I'm going to say this right off the bat: You should wear a helmet. But, if you're over the age of 18, no one should tell you have to wear one. It's your choice to make and I'm not into helmet-thumpers. But hey, yeah, you should wear one because it may there for you one day when all your skill, foresight, and strength lets go on ya. If you need some motivating words, maybe check out this Scotty Cranmer story that I spotted on Sports Illustrated last week.

So that was the preaching portion of this. Now onto the specs of this rather well-equipped, good-looking helmet from Bell. The Full Flex is clearly an extended ear-cupped version of Bell's Reflex, so if you're not feeling the baseball style (I love it), then check that one. Most importantly, the Full Flex is CPSC Bicycle rated, meaning it can take the drop that a normal soft-foam skate helmet can't. Where most CPSC-approved helmets fail is in comfort, but Bell's segmented FormFit system allows the shell to move and conform with your dome for a comfortable feel. It's also rated for multi-impacts, meaning that it can take around three impacts to the same location without having to worry about the effectiveness of the helmet wearing off. So, this isn't some one fall and done helmet, which is obviously a huge bonus for the price tag.

Bell's segmented FormFit system allows the helmet to conform to the shape of your head and remain comfortable...

Bell’s segmented FormFit system allows the helmet to conform to the shape of your head and remain comfortable…

On the amenities side, the FormFit system is lined with removeable/moveable soft foam to keep you comfortable, a soft leather chin strap to keep it on (although it fits pretty damn snug without it, just saying), and Bell's Soundtrax Speaker System that has a netted mesh in the ears to throw some over-ear headphones in. It also has ten vents and isn't overly heavy at 1.6 pounds.

It comes in matte black and white and retail price is far less than a hospital visit at just $100. If you want a few more details, hit up Bellhelmets.com.

Shout out to J&R Bicycles for keeping this going on a weekly basis. Check out all the products they offer on JRbicycles.com…

 

Figured I'd throw in this two-year-old video from the ARF that shows some basic testing that went down at the Bell facilities. If you're going to wear a helmet, wear one that'll actually help…