Review: Bell Stoker helmet

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As trail helmets continue to evolve, they seem to get more expensive. Not so with this new helmet from Bell, which hits a great price point while only losing a few features from its more expensive big brother, the Super.

All the standard trail helmet features are present: visor, extended rear coverage, rounded shape, goggle compatible, fit dial. Other smaller details that are still important: over brow ventilation and interior ventilation channels (to keep eyewear fog-free and head cooler) and straps anchored at the bottom of the shell so glasses can be worn under the straps.

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The adjustable height of the dial retention system really cradled my head, and was plenty secure on the roughest descents. I’m not usually a goggle and half-shell guy, but a single digit cold snap had me break out the goggles and found them to play fine with the Stoker.

For $70, this is the best deal going in helmets. I’ve worn it on the trail and through a lot of winter commuting, it has become one of my favorite helmets. It is actually a little lighter than the more expensive Super, and is only missing the Go-Pro mount and super adjustable visor. I wish the fit was a little deeper, but I often wish that about helmets, I’ve got a tall head. With seven colors and five sizes to choose from, I’m stoked on the Stoker.

 

 

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