Bell Aero Review

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Youth Bike Helmet. The Bell Aero is among the cheapest of Bell's helmets, is well-ventilated, and comes in an array of colors. However, it lacks the ErgoDial technology that allows Bell helmets to be adjusted on the fly.

The Bell Aero (starting at $17, Amazon) is priced to compete with many of the lower-end youth helmets. But it doesn’t find fervent fans among parents, as indicated by the few Bell Aero Youth Bicycle Helmet reviews that we were able to find. Bell Aero reviews on Amazon complain that it’s hard to fit properly given that it lacks the dial adjustment found on many other Bell helmets; the single-adjustment-point fit system doesn’t seem to be as user friendly. One parent posting a review on Walmart is satisfied with the fit for her child, but another reviewer gives it a mediocre assessment.

Unlike the Bell Faction, which covers almost the entire head, the Bell Aero looks more like a traditional adult bicycle helmet. Some parents may be deterred by this, although the Bell Aero does sport a few features that grown-ups and kids might find appealing. On the safety front, the Bell Aero has reflectors, padding, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission seal of approval. Kids might appreciate the dynamic shape and graphics and the 13 vents, as well as a no-pinch buckle and a visor to ward off the sun’s glare. The Bell Aero is targeted to kids aged 8 to 13, and it fits heads measuring 53-57 centimeters around.

We’re not wild about the Bell Aero. It’s a decent youth bicycle helmet but for the money you can find a more functional helmet that your children won’t resist wearing.

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