Bell Star Carbon Pinned Helmet
My third Bell Helmet, went for the Star this time.
I grew up using Bell Helmets in the mid to late 80's, early 90's so I've always had a penchant for them.
I have had 3 Bell helmets in the last 4+ years all from Revzilla.
Bell Vortex, Bell RS-1 and now the Star, Pinned no less.
Like any of the previous models, the fit and finish is excellent as alluded to in the videos. The quick release mechanism for the shield is a pinch to work with along with replacement.
The Star is just a step above the rest. Its a hefty price point if you are just getting into riding, but its sooo worth it. The Carbon/Kevlar blend on the Pinned is a sight to behold. And the weight of a mere 3 lbs is excellent. Still, Bell has some work to do on wind noise. Its prevalent on both the Star and the RS-1. Ear plugs can fix that in a snap. The Star works very well in the tuck at speed and it is forgiving somewhat if you need to take a peek around your shoulder or down through your armpit.
August 3, 2015
Excellent helmet, period.
I personally got the blue pinned version.
-LIGHT(obviously) doesn't feel like you're wearing anything. Not neck pain.
-Very nice design
-Very good build quality
-Fit is true
-Price is completely reasonable for what you're getting.
-Already has cut outs for speakers if you get a blue tooth communicator.
-Good air flow/low noise.
-is there such a thing? Lol.
But seriously, it's a awesome helmet. Not just trying to boast. I can't think of any cons. Using the helmet for 3 months now. Got the transition face shield and is perfect.
June 22, 2015
good helmet but way too loud
i get headaches if i ride on the highway for more than 30 min, just because of how loud it gets. otherwise good helmet.
June 13, 2015
Very happy with this helmet :)
I was a bit worried about spending so much, but in this case you do get what you pay for! Considering the fantastic helmet bag, it's kind of a bargain, really. Very comfortable, fits my intermediate oval head perfectly with no pressure points. Nice-feeling materials. Ventilation is great, visibility is great, no buffeting at track speeds. The matte carbon looks fantastic!
June 22, 2015
This being my first high performance street helmet you might take my review with a grain of salt, but I absolutely love this helmet! I had been riding with a cheap Biltwell helmet, so obviously I noticed a huge difference as soon as I put on the star carbon. Gone are the days of sweating balls in an unvented helmet, my first ride was in around 85 degree weather, and I hardly broke a sweat. The aerodynamics are night and day as well. Anywhere over 60 mph my last helmet felt like it was going to fly off my head as I would strain my neck try to deal with the buffeting. The Star Carbon cuts through the air like a warm knife through butter. And I no longer feel like I'm going to break my neck doing head checks at higher speeds. Obviously fit will vary from person to person, and I've always found the best fit with Bell helmets (I've worn bell dirt bike helmets since I was 5) but never have I been so comfortable in a helmet as with this one. I have an overall more round head shape, and with a lot of other helmet brands I've worn I tend to fall somewhere in between a medium and large. I had a large Biltwell, which wasn't as snug as I'd like, but the medium was definitely too small unless I wanted to deal with throbbing headaches every time I rode. With the Star carbon however, I'm a solid medium, and it fits like a glove.
And to top it all off the graphics are a perfect match to my 81' Honda! (part of the reason I ended up choosing the star carbon over the RS-1) Definitely happy with my purchase though.. and I didn't even realize, but it comes with a pretty nice carrying bag with a few extra storage pockets, which helped to soften the blow a little as far as the price is concerned.
So yes, If you're looking for a high end helmet, and you have a "Bell shaped" head, I would highly recommend this product!
June 13, 2015
Better than I had hoped.
I was researching helmets for a few months and was between this and a Signet-Q. I ultimately chose this helmet and am perfectly pleased with the decision. It is supremely comfortable commuting to work and flows a great deal if air. The graphics on this helmet really pop and the high-viz yellow is very well done. The pockets in the shell for ear pieces work very well and the sound difference from this to my HJC IS-17 is like night and day.
Some observations I do have are: the cheek pads don't form a complete seal and there is a fair amount of wind noise around the back base of the helmet. I suspect once I get the advertised sized cheek pads (50mm vs 45mm) it should correct the issue. Also the spoiler can catch wind during head checks it's not bad but it is sudden if you're not ready for it.
Outside of that this helmet is amazing
May 25, 2015
Great Helmet, But Loud
I replaced two old Shoei helmets with the Star Carbon. The helmet is surprisingly light to the hand, it's fit was accurate (sz L), on my somewhat oval head. The cheek pieces fit snugly but after the first few hours they broke in and I forgot about it. On the bike, the helmet is loud, very loud, so much I couldn't hear my CBR1000F Two Bros pipe over the wind noise. Good earplugs are a requirement. The ventilation system is great but the airflow is highly regulated by the amount of tuck of your chin. The airflow favors a slight downward head position, ie sport bike posture. The aerodynamics are fantastic, all buffeting coming over the windscreen is gone, yes I mean gone. The helmet slices through the wind like no other I've worn. Other than the wind noise issue, it's comfortable, light and feels great.
May 22, 2015
Crashed with this helmet!
I hit a deer going 65 mph last year. This helmet saved my life. Im sure alot of other helmets would have to but, i believe i would have came out of the accident with alot more issues if it wasn't for this helmet like concussions or any other brain impact related injuries. Just to break down how bad the accident was i broke my L1 vertebrae, broke 3 ribs on my left side of my body and one on my right. Broke my collar bone, my left foot, and broke my pinkie finger. I listed these injuries to show that it wasn't a simple accident That night my wife brought me my helmet to the hospital so i could see what would have happened to my head if i wasn't wearing it. It looked like someone hit it repeatedly with a baseball bat. The doctor came into the room just to talk to me and saw the helmet. After seeing the helmet he immediately sent me to get ct scan of my head. After the results the doctor couldn't believe there was no bruising in my brain or any sign of trauma. He said usually with a helmet that badly destroyed he saw swelling and bruising of the brain and very bad concussions. That's why i know this is an exceptional helmet. I have seen people get upset about the price of this helmet but its your life. I would recommend this helmet to anybody
April 23, 2015