Gotta love convertibles. Doesn’t get much better than cruising down the beach, sun on your face, hair whipping in the wind. When the sun disappears and the cool evening breeze blows, pop the top up, sit back, and enjoy the ride. So what’s convertibles got to do with motorcycle helmets? Meet the Bell Broozer.

It’s called a convertible because the Bell Broozer Helmet is both a ¾ and full-face helmet. With the hard-shelled chinbar in place it’s a full-face lid, complete with a built-in, drop-down visor. Push down two buttons though, it pops right off and voila, you’ve got a ¾ helmet. Now, didn’t Bell go this route once before, you say? Yes. The Bell Rogue Helmet launched in 2013, but it was a half-shell and the faceguard was flimsy. Scorpion has a similar concept, the EXO Convert, but the faceguard is soft and pliable and the amount of protection it provides doesn’t go much beyond flying road debris. And that’s where the Bell Broozer Helmet separates itself from both because thanks to its hard-shell, polycarbonate chinbar it is dual homologated, meaning it is DOT and ECE 22.05 certified as a ¾ and a full-face helmet.

The Bell Broozer has an intermediate oval-shape. It fits snugly in the crown of the head but there’s no padding inside the chinbar so it's roomy and definitely feels more ¾ than full-face. Even with the chinbar in place, the helmet is lightweight thanks to its injection-molded blend of thermoplastic. It has two vents, one in the top of the helmet and one in the chinbar and both can easily be opened with gloved fingers. There’s no exit vent but the EPS liner is furrowed which allows air to circulate over the skull. Holes in the removable liner facilitate the flow and even though there’s only two vents, the Bell Broozer allows for ample air flow with the visor down. Field of view is comparable to most full-face helmets.

The EPS liner is furrowed which helps channel air flow over the skull, which is a good thing since the Bell Broozer doesn't have any exit vents.

The drop-down visor is built-in to the helmet and has a small tab on each side of the brow to slide it down. The anti-scratch visor seals up well when deployed and makes the Broozer look like a jet fighter helmet. The tabs to lower and raise it are fairly small so sliding it back up is a little more challenging than putting it down because they sit pretty flush to the chinbar. One benefit of the built-in design is the helmet doesn’t lift as much as a standard full-face does with the visor up because there’s no small lip to catch air. The smooth shape of the Bell Broozer itself also limits buffeting overall up until the time you’re hauling the mail at which point it starts to lift a bit.

The liner and ear pads of the Bell Broozer Helmet come out easily for cleaning. 

To pop the chinbar off, first be sure the visor is up. Then just push the two grey tabs located below the jawline down, give the chinbar a tug, and it pops right off. To put it back on, line it up, push in, and you can hear and feel it snap back into place. Kudos to Bell for making the process simple and uncomplicated. One item of note, though. I tried to do it while wearing the helmet and the tabs are so small they’re hard to push down with gloved fingers. Not impossible, but challenging, so if you’re going to rock the Bell Broozer as a ¾ helmet, take the the helmet off first. Besides, you’re going to want to stash the chinbar away for safekeeping so it doesn’t get lost or scratched up.

The inside of the helmet features ear pads that affix to the helmet via two snaps and two strips of Velcro. If you use a helmet comm system there’s no cut-outs for speakers. The removable liner has four snaps, two above the eyebrows and two in the back above the neckroll along with a plastic tab that tucks into the EPS liner at the back of the helmet. Both the ear pads and liner are lightly padded and pop out easily. The Broozer Helmet features Bell’s adjustable, ratchet-style chin strap that feeds straightforwardly. It’s a quick release system, simply give the red tab a quick downward tug.

The versatility of the Bell Broozer Helmet should have broad appeal. Going from full-face to ¾ is a snap. If it’s raining or cool out you can rock it as a full-face. When summer rolls around and you want to feel that sun on your face, go ¾. A built-in drop-down visor sweetens its appeal and styling is Top Gun cool. Best part is, the chinbar is made from a hard polycarbonate blend, so both forms of the helmet are DOT and ECE certified, a new standard for convertible helmets.