Be cool-headed and protected.
The promise of any great helmet is that you'll forget you have it on. Bell engineers undertook that task by keeping the Volt helmet light and making sure it was ventilated. At 320g, it's one of the lightest out there. The Volt's 22 vents direct air into the helmet, over the head and out the back to keep airflow constant, just like riding sans bucket. The carbon fiber Fusion In-Mold Microshell adds carbon fiber strength to the internally reinforced EPS foam for greater durability. Cam-lock Levers make for quick strap adjustment.
None of this matters if the helmet doesn't fit. Those who have a round head shape have always fared well with Bell helmets, as opposed to the more oval-fitting Giros. The addition of the TAG Fit System means riders can adjust the helmets fit around the Occipital Lobe (that bump at the back of your head) both in width and height for a more conforming fit. And if you've ever picked up your helmet and thought, "What's that smell?" you'll appreciate the X-Static Padding which combines a quick-dry material with an anti-microbial coating. Bell's most impressive achievement may be the always-right graphics package.
The Bell Volt is available in 3 sizes, includes the adjustable and removable VPV Visor (and plugs, should you choose to ride without) and comes in a number of stunning finishes. Choose from Black/Carbon, Blue/White, Matte Blue/Black, Red/White, or Silver/White.
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I actually tried some other brands after my Bell Ghisello had the radish and needed to be thrown away. None of them fit my head, and it is clear your head is either a Bell/Giro/Lazer/LG etc. Fit is key obviously, but I also like the way it looks and vents. The visor seems a little odd for a road helmet, but it easily snaps on and off, so take it or leave it. If you have a "Bell" head - great choice.
I had a big crash wearing this helmet, I (and the helmet) got pretty banged up in the accident.....however, my brain is intact and I am shopping for the same helmet again because it has proven itself above and beyond just looking good and being comfortable.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Good helmet. Lightweight, vents really well and the adjustment is easy. Seems to have a slightly different fit than the Giro helmets, which worked better for me personally.
Has the Bell Volt line changed much since its introduction in 2008? To me it appears to be the same, with no real updates to the line since then. Just wondering if its old tech. Much thanks.
does it meet aus/nz safety standards
The stamp for AU/NZ safety standards is applied at customs. They cut two of every 1000 helmets (or a number similar to that) in half and test them. Because of this only helmets ordered from the manufacturer in bulk will have the required stamp.
I bought size Large and it weighs 342g which surprised me. I have a Bell Furio which is a low end helmet that ways 322g. I was hoping the Volt would be around 280 (as advertised), noticeably lighter than the Furio on a long ride. Still, everything else about the helmet feels very comfortable and it's about the same weight as the Giro Saros helmet (330g) that I returned (looks huge, and the adjustment mechanism is not as easy as the Volt's wheel).
I really feel the super premium price point of the helmet should be on the light side of the spectrum, hence the three stars.
RealCyclist is awesome in their customer service, excellent return process and cheap return shipping makes ordering risk free.
The Volt is as good as it gets! Light weight - wear it and forget it. Superb ventilation - I've had cheaper Bell Helmets and had issues with sweat dripping down my forehead and all over my glasses - not so with the Volt. Fit is stupid-money. Got a funny shaped head and Giro's always fit like crap - Bells are spot on for me. Retention system on this is easily adjustable and holds the lid to your head without any uncomfortable pressure points. Really dig the removable visor as this helmet does road and MTB duty - looks sweet both ways. Great colors too - I've got the Saxo replica and it's sweet having a helmet that all the other Fred's don't have. The silver Carbon fiber trim is silly, but looks cool. Great helmet all around.
tearing up some icy singletrack with the Volt
fits great and looks great. fortunately, i haven't been able to crash test it, but i have full confidence that it would protect me should the need arrive. my favorite helmet i own.
Sweet lid. It's super light and fits far better than my old Flux. The adjuster wheel works well, the removable visor feels solid and can be adjusted up or down when in use. Nice to be able to use this on pavement as well... now if I only had a road bike.
This helmet is extremely easy to get a perfect fit..even while riding. There is a knob on the back that instantly adjusts for perfection. There are lots of vents, so if it is chilly, I recommend a skull cap for warmth.
I have been riding Bell helmets for years. This helmet replaced a sweep that I broke in a crash (my head is still intact) and the fit is very similar. The new pads are a nice improvement and seem to absorb sweat better than the ones in my Sweep. Every Bell I have ever had has been cool and light, the Volt continues that tradition, it is very cool in the heat. I love the dial ratchet, it lets me quickly adjust the size mid ride if I take my wool hat off when it warms up.
Is this the 2009 model?
I got this helmet for my birthday this year; not only was it the best birthday gift I couldn't believe I had been riding w/o it.
The previous revue is spot on; this Helmet is light, breathes great, adjusts and fits well. Though, I didn't pay for my helmet I would have considered this a deal.
I shopped around quite a bit before selecting this helmet. This one seemed to fit my mellon the best and was lite and confortable. The helmet keeps your head cool on hot days and has good air flow. Some of the veins are reenforced with carbon, which adds strength and looks sharp. Great value for the money compared to other high end offerings. I have a medium, which weighs 310g dispite the Bell site claims of 280g.
Fits just like the Bell Sweep. The straps are a little finicky to get totally flat. After a few minutes of mild frustration you can get them flat against the contours of your head. Bell tends to fit heads with a round profile. Comfortable and plenty of vents that you can stick your glasses in.