Bell Qualifier

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With all the different choices there are on the market, it can be difficult for you to find a good helmet if you love to ride motorcycles. Finding the best helmet to suit your needs is one of the most important things to do before you hit the road because it can one day end up saving your life. They also help to provide you with enough airflow while on the road, as well as protection for your eyes against the wind and debris, and enough noise regulation to prevent the wind from bothering you too much.

One helmet that has received pretty high reviews is the Bell Qualifier. Bell is a brand that is known for its high-quality products, so we aren’t too surprised to see that this has 4.5 stars out of 5. Its best features include moisture-absorbing and easy to clean lining as well as padding that you can easily adjust. The visor also darkens and lightens according to when you’re out riding and it will provide you with decent ventilation to keep you cool and comfortable while on the road. The helmet has also passed many tests across several continents for safety. So, as you can see, there are many great features that this helmet has to offer and it’s something that you will want to consider. Read on to find out more about all that this Bell product has to offer.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Many agree that this is made out of high-quality materials

Comes at a good value

There are many colors to choose from

Face shield adjusts according to the brightness outside

There’s ventilation all around

Plenty of sizes to choose from for added comfort


Doesn’t have highest rankings on some safety tests

Doesn’t block out a lot of wind noise

Potential issues with sizing

Basic Features

There are plenty of great features that you will get with the Bell Qualifier.

For one, you have a wide range of choices when it comes to color. This might not be an important feature for some people, but others like to have options so they can get something customizable.

You also will have padding that can be removed easily. The cheek pads, in particular, can be adjusted or removed depending on what kind of fit you want the helmet to have. With regard to size, you have plenty to choose from, so you won’t have to worry about this not working for you.

The main selling point is its visor, which can be removed due to the ClickRelease system. It provides a small opening that is meant to prevent too much fogging that will prevent you from seeing what’s around you. When necessary, you will be able to remove and change out your face shield with ease. And even more importantly, the face shield adjusts to the darkness or lightness outside, so it will grow darker when you’re riding in the sun and will clear up when it’s dark. This means that you will be able to see better and be more protected from UV rays.

Safety Features

Safety is perhaps the most important point to consider when purchasing a helmet. We have all heard since we were young children that we need to wear helmets when riding a bicycle because they will protect our heads when we fall. And since you will be using your motorcycle to ride on the main road, it’s even more important that you focus on being as safe as possible because not all drivers pay attention to motorcyclists.

One thing to note is that this product has been certified across several continents, so you can be assured that it has passed requirements in many countries throughout the world.

According to some safety tests, however, this product did not receive the highest scores. The fact that it is made out of polycarbonate has caused it to lose some points during safety tests and it did not score too high when it came to side impact. However, according to experts, this is fairly normal when it comes to helmets.

An important feature that the company has implemented to further improve safety, however, is called the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. This means that the outer shell of the helmet and the shock absorption inside do not move together. In the instance of an accident, it prevents rotational forces from causing brain damage and injuries to your neck.

Helmet Noise

Unfortunately, this is not a category that people thought the Bell Qualifier scored well in. Considering the fact that it has many vents and not too much padding, the environment is just right for allowing a lot of noise to get inside. With that being said, there were some who agreed that they have used helmets that are much, much noisier. So it seems that this one will depend on what you consider to be noisy. And, of course, it’s recommended that you invest in a good pair of earplugs to prevent the noise the wind makes from distracting you as you drive.


The comfort that you get with this is not too bad. Most people agreed that the helmet does run small for sizing, so you should consider getting what you normally would. And we recommend purchasing from a retailer that has good return policies so that if you do find it’s too small or otherwise doesn’t provide the right fit, you won’t encounter too many problems when you try to exchange it for another size. It’s available in sizes XS to XXXL, so you’re sure to find something that works for you. The shell itself has three sizes.

Other than the potential sizing issues, it’s overall a comfortable product. You can adjust the cheek pads as necessary and remove them altogether. The lining inside absorbs moisture so you won’t be in too much of a predicament when you start to sweat. Another great thing about the lining is that you can easily remove it and wash it, so you will always be able to have a clean helmet when you go out to ride.

Another thing we want to note is that this is relatively lightweight at slightly above 3 pounds. Some people might worry that that means it’s not high-quality, but most reviews agree that this is a sturdy helmet made out of top-quality materials. Being lightweight simply means that you won’t get tired when you’re out riding for longer periods of time. It’s guaranteed to last you for a long time and you even have a 5-year warranty should anything go wrong. It’s also balanced, so you won’t feel uneven weight distribution throughout the front and the back. In terms of weight, you’ll be comfortable while on the road.


Ventilation is one of the key features that you need to look for when you purchase a helmet. Most come with plenty of vents all around that can be adjusted accordingly. This is especially the case if you live somewhere that’s quite hot; proper airflow will ensure that you will remain comfortable throughout the duration of your ride. Hot weather can cause people to have many problems if they don’t get enough cool air.

The ventilation in this Bell device is not too shabby. You’re getting something that has a lot of vents in it already, including near the chin, brows, and near the crown of your head. You’ll be able to adjust all of these in accordance with what you prefer using switches. There are also the exhaust vents on the back of the helmet, which are always going to remain open. Overall, it works pretty well and will get the job done. Some people complained about the relative lack of ventilation near the visor due to the fact that it can fog up at times towards the front.

Face Shield

The one area of the visor that not too many people appreciated was its anti-fog feature. While it does have some coating that is meant to prevent fog, people agree that it fogs up when you’re faced with humidity and cold weather. This is something you will want to consider if you live in a particularly humid or cold environment.

However, overall, the face shield is perhaps the area that is a selling point for this. It has what’s called a transitions visor, which means that instead of getting a regular sun visor, the shield will adapt based on whether you’re in a dark or light area. If it’s bright outside, the shield won’t take too long to darken and it does so in a way that you will be able to adjust quickly. And if you’re riding in the dark, it will lighten up to be transparent so you can see easily. The only thing with this is that people said it takes longer to adjust to the darkness, so you may want to sit outside for a few minutes as it adjusts before you go riding.

This helmet also has a ratchet visor that you will be able to change as quickly as you need. This ClickRelease system is one that has been approved by wearers and is considered to be one of their favorite features.


The Bell Qualifier also scores extremely high in terms of appearance. For one, despite the fact that the outer shell comes in three sizes, most agreed that it doesn’t look bulky at all no matter which size you pick. And this product has a sleek and professional design that is guaranteed to turn heads no matter where you go.

There are 13 colors to choose from, so you’re bound to find something that you’ll like. No matter what color you choose, people agreed that the paint job is of great quality and is not something that will likely chip any time soon. You won’t be able to find such a high-quality paint job done on many other helmets available at this price.

There are sliders towards the front that will allow you to adjust the vents when necessary and you also will be able to change the visor as you see fit.


One thing that you will want to consider is that this certainly is not the cheapest on the market. You should expect to pay around $150 when you purchase this. How much you want to spend on such a device will ultimately depend on you and your budget, but if you don’t have the means to spend this much on a helmet, then this obviously is not the best choice for you. But something you will want to consider is the fact that there are plenty of great features that you will get with this product that not too many others might provide you. And, as we said, it has a nice and slick design, which is typically something that will bring the price up.

Key Features

This helmet comes in 13 different colors
It’s made out of high-quality materials
The visor can be changed and adjusts to the brightness outside
There are plenty of vents all around
The padding can be adjusted or removed
You can wash the lining when needed
The lining absorbs moisture to provide extra comfort

Bottom Line

There are plenty of features that the Bell Qualifier offers that you won’t be able to find in another helmet of its price. But there are some things that you will want to take into consideration, such as the fact that it didn’t receive the highest scores on some safety tests or the fact that it didn’t block out noise from the wind as much as people expected.

And if you’re on a budget, the price might not be suitable for you. Otherwise, a helmet with such a sleek and professional design doesn’t come at such a price.

You’ll get removable pads that can be adjusted for additional comfort and lining that you can wash as necessary. The main selling point was certainly the visor, which can be removed and changed. It also adjusts according to how light or dark it is outside. Overall, if you are looking for a decent full-face helmet, it’s worth considering the Bell Qualifier.