The Bell Ghisallo bike helmet has been discontinued by Bell, but it is still widely available at online retailers like Amazon.com. In previous years, the Bell Ghisallo received good reviews as a safe, comfortable bike helmet. It has 17 oversized vents, and comes in three sizes. Owners praise the superior fit and the one-handed adjustable fitting system, saying it's easy to obtain a snug fit. A few owners point out the Ghisallo is best for those with oval-shaped heads (as opposed to rounder heads). The Bell Ghisallo comes in five colors and meets CPSC crash-test standards. If you don't want to spend as much, the Bell Citi (Discontinued) also gets excellent reviews and costs far less.
The best expert review of the Ghisallo is at the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute website, where the helmet is compared to others. About a dozen owners at Amazon.com, Epinions.com, MTBR.com and Buzzillions.com rate and review the Bell Ghisallo bicycle helmet. These reviews are very helpful in learning how the helmet works under different situations, including accidents.
1. Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
This organization rates bike helmets based mainly on design and quality of construction. The Bell Ghisallo has fewer vents than other helmets, but the vents are huge, which helps keep riders cool. It has a more rounded profile, but it still has a small rear snag point.
Review: Bicycle Helmets for the 2008 Season, Editors of Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, Dec. 23, 2008
2. Bicycling Magazine
The Ghisallo receives one editorial review and one reader review here. Editors say the Bell Ghisallo "fits and protects well." It is also cheaper than other Bell models, but still provides "top-notch venting." One owner tried a few helmets and was happy that the Ghisallo was less expensive and also fit and felt better. It is also praised for being cool and lightweight.
Review: Bell Ghisallo Reviews, Editors of and contributors to Bicycling magazine, Jan. 2008
A handful of owners give the Bell Ghisallo bike helmet very good overall ratings. Most say this is a very cool helmet because of the large vents. Reviewers think the helmet is easy to adjust and fits well. One owner complains that because of the large vents, the wind noise is very loud.
Review: Bell Ghisallo Bike Helmet Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Bell Ghisallo gets only one review at Epinions.com, which says the helmet fits well and is easy to clean.
Review: Bell Ghisallo Road Bike Helmet Reviews, Contributors to Epinions.com
About a half-dozen owners review the Bell Ghisallo bicycle helmet. Two say it fits great, while another reviewer finds the Ghisallo didn't fit well at all.
Review: Bell Ghisallo Reviews, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Only a few owners rate the Ghisallo, but unlike other sites, the reviews here are somewhat lengthy. These owners discuss in detail what they like about this helmet and why. All like the fit system, which is easy to adjust. The helmet is comfortable, although one owner said it is not as cool as it could be.
Review: Bell Ghisallo Reviews, Contributors to MTBR.com