Editor's Note: This review is part of the Mtbr All Mountain Helmet Shootout.

Overview

The Bell Stoker is one of the surprise gems of this Helmet Shootout. It wins by sticking to core values and carefully choosing what NOT to offer.

By making all the right choices, the Stoker comes out with a simple yet attractive and functional helmet. It ventilates suprisingly well and it is 328 grams light and only $70.



Fit, Pads and Retention System

Pads are the nice Coolmax type and are present on the halo retention system and on the on the helmet shell. The shell could benefit from a little more padding. The retention sytem is a good system with a big notched rubber wheel on the back for easy adjustment. The height of the rear head cradle is adjustable as well. Straps hang off the sides of the shell and are thus out of the way.



Ventilation

Ventilation doesn't look or sound like much at only 13 holes but it actually works very well. The reason is the holes are fairly big and well positioned. There's two 'L' shaped holes right in the front and they port a lot of air in at speed. Inside, there's three brow ports that let air in and most important, there's channels in the helmet that allow air to flow throw, unobstructed by the rider's head.

In the Mtbr ventilation test, this helmet was in the top 25% of helmets in terms of ventilation.



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Goggle and Glasses Compatibility

Glasses compatible, yes. Goggle compatible, no problems as well. The rear cradle is adjustable to fine tune the tilt of the helmet in case there's any interference.

Extras, Weight and Value

There's really no extras here and that is the core value of this helmet. It delivers a full coverage helmet that is cheap and light. And since it learns from all the in-house knowledge of the Bell Super, it has all the right design elements.

The visor is removable but not adjustable.

The paint between the shell and the foam is not quite dialed and the lines are not clean and perfect. But thats's about the only minor knock we have on this well conceived product.

Bottom Line

If you want an awesome, full-coverage helmet for $70. This is it. We would recommend it even at $100.



Specifications

  • Price: $70.00
  • Claimed Weight: 316 grams
  • Measured Weight: 328 grams
  • Number of Vents: 13
  • Visor: Fixed
  • Retention System: SpeedDial Fit
  • Padding: Coolmax

For more information visit www.bellhelmets.com.

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