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Bell Stratus vs Bell Zephyr

When doing all kinds of activities, prioritizing safety can be your most important thing to do, other than said activities. This also includes hobbies and sport. In cycling, for example, a helmet can be one of many equipment that you can use to protect yourself. Bell, as a well-known producer of safety equipment for bikes and motorcycles, also has this in mind and created its line of bike helmet that you can buy in the market. Today, we will take a look into two of Bell’s bike helmet lines, the Bell Stratus MIPS helmet and the Bell Zephyr MIPS helmet.

Bell Stratus MIPS Helmet

First, let us take a look into the Bell Stratus MIPS helmet. While Bell focuses on the protection of your head, it also focuses on it being as comfortable as possible to wear for a long time and results in the Bell Stratus being a lightweight helmet. Read also: Giro Cinder vs Giro Agilis.

The Bell Stratus helmet comes with varieties of colors available to it that you can choose as you like. With the total color schemes of eleven, some of which is colored red, black, white, and even gold, it provides plenty of choice for you to choose. For its size, the Bell Stratus helmet is offered in two size variants, small size and medium size.

As the name implies, the Bell Stratus helmet is equipped with MIPS protection system technology. MIPS or Multi-directional Impact Protection System is a protection system that is located inside the helmet to protect your head and especially your brain from unwanted damage from being hit. The protection system itself is located between the padding and EPS foam shell which reduces the impact leftover that has been absorbed by the outer and inner shell of the helmet.

Bell StratusBell Zephyr
Product Dimensions13 x 10 x 8 inches14 x 11 x 6 inches; 2.4 Pounds
Shipping Weight1.46 Pounds0.01 Ounces
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This will allow the helmet to better absorb impact from any angle of the helmet and neutralize it from reaching your brain. On top of the MIPS protection system, the helmet being made from Polycarbonate Shell known for its toughness also increases its outer shell durability while being strengthened with an EPS foam coating. All of this protection then increased with one last protection measured in form of Polycarbonate Cage located inside the helmet, makes it a sturdy piece of helmet that you will ever find in the market.

The Bell Stratus helmet is equipped with 18 vents that allows it to ventilate the inside of the helmet better under any condition. This will prevent you from overheating or sweat too much when wearing this helmet for a long time or in hot condition. If in case sweat does happen, the interior lining will prevent it from falling directly to the front side of the helmet, hitting your face or your eyewear, and instead redirect it to the side of the helmet. The helmet is designed as such, that it is fit to be worn by everyone, be it Men or Women.

This allows it to be comfortable to whomever wear the helmet. The Bell Stratus uses Float Fit fitting system, which while being minimalist, provides you with a fitting system that is easy to use and also integrated to the MIPS protection system.

Bell Zephyr MIPS Helmet

Next, we will take a look at the other Bell’s helmet, the Bell Zephyr MIPS helmet. The Bell Zephyr is made with lightweight and minimalist and sleek form while still providing good protection to its wearer. While the minimalist design of this helmet can be said as a positive point of this helmet, it makes it only good to use when you are cycling inside the city.

The Bell Zephyr helmet can be said to be a big downgrade when compared to the Stratus in terms of varieties of choices. This is due to Zephyr only available in one color scheme, which is full black, and one size, which is small, only. This limits this helmet potential to be used by a person with a head size much bigger than this helmet can fit, or risking them being uncomfortable if they are forced to wear it.

Just like the Stratus helmet, the Bell Zephyr is also equipped with MIPS protection system as the name implies. Other than MIPS, the shell of the Zephyr helmet is also strengthened by EPS foam lining beneath the tough Polycarbonate Shell that makes up as the base material of the helmet. The EPS foam lining itself is structured with different thickness, giving it better durability compared to the standard EPS foam lining.

The Bell Zephyr helmet comes with 18 vents all around the helmet, providing great ventilation inside the helmet to avoid overheat and sweat. Meanwhile, if sweat forms in or around the helmet, the padding inside the helmet will make sure that it does not fall forward and instead redirect it to the side of your face. This helmet is also equipped with a Sunglass Guide to allow you to fit your sunglasses better if you use it while wearing this helmet.

Just like most of Bell’s helmet, the Bell Zephyr uses a Float Fit fitting system that is integrated to the MIPS protection system. This will allow you to adjust the fitting with ease. Other than that, the Bell Zephyr is also equipped with a No-Twist Tri-Glide system that ensures the straps of the fitting system stays flat and in place for your comfort.

Bell Stratus vs Bell Zephyr

- MIPS-EQUIPPED - MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts
- FLOAT FIT & NO-TWIST TRI-GLIDES - A minimalist, lightweight fit system with an easy-to-turn rubber over-molded dial for adjustments (integrated with MIPS). Quick-adjust fasteners that help keep straps flat and properly positioned
- SWEAT GUIDE & OVERBROW VENTILATION - Sweat Guide pad design pulls moisture away from the brow pad and away from eyewear. Overbrow Ventilation features intake ports on the brow of the helmet to usher in cool air and push it through the air-channel matrix for full-head ventilation
- SPECIFICATIONS - Small (52-56 cm), Medium (55-59 cm), and Large (58-62 cm) Sizes; 18 vents; CPSC Bicycle Certification
- From lung-searing cyclocross laps to long days filled with steep climbs, Zephyr fits and feels so good that you'll forget it's there
- The most innovative road helmet Bell has ever created follows years of research, analysis and real-world testing.
- Treated with a durable reflective coating under the clear coat, the Zephyr Ghost glows with eye-searing intensity when hit with direct light.
- Fusion In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell


All in all, if you are looking for a new bike helmet to wear when you are cycling inside the city, I will recommend you to get your hands on the Bell Stratus MIPS helmet. While it is more expensive compared to the Bell Zephyr, the previous priced at 150 to 170 USD, while the latter is priced at 104.99 GBP or 134.34 USD, the Stratus gives you more protection compared to the Zephyr. Zephyr’s minimalistic design means that the helmet is limited in its protection when compared to the Stratus’s. Better choice variants also become a strong reason to preferably choose Stratus rather than Zephyr. So, if you do look for a new helmet, get the Bell Stratus MIPS helmet as your choice.