Bell Stoker Helmet

Bell Stoker Helmet 

DESCRIPTION

Bell Stoker Bicycling Helmet is Bell's newest design for Enduro/Freeride biking. Offering huge protection and ample cooling characteristics, the Stoker can take the abuse you dish out all day, every day. Good also for competing enduro racers.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 08, 2015]
Skelldify

Strength:

Relatively low price, confortable

Weakness:

Sweat drips right down the inside of your sunglasses

You shouldn't notice a helmet once you're wearing it, but this helmet makes itself known in the worst way. It drips sweat right down the inside of your sunglasses. This always happens at the worst time too, when plowing through a rock garden or landing a drop. I've talked to several other people who have experienced this as well.

Still gave it 3 chili's cuz it was one of the lowest-priced but decent helmets.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 05, 2014]
silentG
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

Nice venting keeps head cool
Ability to dial-in fit
Weight is good/non-noticeable
Visor is unobtrusive

Weakness:

Sweat bomb, see general comments
Wish it had bug netting

I used my Uvex XP 100 for a number of years and it was starting to get tired so I started looking around at options.

I don't see the point of shelling out huge dollars for a helmet and my baseline for comparison was the Uvex.

I saw a number of positive reviews for the Stoker and went for it in the white.

After a number of months I can say that I really like this helmet. The fit system isn't quite as slick as the Uvex but it is no slouch either.

The Uvex had pretty good venting but I would take it off occasionally for long climbs in the summer time as I would feel really warm.

I don't have to do this with the Stoker as the size and number of vents always keeps the temperature under the helmet feeling nice which is a trick here in Arizona.

There are only two niggles that I have with the Stoker at this point.

The first is that some bug netting would be a welcome thing under the vents as the vents are large enough that bugs or an occasional piece of a tree will end up under the helmet. Not a big deal but a minor detail type of thing.

The second I think has to do with the Coolmax lining in the helmet and the fact that I have a shaved head.

It seems like sweat will absorb into the Coolmax pad on the forehead and if I press on the front of the helmet or change the expression on my face (move muscles in other words) in certain ways I get a dump of sweat drops down my forehead and into my sunglasses.

What I do periodically now is take off my sunglasses while I'm riding and look down while pressing briefly on the front of the helmet to dump the sweat out of this pad.

I'm not sure how Bell would address this issue and maybe it isn't an issue for people with more hair. Would be nice to have the sweat cycle out to the sides of my forehead but like I said, I expect this trait now so dealing with it isn't a big deal.

There are helmets our there with more blingly features but the Stoker is a real value for the money and a very solid helmet overall.

Similar Products Used:

Uvex XP 100

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 10, 2014]
tigris99

Strength:

Fit, ventilation, set and forget adjustment.

Weakness:

Difficult to get adjusted.

Love this helmet. Been hunting for a decent helmet that fits my "fat head" comfortably and stays put. Been through a couple helmets and tried on alot. Always a size issue because my head is more a round dome. So all choices meant XL and no color choices only black and grey.

then I happened to try on a bell super. Large fit perfect....wth... Then realized bell makes their helmets with more room on the sides to fit more round headed ppl. But having trouble paying $125 for a helmet. Found the stoker for $65 and in the color I liked. Ordered it on a hope it would fit the same as bell site shows it actually has a bit more room than the super. And was right, perfect fit. Took a few minutes to get it adjusted right. Once set I hit the trails.unlike any other helmet this one didn't move. No more having to fight my glasses being knocked down, visor blocking line of site, any of it. And heat/sweat management was awesome. No sweat in my eyes at all, was cool and comfy the whole ride.

for those with round heads and don't wanna pay a premium get this helmet!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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