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Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet

From the ultra-light Carbon Composite Shell to the super stable aerodynamic profile, every form and function of the Star Carbon has been designed to make you lighter, faster, and stronger. The Bell Star Carbon also features a head form based on the popular RS-1 for superior comfort and fit. Bell’s Velocity Flow Ventilation system keeps you cool in the heat of battle while the Contour Cut Cheekpads cradle your head in comfort. And when you’re looking for that extra edge, Bell provides a wide range of high-performance shields that allow you to stay focused on your next braking point, apex, and pass.

Features:

  • Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum ventilation and temperature control
  • Super stable aerodynamic signature resists buffeting and lift
  • Super lightweight all-carbon fiber shell
  • Contour Cut Cheekpads for superior fit and comfort
  • 3Mode Shield for instant on-bike shield adjustments, and ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever
  • NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield
  • Removable and washable, Xtatic XT2 antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner
  • Includes self-adhering TrackStrip for additional high-speed stabilization at track speeds
  • Exclusive Magnafusion magnetic strap keeper (Patent Pending)
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure
  • Five-year warranty
  • Certification: Snell M2010, DOT

Note:  Bell Star Carbon Helmet ships with clear faceshield only.

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Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet 4.7 5 92 92
Great 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
Great helmet 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. aerodynamics: 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. wind noise: 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? Thanks Doug August 26, 2013
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Julian H: I have a lot of Carbon Fiber components on my bike and I think this would be a good match. Plus I don't have anything that I can "get low" with for faster rides. Im hoping it will make me but a race-bike. I also just like Bell as a brand, and I like that they are still innovating. Jul 24, 2014
diana c: I have a bell star carbon already and love the light weight plus the transions shield is great. Jul 17, 2014
Kyle S: I want the best to protect my brain housing group. And this is quite simply the best. A decade of racing motocross with their helmets, and still being here because of their helmets. That is why I chose to use Bell as I cross over into a weekend warrior sportbike rider. May 23, 2014
Thomas R: Fit is tight. Bell quality. Looks awesome. May 17, 2014
Christopher N: Needed a helmet suited more for the track then my icon and could not be more pleased. This helmet feels very light while riding and great in the tuck ...is windy though but who cares when your ripping up a track Apr 3, 2014
jason c: Looking for a light carbon helmet that looked badass, had good airflow and was comfortable. This helmet is all of the above. Mar 27, 2014
Nathan B: Great styling, performance. Videos make all the difference in my selections Dec 27, 2013
Jacqueline A: Because it badass Dec 3, 2013
Basit S: FREE SHIELD!!!!!!!!!! Sep 23, 2013
John C asked: Any suggestions on how to reduce wind noise? Anything over 45 mph is deafening. Even riding with 25db ear plugs is loud at interstate speeds. Aug 24, 2013
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Sol S: Hi John,
I don't think, in all my years riding (40), I've ever had a 'quiet' helmet. Even when they said it was the quietest one, it seemed noisy. Short of ear plugs my only suggestion is to keep riding and eventually you'll suffer a hearing loss and it wont seem so loud!! Seriously, this helmet is a nice helmet, but even the weight isn't as low as it should be. Two strikes against it. Too loud and too heavy. But only slightly on both counts. I know my motorcycle can't be too loud so it must be the air that's so damn noisy.
Aug 26, 2013
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Roy G: I wear earplugs too and don't have any noise issues. I wear a medium and it is very snug at the cheeks and back of the neck.

I have the helmet chin shield in so that may make a minor difference.

You may want to wear a helmet liner. I have one by Bilt called "Heat-Out". They are cheap $10. It is light weight and wicks the moisture.

Hope you find a solution.
Roy
Aug 26, 2013
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John C: I've been thinking that maybe I should be wearing a Medium with soft pads instead of a Large with firm pads.
I wish Bell sold different thickness pads like Arai does.

I do have the chin shield installed.
I'll try a liner because I really like this helmet otherwise.

this sounds dumb but, if I shrug my shoulders or hold my hand in front of my chin the helmet is dead quiet. A neck roll would fix it. Aug 28, 2013
Tarik S: I would suggest trying different ear protection. It's hard to find non-custom plugs that fit snuggly, block noise consistently, and don't sit too far into your ear for comfort and safety. I find this helmet is not the quietest, but not the loudest. I always wear ear plugs, but it takes a lot of trial and error to find ones that work well for the shape and size of your ears. Aug 29, 2013
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John C: Thanks Tariq, I'm using Westone ES49 fitted plugs. Aug 29, 2013
Robert B: Any race spec helmet will be loud. I've owned or tried Shoei X-11 and Arai Corsair and they aren't any quieter. Touring helmets tend to be quieter by design but they're also bigger and heavier.

I use mine on the track only and use earplugs.

I'm sorry I don't have any solutions to offer beside maybe looking at another helmet.

Best
Aug 26, 2013
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Bert J: Hi, I have no issues with it.
All tough, I always ride with earplugs.
I advice better earplugs.

Greetz from Belgium
Bert
Aug 30, 2013
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A shopper asked: What are the Silver Button looking things on the sides near the Visor Locking Mechanism? Is it just part of the design or do they serve a purpose? Jun 30, 2014
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Michael G: To my knowledge, they don't do anything as far as the use of the helmet (you can't push them or anything like that). It looks like they may be anchors where the chin straps attach. Jun 30, 2014
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Christopher N: They serve no purpose that I have found other then they may be pins that hold the locking mechanisms in Jun 30, 2014
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Jose Antonio G: It is jus part of the mechanism to keep attach the lever to lift the shield, is part of the design. Jul 4, 2014
Terry B: There is one on each side. They are the rivet heads that anchor the ends of the chinstrap. Jun 30, 2014
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A shopper asked: What are the Silver button looking things next to the Bell Logo on the sides near the visor ends? Just part of the design? Curiousity got to me. Jun 30, 2014
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Jacob A: Yeah, just part of the design of the helmet. I think they just keep some of the inner parts of the helmet from moving around. No functional purpose as I can see. Hope that helps. Jun 30, 2014
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Roy G: I took the cheek pieces out and followed the chin straps to that location. So without ripping out the inner shell I would say it is where the chin straps are anchored. Jul 1, 2014
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Corey S: That is the latch to help hold the shield down in place for high speeds. Also can be flipped to crack open shield for ventilation when stopped. Jul 1, 2014
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Chet C: That is where the chin straps connect to the helmet shell. Jun 30, 2014
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A shopper asked: How many shell sizes? I have buy size medium, but i think is too large on me. Can i simple buy the liner of size Small or they had different shell sizes and are not compatible? My helmet is the Bell Star Speed Freak Medium. Sorry my bad english. Feb 18, 2014
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A S: a further question. would the 3 Shell Sizes be XS-S, MD-L, XL-XXL?
Reason im asking is im looking at buying a Closout sale item, star carbon. Its only available in a small, i tried a small on and it fits well, although the Temple is a bit tight. Could i get a Medium liner and cheekpads and out into a small shell for the added head room?

I really want the Graphic on Closeout, but only available in a Small.
Jul 3, 2014
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A S: I'm looking at buying a one that is currently on close out, it's only available in Small because of last years graphic. I tried on a small but there's a bit of pressure around the temple, can I put a medium liner and cheek pads in a small shell for a better fit?

What sizes do the three shell sizes fall under?
Jul 2, 2014
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Roy G: From my recollection Bell has 3 shell sizes.
I can't help with the liner issues. I have a medium and don't know if Revzilla stocks any liners.
Customer service should be able to answer your question.
Good luck and riding,
Roy
Feb 18, 2014
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Imad N: You can change the liner sizes including in between sizes that's what I did and it fit perfectly. Great helmet, I love mine! Mar 23, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does the bell star carbon have different shell sizes. I'm a small and have heard reports of the shell being very large so could look rather stupid?
Thanks
Nov 27, 2013
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Nathan B: I wear a size small and it does look a little big on me, but I also have a long skinny neck. So most helmets tend to look big on me. Otherwise, I love the helmet and have no complaints. I've worn it for over 6 hours and it never caused my neck to be sore. Also, the Carbon fiber looks awesome in person. I've had a lot of compliments on the helmet. Dec 9, 2013
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Andrew M: The shell is not overly large. Looks great on me and I'm only 5'7 Dec 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: I know Arai has expanded their field of view 5mm on both sides, I was curious how close is the Bell star opening to the Corsair both horizontally and vertically? Jul 3, 2012
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RevZilla: The horizontal angles are similar, but the Corsair V has a taller vertical viewing angle. Jul 9, 2012
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Jeffrey H: I can say for sure for the bell but it feel more narrow then the RX-Q at least. Nov 27, 2012
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A shopper asked: What is the weight difference between the Bell Star Carbon in a large, and the Bell RS-1 in a large? Jan 18, 2012
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OldYeller: The Carbon Star is 2.6455 ounces lighter than the RS1.
RS1 spec lists 1575 grams or 55.5564 oz. or 3.4 lbs.
Star Carbon lists 1500 grams or 52.9109 or 3.3 lbs

I own a Star Cerwinske (non carbon) and an RS1 in gloss black, both size large. The non carbon Star is 1600 grams, 25 grams heavier than the RS1 - that's a bit less than an ounce. I can't feel any difference in weight between the two. I don't know if the Star spec weight includes the optional stick-on spoiler piece. I reviewed both helmets in detail here on Revzilla but since I own both, for your convenience, a short summary here of how they differ:

The RS1 is "cushier" and quieter. Designed with a little more "all around" comfort in mind, it has a thicker more cushioned liner and is a bit more aerodynamic in upright riding positions. It ventilates well and due to the plusher padding, seals nicely around the neck, which seals out noise and drafts up the neck. Venting inside the helmet is very good.

The Star has a leaner, firmer liner and superb ventilation and ventilation control, which makes it noisier. Airflow through the helmet is fantastic and air does come up the back of the neck. I purchased the thicker, firm cheek pads for the Star to ensure a snug, wiggle free fit. I didn't need to do that for the RS1.

Overall - I think both helmets are fantastic! Honestly, it was the Cerwinske pattern that got me to buy the Star, but once riding with it, it does offer superior airflow and airflow control and the aerodynamics at speed are excellent.

One additional note - PHOTOCHROMIC SHIELD IS AWESOME! If you ride day to night often - I commute and do - its worth every penny. Good luck. Email with questions if you want to know more.
Jan 20, 2012
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DauntlessPilot: star is lighter but not by much, around 150g. to me they feels the same. because the balance is very good. May 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does SolFx offer a transitions lens for the Bell Star that accepts a Pinlock lens insert? Dec 14, 2012
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RevZilla: The Bell Transitions SolFX Photochromic Face Shield is not pinlock ready, nor do they make a pinlock version. Hopefully we'll see a pinlock version from them in the future. Fingers crossed. Dec 14, 2012
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Bell Helmet Sizing

Size Hat Size (in)  Measurement (in)
2XS 6 3/8 - 6 1/2 20 - 20 1/2
XS 6 3/4 - 6 7/8 21 1/4 - 21 5/8
SM 6 7/8 - 7 21 5/8 - 22
MD 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 22 1/2 - 22 3/4
LG 7 1/4 - 7 3/8 22 3/4 - 23 1/4
XL 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 23 5/8 - 24
2XL 7 3/4 - 7 7/8 24 1/2 - 24 3/4

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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