23rd Mar 2019 7:00 am
Function-rich, inexpensive, and DOT and ECE licensed.
The Bell Qualifier DLX replaces my very worn-out AGV K3 SV. It was almost a 12 months after I bought my AGV that I discovered that helmets have been designed in another way for extra than simply stylistic causes. If solely I had recognized this earlier, I’d have gotten myself a helmet much less aggressive and extra suited in direction of highway driving. And this brings me again to my shiny (not likely, its matte!) new helmet. The Qualifier DLX isn’t designed to vent solely when tucked down on a supersport; it does so even whereas driving in an upright place on a unadorned or a cruiser. Air flow is vital, particularly in a rustic as sizzling and humid as ours. Air passes by way of this helmet from a formidable complete of 12 vents!
However venting respectable quantities air is just not all that makes the Qualifier DLX well-suited to our climate. It additionally has a moisture-wicking, detachable/washable inside. Nonetheless, with the air flow comes the wind noise, and regardless that this helmet manages to deflect a few of it with its ‘aerodynamic profile’, there’s a appreciable quantity. The helmet will get a detachable chin curtain, which I’ve eliminated to maximise air flow. The inside of this helmet additionally feels upmarket, and loads plusher than my K3 which I paid twice as a lot for. The cheek pads are additionally contoured to suit your face higher.
Moisture-wicking, detachable inside.
The Qualifier DLX is available in three shell sizes. In my case, my helmet dimension was massive, which makes use of the medium-sized shell. Talking of the shell, this Bell makes use of a polycarbonate one. Whereas it might be light-weight at 1,500g for a polycarbonate lid, it’s fairly heavy when in comparison with helmets constructed from fibreglass and carbon fibre.
One other spectacular characteristic is the ‘ClickRelease’ visor-changing mechanism; it’s a lot quicker and simpler to make use of than the mechanisms I’ve used on my AGV and Arai. That stated, the best way the visor closes is extraordinarily unsatisfying. It doesn’t click on shut into the closed positon in an assuring method. I don’t suppose I can ever get used to that and can all the time find yourself double-taking if I’ve actually shut it. However, that doesn’t have an effect on the usability, and the rubber gasket that sits across the visor does a wonderful job at protecting the air out.
The helmet additionally has a singular cut-out for a Bluetooth headset and speaker pockets, and whereas it might be designed for a Sena SMH10/Cardo Scala Rider Q1/Q3, my Chinese language Freedconn headset matches simply wonderful. Many producers will draw back from making such indentations within the shell, however Bell claims a DOT and ECE security certification. I’m glad to see a D-ring closure which replaces the clasp system on my AGV and the helmet additionally comes with a five-year guarantee in opposition to manufacturing defects.
Being the DLX variant, this helmet additionally comes with two visors as customary (smoked and clear). The draw back of the Blackout color scheme, nonetheless, is that the matte end is a magnet to oily fingerprints and must be cleaned often. If solely I purchased one in one other color…
The place: www.highnoteperformance.com
Worth: Rs 12,500