After many months gone by, Jack comes back to wrap up his experience with the Bell SRT 'Blackout' lid and his final thoughts on this mid-price piece of kit. Words: Jack Maguire Pics: Jack & Heather
It’s crazy to think of just how different the world was when I took delivery of my Bell SRT Blackout lid in mid February this year. Little did I know that we were on the cusp of a pandemic that would see the world as we know it change forever… My initial SRT review post is here.
This trusty lid has stood the test of time and has survived pretty much everything that could be thrown at it. When you deliver pizzas as a second job and are constantly donning and subsequently removing your helmet – it’s important to have something that’s easy and quick to throw on and also tough as to withstand the brutal, carefree hands of non-motorcyclists. Throw in my commutes pre COVID-19 to BikeReview’s office (we’ve been working from home since April) and my commutes to University a few times per week and you can see I do a lot of riding, not to mention the thousands of kays testing!
The Bell SRT lid slides on with ease and thanks to the buckle design, takes only a few seconds to be ready for the road. After extensive use and perhaps slight changes in my facial shape as I’ve become less of a couch potato, I feel the fit might now be slightly too large but I believe dropping down a size could resolve this.
Despite the fit not being ideal fit-wise since I lost some weight, it’s still quite comfortable inside and the interior is fresh as it is washable and easy to put in and out of the shell.
The SRT is a great lid for the colder months too. After closing up the vents and throwing on the lid, I was really dry and with the added chin curtain sealing a lot of that warmth in. The shield has anti-fog which worked okay, I encountered some issues with fog at a standstill or in slow moving traffic but went away at higher speeds.
So after all this time, do I still think the Bell SRT is worth the $349.95RRP starting price? Well, yes I do! If you are looking for a great daily helmet that can be used over a variety of seasons, I’d look this way. For $409.95RRP you can upgrade the SRT lid to the ‘Blackout’ series, the helmet I received, which includes Bell’s ‘Blackout’ graphic and a Dark Tint Panovision visor – features which I think complete the look of this lid. It’s been great and I see many more seasons of use from it.
To read my first impressions of this lid, click the link here. For more information on the Bell SRT Blackout helmet, or to order one for yourself, visit the Cassons website.
The Verdict | Final Wrap: Bell SRT ‘Blackout’ Helmet