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The Bell Race Star Helmet has been designed for the sport rider and track day enthusiast that demands unparalleled performance. Constructed using the latest in carbon fiber technology and developed through extensive wind tunnel and track testing, the Race Star's design features a superlight 3K Carbon Shell, Raceview ergonomics for unmatched visibility and the three layer Flex Impact Liner to manage slow, mid and high energy impacts. The Race Star continues the racing heritage of the Bell Star line, pushing the limits of helmet technology to all new heights.
FIT: The Bell Race Star has a narrow neck roll opening and snug cheekpads to occlude noise and to mitigate movement at high speeds. These padded elements will conform to your unique features by a break in margin up to 20% over time as the foam compresses.
FLEX IMPACT LINER: Pro Star and Race Star helmets feature the Flex impact liner, a first-of-its kind, three-layer impact liner designed to manage energy from three potential impact scenarios: low, mid and high-speed. It does this by using three different materials at three different densities. As the impact becomes greater, higher density layers are engaged to manage energy.
RACEVIEW: 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.
VIRUS Cool Jade Power Mesh Liner: The Pro Star and Race Star feature the most technically advanced liner on the market. Designed to withstand the rigors of hard use in extreme conditions, the Virus liner allows athletes to stay cool, keep comfortable and beat the funk. CoolJade fabric from Virus has been infused with recycled jade to create a natural cooling effect. The ultra-wicking construction combined with CoolJade infused yarn decreases your skin surface temperature up to 10° F - keeping you comfortable, dry and cool.
3K CARBON SHELL: The proven 3K carbon fiber on the Race Star gives this helmet the look, performance, and feel of a true race helmet.
MAGNEFUSION MAGNETIC CHEEKPADS: Allows for easy removal of the pads for washing and enables emergency responders to easily remove the cheekpads first before removing the helmet following an impact.
Note: The Bell Race Star runs slightly small. If you are in between sizes, order the larger size.
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Welcome to our detailed breakdown of the new Bell Race Star helmet available at RevZilla.com. This is the Race Star, this is the successor for spring '16 of the original Bell Star, and Bell Star Carbon. If we look at it, it is a completely new helmet from the ground up, but it is also part of the new Star family.
So this bad boy is really designed for the three-quarter or the tuck position. Snell and DOT, super lightweight, it is meant to be on the race track, and you're investing at that level. You're going to be north of that $650, $700 mark. Now when I talk about the Bell Star family, I have my Race Star which we're going to break down soup to nuts. We're going to talk about all the key changes, upgrades, our opinion of it. Stay with me.
But before I get there, let's talk about the Bell Star family very, very briefly because they've blown away the RS-1, they blew away the Star, and they've added an old granddad on top. I have the Race Star which is the performance option in the middle of the pack for Bell. What I have on my right here, though, is the Bell Star. Remember Race Star, this is the Star. Very similar technology, but it's not going to be carbon fiber, it's about three and a half pounds. It's a less pronounced angle of attack.
You'll see that it's still Snell and DOT, but this bad boy's meant to be on the street and on the track, where this guy is really is a race thoroughbred. Remember that, Race Star is meant for race and track day conditions. So I'm going to put my Bell Star back over here which is going to be under $500, carry all of the same DNA as this guy, but again, different shell shape, it's going to be slightly heavier.
This guy also gets the Bell Flex technology, and that's a big upgrade here. You've changed your profile, you've changed your weight, this guy's coming in at three pounds, four ounces. It's carbon fiber which this Bell Star is not, but now you're getting the Flex technology. It's hard to show it from the outside, but it's the new school technology that covers you at low, medium, and high-speed crashes. Still Snell, still DOT, but now it covers you in angular crashes.
And how it does that, it has Flex technology which allows you to have different layers. It's three different layers of EPS that work together, that allow it some range of motion, that can actually rotate. And it's going to allow you to have an energy management system on the inside of this helmet, now, that allows you to minimize the damage from multiple types of crash. The Bell Star does not have that, the Race Star has, and then the Pro Star has it on my left.
Now really quickly, again, we talk about the Pro Star north of the $1,000 mark. This is the old granddad, I'm going to call this out. This guy's three pounds, four ounces, the Pro Star's getting down close to the three-pound mark. And the only change between these two helmets, except for the price which is going to be probably four or five hundred dollars more, is TeXtreme carbon fiber. You can see it up here, this isn't a checkered flag, this is actually wide-weaved carbon fiber that comes from F1 racing.
So what they do is use this super expensive, super technology-based TeXtreme carbon fiber which allows a wider weave, less resonance, distributes the force, and weight, and load over a greater surface area, and by doing that allows you to shave weight. So again we talk about things that aren't rocket science, this actually is. But that is the only change with the Bell Pro Star at that high end is going to be two to three ounces of weight savings if you really just need the best of the best.
Now let's dial it back here for a second. So before we break this fully down, again key changes here when you're going from a Star to a Race Star. Again we've talked about the Flex technology, we've talked about the aerodynamic profile. It's 3k carbon which is going to be again more lightweight than this guy. They're also on the interior using Magnefusion in the cheek pads. So the cheek pads in this guy come out, they're magnet-based. It's the best system in the industry right now, Magnefusion cheek pads that are virus-infused.
The virus liner is antimicrobial and wicking, but it also has a cooling property that's up to eight degrees of cooling applied to your face. So again as you're getting hot, as you're sweating, it's going to keep you cool actively. And that is a technology baked in. That's your key upgrades there as we look at this which is a completely overhauled helmet. Now let's talk briefly about sizing. Let's dive into the helmet, and break it down from the ground up.
Size-wise, this is going to be five shell shapes just like the Star, the Race Star, and the Pro Star, five shell shapes. So smaller, more aerodynamic, all-encompassing. As far as how your head works within the liner, intermediate oval in its head shape, so little bit longer front and back. Not overly narrow, it should be a great shape. And I will tell you, on the Race Star and the Pro Star, little bit tighter through the cheek pads, little be more all-encompassing, little bit more snug.
It's going to be that race fit that brings everything together keeps everything where it's supposed to be. Now I will tell you that all three of these helmets are eligible for the custom fit program that allows you to fine tune the crown around the top of your head. And again the last thing about this helmet is the profile. This helmet is meant to be in the three-quarter or tuck position, and how does this relate back to fit? The EPS is actually rotated backwards five degrees.
And what that does is it gives you a sightline that when your chin is on the tank, your eyes are going to be more aligned with the front of the helmet. So that Star does not have this, the Race Star and the Pro Star have that rotation of five millimeters or five degrees. And what it allows you to do is get better line-of-sight, better eyes upfield or through the corner when you're in the race or tuck position. So that is one of the things they're doing to make this helmet fit better, and perform better, for the intended use which is high-performance riding scenarios.
Getting the most out of this helmet does not mean riding it in that position with your head down utilizing all that technology on I-95. That would be a silly thing to do. It does mean going and doing track days, and going and racing in it, and have it perform at the highest level. Remember if you're concerned about fit, use a size chart. We were not surprised by it, we'll ship for free over 39 bucks which this guy certainly is.
Now let's work our way from the outside in, and break this bad boy down soup to nuts. We talked about the aerodynamic profile. It's going to be sleek, it's meant for that race position.
It's meant to keep it stable, and create some downforce so you're not constantly be pulling back. They call that the Z-coefficient. If we look at this helmet from a ventilation standpoint, this is one of the big upgrades over the previous Star. Now this is something they've really changed or redesigned. We always like the vent scheme on these helmets. Right? You have two intakes in the front, you have two intakes at the brow, two intakes at the chimney again positively actuated.
You could see how this works, again it's going to vent to the shield keeping everything where it's supposed to be, keeping you cool. This helmet has always vented well, their previous version, rather, the Star. The Race Star now optimizes the way that air flows, and it's going to give you a more quiet ride. So between the neck roll and the new vent configuration, you're getting a more quiet ride. Bell's throwing out some decibels that we don't have our wind tunnel, so we're not able to test.
But when we went out on the road and put it through its phases, we noticed that it didn't vent any less than the last version, but it was now more quiet. And that quiet's not going to be annoying. Most guys on the track are using earplugs, but again for the everyday rider, if you're going to rock this and be the most badass sport biker on your block, that wind noise is going to get annoying after a while. It did in the last version. In this version, it's more quiet even before you put the earplugs in.
If we rotate it around to the back, you're going to see how this wing works here. Super aggressive wing, multiple extraction points down at the bottom of the neck roll, up here along the wing these are extractors. Remember, high-speed air coming over a spherical mass creates that vacuum behind the helmet extracts that air out. Again that's the Venturi effect, and that's what helps actively keep you cool even with a passive vent configuration.
Now if we look at the outside, you have carbon fiber, 3k carbon, it's a mixture of organic resins, fiberglass, Kevlar, and then you have that carbon fiber layer. Again going from three pounds, seven ounces down to three pounds, four ounces on your Race Star. And again you go even lower with that TeXtreme carbon fiber which we already talked about. You can also see the angles baked into this helmet. Now this is one of the graphics, the solids that will also come out.
You'll really see the pronunciation of some of these cutaways, the angular aerodynamic properties of a very aggressive lid, and you see how it all ties together. Now if we get past our vent scheme and past our outer shell, and we talked about five shell shapes where the previous version had three, again allowing you to only use as much material as you need. That's how they're able to get this weight down.
The previous version was four pounds, two ounces. This guy's now three pounds, four ounces. They've shaved nearly a pound, it's kind of insane. If we look at it, the other thing I want to touch base on is the shield. Shield mechanism redesigned, it's a consistent shield across the entire Star family. So class 1, optically correct, distortion free, will not give you a headache, you can get a shield with Max Vision Pinlock. You can get a photochromic shield, but here are the changes that come stock.
It's now a center lock, solid detents, you have your city position, you have your open position. Notice when I move it along the side, notice how this goes in and out like that. When I push it all the way down, it locks in, it creates a positive seal from both air and elements around the eye port gasket. There's also Panovision, ah Panovision, they've invented something new. Let's talk about that.
Five-millimeter detent, or cutaway, baked into this spot which is the spot where your eye's going to need to see past if you're doing head checks in the race position. So now you don't have to get around that chin bar, you actually have a cutaway that's giving you better visibility over your shoulder on either side on a bike that, typically, is not going to have any kind of mirror system. If we look at the mechanism itself, again we've talked about that positive seal, let's talk removal.
Look how easy this is. You push it in, you move it forward, tag, it's off. If I want to put it back, I line it up, I pull it back, and I'm done. Super simple for shield change mechanisms. Everybody, and I said this in the other video, everybody five years ago had a terrible to less-than-terrible shield change mechanism. Maybe Scorpion was the easy one that still existed. At this point, everybody's upped their game, and you need to have it be spring-loaded, and positively locking, and easy to remove in a pinch.
Super easy, especially for a racer. Bang, bang, and you're done. One of the simplest we've seen. The other thing as I work my way down here, and you're going to see it down here along the front, is they've just cleaned up the lines across the front of the helmet. You can see everything is in the place that it's supposed to be. And again you're getting this super aggressive aerodynamic profile.
Remember, chin vent here is going to vent to the shield. It opens and closes, and then there should be a plug on the inside. I'm going to reach for it right now, it does exist. Going to remove this plug I call it "the race plug." Actually, super tough to get out because they put it in there good. Nice, positive lock. What happens is if I pull this plug out, I'm now optimizing this helmet to get all my chin vent to go to my face.
Thinking about it on the race track, if I leave this plug in, it vents to the shield which ultimately is going to give you bigger de-fogging properties. So again, they're just being really thoughtful about the upgrades to this helmet. Now if I move from the outside into the inside. I'm going bring my donut over, put this guy on its side. Let's walk our way through it. Notice the neck roll, part of the quiet factor, much more all-encompassing.
And again going with this smaller shell, they can have an increase in the neck roll, give you a better seal at the bottom, and that's going to minimize wind noise coming up off your shoulders from underneath. You do have a removable chin skirt here, or chin curtain, fully removable. You have my neck roll which snaps in along the back. You could see how that pulled out right there. I'm going to pull it up from there. Here we go.
Notice that's my neck roll, it's going to be that virus material which is antimicrobial, antibacterial. It's going to be wicking, and it has a cooling property to it which is going to allow you to have that heat pulled away not just sweat. I'm going to put this guy down here behind me. And then what I'm going to do is...I already showed you my emergency cheek pad removable system, but it's Magnefusion, rare earth, neodymium magnets. You can see how they line up right there.
And what you're going to do is not have to worry about any snaps. They invented this technology years ago. We first saw it show up in their Moto-9 for on dirt bikes, and now it is probably what I would consider the best cheek pad mechanism in the game. And you can see, there's my virus material there. It's actually jade-infused that ups the ante that much further. Now if I pull my snaps here, and I'm going to pull out my comfort liner.
I also want to call out that this is one of their final samples, and this one was a test version of this helmet. So we've been beating it up, and we found that it was a little loose along the front. They've actually improved that, and it's going to be a little bit more snug for the final production version. That was one of those final tweaks. So you saw it when I was rotating, it hung down a little bit. They took that feedback, and actually going to refine the final production sample.
Notice snaps, they go into the brow, they're not going to go into your forehead. Notice it's going to be that jade virus or that virus liner. Again jade-infused, antimicrobial, and it's cool to the touch. It's going to wick heat away not just sweat. Super premium, it's an upgrade. You can also go with the custom fit program on this guy.
I'm going to open it up from the bottom, double-d ring which is what we expect. Notice the red and the black, that's your three layers, the EPP, EPS, and EPO layers which all have a different density. Now it's that Moto-9 Flexed, or it's that Flex technology that we saw start in the Moto-9 that again allows it to move ever so slightly. It allows it to wiggle as you would move within the helmet. High-speed, medium-speed, low-speed, or rotational type crashes on the street are now solid.
And again, still Snell, still DOT, still set up for the track, but you're getting a different level of head protection and energy management baked here into the Race Star. So as I said, they've blown away what they did for the Star which lived for so long and sold so well. People love the Star. I remember I did some of my first track days in a Star helmet gosh, five, six, seven years ago. If we think about this, though, this new Race Star, it takes that place at that same price range but blows away all the old technology with all the new technology.
It really takes the best of what they have right now, and honestly, for another five hundred bucks, you can shave a couple ounces. And you can go up to the Pro Star, that could be your cup of tea. If you don't want the Flex technology, and some of those additional creature comforts aren't as meaningful to you, and you're thinking about more on the street, maybe not doing a track day, or just doing a little bit of weekend-warrior track days, the Bell Regular Star could be a rock solid option for you as well.
But in this category, you're going to have the Bell Race heads-up with something like a Corsa from AGV, and X-14 from Shoei. You're going to see an Arai Corsair X play in this range, that's the type of conversation we're having about the new Bell Star and Pro Star really taking the technology to the next level. So Bell, from Santa Cruz, if you guys are listening, very happy with the direction you made. I'm really excited to see how these vents perform over time, and the fit and finish as you continue to refine how that performs.
Because again on a six-year-old helmet, the Star, sometimes the fit and finish broke down for us, but that's not what we're seeing at first glance or even first usage after we're putting the Bell Star, or the Bell Race Star, or even anything in the Star family through its paces. The next step in your journey, though, is to click the info button on your mobile or your desktop device. Visit the product detail page for the Bell Race Star at RevZilla.com.
Heck, you should probably watch the videos for the Pro Star and just the Star if you want to really round out your knowledge. But I will say this, read other rider reviews of the Bell Race Star. Start with my information, my baseline, our cents after we put our miles on this helmet, but then take all the available information to form your opinion before you make an investment at this level.