Bell Vortex Helmet Matte Black / SM [Demo - Good]
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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
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4.5 / 5
Comfort
4.5 / 5
Style
4.8 / 5
Air Flow
4.2 / 5
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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

Bell Star Family Sizing Size Head (cm)
XS 53-54
SM 55-56
MD 57-58
LG 59-60
XL 61-62
2XL 63-64

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.
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4.3 / 5.0
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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
Style
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
over 2 years ago
Ride:
2007 Honda CBR600RR
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
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
Style
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 27, 2011
Ride:
2006 Honda CBR600RR
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
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4 / 5
Great helmet with some silicone...
To start out, this helmet is great for the price. The quality is great but there are a few mods needed.

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.
April 16, 2016
Ride:
2010 Kawasaki KLX250S
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 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
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Style
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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
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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.