I own this and a Z20. Honestly, although the Z20 has a little more padding (and oriented slightly differently), the Stratus is actually very similarand less expensive. I have the white Status with reflective silver, which is perfect for my commutes.
Helmet fit is pretty personal - although it would seem that a few more adjustments could make it more universal. I seem to be right in between a Medium and Large size on Bell helmets - no matter the model.
I went back and forth on the size of this, and went with the large, although it is just a bit low on my brow.
What I like about this is the ventilation and comfort. Much better than my previous Volt.
The look is a kinda interesting as well - less Gieger like Alien, and maybe a bit more of some kind of android head of the future. With the fit issues, it makes me wonder if my head is just weird.
It's a helmet. it's a Bell. It's got that new-fangled MIPS stuff. Fit-wise, it's comfortable on my gigantic melon, lightweight (not that it matters much... because, well... gigantic melon). The adjustments are good, the airflow is good. All around a very good helmet.
Comfortable, with good airflow. Fits well, with the straps laying flat (not something all helmets can claim). I've done a couple of 5 hour rides with it so far, and am very pleased with its performance. Good fitting gear should go relatively unnoticed after several hours in the saddle. The best helmet, in my opinion is one I don't notice after a day on the bike. I definitely recommend it. Coupled with BTDs aggressive discounts, I couldn't pass up the price point on this MIPS helmet.
My old Giro Savant was getting orettt worn so it was this or the Giro Cinder. Itï¿½s a fine helmet overall but lacks some important details. The straps are only just long enough. Big heads should get long straps. Little heads should should have strap to spare. When I put the arms of my glasses through the vents the glasses donï¿½t snug in. My other helmets have always held my glasses well. Sometimes the fit has some odd pressure spots at times. Weight is fine. I havenï¿½t experienced the ventilation having only had it this fall. Maybe itï¿½d work for you but if I get the $50 for this review Iï¿½m thinking I should go back to Giro.
I started with the first white Bell helmet, switched to MSR for a while, used Giros for years and last bought a Mavic Cosmic Pro which only lasted a year before it started falling apart. I bought the Bell Stratus in part because of the bright yellow color, but fell in love with it due to its fit and quietness. The wind noise is lower than any recent helmet I have used. The only issue is that the strap is JUST BARELY long enough. Would like it to be at least a half inch longer.
l use this helmet for road and gravel bike riding, the fit adjustment dial is easy to operate with gloves on.
I use the Bell Stratus to protect my head, from a previous Head Trauma and the MIPS is important to help me incase of another fall.
Purchased to replace a crash-damaged Bell Volt that I liked a lot (and did its job). But my new Stratus MIPS seems lighter, more comfortable, easier to adjust, and has surprisingly better air flow. Hopefully I won't need to test the MIPS for its effectiveness