Racing Helmet Overview: Bell’s RS-1

Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Bronze

The next entry in our Racing Helmet Overview Series is Bell’s RS-1 helmet, a comfortable, mid-range model that still boasts plenty of performance features.

The RS-1 is constructed with a Kevlar/fiberglass blend and weighs 1,575 grams. It features Bell’s Velocity Flow Ventilation system, contour cut cheek pads and carries both DOT and Snell M2010 safety ratings. The Snell M2010 safety rating makes the RS-1 suitable for track days and most NHRA drag racing series.

Our RS-1 sported the RSD Flash Bronze graphic, a beautiful mix of matte and gloss finishes that came from a collaboration between Bell and custom motorcycle studio Roland Sands Design. The RS-1 is available in a variety of graphics, but the RSD Flash is definitely my favorite; I wear it everywhere.

Bell RS-1 and Dodge Viper GTS

The best feature of the RS-1 is its comfort, due to both the fit of the cheek pads and the overall weight (or lack there of). My co-worker wore the RS-1 as he drove his 1996 Dodge Viper GTS during my review of the Star Carbon, and couldn’t be more pleased. He appreciated the unobstructed view through the visor and said that it didn’t feel like he was wearing a helmet.

The Bottom Line: Bell’s RS-1 is a well-constructed, comfortable helmet at a modest price.

Manufacturer: Bell
Model: RS-1
Sizes: XS – XXL
Safety Rating: DOT and Snell M2010
MSRP: $399.95 ($449.95 as tested)

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