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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.
- 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.
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Reviews & Questions
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!
over 2 years ago
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.
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.
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.
Fit- Fits true to size chart. Not too tight, not too loose.
Noise- This is where the 2 mods come in. This helmet is VERY loud. Also when going around 45 mph the face shield makes this very annoying whistling noise that makes you go insane. To fix these go and buy some caulk or silicone. Silicone the 2 side vents and silicone the inside of the black piece on the face shield. This eliminates the whistling noise completely and makes the helmet much quieter.
Weight- Average, I have had no problems with the weight.
Air flow- I have seen from many reviews that this helmet gets barely any airflow, but I have the opposite. This helmet gets great airflow for those hot days.
In conclusion, I would recommend this helmet for the price. It is a great helmet with a few mod.
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.