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Review: Bell Full-10 Spherical – Canadian Cycling Magazine

Review: Bell Full-10 Spherical - Canadian Cycling Magazine

A decade after introducing the Full-9, Bell is finally going public with its successor. The Full-10 Spherical is a complete overhaul of the race-proven full-face and follows a Full-10 moto helmet from Bell.

Bell’s new marquee helmet is lighter, safer and better ventilated that its predecessor. It’s also more expensive. After several months of riding, it’s also very comfortable. Read on for our review of the Bell Full-10 Spherical.

Bell Full-10 Spherical: what’s new?

Bell’s added significant features to the Full-10 while still shedding weight. A medium now sits exactly on the 1,000-gram threshold. The lightweight, unidirectional carbon fiber shell helps, for sure. As does the panoramic goggle port. But inside is where the Full-10 gets interesting. This is the first full DH helmet from Bell to feature Spherical technology. Developed by Bell and Giro, Spherical uses a ball-and-socket design to redirect impact forces away from the brain in a crash. The outer layer rotates around the inner liner while layers of EPP and EPS foam add further protection.

Also new is what Bell calls Thermal Energy Airflow System (T.E.A.S.). While the acronym is awkward, it functions impressively. Large channels at the front of the helmet funnel air in through the chin bar and above goggles and out through five sizable outflow vents on the rear of the helmet. There are 13 vents on the chin bar and three ports above the goggles pulling air in. Crucially, the outflow ports on the rear of the helmet push out significant amounts of air without leaving any large unprotected vent areas, like some lightweight full face helmets have.

Bell is also very clear that while the Full 10 is light, it is not a lightweight full face. This is a full-on DH and slopestyle helmet that is also light. Bell’s hoping it is light enough to wear for other purposes, like enduro and park riding. Which makes sense. We first got our hands on the Full-10 during Crankworx last summer (it was already in use on the World Cup circuit and we’ve used it ever since). That same week, the Whistler stop of Enduro World Series sent riders sailing off a massive drop on the new 1199 track in Whistler Bike Park. Not exactly what you’d want to be riding in a lightweight helmet. The Full-10 is also certified for eMTB and BMX use.

Bell Full 10 Spherical: features

While the major changes completely overhaul the shell and structure of the…

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