Jacques c L.
 
 
 
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    April 29, 2009
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    June 27, 2012
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Bell Vortex, Bell Star, Bell Revolver, Bell RS-1 and Bell Qualifier Faceshield Replacement face shield for Bell Vortex, Star, Revolver, RS-1, and Qualifier Helmets.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
OK default shield
PostedJune 27, 2012
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Jacques c L.
From SF
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Clear shields typically do exactly what they are supposed to do and usually are the default provided with the helmet. I expect to budget darker shields for any new helmet (when changing brands/compatibility). If you have a helmet compatible with a transitions shield, get that shield.
OK so it is a plain and clear face shield. I give it 4 stars, because I bought a beater Sparx helmet which provided shields having vents by default, whose shields I was using frequently, but I upgraded my non-beater helmet to a bell, and use the pricey transistions shield. The transitions shield trumps everything, but when comparing clear shields, I think the budget helmet's shield was the better value.
Rides: 2000 Honda VFR800 Interceptor
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Bell Transitions SolFX Photochromatic Faceshield for Bell Qualifier, Bell Star, Bell Vortex, Bell Revolver, and Bell RS-1 Helmets Transitions Photochromatic shields automatically adjusts to light conditions, darkening when exposed to sunlight and clearing in low light. It eliminates the need change between tinted and clear shields when riding in the light of day, the darkness of night and anything in between. Features Shield tint automatically adjusts to lighting conditions Bell NutraFog II anti-fog coating reduces fogging Anti-scratch and UV-protected coatings block 99 percent of UV rays Compatible only with Bell ClickRelease shield system (featured on Star, RS-1 and Vortex full-face helmets) Resources How Transitions Photochromic Technology Works (video)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Just works and so convenient
PostedJune 27, 2012
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Jacques c L.
From SF
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
==Get this face shield==
^ 1-line review, or read on
If you have a compatible helmet, this shield is excellent. For commuting or touring, you don't need to carry an extra shield or bother changing them. Sidenote: most rating categories are not really suited this product, so I left them in the middle.
The shield will vary from clear to light smoke. The clear is nearly indistinguishable from normal clear shields, and the tinted transition is comfortable in nearly all sunny conditions. The only times I've wanted it to be a bit darker are when commuting during summer sunrises in california, but it a world apart from a clear shield in those conditions, although slightly less comfortable than the dark shield on my other helmet.
I really wonder why isn't this technology more common among the helmet manufacturers.
My only concern is durability. There doesn't seem to be any specs on on whether this effect decays over time. Maybe they bet on people changing to incompatible helmets or crashing, but I kinda expected a longevity estimate for the photochromatic property and cannot find it.
Overall, it's gear that did not disappoint. I'm hoping other companies adopt this, so we have options and I don't become a bell fanboy just for this. If you already have a bell helmet, seriously consider this shield. Although if you tend to ride as a hobby in daylight good weather, you could get by with a dark shield at much less cost.
Rides: 2000 Honda VFR800 Interceptor
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Bell Star Cerwinske Carbon Helmet
Bell Star Cerwinske Carbon Helmet
Bell Star Cerwinske Carbon Helmet Bell wowed the helmet and art worlds in 2009 by joining forces with street artist Jona Cerwinskie to create a production graphic that was anything but standard. Cerwinskie, best known for taking a Sharpie marker to a 200,000 Lamborghini Gallardo, used the same freehand technique to design his signature graphic for the Bell Star Artist Series. The intricate, high-contrast, black-on-white design became an instant hit and now Bell has followed it up with a new carbon fiber edition-- the Bell Star Cerwinske Carbon. Reversing-out the graphic, Cerwinskies graphic is now white on top of raw black carbon for a look that is both high-tech and street-savvy. The upgrades compliment an already stunning helmet-the Star features Bells exclusive Velocity Flow Ventilation with FlowAdjust for amazing ventilation and temperature control. The helmets shape is truncated to create a super stable aerodynamic signature that eliminates lift and buffeting even at high speed. New on all 2010 Stars is another Bell exclusive-the MagnaFusion magnetic strap keeper. Completing the package is the easy-to-use and change 3Mode Shield with ClickRelease as well as certification to the new Snell M-2010 standard. Features Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum ventilation and temperature control Super stable aerodynamic signature resists buffeting and lift Super lightweight all-carbon fiber shell Contour Cut Cheekpads for superior fit and comfort 3Mode Shield for instant on-bike shield adjustments, and ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner Includes self-adhering TrackStrip for additional high-speed stabilization at track speeds Exclusive Magnafusion magnetic strap keeper (Patent Pending) - NEW FOR 2010! Padded chin strap with D-ring closure Five-year warranty Comes with clear faceshield Certification Snell M2010, DOT
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Awesome with the photochromatic shield
PostedJune 24, 2012
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Jacques c L.
From SF
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
I have the 2010 model bell star Cerwinske non-Carbon helmet. The video reviews cover the bell star fairly well, and you should definitely watch those.
Sizing is a bit confusing for this helmet. It seemed to have changed between the 2008 model. I checked the size chart on the bell web site to size myself. I measured 60.5cm to fall between a L and XL, and chose to try the large. It fit tight, but it will break in OK. There isn't much chin clearance though. I can fit one finger between the chin and guard. Also, I've tried a large bell rs1, and that helmet hurt, so maybe the shape is different or it was like the 2008 models.
I was really surprised how loud this helmet is at speed. Over 20mph it's very noticeable. So this helmet demands discipline with earplugs. I thought this was not emphasized enough in other reviews. The noise is probably a consequence of the good ventilation and space provided around the ears for bluetooth/etc and sparse liner. Probably makes it easier for glasses too, but I've never worn glasses. The liner does seem a bit thin and sparse but comfortable and flows air well.
Probably the main reasons I wanted the bell were the snell 2010 certification and mostly the option to get the photochromatic face shield. That shield may not get as dark as I would have liked, but I have not had a problem on sunny days during california summer. Get the helmet AND the shield. The shield seems expensive for what it is, but just get it -- it was definitely worth more than what I initially thought it would be, being so convenient. That being said, the easy shield change mechanism of the bell star is no longer much of a feature to me.
Also, don't choose to buy it for their bag which could be bought cheaply.
I gave less than 5 stars for most ratings, cuz i hate to rave about overpriced gear. Compared to say an rf1100, the bell star was better for me, but you need to find what fits you. For example, the rf1100 fit me, maybe a little more comfy trying on, but I don't regret the bell at all. Durability isn't something I've tested, and I think style is too subjective -- solid or graphics.
Rides: 2000 Honda VFR800 Interceptor
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Icon Pursuit Perforated Gloves Fits like a glove... Youve heard it a thousand times, so have we. What actually defines how a glove should fit We think the new standard is Icons Pursuit glove. Supple sheepskin leather conforms to your hand. Plastic knuckle armor for protection, but hidden for a refined look. All over perforation for all day comfort. Reinforced goatskin palm to combat those nasty encounters with the asphalt. Try it on for yourself and then decide. This is what a glove was meant to be. Pittards sheepskin chassis for great fit Goatskin leather palm overlay for durability Integrated knuckle armor for protection Secure wrist closure keeps the glove in place Expansion gussets to improve overall flexibility Snap to keep gloves together while not in use
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great lightweight glove
PostedMay 15, 2009
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Jacques c L.
From CAMBRIDGE, MA
I wanted a lightweight glove for warmer weather and these are great for that. They only offer a small amount of protection as you can see from the images. The tradeoff is great dexterity and comfort. I also like simple design with the knuckle guards embedded so it doesn't look like an old nintendo power glove or something.
Pros Comfortable, Fashionable
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Seems great
PostedApril 29, 2009
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Jacques c L.
From CAMBRIDGE, MA
I got this last week and it's my first helmet so I am not qualified to make comparisons. I was hesitant about sizing given some of the reviewers' comments, but it fits me just fine (i'm about 24" and got an XL) although I'm not one to know what "true to size" really means (that's also why i chose a non-closeout helmet so i could exchange sizes if needed). The cheek pads are a a bit snug, but I still find it really comfortable. I've had no noise issues (up to ~90mph), regardless of vent positions, but maybe the padding muffles my hearing a bit. I've scuffed it a bit, but it's probably says more about me than the helmet quality. Overall I feel like I got a quality helmet for a good price!
Pros Great Value
Cons Scuffs Easily
Yes, I recommend this product.
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