Laura Pickett takes a close look at Bell’s flip-up helmet
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The SRT Modular is a good-looking helmet. The colourways are simple but effective (like the red/black I tested). The fibreglass shell comes in two shell sizes. There is a recess in the lining for spectacle arms (yes, flip open the front to put it on, but this makes life more comfortable for glasses wearers). The old rule of ‘try before you buy’ comes into play again. It felt comfortable when I first put it on, but I’ve noticed a pressure point to one side of my forehead.
On the move it’s stable. Like all modulars, it is noisier than a full-face, but not too bad (the small chin curtain takes some of the blame here). At 1,750g it’s about average for a modular (there are a lot heavier models out there). Venting is reasonable and easy to operate (single top vent, twin chin vents and a rear exit).
The internal sun visor is a good tint and sits nicely when lowered, but I don’t find the slider (placed at the bottom of the left-hand side) intuitive; if I need to raise/lower it quickly my hand doesn’t immediately find the control. Sticking with visors, vision is good – the SRT features what Bell calls a Panovision visor meaning it is tall and wide giving good peripheral vision. It also features Class One optics, so no distortion.
The SRT Modular hasn’t received a SHARP rating yet, but it’s full-face version got four stars.
I think it is fair to say the SRT Modular is a solid performer in all areas without any standout feature. But this a reflected in the price. Do try one on first; I am not the only one to mention that pressure point, so make sure the profile suits your head shape.
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