Review: Bell Stoker Helmet

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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.

Continue reading for more on the Bell Stoker and the full photo gallery.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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