The old Bell 500 was awful, the head form was perfect only if your head was globe shaped. The 2014 version is much improved, and more comfortable, sits as low or lower than my Lick's Novdot. Compared to the new 500, the biltwell dot 3/4 is slightly more round and was not as good a fit. Size for size, I think the biltwell is a bit shorter front to back, which caused pressure points front and back, even on my fairly round noggin. The biltwell liner, however is much more soft and plush. Overall, great improvements to the Bell 500. I am hoping to see more finishes and some with chrome trim released soon.