Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet
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
Great helmet but $$$$
I have a 7 5/8 head. I bought the xl. The head fit is perfect, but had to order smaller cheekpads. It came with 45mm and had to go down to 35mm now it fits perfect. My Sena Bluetooth was easy to attach and route.
It's light enough to wear on long trips and beats the snot out of my 1/2 helmet as far as noise.
If you feel your head is worth $650, this is a great helmet.
August 26, 2013
As my title states, I've experienced every aspect of this rather exceptional lid. I'll start with the Creature Comforts first, though.
The Star moves air. I tried it on as soon as it arrived and could feel the breeze just by walking around in my apartment. The trade off to such large, well-placed vents is a pretty high level of wind noise whilst riding. I usually ride with ear plugs due to a loud aftermarket exhaust, but I can see how that might be offputting to some.
Unfortunately, as most reviews have stated, it does run about a full size too big. If you normally wear a size Large, order a Medium. If you wear Medium, order a Small, etc.
The construction is solid and nothing feels cheap about it. It's snug around my entire cranium without any pressure points and the lining makes wearing it a pleasurable experience every time I put it on. Not to mention the simple addition of the magnetic clasp makes securing the strap whilst wearing gloves relatively simple.
Now, for my experience: I wrecked at the track with this piece of life saving gear on my head. Due to another rider leaking oil, I lowsided at around 65mph in the middle of a turn. I initially hit pavement before sliding off into what can only be described as a field. I was carried off to hospital with a broken left arm and fractured ribs. What about the helmet? At one point, I was sliding face-down and the face shield was ripped off, prompting the need for a replacement, but that's it. A little scuffing on the chin bar is the only damage.
It does what it's supposed to and throws in an amazing level of comfort on top. I highly recommend the Bell Star, carbon fiber to anyone and everyone.
July 20, 2013
Best helmet I've ever owned
This helmet fits me better than any helmet I've ever owned. I got a medium and it fits very snugly, but doesn't leave sculpture marks on my head for an hour after taking it off like other helmets I have had. It is pricey to be sure, and I wish they would come down on the cost but overall I would say it's worth it. I love the magnet strap end fastener, but I'd still have to say a certain Italian manufacturer has the best chin strap fastener of any design I've seen. It is very light weight and aerodynamic. The vents allow a lot of air to pass through too, which is good but does create wind noise. It has a face shield locking mechanism for high speed and also has a setting that opens the shield slightly on the left to allow air flow to clear the screen. Despite this, it does fog pretty easily, but not so much it has been a problem. The main reason I chose the helmet was the availability of the transitions lens. I had another brand helmet with a flip down sun visor that was snell 2005 compliant but I could not find anything with a sun visor that was 2010 compliant. An integrated sun shield of some sort was a requirement for me so the transitions lens was my best option. I love the transitions lens- it is perfect for my purposes. That's a good thing because there is no way to comfortably get a pair of sun glasses on inside the helmet. The fit doesn't allow that. If you wear glasses to ride you might want to try one of these on with glasses before buying. I highly recommend this helmet. It's not perfect but it's the best I've seen.
July 9, 2013