Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet
The fit was a little tight with the OE cheekpads so I ordered a set of 40mm cheekpads. The cheekpad swap was a snap and the materials matched (cloth and color) perfectly. This helmet fits better than any helmet I have ever owned.
Airflow across the brow is amazing.
May 18, 2013
Good buy if prices are cheaper
i got this when it was in close out around 370$. if paying for full price, i would recommend shoei or aria. other than the loud noise and hard to fit for glasses, everything is good with the star helmet.
May 13, 2013
I think this helmet is better than the Shoei X-12
I bought this helmet to replace a Shoei X-12 that I accidentally dropped. I wore the X-12 for almost 2 years and I love the Bell Star. Especially the solar shield that automatically tints. That thing works great! I will now wear Bells all of the time.
May 13, 2013
bell star carbon review (not this specific helmet)
to be more clear, this is a review of the 2011 carbon cerwinske(2010 shape). but according to videos, the only difference is an updated internal shape and upgraded padding. first things first, the helmet bag is an awesome touch. no other helmet that i know of does this, and it's nice. the next thing i noticed was how bulbous the helmet is. it was big and round. my other helmets(shoei rf1000 and ogk ff5) have a more ovaly shell and were smaller in every dimension. the shell on the star was large and round, which looked somewhat odd. now it makes for a large head opening, so on/off was super easy. especially with earbuds or earplugs if you wear those. and the liner is superb. it's a very supple suede and so comfy when wearing the helmet. when removing helmet the cheek pad rolls and scratches your skin due to the top face not being suede, but being a textile mesh type material. i would love to see the suede cover this area as well to make removing a little more comfortable. i love the magnetic strap. although the edges on the dring are a little sharp, making it more difficult to operate. keeps it secure, but a little tricky to work with. the visor is amazing. it seals about as perfectly as you can expect. the last inch of closure snaps closed very positively and securely. changing visors is even easier than my ogk, which is quite the accomplishment. arai should be ashamed of their system. the ventilation is up to what u read. weight was similar to my other helmets. the stability is noticably better than my current helmets. there's no pull in any one direction, whether popping up from a tuck or looking to the side. i'm guessing the shape accomplished this. either way, high speed stability is impressive. the helmet isn't heavy, but it definitely isn't light. feels about the same as my shoei, and a little heavier than ogk. i was surprised cuz i expected a fully carbon fiber helmet to be lighter. but that's ok, being able to see the cf pattern in the helmet is pretty nice. no regrets getting this over the suomy i was looking at that was over 200g lighter.
fit was perfect, right on normal size, excellent padding
lining material is top notch, oozes quality
ventilation as touted, great for so fl summer
free bag, not a cheapo either, very nice
easy visor change
visor actually seals and operates well
magnetic strap is beyond simple to use with gloves on
stability at speed
finish quality, from paint to inserts and what not
large head hole for easy on/off
speaker insets for those with comms/radio
cons(not even cons, but not pros):
large and funny shape, just not what i expected
dring little harder to operate than i'm used to
cheekpad scratches when removing
not as light as i'd expect
February 28, 2013
I’ve upgraded from a Bell Vortex to a Bell Star and very happy I did.
First - I wear a small in Bell helmets and the shell size between the small Star and the small vortex is amazing. The Star is way smaller than the Vortex and it is about .6 lbs lighter.
Second - The Star is way more comfortable than the Vortex. The padding is softer yet still firm and lined with a soft microfiber.
Third – The Star shares the same magnetic strap keeper as the Vortex and uses the same shield so I transferred my Bell Transitions SolFX Photochromic shield over to the Star. If you haven’t tried the magnetic strap keeper or Photochromic shield yet you should they are awesome!
The only thing I don’t like about the Star is the vent sliders still feel cheap like the Vortex’s. Bell needs to upgrade the sliders they use. Shoei sliders are very positive and solid feeling. Bell needs to look at those for upgrade inspiration.
Buy a Star you will like it. Also try the Photochromic shield once you do you will not go back!
March 13, 2013
Premium helmet - I was not disappointed.
I often ride 600+ miles in a day so I wanted a helmet that was both comfortable and safe. The Bell Star is noticeably light and easy to wear all day. At higher speeds the design smoothy cuts the air even during head checks. Add the Transitions shield and it makes the perfect all-day helmet.
March 4, 2013
Great helmet! Awesome graphics
- Very Light
- Amazing graphics in person, but not too loud, just artistic - definitely a head turner
- Great airflow
- Great Visibility
Not sure why they discontinued this, but I'm glad I got the last one for almost 50% off! Love this helmet. Any Bell Carbon is awesome in my book, any graphics notwithstanding.
February 25, 2013
Arai to Bell
Went to the effort of ordering the Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet from Revzilla, to be sent to New Zealand as the distributor doesn't bring them into the country.
Going from an Arai Quantum to the Bell Star Carbon, I've found the Bell to be outstanding. Admittedly the Arai has aged, but the quality of finish both the lining and carbon shell is excellent.
Its alot quieter wind noise wise than the Arai, with excellent visibility. One reason I was drawn to the Bell Star was the carbon construction, and inherent 'light-weight'. Riding a non-faired bike, a light weight helmet goes along way to reducing wind fatigue. Also very stable when turning your head, cuts through the wind like butter providing little resistance.
All in all, a highly recommended helmet. I went the extra and purchased the transition visor, and want for nothing else.
December 3, 2012