BELL MX-9 ADVENTURE HELMET

— Testing their latest MIPS-equipped model —

Bell’s MX-9 Adventure helmet has an adjustable, removable visor like a motocross helmet and a flip-up face shield, a combination that works well for UTVing. It can be worn with goggles with the face shield in place or with the face shield removed. This helmet includes the latest MIPS protection, which stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. The MX-9 also has adjustable ventilation, and a removable, washable, anti-microbial liner. Three sizes of the polycarbonate shell are used to cover the MX-9’s available range of sizes to minimize the helmet’s size and weight. At $210 in solid colors and $240 in multi-color schemes, this helmet is less expensive than many mid-priced helmets. It’s DOT and ECE certified.

Bell’s new MX-9 MIPS-equipped helmet has an adjustable visor and a NutraFog II anti-fog, anti-scratch face shield with UV protection.

PERFORMANCE:

We started driving with the MX-9 just as it came from the box, with the face shield and visor in place. It has a comfortable, natural fit, and the large we tested is similar in size to larges from other brands we’ve worn. At 3 pounds, 6 ounces, it’s a few ounces heavier than motocross helmets on the scale, but it feels light out on the trail. The shield resists fogging well, thanks to its NutraFog II anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protection and the helmet’s good venting, and the shield is easy to open and close. Wearing goggles with the shield flipped up or without the shield works better for very fog-prone conditions, and we found the eyeport has plenty of space for goggles to seat and be comfortable.

THE VERDICT:

Bell’s new MIPS-equipped MX-9 Adventure joins modern safety technology and styling with a comfortable helmet that’s easy to use and easy to afford.

CONTACT: Your dealer or www.bellhelmets.com/mx-9-adventure-mips

RATING: ★★★★★

PRICE: $210–$240

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