The Bell Tempo Mips Universal Women's Helmet is an affordable, comfortable helmet. If you have a small head, this is a great option as sizing goes down to 50cm. It also benefits from the Mips (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) safety system.
You want your helmet to be light, comfortable, well-ventilated and meet the safety standards, and this is what the Bell Tempo Mips does without costing a fortune. What I really like about this helmet, though, is that the sizing goes down to 50cm. Often the smallest adult size is 52cm, so finding a helmet that's just that little bit smaller for small-headed people like me is great.
The helmet has an in-mould construction polycarbonate shell, and weighs in at 256g, which is pretty much unnoticeable in use. It also has a Mips layer inside – a multi-directional impact protection system (you can read more about it here), which a few companies have been adding to their helmets to provide more protection in the event of an accident. It is described by Mips as 'slip-plane' technology and is designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts.
The Tempo has 18 vents, which might well be enough to keep your head cool in the summer months, but this was a cold winter test so no ventilation was needed! There is some mesh on the front vents to stop those summer flies buzzing in, which is a nice detail. There is also removable padding for comfort, which can be taken off if you need to wash it.
The fitting system is an ErgoDial, a simple dial at the back to tighten and loosen the cradle, and this is easy enough to use with full-finger gloves on. The cradle doesn't allow for movement up or down, a feature of some more expensive models, which could have enhanced the fit. On my long rides there were no pressure points, and I really didn't notice the helmet itself, so the dial system did its job of keeping the helmet in place comfortably.
What I could feel slightly were the straps and buckle. The straps aren't particularly lightweight for a £65 helmet, but they do sit flat, while the clasp is quite large and not your normal buckle but a ratchet design. It seems clever, offering micro-adjustment under the chin, but whether that outweighs the noticeable bulk is debatable.
As for value – £65 is a decent price for the quality, Mips system and weight. You could get the slightly cheaper (£59.99), slightly lighter Lazer Amy, which offers a comfortable fit and easy adjustment, but it doesn't have the Mips system.
Overall, the Bell Tempo Mips is a good helmet, particularly for the smaller of head. It's comfortable, easy to adjust, sporty-looking and light enough.
An affordable helmet with added Mips protection and sizing options are great for smaller-headed riders
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Bell Tempo Mips Universal Helmet
Size tested: 50-57cm
Tell us what the product is for
Bell says, "Look good, feel good. It's as simple as that. Beneath the shapely exterior of the new Tempo, you'll find useful features to keep you cool and comfortable on rides of any distance. The ErgoDial fit system offers simple, one-handed adjustment for a precise fit. The large open vents channel in cool air. The high-quality, lightweight construction makes it feel like it's barely even there. And you get the option of MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System), which can provide an additional measure of protection in certain impacts."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
CONSTRUCTION - Extended In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell
FIT SYSTEM - ErgoDial™ Fit System
OTHER TECHNOLOGIES - MIPS® (select colours)
WEIGHT - 256 grams (278 w/ MIPS)
VENTS - 18
CERTIFICATIONS - CE EN1078
GLOSS NAVY/SKY FIBERS
GLOSS WHITE/CHERRY FIBERS
It's a well-made helmet and meets all safety standards.
In all ride conditions it felt secure on the head and breezy enough.
It's an in-mould construction, with a polycarbonate shell, so should be durable. No sign of issues after a month of testing.
Total weight of 256g with Mips is good.
Helmet comfort on the head is great; the straps and buckle were less comfortable.
Good value with the added Mips protection.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Used for rides from 1-5hr it performed as it should, fit was great and comfortable; I could feel the straps/buckle a little bit on long rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Often the smallest adult size is 52cm, so a helmet that is just that little bit smaller, going down to 50cm for small-headed people like me, is a good find.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I wasn't keen on the buckle.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, especially if they have a small head.
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's a good quality helmet at a decent price, with the added Mips protection. If the straps and buckle were better, I'd be tempted to score it an 8.
About the tester
I usually ride: specailized dolce My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking