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Bell Phi Pro Older Helmets

4.71/5 (7 Reviews)
Weight : 10.3 oz MSRP : $99.99

Product Description

  • Construction: EPS foam liner with fusion in-mold microshell top and bottom wrap
  • Retention: Integrated Fusion-FitTM head hugging retention with vertical and horizontal adjustment on the fly.
  • Vents: 28 total, 18 top and 9 rear

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    Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dennis a Racer from Saratoga, CA

    Date Reviewed: March 31, 2004

    Strengths:    Beautiful helmet from a reliable company. Helmet fits great and looks great. Very easy to adjust in the back with a simple turn of knob. Best price I could find was from Performance. I had to order it, only took a week.

    Weaknesses:    Difficult to find because this is the 02 model!

    Bottom Line:   
    Performance has these for $45.00 which is a steal. It wont last long, so go get one today! They are available in Red, Black and White

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    Favorite Trail:   Downieville, CA

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   Performance Bike (Red Phone Order)

    Similar Products Used:   Giro

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Zach Hall a Cross Country Rider from Dalton, Ga, USA

    Date Reviewed: September 10, 2003

    Strengths:    Very comfortable, cool, and good retention system.

    Weaknesses:    None at this point.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great helmet at the price. Most comfortable and cool I've used here in the hot summers in GA.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   Several Bell and Giro helmets

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brett Miller a Cross Country Rider from Bowling Green, KY USA

    Date Reviewed: October 31, 2001

    Strengths:    gps retention system, venting, colors, fit, matches bike's paint job, warranty, reasonable price, cool looks

    Weaknesses:    none that i can think of

    Bottom Line:   
    this is the best helmet that i have ever had. i tried on the giro's and some of the others, but they just didn't add up to all the features that i like in the bell phi (ie gps retention system). you can adjust this thing on the fly! just give the dial a little turn one way or the other to tighten or loosen. get one! you'll be glad you did.

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    Favorite Trail:   the one that i am on

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $85.00

    Purchased At:   Price Point

    Similar Products Used:   trek

    Bike Setup:   i use this for my road bike. cannondale r1000 fire pit fade

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Chris a Racer from Vernon, CT

    Date Reviewed: March 31, 2001

    Strengths:    Vents nicely, works great when you crash!

    Weaknesses:    Too snug right at the very top of my head. Can you same "Astro-DOME" head.

    Bottom Line:   
    I crashed at 25 MPH hour wearing this helmet and the only thing that broke was my collarbone. The helmet was all scrathced up & cracked a little, but that was better than my head!

    I personally had a hot spot on the top of my head with this helmet, but I just added 3 extra pads and it felt fine after that.

    This is a nice helmet, fit is all personal preference.

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    Favorite Trail:   Vietnam in MA

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $110.00

    Purchased At:   Central Wheel in Farmington, CT

    Similar Products Used:   Other Bell helmets

    Bike Setup:   LeMond Chambery (I use this helmet while Road riding)

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from New Orleans

    Date Reviewed: December 6, 2000

    Strengths:    Well constructed good fit

    Weaknesses:    No more comfortable than my Bell Forza but much more expensive.

    Bottom Line:   
    Took a big header at Hooper Road. Put a major dent in its side, but no ill effects and I kept riding for the rest of the day. I sent the helmet back to Bell for replacement, which they sent much quicker than expected. Bottom line, crashed on head, still walking, talking, and riding.

    The helmet is well constructed, much better than the Intercooler (which the Phi Pro was a warranty replacement). Unfortunately, it is no cooler than any other helmet I owned, but I doubt there is any relief in the hot and humid summers of Louisiana.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Bicycle Michaels

    Similar Products Used:   Bell Intercooler, Forza, Vita, Ovation, Razor, V1-Pro

    Bike Setup:   IF Mountain, Scapin Road

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Robbie a Racer from Tucson, AZ, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 21, 2000

    Strengths:    Good looks, excellent fit, excellent ventilation, LIGHT!. Finally a Bell helmet that can rival Giro's vaunted good looks, and fit the odd sized melon.

    Weaknesses:    Thin padding; not enough padding

    Bottom Line:   
    At last Bell has made a helmet that looks as though it was made in the 21st century. The helmet did require a few minor modifications. Those being the insertion of a couple more velcro tabs to adequately secure the pads...and the addition of padding along the 2 center spines of the helmet. Other than that this helmet is pretty close to perfect, it is more of a "road" helmet but it has a psuedo-reptillian shape that fits the "mountain" set as well. The head retention system also fits nicely and is very grippy. I like this system a bit more than Giro's, because it uses an elastic strap that you pull on either side to cinch it down on your head as opposed Giro's, that you push together. Both systems work very well, my preference is to the Bell. $125 is a lot of green, but so is intensive care and wheelchairs.

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    Favorite Trail:   Golden Gate, Crystal Springs, 50 Year

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $125.00

    Similar Products Used:   Spec. King Cobra, Giro Exodus, Giro E2, Bell Rubicon, Bell Evo 2.

    Bike Setup:   Litespeed Unicoi, XTR, X-fly 80, yadda..yadda..yadda

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by David Bell a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA

    Date Reviewed: August 8, 2000

    Strengths:    lots of vents,good looks, good price.

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    started training on road new bike. felt i should have a road helmet instead of my old mtn. lid. This fit the bill. very comfortable, looks great, and gets lots of air. Only complaint so far is the pads seem a bit thin no real cushion effect there.
    Great deal for the money (1/2 off sale at planetoutdoors. The Boreas is supposed to be superior but dont see it on any good sales (prob means something, huh)and couldnt affort almost $100 more. Rating it four chilis for now since haven't tested it fully, i.e. crashed.

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    Favorite Trail:   Nobel Canyon

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   Bell image pro

    Bike Setup:   upgraded stumpjumper M2 comp / Scwhinn Peleton pro

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