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Bell Vortex Helmet

Nothing beats a solid color to highlight the stylish design of a helmet. The Bell Vortex is available in a choice of gloss black, matte black, white or silver; four classic color choices in the riding spectrum. 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.


  • 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: Helmets ship with clear faceshield only. Replacement shields can be purchased separately HERE: Bell Vortex Shield.

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.

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DOT and Snell, great price I bought this helmet because I wanted to get one that had both safety ratings and this was the lowest price point I found. Its my first helmet so I cant really say much as compared to other helmets, but as far as I can tell its really a great helmet. Obviously you can hear wind noise, especially when you pick up the speed, but its not all that loud. I am generally pretty sensitive to noise and as I ride I'm never bothered by the noise level so I think its pretty good. As for fit it was a little tight when I got it ( I bought a medium as that's what the size chart said I should) but after a few hours of use it doesn't feel so tight anymore, in fact I really don't notice the helmet as I ride. Seems to be true to size. Only thing I don't like is the bit Bell logo right on the forehead but that's simply because I have quite the black theme going on (bought a dark tinted visor to go with it). September 18, 2014
Love this helmet! What a great helmet for such a reasonable price! I think this is one of the very few if not only Snell rated helmets available in this price range. +'s Quick change visor is super convenient Can actually feel air moving through the many vents Very slick looking -'s Rectangular rings for securing helmet under the chin feel like they're cutting into my neck if I don't adjust them to sit just so Bell logos all over Overall a great helmet for the price. I'm a happy camper! August 28, 2014
This helmet is awsome. I was wearing a Bell Pit Boss helmet and got tired of the wind trying to rip my head off at higher speeds. So I did some research on some full face helmets. I didn't want to spend a fortune, but I knew I'd have to fork out some decent cash for a good helmet. The Bell Vortex fit the bill. Tons of features, good looks (I got the matt black), and Snell rated, at an affordable price. I wasn't sure what size I needed, so I emailed Revzilla and gave them my head measurement (22 inches). I got a response the next day with a complete explanation about the sizing and fit. Sure enough, they recommended the small, and it fits perfectly. I didn't realize riding could be so pleasant now that I have a superb helmet. Reading other reviews I noticed the only drawback was it's loud. At first it did seem a bit loud but as I rode it I got used to it and it was no big deal. I did however seal the holes that lead to the rear ear vents with black silicon, and what a huge difference it made. Simple fix. This helmet is well worth the money, top notch quality, and great customer service from Revzilla! August 17, 2014
Great helmet for the money My old helmet was a Shoei Multitec, and I've used Shoei for decades. Shoei had always fit me comfortably, but at high speeds, the chinbar would get close enought for my lips to touch. After watching the Bell Vortex review, I decided I needed to switch to a longer/narrower helmet. The Vortex fits perfectly. I had to go from the large I normally wear to an XL, but it fits like a glove. A large view port, light weight, and plenty of airflow. It doesn't fit well with glasses. The cheekpads push the glasses off my ears, but a couple stitches at the top of the pad fixed that. It's a very noisy helmet, but I always wear earplugs, and I'd rather have the airflow than quiet anyway. All in all a very nice helmet for the price. September 26, 2014
Really Great Helmet for the Price Although this is my first helmet i thought that it was light years ahead of the HJC i used to complete my mc learning course. First off the styling is amazing it looks even cooler in person, they need to make more ww2 inspired designs. The fit seems to be a tad bit smaller than the HJC i had used however once i got the correct size it felt great. The internal Pads have so far lasted the entire season and dont smell too bad and i ride every day however i have noticed that at higher speeds(not legal speeds) the helmet tends to get a little bit loose but thats probably normal and its not something i could fault bell for. The pads are also really easy to take out and they seem to be really secure mounted inside(it took me a while to remove them actually.. which i think is good i wouldnt want to lose pads or have them moving around) It has 4 different vents for airflow and it seemed to keep me comfortable in the summer and when closed it keeps me relatively warm. The visor does fog on those colder nights however if you leave the bottom vent open it tends to eliminate that. The visor changes are rediculiously easy takes a total of 10 seconds to change from my clear to the smoked lens. I use the uclear hbc100 communicator and it fits fine inside the helmet, infact there are little spots for the speakers to mount right into the sides of the helmet which is nice. Sound seems to be normal around city driving but at higher speeds you get some wind but i feel that most of it is from the bottom of the helmet. I havent tried any top of the line helmets plus im always playing my music so i really dont have any issues with sound(would it be nice to have it quieter? yes of course)its manageable. Overall i think its a great helmet for the price, the dark iridium/ chromed visor is a must with this helmet it looks amazing. Id buy another in a heartbeat if they brought back the pinup girls bell helmets. September 25, 2014
Bell Vortex Helmet is Amazing! I love this helmet! It's comfortable. It has great style. The airflow is like no other helmet I have tried. The visor never fogs up. It has Bluetooth capability. It fits well and provides great protection. Its lightweight. If I ever need another helmet I will definitely get a Bell! August 11, 2014
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
Not bad for the price and great airflow I purchased this helmet as a replacement for my HJC IS-16. I mostly like this helmet. First and foremost it fits my intermediate oval head well. I would say it's somewhat less narrow than the selection above, but the sliders only have so many options. The other major plus is airflow. The airflow is so good that the visor had minimal fogging even in the rain. This helmet has the cracked open position which some helmets costing multiples of the Bell do not have. I also appreciate the third forehead vent which works well in a standard or 3/4 riding position. For the negatives, this helmet is LOUD. It's so loud that earplugs are a must on the highway. With earplugs in, the noise level is comfortable. That said, I'm not sure it's possible to get great airflow and great sound reduction on a sub $200 helmet. Some other quibbles is the vertical field of view is somewhat narrower than I would like and I wish the Bell logo was a bit more subdued. Lastly, I purchased the gloss black and it is much more glossy than the picture does it credit. I think I would've gotten the matte black had I known otherwise. August 4, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
A N: New rider, first helmet. Great price for Snell cert. Sep 19, 2014
David S: good price point for DOT and Snel rated helmet Sep 7, 2014
James F: I currently have (and really like) the Bell RS-1 with Roland Sands graphics. I wanted a back-up helmet for times when I want to tone down my look but I didn't want to spend too much money. I have the transitions shield for my RS-1 which is compatible with the Vortex. I like all the features this helmet offers at this price point and will invest in some quality ear plugs to help deal with the noise reviewers have complained about. Jul 28, 2014
Ryan H: Great fit and feel. Price per feature there is no comparison. Protects me around town, but also lets me get on the track without breaking the bank. After a few rides it has broken in great and venting keeps me cool in this 90+ summer heat. Paired with my dark smoke shield it cant be beat. Jul 21, 2014
Rich U: Rated very well on multiple websites including RevZilla Jul 18, 2014
jonathan s: value for your money Jul 2, 2014
Howard L: i felt that this helmet offer good bang for buck. Offers good protection, but at affordable price. Jun 28, 2014
Arnold J: good rating from others and not $500 :-) Jun 27, 2014
F H: DOT and Snell approved. I got the helmet in solid white, it looked stylish enough without being too ostentatious. The helmet also has speaker pockets for a potential DIY I had in mind. Jun 12, 2014
Patricia W: Watched video, good features at great entry level price. May 18, 2014
Ron K: I have a Bell Snowmobile helmet and am pleased with it. Since the Vortex got good reviews, I hope it will be a good helmet. May 17, 2014
James M: reviews and past experience with Bell May 10, 2014
Philip G: Needed a new helmet, the old ones were 15 years old. I know, I won't wait that long again. This is a good helmet. Apr 29, 2014
Mark S: I have a long oval type head and after watching some reviews, this seemed the perfect fit. Snell 2010 and DOT approved. Apr 28, 2014
Ryan R: reviews & price Apr 17, 2014
Bryan D: I bought a white Bell Vortex for my wife to ride on the back of my f800gs. Apr 17, 2014
Aaron F: Price point, protection level and Revzilla team review Apr 10, 2014
Ryan E: Great price and style for a Everyday and Track helmet! Apr 9, 2014
Ken S: Great reviews, great price, Snell and DOT certified, sweet look. Apr 8, 2014
Mark D: Affordable! Great quality! Apr 4, 2014
H D: I spent a YEAR AND THREE MONTHS comparing safety, functionality, ratings and reviews, customer assistance from revzilla, fit and ofcourse PRICE of helmets to the Shoei RF1100 Helmet. Reason for buying? HJC CL16 helmet was the cheapest helmet in comparison to the helmets I compared to the Shoei, I originally wanted to purchase it. Seeing as this was a closeout item and Revzilla didn't carry my size (and practically any size besides XL and up?), I went to my next option; the vortex. Apr 2, 2014
Derek S: I love the color and the price. This is my first helmet purchase and seems to be the biggest bang for the buck. Safety is paramount. Feb 8, 2014
parker j: best value simple looks with quality design . btw you should be showing the gloss black helmet instead of two matte ones in the denoted pictures . Dec 12, 2013
Kenshiro O: Needed an entry level helmet. Dec 2, 2013
Cody B: I did a lot of research and I was convinced this is the best sub-200 dollar helm on the market. It also is a little more oval than round which I need for my narrow egg head. Nov 14, 2013
Anthony C: Nice Helmet Nov 7, 2013
thomas w: American company and researchers. Team Zilla advice on fit and quality. Value and reputation. Great helmet! Nov 3, 2013
J U: cause I needed one Oct 23, 2013
Jonathan Y: Great reviews! Like the looks of helmet. Oct 16, 2013
Hilliard C: My bike is matte black so it matches my ride, and I needed a full face helmet for cooler fall and winter temps. Oct 15, 2013
Anibal C: Good price and reviews Oct 5, 2013
C O: It looks badass, got amazing reviews, and had good reviews on airflow. Also, it's a Bell helmet, so protection shouldn't really be an issue. Plus, it has a lot of cool features to it, including the 4 vents, several visors to choose from, padding adjustments, etc. Oct 4, 2013
Christopher M: It's a Bell, black and fits my price range Oct 1, 2013
hendro c: because its very good and when we compare with the price its a great thing.............. Sep 22, 2013
John A: free shipping.... Sep 20, 2013
Ã?yvind S: Mainly because my old helmet is worn out, but I really liked the shape and the color so yeah Sep 15, 2013
tyler h: Good helmet for everyday day riding, Snell certified makes me more confident that i'm protected without breaking the bank. Sep 9, 2013
Manuel R: Best bang for the buck! Aug 28, 2013
Tim B: fEATURES, PRICE Aug 15, 2013
A shopper asked: my head is 22 1/4inches. should I get a medium or a small? Sep 20, 2013
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Tafawa W: 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. Sep 26, 2013
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Phillip H: Does the medium and small have the same shell size? Apr 15, 2014
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William B: The XL fit me good like the other Bell helmet I have, but the cheek pads are tight. I will be purchasing the smaller pad. Sep 20, 2013
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A shopper asked: 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.

Oct 6, 2011
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anonymous99: 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". Oct 10, 2011
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AliB: The fitting shape of the Bell Vortex is slightly narrow and some folks with a more round head shape might find it snug at the temples and less space to accommodate glasses. Helmet linings will break in after the first week of use, and as long as the fitting shape of this helmet is appropriate for your head shape, it shouldn't be too snug for glasses. Oct 25, 2011
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Apollyon: Unless you cut out padding I don't expect glasses would work well with the Vortex. I have to wear my contacts but I have relatively wide frames. Someone with slender frames might be able to squeeze in. Jun 5, 2012
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David1809: Glasses fit fine! You just have to put them on after putting on the helmet! I always wear oakleys when I ride because I have a clear visor so it's completely okay to ride with glasses in this helmet. Mar 25, 2013
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BigCheif: I wear wire frame glasses, they fit pretty good, but the vortex does seem to squish my face up pretty good so it takes a few seconds each time to find the "right" spot for my glasses to sit. May 22, 2012
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JBeh: The sides are tight at the cheek pads which will not interfere with the arms of your glasses. Normally, I wear contacts, but have ridden a few times with my glasses and had no issues. Sep 2, 2012
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Jessica: I wear glasses and cannot wear them with the helmet even after several months of wearing in the padding. It's just to tight. I stick to contacts. Dec 2, 2011
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ikpwilly: I wear oakley glasses and it was a little tight at first but still wearable. Mar 11, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does the Bell Helmet decal come off, or is it printed onto the helmet? Jun 28, 2011
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anonymous99: 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. Jul 1, 2011
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MotorOilMcCall: No, the decal is printed onto the helmet, its not a decal. At least not on the matte finish. Jul 16, 2011
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Gennaro: The Bell logo seems to be printed underneath the clearcoat. It's not removable. Sep 26, 2011
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David1809: It does not come off. It's almost like a graphic on the helmet! Mar 25, 2013
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Pedro: Its printed on. Sep 20, 2011
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Todd D: painted on Jun 28, 2011
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loso: printed Nov 9, 2011
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A shopper asked: My head is 23.5 inches, is the XL too big? Apr 30, 2014
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dominique b: 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. Apr 30, 2014
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Tom Z: I would go with the XL, you would probably find the L too small - my head size was borderline, I went with the smaller size and it took a long time to break it in. May 3, 2014
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Rodolfo M: The size chart is very true to size, follow it and you'll be fine Apr 30, 2014
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CLEUZA B: No, it's not too big. My wife claims that is very fair. Apr 30, 2014
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A shopper asked: I wanted to know does the visor came tinted black or is it clear and when it hits UV light it goes dark black? Apr 13, 2014
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Steven P: 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. Apr 14, 2014
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dominique b: came clear ..the uv gets really black and is a must leaving day time coming back at night . no second face shield to carry - no surprise dog, deer , extra-terrestrial or other jumping "i did not see that coming with my pitch black face shield at night" stuff ……….. Apr 30, 2014
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Justin D: Comes clear. You have to buy the dark one or the auto tint one. Apr 14, 2014
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Jonathan A: It's a clear visor, but they sell the black one seperately. Apr 13, 2014
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A shopper asked: Can the Bell Vortex be used in an upright position on a cruiser style bike, or is it more for a sport bike? Oct 6, 2012
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RevZilla: 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. Oct 8, 2012
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anonymous99: Any helmet of course can be used on any bike, but the way the Vortex and RS-1 are made it would tend to be more for Sportbike. Nov 17, 2012
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realkewl: Sure I ride up right...keep in mind the helmet is loud from the wind noise from the top vents May 23, 2013
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Specsman: Works fine with my Can Am Spyder RT. Jan 7, 2013
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A shopper asked: Got the XS and it's a little loose. Is there a liner that can be used to decrease the size? Thanks. Apr 27, 2014
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Thomas H: 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. Apr 27, 2014
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Jon D: No sure of any special liners. Perhaps Bell has a solution Apr 27, 2014
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Eric M: Maybe wearing a facemask/beanie underneath could help? Jul 9, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hi,

can glasses be worn comfortably with this helmet?

Jul 7, 2014
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ryan c: It hurts to put them on but once they are past your temples and in place, its fine. Jul 19, 2014
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Kevin H: Yes. Jul 7, 2014
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A shopper asked: Will this helmet work well with people that wear glasses? Also, how do you get the right size?

Jun 11, 2014
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dominique b: Hi ! Glasses do not fit in this helmet . Photochromic face shield is the best thing ever , unless you're blind as a bat . About the size , Bell got it good ; everything i get is xl , so is the helmet and it's perfect . Jun 12, 2014
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Alexander C: This helmet fits me perfectly but there's no way I could wear my glasses with it on. Its never a bad time to try contacts. Use the size chart for the helmet size or just try some on at a local store. Jun 12, 2014
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Terence M asked: So I really like this helmet and that it has the same shield as the RS1 and star and I was wondering. Could you buy the RS1 or Star Hinge Plate Kit to get the locking and crack functionality? Jan 30, 2014
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Nathan P: To be honest I don't know the exact answer to your question although my bell star does have the crack function. I laid my bike down once while wearing the vortex and even though my head hit the ground my shield stayed closed. Still easily the best helmet for the money in my opinion. Jan 30, 2014
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Terence M: Thanks, I think it is a good helmet too, just hope I can get my motorcycle soon so I can actually test it for real.

Also, I was doing a little research and think I answered my own question. I was looking at the RS1 hinge plate and it looks like it has a part that sticks out where the locking lever is, and if I remember correctly under the vortex's plate it is flat (I don't want to remove it and check because I just got the visor adjusted to the way I want it and it is a hassle to adjust properly). So I am thinking that it would be possible you would just have to drill out a small portion of the shell and I don't want to do that.
Jan 30, 2014
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A shopper asked: I had one and loved everything about it, except for how loud it was. I had read somewhere where somebody put some foam in the speaker pockets and this helped....does anyone know anything about this?? what kinda foam and how much.... Jul 10, 2012
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nWo4Life: Fill the side vents with caulk! From the outside, fill it to the mesh. You don't have to fill all the way into the helmet. You just want to cover the outer opening. It works amazingly and makes the Vortex SILENT. I used clear Phenoseal. About $4 at the Depot. Took less than 5 minutes. The vents are too far forward for the vacuum effect to work so blocking them off doesn't hurt the ventilation. Trust me on this, it'll be your favorite helmet once you plug those stupid vents up! May 25, 2013
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John M: About caulking the side vents. Do you mean the two lower vents on the rear of helmet? Aug 17, 2013
JCintheSLC: I had the same idea and packed some spare "memory foam" I had lying around my garage (don't ask why) into the speak pockets and that seemed to help a little. I think the major culprit is the large vents and, if you look at them closely, the face that most of the vents are actually holes drilled at right angles to the shell. I think this creates a fair amount of turbulence at the vents without a great deal of channelling of the air flow (contrasted it to my buddy's Shoei RF-1100), which is the main noise issue.

However, the extra padding right at the ears definitely improved the noise.
Oct 24, 2012
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A shopper asked: Hi, I got an Icon alliance ssr from you guys, size large, will they fit the same? shape wise and sizing wise. thanks May 30, 2011
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Chris K: Typically, its not a good idea to compare sizes between brands. Unfortunately measurements can be quite different between manufacturers. The best way is of course to try them on, however, the next best thing is to start with the size chart. Beyond that, feel free to call us at 877-792-9455 and we can provide some guidance on head-shape. The Vortex will be slightly more round than your Icon Alliance. Jun 17, 2011
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Apollyon: I'm a large and I have tried on the Icon Alliance Rat helmet and this one fits similar in overall size but its less round. On me the Icon squeezed a little more front to back while this one will squeeze just a little more side to side. I prefer the fit of the Vortex over the Icon but size will be the same. Jun 5, 2012
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Addison J asked: The Shoei Qwest fits me perfectly in a LG size. Do you think this shape would fit me as well? Jul 22, 2014
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Peter P: I had a shoei, the top of helmet pressed against my head thus headache after a while. No such happennging with Bell. Aug 9, 2014
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Hans-Erik K asked: Is this 2014 model? Jul 22, 2014
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Michael E: Yes. Jul 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: I measured my head to be 23 1/4. Would the large be too small for me since I'm just borderline L to XL? Which size would be a better choice? Thanks Jul 15, 2014
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kyle h: This helmet runs big. You'll be fine! Jul 15, 2014
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A shopper asked: My head measures at 22 1/2 inches but my hat size is 7 1/4 so would I go with the medium or large size? Jul 2, 2014
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Meylan T: I'd go the large as the one I bought felt tight. Jul 2, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is the Bell Vortex quieter if you have a cruiser bike with a windshield? The extra air flowing through the helmet should make it cooler in the summer (a big plus here in Mississippi), but it is not worth it if the noise will make a long ride miserable. May 27, 2014
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Nathan B: A large windshield should help with wind noise period (if it keeps the wind off of your head) If the wind comes over your windshield and hits your head, then you're still going to have a large amount of wind noise. If wind noise bothers you that much though, wear some comfortable ear plugs. I always wear ear plugs on long trips and it helps so much. All my friends who don't, complain how their ears are ringing and how fatigued they are, when I feel fine. And I don't ride with a windshield on my cruiser or my fz8. Jun 11, 2014
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loran b asked: Can you use an SMH-10 with this helmet? (Since it has a non-removable neck roll) Feb 7, 2014
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Jonathan A: I have not removed the neck roll so I would not know Feb 7, 2014
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A S asked: I am thinking of buying Vortex since RS-1 does not fit on my head(I did not try the actual one, but AGV K4 EVO was too narrow on the side for me and I heard RS-1 has a similar shape). But I am worried about the protection Vertex is going to provide. How is it compared to RS-1, Shoei RF-1100/QWEST? Jan 1, 2014
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Meylan T: I found mine to be very tight in the cheek area and I had to remove most of the padding. Other than that I have been happy with its noise level and ease of use. Jan 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: Apparently, my head is somewhat round to wear RS-1 so I am thinking of getting Vortex but worrying about the protection. How those two can be compared? Also, How is it compared to Shoei RF 1100/QWEST ? Jan 1, 2014
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Peter P: I am into my 2nd Bell Vortex.

As for the fit, I have tried various shoei models and bought one, its narrow for me at the top and gives me headache after about 20 minutes of usage, the shape just doesn't fit mine.

Comparison on protection, I get helmets that are Snell Certified. hope it helps.
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A shopper asked: So I'm interested in getting the Bell Vortex but am unsure of what size to get. I just measured my head and it came out to 22 3/4 inches. If you check the size chart that can be either a medium or a large. So my question is what size should I go for? Sep 10, 2013
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Tafawa W: My head is 23" and I use a large which fits fine. Upon first appearances it seemed like I had made a terrible mistake and the helmet would have been too small. It however fitted just fine. The helmet fits a little snug which is to be expected. I choose my helmet from the Bell sizing chart so I imagine the medium would be fine for you proved you measured your head at the correct points. Please remember that the padding softens with wearing so the initial tightness will ease. Noting this you definitely don't want to order a slightly large helmet as buffeting will be an issue. The Vortex is a excellent choice. Fresh style and great value for money. A tad noisy but stays comfortably and position at speeds over 100mph. I am sure you won't regret this buy. Sep 26, 2013
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A shopper asked: How many shell sizes does this helmet come in (i.e. does XS and S, M and L, XL and XXL share shells or does each size have its own? Jun 20, 2014
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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.

Click here to see the full Bell Helmets Size Chart
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black / XS 609012 2017620 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / SM 609013 2017621 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / MD 609014 2017622 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / LG 609015 2017623 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / XL 609016 2017624 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / 2XL 609017 2017625 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / XS 609018 2017626 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / SM 609019 2017627 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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
White / XS 609030 2017638 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
White / SM 609031 2017639 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / MD 609032 2017640 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / LG 609033 2017641 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / XL 609034 2017642 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / 2XL 609035 2017643 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours

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

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

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