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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.
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.
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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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