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The latest generation of a helmet that started a safety revolution in motorsports, the Bell Star Helmet has been reborn to serve the two wheeled masses with even greater comfort, performance and protection. Redesigned with a smaller profile for a more refined fit and tuned specifically for the upright riding position, the Bell Star combines the comfort and riding characteristics of a touring helmet with race-bred aerodynamics and performance.
STREETVIEW: The Star features two unique profile shapes for two distinctly different types of riding. The Raceview profile used on the Pro Star and Race Star uses an orientation specifically optimized for a tucked, more compact position. Conversely, the Streetview profile used for the Star is designed for a more upright, sport or touring position.
PANOVISION VIEWPORT: No matter what or how you ride, one factor remains constant: the need for maximum visibility. Whether racing or going on a simple ride in the mountains, the ability to make safe headchecks and see obstacles clearly is critical.The Panovision viewport in the Star offers riders additional vertical and lateral visibility over the previous Star and more traditional viewports. This allows the rider to see better in a tight or tucked position and make saferlane changes and head-checks.
EYEWEAR COMPATIBLE: Using prescription glasses or a preferred pair of shades is now possible with eyewear arm pockets woven right into the interior liner
X-STATIC LINER: A leader in antimicrobial fabric technology, X-Static material is clinically-proven to provide bacteria and odor protection throughout the life of the liner. X-Static fibers are permanently bonded with a layer of 99.9% pure metallic silver. This silver layer is the key to X-Static’s powerful antimicrobial properties, as it creates an ionic shield that permanently inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi. Fabrics made with X-Static fibers are flexible, with the natural look and feel of traditional textiles, while offering all the benefits of pure silver.
TRI-MATRIX COMPOSITE SHELL: A proprietary mix of Aramid, carbon fiber, and fiberglass delivers all the strength of carbon fiber in a more budget-protecting package. Woven synthetic fibers have long been proven to be some of the most practical solutions where lightweight strength is required. Bell's Tri-Matrix shell utilizes the combined power and superior characteristics of these race-proven synthetics, offering unmatched strength and durability.
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New for Spring '16 this is the completely overhauled, redesigned Bell Star Helmet. It is part of the new Star family. You have the Star, just over that $400.00 mark. You have the Race Star which gets close to that $700.00 mark and then you have the Pro Star which is north of a $1,000.00. Moving into Spring of '16 again, what are they blowing away? They're blowing away the original Star helmet. They're also blowing away the RS-1. This really takes the price point of that RS-1 which used to be around that $300 to $400 mark and it completely blows it out of the water from a safety, materials, function, aggressive, aerodynamics, and performance standard.
And I'm going to break the full helmet down for you but in my opinion, this is a helmet that you need to be evaluating if you're looking at helmets like the RF-1200 from SHOEI. Which the fit and finish might be a little bit different. It's a little bit more proven but again, this is much more aggressive different helmet. You're going to be looking at something like the EXO-R2000 from Scorpion. A little bit less cost but not as full featured again. So if you're on a bit of a budget, same family. Also, if you're looking at something like the next XR2, you're going to get probably a half a pound lighter helmet but you're spending a $100 more.
So again, in this same family, this is a helmet that crosses over into aggressive street and sport riding. You could wear this helmet every day or it's DOT and snow rated. You could take it to the race track, no problem. And remember, it's stealing from the race DNA of the Race Star and the Pro Star which really add a lot of different features. As you increase that cost, they get lighter by four to five ounces but they also incorporate that Bell Flex technology which is a safety technology around the EPS that this helmet doesn't have.
So if you think about the difference, it's weight savings, it's angle of attack, and it's a big protection upgrade when you go into that Race Star or Pro Star family. So now that you know how it's positioned and before I get into all the changes and all the details which really are a full rundown because there's so much that's not the same compared to the RS-1 and the original Star, let's talk about fitment.
Intermediate oval in its head shape consistent with what Bell has done in their last few years of helmet. Now if we think about the RS-1 or we think about the original Star, slightly different head shapes. They were a little bit more neutral. This is an intermediate oval. Little bit longer front to back. it's going to be solid through the cheeks. It uses five shell shapes. So five shell shapes allow it to hit that three pound seven-ounce mark for a medium. They allow it to be snug and tight and small. You don't want a big helmet.
So again, multiple shell shapes five. It's basically a shape nearly for every size. And then again, that fit is slightly longer front to back. It's not overly round. It's not neutral. It's not going to be long and narrow like you might see on some other helmets. This helmet actually aligns pretty well with what you would see from the American market. From Bell, you actually can use their custom fit program which is a whole different animal. You need to Google that. And also, keep in mind too, when you go to that Race Star or that Pro Star, the fit on those guys are actually going to be angled a little bit more forward. So three-quarter or a tuck are really the best suits for that.
This guy's going to give you the best option for tuck, three-quarter but if you are wearing it in an upright riding position, the positioning of the fit and the EPS is going to give you a solid aerodynamic profile and visibility scheme even if you're straight up and down. The other two helmets I would not recommend them wearing straight up and down based on the angle of attack. They're also going to be a little bit more narrow, a little bit more encompassing through the cheek pads because they're more considered race thoroughbred helmets where this guy crosses over from street to race.
Now, let's work from the outside in. Hit all of the new features and upgrades that we saw over the Star or even the RS-1 as we walk through it. So the first thing you're going to notice. Completely different aerodynamic profile over the original RS-1 or Star. Very, very aggressive but this helmet's not as aggressive as the Race Star or the Pro Star. They actually get a bigger wing and they're angled more. This helmet, like I said, in the tuck, in the three-quarter, or upright you're going to be good to go.
One of the big changes they made moving into this helmet and again, we went out and put a ton of miles on it, is that the original Bell RS-1 actually vented quite well. Great airflow. And this helmet, remember six intakes, eight exhausts. So the airflow, if anything, has stayed the same. But what the previous versions didn't do was it wasn't quiet. It was actually annoyingly loud. This helmet has addressed that. So the way that they're funneling the air in and channeling it to your head doesn't diminish the air and ventilative properties but what it does do is give you a more quiet ride.
Now, Bell's throwing around some numbers, I don't have a wind tunnel and I can't reproduce the exact testing scenario that they got to the decimal rating that they gave it but we will say that after going out, putting it through its paces, riding it in multiple positions at speed, it was significantly quieter than the previous Star and RS-1 versions. We agree. And remember, if we look at it here, you're looking at your chin. Open, closed. Again, two vents on either side. You're looking at your brow vent which is going to vent to the EPS. Open and close. Again, they are small actuators but with a thinner glove or a leather glove, they're easier to find. Textile gloves are going to be a little tougher. Might be a bit of a nitpick there. And then on the top here, you're going to have your dual sided chimney that open and closes.
When we move around to the back. Again, the top vent along the spoiler. Open and close. Two ports. You're going to have four ports across the back side of this wing. These are passive, remember the Venturi
effect. Sphere moving through air at speed creates a low-pressure vacuum bind helmet. Actually extracting or pulling via vacuum more moist air away from your head, increasing the airflow. These are passive vents. You can see how they come across the wing just underneath it and then you have these winglets along the side. And then where I get to eight, is I get to the bottom of the neckroll as well. So air that vents and comes all the way through call it the Mohawk of your scalp all the way down then extracts out of the bottom.
And remember, if you're wearing this helmet in the three-quarter or in the tuck position, you're exposing that rear extractor all the way at the bottom again to that full Venturi effect. Now, if we look at some of the other things, again working from the outside in on the helmet. Completely overhauled shield. And I actually like everything they did with the new shield. It comes in Photochromic. You can get a max pinlock version. It's going come standard out of the box without Photochromic, without pinlock, you have to upgrade that later.
It's now center channel. If we can see, the detents have been improved, right? So I have my snap, posilock. I have my city position. I have a detent here and then I'm all the way up. Now, watch the actuation along the side. Do you see the side pod removal system? This is actually one of the best side pod removal systems we've seen anybody do. Everybody, I remember five years ago, everybody sucked at these. At this stage of the game, everyone's gotten pretty good and this is one of the most simple.
Watch what I do with my finger. I push it in. Push it forward. Boom. Face shield is off. To reinstall it, I line it up. When I can find it, snap it back. I'm all done. It was that simple. So again, you don't have to worry about that. You don't have to worry about changing shields. You can get that positive lock which creates a great seal between the gasket and the shield itself. So if it's raining it's obvious to understand, "Okay, that's going to block water." but if you're at speed and your head checking, you're also not going to get any air coming through at odd angles or whistling within your helmet. Again, that's a big piece.
The other thing is this, they call this the Panovision, with a panorama piece along the bottom side here. What this is is 5 mm cutaway. This is new for Bell. This is if I'm in the race position and I'm doing a head check, I now don't have to get my eye over that lift. I am now getting myself 5 mm of additional visibility on a bike that doesn't have mirrors, head checking behind me to either side. That is a race inspired piece of functionality. It is a safety functionality and again, they were able to incorporate that without impeding the function of the helmet. Bravo Bell.
Again, iteration, moving forward, testing, and listening to your customer base and designing a product that solves racers and riders problems without making them less safe. The other thing about this shield too, class one optically correct. So again, it's going to have the full Poly-Carb performance. Class 1 optically correct which means it is distortion free throughout. It is meant to be worn all the time. It is going to be the same level of optically correct that your eye glasses would be. So again, when there's any kind of distortion or fuzziness that's what gives you a headache because you're working hard to see through a lens. When it's class 1 optically correct it means it's the highest standard. And they've certainly done that on this shield.
Now, if we think about the shell itself, you're still tri-composite. I called out the weight earlier. Size medium, three pounds seven ounces. That is light. The previous RS-1 was around three pounds ten, three pounds eleven ounces. The previous Star was over four pounds. Mega heavy, ugh. If we look at this guy, three pounds seven ounces. Under the three and a half pound mark is very light for a helmet. And again, we think about that same range. SHOEI R-1200 in the same range. You can have an EXO-R2000, similar range. That Nexx that we talked about though, that Nexx XR2 Pure Carbon, spend another $100 bucks but you're down near that three-pound mark.
Now I will say this, if you go up to the Bell Race Star, you're now at three pounds two ounces. So you've shaved another five ounces off of it but among all the other features and upgrades you get with that Race Star, you're also going to be spending another $250, $300 bucks to go to that level. But you do get close down the three if you want to stay in the Bell family and just upgrade your game. Now, we've looked at it. We've talked about aerodynamic profile. You can see the cutaways. Very, very aggressive. One of the most aggressive helmets in this category.
And again, I've already said it multiple times, designed for a range of riding positions. Other helmets, three-quarter tuck. This helmet you can get away with in the upright position but again, it's not for the faint of heart. It's going to scare your mama. It is a helmet that is aggressive and it is not being apologetic about how it's approaching tearing up the roads.
Now I'm going to grab my donut and I'm going to walk through some of the other features and some of the other big changes they made here on the Star. Now, the first thing I'm going to dive into is, [inaudible 00:10:01] I'm going to reach into the helmet, I'm going to talk for one final piece about aerodynamics. I'm going to pull out this plug. This plug is actually plugging two big vents along the chin or on the inside of the face shield. When this plug is in, all the chin vent air goes up to the face shield to defog. When you pull this vent out or this plug out, what it does is it allows all that air to hit you in the face.
So sport riding, sport commuting, sport touring, leave your plug in. You're going to get some better defogging properties on the ventilative properties from that chin vent. Riding on the track, track day racing, pull it out. You're going to get the best air flow and ventilation directly to your face. Again, they're giving you that option. Well done Bell.
One of the other things that I like that they've done here and remember staying with themes that we've seen the previous Star, so your chin curtain should come out here. There we go. I have a removable chin curtain. That's nice. It's using the ecstatic liner which is silver-infused and that's going to be antimicrobial, antibacterial, it's also wicking. If you go up to the Race Star or the Pro Star, you actually get the Jade version. It's called Jade Virus and what it does is it's like Coolmax but it actually wicks heat away. So it's up to eight degrees cooler. It's like getting that cool side of the pillow all the time when you're riding but you have to make the upgrade to go there and get it.
Now if we look at other components here. The neck roll actually comes easier out from the back. You could see where it snaps in along the back. That's just fine. Again, ecstatic soft. Meant to create a great seal. Remember, five shell shapes allows it to be tighter and snugger so it's going to be much quieter. If we pull out our snap operated cheat pads, there is an emergency cheat pad removal system. You pull down on these guys and they come right out but again, you could see the vertical lines there. That's that ecstatic lining that allows it to be antimicrobial.
And remember too, we're looking at a basic EPS here. If you go up to the next level on the Race Star, you're going to get that Bell Flex technology which not only does a great job of normal speed crashes on motorcycles, it also is a minimizer of rotational forces transferred to the head in a lower or rotational type of crash. And again, that helmet technology or safety technology was originally developed in dirt world. Again where you get these low speed rotating type crashes. Now, they're giving you the best level of technology on the street but again, you've got to make that upgrade to get it.
So basic cheek pads. You do have cutaways here that you could absolutely...a lot of people that are going buy this helmet are going to want to put a com unit on it. Something like a Sena or a Cardo, you can absolutely install it and you have plenty of room for speakers. And then if we move down and we pull our EPS, as I'm doing it here, you're going see how it's integrated. Two snaps along the front of the brow. No snaps on the forehead. You see it's a 3D design the way that it's laid out. Two snaps at the below point, below the occipital ridge. You'll never feel these. And if we turn them inside out, remember it's still a premium helmet.
It's still in the $400 to $500 range for a solid. Again, this is the Blast Graphic. This is going to be a little bit more expensive but you're getting all of the R&D new school technology from Bell. And as I mentioned earlier too, this will be eligible for the custom fit program when that formally rolls out. You'll have to work with your local dealer or RevZilla to get that custom scan. Double D-ring construction using the Magnafusion to keep everything in place and if I give you one final shot here of their EPS, you're going to see it's a multi-density EPS. Again, carrying that Stella and DOT rating and you're going to get great ventilative properties. Six intakes, eight exhausts. And there was no gripes on the previous version of the vent scheme so they stuck with that, they've just now made it much more quiet.
So remember the positioning here. At this price point, this is the direct replacement for actually the Bell RS-1. Which did some things well but has been sunset. It carries the Star name because now it's part of the Star family. The Star is a race helmet. It is meant for the highest performance of sport riding. The regular Star, under the $500 mark. Again, great mix of road and track riding carrying that Snell rating. Getting you to the track. When you go to the Race Star or the Pro Star, now you're really track specific. Three-
quarters tuck. The angle of attack is different. It's a much more aggressive profile but again, you're stealing a lot of that DNA here onto the Star.
You can tell that I am a fan of the technological improvements they've made on this helmet. You could also tell that if you're looking in this range, it's a big investment. Understand the style you're going for. The aerodynamic profile you're going for. Again, depending on whether you're optimizing for weight, for aggression, for performance, for cost there are some other helmets you should also make sure you understand when you're homing in on the Bell Star within this category.