The Bell Sanction is the lightest full-face helmet in our test. Unfortunately, this diminutive helmet achieves a lower weight at the cost of function and protection. This helmet has a much smaller overall profile than any of the other full-face helmets we evaluated and our testers agree it feels like a toy compared to the other lids.
At just $75, this is one of the least expensive full-face helmets on the market and by far the least expensive in our test. Unfortunately, we can not recommend it as a solid choice for downhill mountain biking because it does not meet the ASTM-F1952 standard like its big brothers the Bell Transfer-9 and the carbon shelled Full-9.
The Sanction is only available in three sizes. We found that it fit on the small side. Our size large test helmet, which is supposed to fit heads from 58-60 cm, had a much smaller fit than our size large Bell Transfer-9, which is supposed to fit heads from 57-59 cm.
This model is available in at least seven colorways, including an inconspicuous matte black. It is not the coolest looking helmet we've ever seen, not because of Bell's graphics department, which we often feel is a bit out of touch, but because of its slim profile and skinny visor. We didn't rate helmets based on style, but our testers agreed that the graphics on this helmet are so-so.