving through the helmet gets
circulated and really sucked out of the back, out of these extractors.
These are what we call venturi vents in the business. They're not open and
close, but they're not exposed to where if you get caught in the rain,
rain's really going to get in there.

What happens is you get that high-speed air coming over this sphere and
just like an airplane wing, it almost created a vacuum. It creates lift
behind the helmet and that's going to suck that warm moist air across your
head, across your scalp, pull that sweat away and extract it out to the
helmet. You can see we even have winglets down here, little side vents that
kind of go around the sides of your head, as well. Vents in the front are
very easily found, open and close with a glove too. They're not super big,
but they're not low-profile that you're searching for them.

The shield is a nice distinguishing factor here from Bell as well. Face
shield, UV-protected, it's going to have an anti-fog coating on the inside
as we as be able to get some air when you're using that chin vent up the
front. But the nice part is that Bell is one of the few manufacturers that
makes that's photochromic shield option so that that transition shield
which is the actual transition eyeglass technology to wear when the UV from
the sun hits it, it immediately turns dark within a couple of seconds.

You can upgrade that shield from here. It's a nice shield mechanism as well
because we can see that it has a cracked position for the detent to get
some airflow but it goes up and it locks in. Also, shield change is very
fast. Bell has one of the quickest mechanisms. Watch. I'm going to show you
here. I'm going to put my finger on it. Both sides. And you snap it and
you're all done. To put the shield back on, you put the shield into the
12:00 position or really like the 10:00, as far up as it's going to go. Two
snaps and you're all finished.

Two years ago, it was a mixed bag. These days, many helmet manufacturers
have really gotten this down pat and it's really nice to see it. So,
remember you're getting a lot of these creature comforts in a helmet that
again is SNELL 2010 certified. Now, if I pull out my doughnut, we can go
right to the guts. They're wicking, anti-microbial. You're going to be able
to wash, pull apart this entire liner.

If you notice on the Vortex here, it has a nice solid neck roll that's not
removable, that you're going to be able to get a good seal against your
face. The chin curtain, the chin spoiler here is removable. Moving into the
chin strap, they use the magna fusion that we first saw come up on the Bell
Star which means that you're never going to have this guy flapping around
on you. It just uses that neodymium magnet to just kind of suck in right
there and stay put.

As I begin to break out the guts, I start to pull my cheek pads. Three
snaps. There are pockets on the inside of this helmet as well for speakers.
If you're one of those guys that likes to run a communicator, this helmet
will take a com system, an aftermarket. Notice here's my contoured cheek
pads with my cut-outs for my communicator. We can see the snaps on the
back, how they're going to integrate with the helmet.

And notice how that cheek pad has a size on it. We do sell other size cheek
pads. So depending on the shape of your face, you can really tune this
helmet, but when you're thinking about fit, it's really  about the crown of
your head, the part right above your eyebrows. Draw that imaginary circle
all the way around your head and how the helmet fits there is really going
to denote your size.

From there you can always change the size, bigger or smaller on the cheek
pads. I believe I have a size medium. This is a 50mm cheek pad here. I'm
going to pull out the comfort liner now. Four snaps in the front.

One of things that Bell does that I really like, if you come in here
tightly, you're going to see right around this ridge. This is where the
helmet liner connects to the actual helmet shell. So, by doing this at this
place, and again I'm going to pull this bad boy out, by doing it up here at
the front, what you do is you eliminate a pressure point that if you had
snaps, could be on your forehead.

So you have this area where it connects that's never creating a pressure
point. If anything, it's moving it so you have a front that's very smooth
on this 3-D comfort liner. See the shape of it? Lots of mesh, 3-D foam
that's ventilated. And then these two snaps that fall underneath the base
of the ridge of your head, they're right around the back of your neck,
you're never going to feel those. That's actually a low pressure area. The
areas of highest pressure on the helmet's really going to be around this
ridge. Again, it's right above your eyebrows and creating a line all the
way around your head.

Looking at the inside again: washable, rinse-able, removable. Summertime if
you're riding, if you're a sweaty mess, pull over at a gas station, run it
under the faucet in the bathroom. Let it sit on the picnic table for ten
minutes, put it back in your helmet and you're good to go.

Now if we move onto the interior guts, you're going to see the ventilation
channels and you're going to see also the ear cut outs. So, let's start
with the ear cut outs here, where my finger is. I'm going to move this guy
around. You can see the big ear cut out right by that red dot there. That's
one of the cheek pad pieces that would connect to.

That big cut out is where your communicator's going to go. Nothing's worse
than a helmet that doesn't have any cut out for a communicator because it
creates a pressure point over time. And if I put the helmet out and go this
way with it, you're going to see these big ridges inside the helmet that
start with those chimney vents and funnel that air back to the extractors
in the back of the helmet. Again, a nice touch.

So remember, sub-$200, SNELL 2010, should fit most people, is track worthy,
but has a nice solid look to it. This matte black that I have in front of
me is the same price as any of the other graphics which give you options as
well. But really, it's a classic helmet that whether you're on a cruiser,
on a sport bike, on a race bike, it's not going to clash with any of your
gear. It's just a classic style helmet and really a classic motorcycle
design.