Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Bronze, £314.99
Tester: Liam Marsden
Time tested: 3 months/2500 miles
What’s good? It’s an incredibly distinctive helmet, the matt black and metallic detailing really help the helmet stand out and the Roland Sands Design logo on the back isn’t too in your face. The helmet’s well balanced in terms of weight, the lining is quite firm so it hasn’t given much and is still a secure and snug fit. The vents are easy to operate and work well – the chin vent especially. The chin curtain, while having some downsides (see below), helps keep out wind and noise, making this a good helmet for distance. The visor changing mechanism is easy to use and very quick and once the visor is shut it can be locked in place, or opened slightly for improved airflow by a lever on the left.
What’s not? After a long day in the saddle there is a bit of pressure on my forehead and around my ears, where the stems of my glasses sit. The visors don’t have Pinlock anti-mist inserts and this plus the chin curtain is a recipe for a misting visor. If I ride without earplugs, which is very rare, one of the upper vents whistles and rattles. The matt paint marks easily – there are a couple of highly visible scuffs on the lid from where I’ve caught it on white door frames.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 4/5