Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet
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
Not Worth The Money
The helment is extremely loud. buffers and lifts at high speeds.I thought I was buying up from my AGV ti-tech but was very wrong. Only had the helmet a few months and looking to purchase another product. I'm a sports bike rider ( Hayabusa) and need a helmet that performs as well as my bike. Look else where if your a serious about a new helmet.
August 5, 2014
love bell star carbon
I own 2. Very light but a little noisy. I love the removable ear pieces to allow for speakers. Too bad they don't offer a permanent ( removable ) speaker with a plug in for music device. Or blue tooth without big box on helmet. Great airflow also. Easy to adjust with gloves on. And the bag is great too.
August 5, 2014
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