Motorcycles, motorcycle accessories, motorcycle clothing, helmets, reviews and more!
Bookmark and Share
Loading

Bell Vortex Archangel

Bell Vortex Archangel Helmet Review
Bell Vortex "Archangel" Helmet
wBW Quick Look by Bill C. for webBikeWorld.com

More: wBW Reviews Home  |  wBW Motorcycle Helmet Reviews  |  Owner Comments (Below)

Bookmark and Share

Bell Helmet Review Series
Bell Vortex Archangel
Bell RS-1
Bell Revolver
Bell Arrow
Bell Vortex
Bell Star
Background

Sharp-eyed webBikeWorld visitors will know that I reviewed the Bell Vortex helmet (review) one year ago in 2010, when the helmet was first released.

I was a huge fan of the Vortex and I was disappointed that it just missed the cut for the webBikeWorld "Motorcycle Helmet of the Year" award for 2012.

The "Product of the Year" awards are traditionally posted on New Year's Eve, naming the favorite products for the year.

I don't recall how or why the Bell Vortex missed the cut, but I do know that everyone agrees that it's probably the single best motorcycle helmet value to be found (list price is $179.99).

Since I was such a big fan, I wondered if the Vortex is still the value champ one year on? And the answer is...yes!

There's no doubt in my mind that you simply won't get more helmet for the money. It meets the DOT safety standard (of course) and it's Snell 2010 approved. It has the high-end Bell "Micro-lock" face shield ratcheting system, which is one of the best in the business.

The face shield removal system is as easy as they get and it makes other removal systems seem clumsy. The Vortex has some of the best ventilation of any helmet at any price; the liner is removable, comfortable, well-padded and the ear pockets are generously sized.

It has the Bell "Super-DeLuxe MagnaFlux" (or whatever they call it) chin strap magnet retention system and a nice, but chin curtain. Wrap it all up with super quality and even an option for the SolFX Transitions photochromic face shield and, well, the gauntlet is down and has been for a year. Anyone care to pick it up?

OK, so there's a little trouble in paradise; the Vortex is on the noisy side. All that air flowing through is the likely culprit.

Bell hasn't raised the price by one cent over the past year -- at least on the basic solid-color Vortex. In fact, you can still find a few Vortexes (Vortices?) in 2012 livery on super closeout sales.

You'll have to hurry though, because there are only a few sizes and colors left, like the Bell Vortex "Grind" (RevZilla) , and the Bell Vortex "Torn" (RevZilla), both currently selling for $139.99.

Bell Vortex Archangel Top View

BUY YOUR
Motorcycle Helmets
Arai HJC Icon Joe Rocket Scorpion Shoei More!
With This Link and Help Support webBikeWorld!
Bell Vortex Archangel

Bell has some of the coolest-looking graphics anywhere, and they mix it up quite frequently, which keeps the helmet lineups looking fresh.

That's why when I saw the new "Archangel" graphics, I started getting excited about the Vortex all over again. The Archangel design is one of many new color combos for 2011 for the Vortex, and there are many other new graphics on the Bell Star (review) and Bell RS-1 (review) this year, including the incredible-looking Bell RS-1 RSD "Flash" pattern.

My opinion of the Vortex hasn't changed one iota, so I'm not going to write another review because I said all that can be said in my original Bell Vortex review. I was Vortex-less for the last 6 months or so, and it was kind of interesting to ride with the Archangel version -- sort of like running into an old and good friend.

I installed the SolFX Transitions photochromic face shield on the Archangel right away, and we added some video to illustrate how quickly it darkens. I'm told that cold temperatures actually make the face shield turn darker, and warm temperatures prevent it from becoming as dark, which is just the opposite of how I thought it worked.

You can see how it looks in the video, although it's very difficult to photograph or video one of these face shields in a way that gives the true effect.

But I got together with Burn and we took the standard set of photos of a Vortex in the Archangel graphics, along with some video taken with a new 60p camera, which seems to smooth out the movement in the video. Enjoy!

Read the wBW Bell Vortex Review

Bell Vortex "Archangel" Slide Show
Bell Vortex Archangel Front View Bell Vortex Archangel Front Quarter View Bell Vortex Archangel Side View Bell Vortex Archangel Top View Bell Vortex Archangel Rear View Bell Vortex Archangel Graphics Bell Vortex Archangel Graphics Close-up Bell Vortex Archangel Brow Vent Bell Vortex Archangel Top Vents Bell Vortex Archangel Chin Vent Bell Vortex Archangel Rear Vents Bell Vortex Archangel Wing Graphics Bell Vortex Archangel Chin Strap Bell Vortex Archangel Face Shield Release Bell Vortex Archangel Helmet Liner
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Front View
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Front Quarter View
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Side View
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Top View
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Rear View
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Graphics
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Graphics Close-up
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Brow Vent
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Top Vents
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Chin Vent
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Rear Vents
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Wing Graphics
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Chin Strap
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Face Shield Release
  • Bell Vortex Archangel Helmet Liner
BUY YOUR
Bell Vortex Helmet
With This Link to RevZilla and Help Support wBW!
(More Motorcycle Helmets at RevZilla)
wBW Video: Bell Vortex "Archangel" Helmet + SolFX Transitions Face Shield

Note: For informational use only. All material and photographs are Copyright © webWorld International, LLC since 2000. All rights reserved. See the webBikeWorld© Site Info page. Product specifications, features and details may change or differ from our descriptions. Always check before purchasing. Read the Terms and Conditions!

Your Comments and Feedback

Please send comments to
Comments are ordered from most recent to oldest.
Not all comments will be published (details).  Comments may be edited for clarity prior to publication.

Owner Comments in the Bell Vortex Review.

 

wBW Reviews

wBW Pages
 wBW Home  |  Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy  |  Site Info - Contact Info  |   Monday September 15, 2014
Text and Photographs Copyright © webWorld International, LLC - 2000-2013. All rights reserved.