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Bell Vortex Helmet Nothing beats a solid color to highlight the stylish design of a helmet. The Bell Vortex is available in a choice of gloss black, matte black, white or silver four classic color choices in the riding spectrum. Developed in Bells 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 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 shield swaps ever Clear NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield. Dark tint and other shields available for purchase separately Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper Five-year warranty Weight 1600g Certification Snell M2010, DOT Please Note Helmet ships with clear faceshield only. 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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1 / 5
1 / 5
Disappointed! Noisy, Bulky, Cheaply Made
PostedJanuary 26, 2012
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Ijustwntit
From Phoenix
State:AZ
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Slightly Heavy
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round
Round
Accurate sizing (XL) and comfortable "neutral" internal face shape, but shell is very large and round, nearing bulky feeling when worn. Plastic construction exhibits lots of creaks and flex in use. Internal padding is sufficient, but average quality at best. Face shield moves far too easily and doesn’t lock closed or even feel secure when in the down position (wouldn’t dare use this helmet at the track!) Also, mine has a visible distortion in the face shield at eye level and the Anti-Fog coating started flaking off the very first time I took it for a ride (in sunny 70-degree weather)! Lastly, the Vortex should come with gold plated ear plugs! Even for street riding to the store and back, this helmet is over-the-top noisy and requires ear protection! Steady 50 mph riding is terribly loud, but 70+ is downright unbearable. I have NEVER had a helmet this loud in 15 years of sportbiking! You would think the full neck roll and chin skirt would make this a quiet helment, as this is where many helmets produce a lot of noise, but they have little affect and the large openings in the ear padding (intended by Bell for adding speakers/headphones) only helps to focus all that noise where it counts...your ear drums! Bell may call the Vortex the Star model's "little brother", but all I see is a BIG disappointment. NOT recommended!
No, I do not recommend this product.
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