Photochromatic visors are the ultimate convenience when it comes to helmet visor technology.  They eliminate the need to carry extra visors or have complicated internal visor mechanics built in to a helmet to account for changing light conditions. Since their introduction, photochromatic visors have gotten progressively more versatile in their reactivity time and percentage of tinting that they provide. While still priced considerably more than regular visors, their utility makes them great items for daily riders. With the ProTint visor, Bell has become the first helmet manufacturer to develop its own photochromatic shield technology. 

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Designed to fit any Bell helmet that features the Panovision viewport, the $149.95 ProTint is compatible with the Pro Star, Race Star Flex, Star MIPS, and SRT-Modular helmets. The visors react to UV light and vary with its intensity. This translates into a visor that quickly darkens in bright light yet offers clarity for riders in low light. Bell also claims that the color of the tinting is more neutral than with other photochromatic visors, which means that riders’ eyes don’t have to go through an extra step to discern colors. According to Bell, the ProTint achieves 80% of its darkening in just 20 seconds and can go to full dark in a minute.

My experience with the ProTint visor over the course of a month of frequent use is that I hardly notice it’s there. Occasionally, after going from cloudy conditions with a relatively clear visor to bright sun with the visor darkened, I’ll flip up the visor at a stop and be surprised by how bright it is. The reverse is also true; the ProTint changes from dark to clear so seamlessly that I frequently don’t notice the change – even when going in and out of varied light.

Bell ProTint Visor

The constantly varying tint of the ProTint visor makes it ideal for everyday riders.

The optical clarity of all of the Bell Panovision viewport visors has always been perfect. I’ve never noticed even the slightest distortion when the visor is closed. 

My time with the Bell ProTint visor has made me grow increasingly fond of it with each ride. If you are a frequent rider who has one of the Bell Panovision helmets listed above, I highly recommend you spend the $149.95 for this visor. You won’t be disappointed.

You can learn more about the Bell ProTint visor at the Bell Helmets website.