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Helmet, Suits, HANS, Gloves/ Sizing Guidelines

Helmet Sizing Guidelines

Proper helmet fit is vital to the performance of a helmet during an impact. For the helmet to perform properly during an impact, it must say securely on the head.

Measuring the head is only a starting point for the entire sizing procedure. Due to varying shapes, heads that are apparently the same size when measured by a tape may not necessarily fit the same size helmet.

A small metal tape measure or a cloth tape may be used to make your initial measurement. You can also use a string, which can then be laid against a measuring tape.

Measure the circumference of the head at a point approximately one inch above the eyebrows in front, and at a point in the back of the head that results in the largest possible measurement. Take several measurements. The largest measurement is the one you want to use.

 

HELMET SHIELD SYSTEM

Bell Racing helmets come equipped with one of two shield systems: SRV or Detent. In early 2006 the majority of Bell's helmets were converted to the SRV system. This new system has a slide mechanism that allows the driver to adjust the tension on the shield allowing for multiple opening positions. When properly adjusted and in the locked position, the SRV systems helps reduce the possibility of the shield opening during an impact.

The helmets that feature the SRV system are:
Dominator, Vortex, Infusion Top Forced Air, Infusion Side Forced Air, M4 Pro, M4 Pro Extra, M3, M3 Extra, GTX, BR-1, BR-1 Side Air, M4 and the M4 Top Air.

The Bell helmets that are still equipped with the Detent system are:
Vortex Side Forced Air, Vortex Top Forced Air, M2, M2 Forced Air, Sport 3, K1 Sport and the Kart 2 Pro.

When ordering extra shields for your helmet, it is important to specify an SRV or detent shield.

 

HANS Device Sizing Guidelines

Neck size is the starting point for fitting a HANS Device. You may fit several sizes- comfort is the deciding factor.

HANS DEVICE SIZING CHART

11"12"13"14"15"16"17"18"19"20"21"
  Extra Large
 
  Large  
 
  Medium  
 
  Small  
 
Super Small  
 
Extra Small
youth only
 
 

Race Suit Sizing Guidelines

Proper suit fit is important for driver comfort and protection. Your race suit should not fit too tightly and you want to make sure you have a full range of motion. Please follow the measuring chart provided by Bell to determine the proper size. With another person assisting you, use a soft measuring tape and write down your measurements accurately. We strongly recommend having an experienced person take your measurements to make sure they are accurate. In addition to the standard sizes we carry, we also have a short and tall version that is available by special order to accommodate drivers of various heights that do not fall into our standard size range. Click here to view the complete list of sizes.

The SFI rating required depends on your sanctioning body. Our 2006 product line features 2-layer, SFI 5 rated suits with a Thermal Protection Performance (TTP) number of 19 or above. To learn more about SFI standards, please review the information available on the SFI web site at www.sfifoundation.com.

REGULAR SUIT SIZING CHART

Size

Chest

Waist

Hips

Inseam

Arm

Shoulder

XS

REG

36

30-32

36

30

33

18

S

REG

38

32-34

38

30

33½

19

M

REG

40

34-36

40

30

34

20

L

REG

42

36-38

42

30

34½

21

XL

REG

44

38-40

44

30

35

22

2X

REG

46

40-42

46

30

35½

23

3X

REG

48

42-44

48

30

36

24

4X

REG

50

44-46

50

30

36½

25

5X

REG

52

46-48

50

30

37

26

6X

REG

54

48-50

50

30

37½

27

PERFORMANCE SUIT SIZING CHART (Apex GP, Vision, Endurance & Bell Pro Drive)

Size Height Weight (lbs) Chest Waist Hips
  From To From To Inches Inches Inches
S (48) 5'5¾" 5'6½" 125 140 38 33 39
M (52) 5'8¼" 5'9" 141 165 41 36 43
L (56) 5'10¾" 5'11¼" 166 190 44 39 46
XL (60) 6'0¾" 6'1¾" 191 220 47 42 49
2X (64) 6'3¼" 6'4" 221 240 50 45 52

YOUTH KARTING SUIT SIZING CHART

Size Height Weight (lbs) Chest Waist Hips
  From To From To Inches Inches Inches
S (130) 49" 53" 65 80 27-30 24 31
M (140) 54" 57" 81 100 31-34 26 32
L (150) 58" 68" 101 110 35-38 28 33
 

Glove Sizing Guidelines

Follow the measurement directions to insure the proper glove fit.

 

GLOVE SIZING CHART