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Bell Catalyst MIPS Helmet

67% Off
$49.97 - $59.98 $149.95

Item #BEL00BX

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Tech Specs

Shell Material:
polycarbonate
Impact Foam:
EPS
Ventilation:
18 vents
Fit Adjustment:
FloatFit, No-Twist Tri-Glide
Visor:
yes
Certifications:
CE EN 1078
Claimed Weight:
320 g
Recommended Use:
cross-country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Catalyst MIPS Helmet

While your friends go slacker, longer, and sloppier on their enduro beasts, you just watch and shake your head. You don't have a problem with enduro and its loud following, but for you, the smooth laps of an XC course have always been where you feel most at home. Wear your Lycra, your carbon-soled shoes, and your Bell Catalyst MIPS Helmet with pride whether you're at a start line or on an after-work training ride; you may get passed on the descent, but you know it's the climbs that count, anyway.

While you're dodging past struggling enduro riders on your favorite local climbs, the Catalyst's ultralight design and 18 vents will leave you cool and dry as you push through hard tempo efforts. Plus, a solid In-Mold shell pairs with MIPS to provide you with protection that you'll forget about when you don't need it. MIPS, or Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, refers to the now-ubiquitous Swedish technology applied to the Catalyst in the form of a thin inner basket. This basket lets the helmet's shell rotate independently of your head upon impact in an effort to absorb brain-damaging rotational energy created in certain crashes. Bell's FloatFit and No-Twist Tri-Glide straps give you ample opportunity to get the fit you need, so you can focus on holding your lead on the pack.

  • Stay safe and speedy with this XC-specific helmet
  • MIPS technology minimizes the effects of certain crashes
  • In-Mold shell dissipates impacts the old fashioned way
  • Wealth of vents keep you cool and dry during hard climbs
  • No-twist straps and FloatFit design let you customize fit
  • Removable visor lets you shave more weight on race day

Not bad.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is my first MIPS helmet and hopefully, I will never have to use its feature. The helmet fits well and is light and airy. Looks a little cheaper in person than I was expecting, but not too bad. The visor is a bit flimsy and rattles over rougher trails.

A quality lid

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I've always been partial to Bell products through my nearly 30 years of competitive road, TT and off-road cycling. It seems I have more of an oval-shaped "Bell head," versus other brands with more rounded shapes. I bought this helmet to replace my ten-year old Sweep that getting pretty grungy and crispy. This is a high quality helmet with a great fit and understated good looks. My only small quibble is that the visor is not adjustable and has a tendency to flop down slightly over time or when bouncing through the rough. I solved the problem by affixing a tiny patch of Velcro hook-and-loop fabric behind two of the points of the visor at the contact point with the shell. Done. It ain't moving.

James...I'm about your size and considering this helmet. Is it weird to ask what your head circumference measures? Typically I wear Large but since you're wearing a Med, wondering if that's what I'd need as well.

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Helmets
4Forty, Annex, Catalyst, Drifter, Falcon, Formula, Hub, Sixer, Stratus, Super 3R, Super Air R, Super DH, Z20
 SMLXL

Head Circumference

20.5 - 22in

(52 - 56cm)

21.7 - 23.2in

(55 - 59cm)

22.8 - 24.4in

(58 - 62cm)

24 - 25.6in

(61 - 65cm)

Full-9, Full-9 Fusion
 XSSMLXLXXL
Head Circumference

20.1 - 20.9in

(51 - 53cm)

20.9 - 21.7in

(53 - 55cm)

21.7 - 22.4in

(55 - 57cm)

22.4 - 23.2in

(57 - 59cm)

23.2 - 24in

(59 - 61cm)

24 - 24.8in

(61 - 63cm)

Javelin
 SML
Head Circumference

20.1 - 21.7in

(51 - 55cm)

21.7 - 23.2in

(55 - 59cm)

23.2 - 24.8in

(59 - 63cm)

Lil Ripper
 ToddlerChild
Head Circumference

17.7 - 20.5in

(45 - 52cm)

18.9 - 21.7in

(48 - 55cm)

Local, Span
 SMLXL
Head Circumference

19.3 - 20.9in

(49 - 53cm)

20.1 - 21.7in

(51 - 55cm)

21.7 - 23.2in

(55 - 59cm)

23.2 - 24.2in

(59 - 61.5cm)

Muni
 S / MM / L
Head Circumference

19.7 - 22.4in

(50 - 57cm)

21.3 - 24in

(54 - 61cm)

Nomad
 AdultWomen / Youth
Head Circumference

20.9 - 23.6in

(53 - 60cm)

20.5 - 22.4in

(52 - 57cm)

Sanction, Transfer-9
 XSSML
Head Circumference

18.9 - 20.1in

(48 - 51cm)

20.5 - 21.3in

(52 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.4in

(55 - 57cm)

22.8 - 23.6in

(58 - 60cm)

Sidetrack, Spark
 ChildYouth
Head Circumference

18.5 - 21.3in

(47 - 54cm)

19.7 - 22.4in

(50 - 57cm)

How to Measure:
For best results, use a tape measure to measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.