Bell Helmets has embraced safety enhancement and has incorporated Multi-directional Impact Protection Systems (MIPS) in its ADV line of helmets. Bell’s MX-9 Adventure helmet uses an internal slip plane which is designed to manage energy from rotational and angular impacts. Rotational and angular impacts are a major factor in brain injuries due to the shearing of brain tissue from these types of impacts.
The MIPS inner liner system allows the head to rotate between 10 – 15mm during an angular impact. The MIPS liner’s rotation reduces the impact’s shearing effect and thus is capable of helping to reduce brain injuries.
The MX-9 has many features that are desirable in an ADV helmet. The integrated face shield can be removed without tools and has anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protection coatings. When fully opened the shield provides enough space for goggles or can be removed completely. If you prefer to forego sunglasses while riding but want to have a shield that is dark in bright sun and clear at night, Bell offers a photochromic face shield that automatically adjusts to ambient light as an option.
Bell’s Velocity Flow ventilation moves fresh air through the helmet to help keep you cool. The interior of the helmet has a removable and washable, anti-microbial liner. Should a rider wish to remove the two position adjustable visor, it is easily removed resulting in a more street bike oriented look.
The MX-9 uses a polycarbonate/ABS shell that comes in 3 shell and EPS sizes for a more personalized fit. The helmet has both DOT and ECE certifications.
Priced from about $210 to $240 the Bell MX-9 Adventure helmet provides good value with the added protection of the MIPS system.