The manufacturer's perpetual weight race is well documented. From frames to every imaginable component, engineers and designers strive to chip away grams without disturbing the delicate balance with structural integrity. Luckily, there are industry standards like the CPSC, which the Bell Gage Helmet easily passes, to keep products honest.
There's a multitude of helmet safety guidelines, but when it comes to bicycle use, the Consumer Product Safety Commission's high, cycling-specific standards has become the benchmark. And it's truly remarkable that today's helmets can pass those regulations, while still offering the ventilation, fit, and low weight that they do. Bell's secret to achieving this is its Fusion In-Mold Microshell.
The Microshell is bonded to an EPS foam liner during manufacturing in order to create a stronger overall structure. Internal reinforcements allow Bell's designers to push the envelope of ventilation with numerous large intake and exhaust ports. Additionally, it also allows solid anchoring points for the two-way adjustable TAG fit system.
The TAG Fit System means that riders can adjust the helmet around the occipital lobe (that bump at the back of your head) both in width and height for a conforming fit. Cam-lock levers make for quick strap adjustment, so that you can dial in the Gage when riding without hassle and forget that you have it on. Another key feature of the Gage is Bell's X-Static padding. It combines a quick-dry material with an anti-microbial coating in order to eliminate odor.
The Bell Gage Helmet is available in the sizes Small, Medium, and Large and in the colors Black/red/white stripes, Matte BMC Limited Edition Team, Matte Black Swerve, Matte Black/orange/blue swerve, Matte Titanium Stripes, and White Stripes.
|Twin Axis Gear (TAG):||allows you to fit the helmet up and down your occipptal|
|Bell Gage Bicycle Helment||$132.99|
I purchased this helmet in a last ditch attempt to find a lid that I could truly enjoy. I was incredibly discouraged in my search and had ordered what seems like at least 10 helmets. Nothing fit correctly and I don't exactly have an odd shaped melon. Needless to say, I was a little perplexed. I had tried the Giro Savant ( too deep-cone head) Several Bell Array's ( extremely poor quality-all 4 were broken in the exact spot where the retaining clips had been forced into the foam) Giro Transfer( universal fit-generic fit/too large) and lastly the Uvex Race III ( beautiful helmet-great quality-Made in Germany/not an ounce of comfort. . . at all/ basically universal fit, which meant a huge shell for my smallish nogan. So, with all of that said, the Bell Gage fits like a glove and is incredibly light. Originally, I despised the recessed foam accents on the outside,towards the front of this helmet but they serve a very useful purpose(almost locking my shades into place when I put them on the helmet. The quality is top notch, with no nasty foam overlap on the shell, like cheaper helmets. It is very form fitting and is suitable for a more shallow/compact skull. I am ordering a couple at this price just in case they become unavailable. The Bell Gage fits like your favorite baseball hat and might as well be weightless. You will love it!
While I haven't tried every helmet, I can't imagine a better looking and fitting one than this one. Matches the team BMC colors, very comfortable in 90+F weather, and no issues with comfort on all day rides. The only minor issue is that I do notice the front pad along the forehead does get pretty wet with sweat, seems to collect a bit more than other helmets. With that sais, highly recommended and looks great w/ BMC.
3rd Bell helmet I've had. 2 Volts and my first Gage. It's considerably lighter than the Volt, but just as comfortable. Has the same adjustability as the other Bell products, so I was familiar with fitting. The price was a big factor. Paid >$100 for my Bell Volt. So a lighter and BMC color scheme helmet for my new ride for $75 bucks; can't beat that.
The Bell Gage Helmet is very light, to the point that I don't fell it when I'm wearing it. It's also easy to adjust. I tried several other helmets and would end up with a slight headache after an hour ride, not with this one. It fits perfectly, it's very light, and most of all it's on sale.
I was anxious when I ordered the Gage, because I had not tried one on, and it was more expensive than I planned to spend.
It fits great, and it's light as a feather.
The best part is, that it looks bad ass!
I was afraid it was going to fit, but it fit perfectly, the rear strap helps keep the helmet on snug. It is very light and feels great on the head.
After trying LG's best and Lazer's best, I have finally found a helmet that fits my head --nice and snug, Thanks BELL. As always the customer service here is top notch!
You have a sleestack ridge on top of yer head. I have Dinosaur dna or something and I got a bit of a ridge running down the centerline of my calabasa. I put the helmet on and it kinda teetered on my ridge no matter what...it felt irksome, bothered me...I think the strap system is real lightweight as well, as in...for this kind of money, meaning full retail, a more robust, rapid to adjust, strap system would be nice... the "comfort," pads are real cheapo as well....