Fortunately, impact testing isn’t a required aspect of RoadBike equipment tests, so I’m going to go ahead and say that the Bell logo and DOT sticker will ensure that the Revolver modular helmet from Bell will do its job.
I’m a big fan of gadgets, and the feature-rich Revolver is full of them. My favorite is the sun shade that can be quickly flipped down and back up again via the lever on the side of the helmet. This is great if you don’t like riding with sunglasses, you forget sunglasses, or if the sun magically appears on a cloudy day. The quick-release system for the visor is just that — after some practice. The first time, it took me two or three minutes to get the shield back on, but now I can do it in about 20 seconds.
Speaking of shields, Bell included a trick SolFX photochromic shield with Transitions technology with my Revolver. I feel bad for my next helmet, which may only have one tint level at a time. The SolFX ($120) doesn’t change instantaneously, but it’s quick.
The Revolver would make a great helmet for anyone who suffers from the sweats or spends multiple days on the road. Besides being quite comfortable, the entire liner is easily removable for washing. It takes awhile to get the liner back in, but it does go back together again — unlike many things in our sport!
Hard data: Bell Helmets, Revolver, $209.95, www.BellSports.com
By Tyler Greenblatt, Photos by Peter Lerman
Originally printed in RoadBike, August, 2011