Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet
Yes it's loud, but boy is it worth it. The airflow is very good and it's also extremely comfortable. I bought a small as I was in between small and medium and the small fits fine I might get the slimmer cheeks pads, but I can't complain. With regards to weight, I bought the carbon fibre and it's lighter than my HJC but I haven't tried on many other helmets to make those comparison. The visor lock is extremely easy to use and the visor moves very nicely. I bought the carbon fibre more for the look, but if you have the money then this is a very nice helmet.
July 19, 2014
I purchased a large and it fits me like a glove. Great airflow, wide field of vision, it's very light and looks really good. It's a bit pricey and I haven't crash tested it yet (and I don't plan to anytime soon) but to me it's worth every penny.
July 6, 2014
Accurate Fit (read my comments) - Great Airflow - Lightweight
I recently upgraded my helmet to the Bell Star Matte Carbon. Can't say a bad thing about it. Looks great, feels great. I read several reviews that were talking about the helmet not fitting correct to size. I can't say this is true anymore. Unfortunately I didn't try on any old Star Helmets, so I don't have a reference point to how they used to fit. That said- my helmet fits me dead on. Initially it was tight around my checks (and still is slightly tight) but after 10 or so rides, I no longer feel like it's noticeable. Plus- don't be a fool- you don't want your helmet moving around! The "Hat Size" is different on Revzilla's chart, compared to Bell's website, which worried me initially....but I went off my head measurement (23 1/4 inches) and purchased the Large. Worked out in my favor. Try not to use the hat measurements and you should be fine. If you're larger than 23 1/4 inches, around 23 1/2 & closer to 24 inches, I'd get the XL. Measure twice. Have a friend help if need be.
In regards to the airflow: I'm a sweaty person. This always sucked when I was dirt-biking in the dunes. Airflow is important to me, and this helmet is working so far. Summer's just beginning, so we'll see how well she holds up. The locking "cracked" position is nice so the shield doesn't move around at high speeds. I will say- the helmet isn't exactly quiet. This doesn't bother me, but for those that don't like noisy helmets...I'd think twice about what's more important to you: airflow or noise level.
In regards to weight: The facts don't lie. It's lightweight. enough said about that...
Best of luck on your decision!
June 2, 2014
A Whole New Level
I bought this helmet after a LOT of research and I believe I definitively made the right decision. The look is timeless, there isn't any crazy paint schemes or graphics just a solid understated look that you can immediately see as quality the moment you open the bag. By the way IDK if I missed it or the description didn't say but this helmet comes with a VERY HIGH QUALITY bag that is lined in a red velvet type material on the inside and a durable material on the outside with designated pockets for a visor and gloves. I wasn't expecting it and was very surprised, the bag feels like $100 itself. The helmet is quieter than I expected after reading other reviews. I did come from an HJC helmet and lets be honest they are not known for being the best but nevertheless this helmet continues to impress. Also I like the recessed speaker pockets that are built in as I also purchased the SENA SMH10R Bluetooth to go with it and the combo works great. Even with the headset the helmet is lighter than my friends Shoei and better looking with the angles and design. Also when I ordered mine it came with the free Bell Transitions SolFX Photochromic Face Shield that is a must for this helmet. Only two companies made a transitions shield when I bought this helmet and I have to say it is another one of those thing I don't know how I lived without it. Overall this helmet is HIGHLY recommended.
January 20, 2014
Very light with wide field of view
The Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet is light weight and has a great removable padding system.
It is very quiet and low wind buffering.
The shield lock is a BIG plus.
October 21, 2013
Great for road and track use:
this review is for track use of the helmet. the Star is outstanding and the below issues are merely niggles.
very stable on braking at 175mph, and also when cornering.
no wind lift. I did not find any need to install the stick-on spoiler
acceptable wind forces when rotating head at super high speed, with little force required to centre head again.
not as aerodynamic as Bell M4/M5 but you probably would not want to use them on a track due to their light-weight nature.
super-comfortable, fits a little larger than stated. lightweight.
Vis is good, except in a tuck I find the top of the face opening is a little low. I have to lift the front of the helmet slightly when putting it on, but it does stay in that position. lifting exposes my chin more than I want but that's OK.
chin turbulence is minimal,
ear pockets have a hiss which is annoying but is solved by earplugs (which I always wear# or probably by re-arranging the speaker pocket acoustic #!?# foam.
top vents whine slightly but no more than other helmets.
my main annoyance is that at over 100mph either the righthand top vent slider vibrates, or there is some manufacturing detritus inside the vent which needs to be removed. some sticky tap or clearing the duct should fix that.
the only helmet that might compete with the Star would be a Schuberth #for weight) but it costs much more... so a Star it is then!
September 9, 2013
Crash Tested as well
Low sided on the track at 80mph in a right hander, went off into a sand dune, flipped backwards, and my left arm/leg slammed into the ground. In relation to the helmet I sustained no injuries, not even a headache or sore neck. I did manage to keep my head held up throughout the slide and since I didn't have the visor locked it flew off but is still good. Helmet has a bunch of scratches and scuffs and in all honesty I could probably use it again.
The 2013 Star fits normal since they added shell sizes so if you wear a medium odds are good it's dead on or slightly bigger. Their 2011 model was horrible and ran a size too big but I digress. The magnetic strap is cool but if you ride a cruiser your jacket collar with probably pull it off. Because of how much air it flows the helmet is extremely loud so I would recommend ear plugs. The speaker cutouts are perfect and appreciated for street riding. Helmet is just way too expensive at the end of the day and would recommend Scorpions line, same features, and quieter helmet for half the price and if you get the 2000 series it looks like a Bell Star ha.
September 8, 2013
I hope the warranty is still active...
I bought this helmet in March '13, mainly for its lighter weight and the photochromatic lens. Both of which I love.
However, here are my issues...
- very loud. Air gets in from all over, from underneath to around the shield
- leaks like a siv when it rains, nothing worse than drops of water behind the visor making it rain inside your helmet
- the magnetic chin strap, seemed amazing at first, but came loose with any high collared leather jacket. The magnet then eventually fell out of the strap, I assume from whipping around all the time after coming loose. Now it just whips me noisily on the side of the helmet ( so wonderful :P )
- I can hear a rattle internal to the helmet somewhere that drives me nuts
- chin vents only half close on the first notch
Can I still return this helmet or get a replacement?
August 26, 2013