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Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our review of the all new Bell Custom 500, going into the year 2014 Bell has actually re done the Bell Custom 500 its still that fantastic classic look that goes back to the original design that bell is known for but they've done some things with the sizing and the fitment they've kind of taken inspiration from their RS-1 line which is their full face helmet and giving that more intermediate oval head shape on the inside and this helmet is now going to fit down on your head a lot better then the original Custom 500's did kind of felt like they sat up just a little bit higher on the head of coarse there's lots of different graphics and colors that will become available, the one that i have here its kind of a matte finish metallic which is really unique and again its got that really classic look to it but you can even pull the Bell logo off completely if you want to if you don't want any logos at all. Another thing that they have done, you still have the three snaps up here at the top for accessories shields and things of that nature, and they have also given you additional snaps on the sides so it gives you more options for the different types of accessories that you can install on that on the helmet itself and on the inside you have this nice soft material lining the shell itself and its cris-crossed with different stitching accents that really kind of set it apart with a good look. You do have speaker pockets to install speakers into if you would like to . The interior is not completely removable but obviously you can wash it up with the helmet and then you have a double d ring classic closure for the neck strap as well. I'm going to throw this helmet on so that you can see the difference, this is a size Medium which is the size that i normally wear and you can see now this helmet comes down quite a bit further on the forehead where as before it kind of left that open more. This kind of sits down on the head a little bit better , now this helmet i will say seals up really well around the neck roll and around the cheeks and it really seals out sound you cant hear very well when you've got the helmet on which is kind of a plus its not super loud when your riding so you can check these helmets out on our website at Competition Accessories . com
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our review of the Bell SOLFX transitions face shield now this is a photo-chromatic face shield. What does that mean, that's means it actually detects UV rays and it reacts to them and actually gets darker as it is exposed to sunlight, that is a great concept that's going to work whether its night time dark conditions all the way to a bright sunny day like we have here out here in South Carolina so were actually going to demo this for you well show you how well it works how quickly it changes . Your going to want to watch this video were going to throw this on the Bell Star that we have here but briefly this shield will work on just about any current full faced Bell with the exception of the Bell Arrow, so that means if you have a Vortex an RS1 or even the Revolver Modular helmet or the Bell Star The transitions SOLFX will work on that helmet that's also great news for you that think you are upgrading to the RS1 or the Star maybe down the road if you have a Vortex now you can look at the SOLFX shield and consider it because it will actually work with the Bell Star also so a really great thing that bell did there with allowing you to port your old shield over to your new helmet , that's definitely nice not trying to nickle and dime you on a shield every time you want to get a Bell helmet. So this is the SOLFX face shield it looks just like a normal clear face shield right now. Like i said it actually reacts to UV rays it will actually darken up to the point of a dark smoke visor and whats nice about it is it will actually stay anywhere in between it will either be fully dark black smoke or fully clear or a light smoke or any version in between, in fact when you have this on the helmet you cant really tell to be honest you cant really tell that its doing anything it just kind of stays perfect and that's a real testimate to how well it works its imperceivable when you have it on because it just kinda changes seamlessly as your riding and changes adapts to conditions so your eyes stay nice and comfortable throughout your ride so that's great news if your a commuter and your rides take you from day time conditions to night conditions you don't have to bring a second shield with you or if your on a long trip and your dealing with all different types of weather and riding at night and day this is going to work great anytime of the day or night so definitely really nice so throw it on the Bell Star here take it outside and show you how well it actually works. We'll show you how to change a face shield on a bell if your not familiar , its got the quick release system honestly one of the easiest systems on the market. Trigger on the side give it a pull and it pops right out , so it doesn't get much easier then that to change out face shields. We'll go ahead and throw the SOLFX shield on there just line up the tab at the top give it a press and it clicks you'll be ready to go and again the nice thing about this shield is you don't have to swap it out its just going to be the shield that's on your helmet so great great shield. Lets take it out side and see how long it takes from totally clear which is what we have right now to dark smoke. Alright so were going to go from totally clear to completely dark it should take about 30 sec or so , now you can probably see my face through the face shield and it will take about 30 seconds to get completely dark. So if you cant tell its darkening up to where my eyes are not straining at all just a few seconds from completely clear to dark smoke and then it will transition back when you go into lighter conditions or darker conditions now if you go under some trees or into a tunnel its going to be adjusting constantly and like i said it takes about 30 sec or so to go from clear to totally dark and looks great and looks like a dark smoke face shield so if you have a matte black helmet like this it looks really good. Alright so i just brought this thing in from outside and you can tell it has a nice dark tint to the visor now we just brought it in and set it on the table and its been out in the sun for about 5 minutes now so we had it really nice and dark were going to see how long it takes to actually lighten up you should start to be able to see the Bell logo though the top. One thing i will mention is this shield is treated to obviously to be UV protective so its not going to be letting UV in and hurting your eyes but it also has an anti scratch coating on it and their nutritive coating it does have the anti fog coating on the shield as well which works well with cold or wet weather conditions. You can see that going from the dark smoke all the way to the clear sitting here you might think "wow its taking a while " the only time that's really an issue is if you are riding from extremely bright conditions and you go right into total darkness of a tunnel and its not going to be able to keep up with that immediately , but you know if your typically riding with the normal dark smoke visor anyways you would have that same problem but worse this ones going to be lightening up as you ride through. Some times i've gone through tunnels Ive had to open my visor to be able to see well. This one is going to be lightening up as soon as you go through the tunnel and then obviously when you get to the other side it starts darkening again. Another thing that i have noticed while playing with this shield is it does seem that it darkens faster then it lightens going from indoors to outside you know about 30 seconds and then in about 15 or so seconds it has enough tint on it where its not super bright but obviously going from dark smoke to totally clear its going to take a little while. Keep in mind though if you are doing commuting or long distance type trip when your riding with this thing as the day progresses the suns going down there's less UV out there so its actually already going to be lightening up as the sun goes down and then its going to turn to totally clear once the sun goes down all the way so its more of a gradual thing again you typically don't notice the only time you'll run into "oh that's too dark " is when its a sudden transition from super bright to dark which like i said you wont be facing that anyway. Ill go ahead and take the shield off here so you can see how much tint is left on it you can see its pretty much all clear now , its kind of hard to tell against a black helmet here but totally clear again and ready for another day of riding again about 120 bucks jump on our website check out our current pricing and availability very big seller if your a Bell Helmet wearer the RS-1 the Vortex or the Star i definitely recommend this even though its over 100 dollars its well worth it.
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our review of the Bell Custom 500. Now if this design looks familiar to your thats because the original Bell 500 helmet which was designed by founder Roy Richter in 1954 it looked really similar and that original was a fiberglass helmet he actually layed up the fiberglass by hand, add the EPS foam liner and the first bell helmet was born. Well this helmet is kind of a tribute back to that original 1950s design with some modern design technology. Its got a very strong fiberglass construction custom EPS liner (which is the foam inside) what that is going to do for you is , it is actually going to distribute impact over a larger area so that inner EPS foam can actually absorb the impact really well. Aside from really good safety features the Bell Custom 500 is a great looking helmet obviously there's a ton of open faced helmets out there to pick from . But the Custom 500 does it really different from anyone else out there just a really really nice design , very quite when you have it on its got the snaps for the optional bubble face shield or a visor ,quilted interior and like i said its a really top notch helmet really really nice graphics in several different colors weather your looking for something flashy or something subtle they are all under 140 bucks solids are even under 100 bucks so great value . Jump on our website and see all the graphics that are available from us here at Competition Accessories .
The new Bell Three-Snap Shield is a throwback-style, full coverage polycarbonate shield that fits the Bell Custom 500, R/T and Shorty helmets.
NutraFog anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV-protected shield
Stable three-snap design
Available in clear, amber and pink gradient tints
Fits the Bell Custom 500, R/T and Shorty, and most other three-snap helmets
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Not enough - jedsled TN
Recommended by Reviewer: No
Pros: Nice slim-line look
Cons: Doesn't block enough wind
The mask only blocks wind in your eyes, but your mouth and chin and neck continue to get wind. Not enough protection. If all I wanted were my eyes protected from wind, I'd wear glasses. Wish I could return it for a refund.
|Bell Helmet Sizing Chart|
|HELMET SIZE||HEAD SIZE (cm)||HAT SIZE||HEAD SIZE (in)|
|X-Small||53 - 54||6 5/8 - 6 3/4||20 7/8 - 21 1/4|
|Small||55 - 56||6 7/8 - 7||21 5/8 - 22|
|Medium||57 - 58||7 1/8 - 7 1/4||22 1/2 - 22 7/8|
|Large||58-59||7 3/8 - 7 1/2||23 1/4 - 23 5/8|
|X-Large||60-61||7 5/8 - 7 3/4||24 - 24 3/8|
|2X-Large||63 - 64||7 7/8 - 8||24 3/4 - 25 1/2|
|Bell Drifter DLX and Pit Boss Helmets|
|HELMET SIZE||HEAD SIZE (cm)||HAT SIZE||HEAD SIZE (in)|
|X-Small/Small||53-55||6 5/8 - 6 7/8||20 3/4 - 21 5/8|
|Medium||56-58||7 - 7 1/8||22 - 22 3/4|
|Large||58-60||7 1/4 - 7 1/2||22 3/4 - 23 5/8|
|X-Large / 2X-Large||61-63||7 5/8 - 7 7/8||24 - 24 3/4|
The sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit. However, we are happy to assist you with any needed exchanges.
|Bell Youth Helmet Sizing Chart|
|HELMET SIZE||HEAD SIZE (cm)||HAT SIZE||HEAD SIZE (in)|
|Youth Small||50 - 51||5 7/8 - 6 1/8||19 1/2 - 20|
|Youth Medium||51 - 52||6 1/8 - 6 3/8||20 - 20 1/2|
|Youth Large||52 - 53||6 3/8 - 6 5/8||20 1/2 - 21|
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