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Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet
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Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet


  • 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:  Helmet ships with clear faceshield only.

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Bell Star Matte Carbon Helmet 4.7 5 89 89
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
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
Crash tested 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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
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.
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.

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
Aug 30, 2013
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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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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,
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?
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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A shopper asked: I'm mostly concerned with weight, noise, ventilation, and viewing angle. Feb 26, 2013
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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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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Matte Carbon / XS 872475 768686928109 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Matte Carbon / SM 872476 768686928116 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Carbon / MD 872477 768686928123 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Carbon / LG 872478 768686928130 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Carbon / XL 872479 768686928147 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Carbon / 2XL 872480 768686928154 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment