Bell Tsunami Pro Helmet Older Helmets

4.34/5 (35 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00


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Bell Tsunami Pro Helmet


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joe downhiller a Downhiller from australia

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2001

Strengths:    cheap light weight

Weaknesses:    hot bulky weak

Bottom Line:   
ok helmet but after coming off once down a bitumen road it cracked and now usless but it did what it should do cause i still have a head so its pretty good value and it is protective i give it a 4 for value and 3 for overall

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Favorite Trail:   Windy point jump track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   various othe rbells

Bike Setup:   7inch craftworks dh bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kevin a Weekend Warrior from winnipeg

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2000

Strengths:    looks good
price (didn't have to sell my kid to pay for it)
fit
adjustability


Weaknesses:    venting
visor attachment system


Bottom Line:   
I've read the other reviews and wanted to add my 2 cents. First, this helmet fits me like a f***ing glove. WOW!!! Once on my head, this baby doesn't move. Great!! But, a helmet should also help keep your head cool and not turn the area between your head and the helmet into a sauna. I agree with the guys who said that this helmet is HOT . I'll say that again - HOT!!! HOT!!! HOT!!! The vents look big, but are too small on the inside. Why did Bell do this to what could have been a really great helmet?
The visor's retention system also sucks - the little holes in the shell are supposed to retain the visor, but mine didn't do their job very good. The visor itself is great - love it. Even if this helmet had the full Nelson retention system, I'd still have to pass on buying it again - it is just too hot, but I'd sure check out other Bell helmets. I think I got a Bell head.
I'll give it 5 chilies for being kind to my head, but only 4 chilies because of the lack of adequate venting and the weeny way they attached the great visor.

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   specialized something

Bike Setup:   Giant Yukon, XT hubs/cassette, LX deraileurs, 434 pedals, Mavic 222/221 rims, DT Revolution spokes, Avid Arch 50 brakes,Marzocchi Z4, Selle-Italia Nitrox saddle, Titec L'il Al stem/bar-ends, Icon Ernie bar, SRAM Plasma gripshifters, Cane Creek C-2 headset, Bontrager Revolt SS tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bobby from Middlebury, CT

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2000

Strengths:    saved my life, i guess thats a good enough strength

Weaknesses:    the cover comes off very easily because its only taped on around the edges

Bottom Line:   
This helmet was bigger than my image pro but i like the looks about the same. I didn't like the way it adjusted in the back but the most impresive thing about this helmet is that it probably saved my life or maybe just saved me from a really expensive hospital bill twice. Once i was speed skating and i got knocked around backwords and fell on the back of my head so hard but the helmet heald up great. Another time i went off a jump on my bike and flew over my handlebars and landed head first. I dented the helmet good and cracked part of it but i didn't hurt my head at all.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Image Pro, Forza II


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Greg Wessendorf a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2000

Strengths:    Ummmmmmm it looked cool on my head, as far as I remember

Weaknesses:    I dont reMemBER 2 moch abut da helmut, xcpt it waz crakd wit ma blud in IT, I tink It werkED gud doh.

Bottom Line:   
I blew out real pretty like on a root a couple of weeks ago and landed on my shoulders and head, I think my head slid and hit something because it was wicked cracked! I'm just fine though, great helmet saved my noodle! nice and light, nice and cool

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Favorite Trail:   The Murderhorn

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Soup bowl with some kleenex in it, taped ot my head

Bike Setup:   Stock (for now) '00 Specialized Hardrock A1 FS

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Jared a Cross-Country Rider from Me

Date Reviewed: December 8, 1999

Strengths:    
Good protection, stays on well


Weaknesses:    
Hot, bulky


Bottom Line:   
This helmet looks pretty good, and when you look at it you would think it would breath well with all the vents, but if you look at it. The vents taper down so that there is barely an opening. But when I wore this helmet I did feel protected and when I did crash with it, it surved its purpose. It is very safe and stays put fairly well but does not vent well and gets very hot. It is fairly bulky too, the foam is pretty thick. So she gets 3 flamin ponys

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Bike Setup:   
Raleigh M200 Marzocchi Z3 shocks

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Feasty a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: August 9, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap,Comfy


Weaknesses:    
bad venting


Bottom Line:   
get a small hack saw an open up those vents and boy,what a great helmet. From the outside those vents seemed pretty big but they taper in reaaly small. I cut them out and she's reaaly sweet now for those hot summer XC rides. Of course I ain't
got no warranty any more and I use the Giro on those Downhill rides....

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
now use giro torreo



Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Travis Kelley a Cross-Country Rider from Auburn, CA

Date Reviewed: June 27, 1999

Strengths:    
-Low price
-Retention system
-Visor
-light weight


Weaknesses:    
-Pads
-Visor
-Ventilation


Bottom Line:   
This is a decent helmet with bad ventilation and bad pads. I got it for 40$ and liked the fit, full nelson and visor. After a few months, the visor wouldn't stay locked, and I had to glue it in place. The original pads wore out in a month, the spares in a week. Pads dry out slowly, keep fore head very wet even after beibg sqeezed out. Did save my skull a number of times, keeping it as a spare. If you have the bucks, get a Nemesis Pro, if not, spend 55$ and get a Giro Torrero

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Favorite Trail:   
Clementine Loop

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Bell Nemisis Pro II


Bike Setup:   
GT BAckwoods, XT everything, manitou sx

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Chase a weekend warrior from Langley BC Canada

Date Reviewed: March 4, 1999

Bottom Line:   


The 1999 Tsunami pro helmet Is a great helmet. It has a good shape and it keeps
your head cool. There is no stupid velcro fastners like the 1998 Image pro which runs for almost double the price overall this helmet is great

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Breezy Willis a cross-country rider from Westby, WI

Date Reviewed: February 4, 1999

Bottom Line:   


This helmet kicks arse it fits like a glove, keeps me cool, cost next to nothing, looks cool, and has saved me quite a few times. If you want a great helmet with a good replacement warranty for cheep, chow down.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Trevor McIlroy a cross-country rider from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 28, 1998

Bottom Line:   


When I was looking for a helmet the main thing I wanted was one that looked cool. I tried on many of the expensive helmets but they felt horrible and would hurt my head. Then I picked up this $50 (Canadian) helmet and fit like a glove. I have had 2 hard falls on it and there are only small dents in the styrofoam. It could use a bit more ventalation but if I had to buy another helmet, it would be this one. 5 flames for this well fitting helmet.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Doug a weekend warrior from SC

Date Reviewed: October 5, 1998

Bottom Line:   


This is an update from my previous rating. Great helmet for the money. Saved my ass. I had two major crashes on the same ride and this helmet literally saved me from serious head injuries. The first accident happened when I hit a hole on the outside of a fast corner and got launched over the bars onto my back and slid headfirst into a tree. No apparant damage to the helmet at this time, but I was going to replace it after this ride any way. With only two miles left to the truck we approached our last downhill. I should have taken it a little easier knowing my helmet had been impacted earlier, but I love this downhill at speed with its smooth water bar jumps. Yea, I cranked on it, and before I knew it I landed on my head instead of my bike at 30 MPH coming off the second water bar. The impact shattered my helmet and I suffered some minor cuts and abrasions. The helmet was busted in three places but my head wasn't. The helmet was sent back to Bell with a check for $20 and in a couple of days I received word that they were out of the Tsunami. They offered me in its place a Forza 2 pro, an upgraded model at no extra cost. I would like to commend Bell for a quality product and the best customer service I have ever received from any company. I'm sure I will enjoy the Forza as well. I will post a review on the Forza after using it a bit. I just hope I don't get to find out the hard way agin about the quality.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Felix Wong a weekend warrior from Fremont, CA

Date Reviewed: September 1, 1998

Bottom Line:   


This helmet is a good value, as it holds onto the head very well, is somewhat stylish (at least back in 1996), and even comes with a visor for Furthermore, the pads are very thin and can become drenched with sweat quickly. They do not dry out rapidly, even after squeezing out a lot of the sweat from them.The visor, on the other hand, does a pretty good job of keeping rain out of one's eyes. It can also be flipped upwards, although not in a locking position. Tilt your head down at speed with the visor flipped up, and the wind will blow it back down. In conclusion, because I have done too many long rides in 100 degree heat, I will be looking for a significantly cooler helmet.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Cory a cross-country rider from USA

Date Reviewed: July 5, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Of course some people might consider this a nice helmet but normal human beings realize that this posibly be the worst helmet in the history of bikes. I was given this helmet as a gift but did not like the fit or the durablity( it cracked within two weeks). I recomend that no one buy this helmet

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tony D a cross-country rider from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: May 25, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I've had this helmet for 2 years (yeah, I know, time to replace it). This thing is still working great. The tape liner hasn't come loose and though I've always though they looked suspect, the little pads haven't disintigrated after being washed countless times. Great helmet, but w/all the Evo2 Pros on sale............

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Doug a weekend warrior from S.C.

Date Reviewed: May 24, 1998

Bottom Line:   


This is a very nice fitting helmet.It does not slip around,stays in place very well.The cam-lock retention holds the straps without slipping.I tried on several differant brands and models including some higher priced models.This helmet had the best fit by far.The airflow is good also,cools very well.The colors are nice, and the $20 replacement cost if damaged makes this a very good purchase.I would recommend this helmet to anyone.

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