New Gear: Bell Qualifier Helmet – AIMExpo 2013

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Bell, one of the pioneering manufacturers in full-face helmets, released the new Bell Qualifier today at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida. It falls on the bottom end of Bell’s range, hitting an unbelievably low $119.95 price point and will be available starting February 1, 2014.

At RideApart, we are big fans of Bell full-face helmets. Our own Wes Siler loves the Bell Star Carbon, while I’m a huge fan of my Bell RS-1. This all-new Bell Qualifier helmet fits below both of these in the range, though as far as we can tell from the spec list, it has many of the features we’ve come to love. This is a helmet we can’t wait to get our hands on next.

The Specs:
• Lightweight polycarbonate Shell
• Removable, washable, and antibacterial interior
• Aerodynamic design for exceptional stability
• Adjustable ventilation system for cooling and comfort
• Padded wind collar to drastically reduce wind and road noise
• Contoured cheek pads for excellent fit and comfort
• Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers
• ClickRelease for a fast, easy and tool-free shield change
• NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield
• Padded chin strap with D-ring closure
• Five-year warranty
• Available in sizes XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL
• Weighs 1550g
• DOT Certified

We love it when big brands begin to target the entry-level market and offer new riders well-made options. We’d love to see this helmet, as well as helmets from other well-known manufacturers, enter the lower end of the market to give ICON a run for their money. This helmet specs out to be awesome, especially if it uses the same visor as Bell’s other, more expensive, full-face helmets and allows you to add the Transitions Photochromatic face shield. Yes, the Transitions Photochromatic shield costs the same as the Qualifier helmet, but wouldn't that still be an amazing setup?

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