Bell Qual­i­fier DLX hel­met £179.99

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Tester Tony Hoare Time used Five months/ 600 miles

What’s good? The vi­sor on this mid-priced Bell hel­met is one of the finest in­no­va­tions in my 15 years of re­port­ing on mo­tor­cy­cling prod­ucts. It’s by a com­pany called Tran­si­tions and it re­acts to avail­able light to be­come darker as the day gets brighter. It can go from to­tally clear to com­pletely dark like a race vi­sor and saves the has­sle of chang­ing vi­sors or oper­at­ing a drop­down sun job­bie. It’s by far the best thing about the hel­met.

What’s not? The ma­jor­ity of the bud­get for this lid has gone on the vi­sor, so there was lit­tle left for the rest. There’s no Pin­lock anti-mist vi­sor in­sert so it fogs badly. The lid is on the heavy side and the qual­ity of the lin­ing is not as plush as other £180 hel­mets. The sub­stan­tial press studs to se­cure the re­mov­able lin­ing in place dig into my fore­head. I can feel them all the time and on shorter rides it’s no prob­lem. After 50 miles, how­ever, it be­comes an­noy­ing and even­tu­ally it’s dis­tract­ing enough to make me want to throw the hel­met in a hedge and carry on with­out it! If you try one on and can’t no­tice the two studs im­me­di­ately then you should be OK com­fort-wise, but there are con­sid­er­ably bet­ter hel­mets avail­able for this price or less.


Qual­ity ★★★ ★★ Value ★★ ★★★


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