Bell Race Star Helmet
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Bell Race Star Helmet

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.

Features:

  • Panovision Raceview Viewport
  • Flex Impact Liner
  • 3K Carbon Shell
  • Virus Cool Jade Mesh Liner
  • Magnefusion cheekpads
  • Field tested and developed by working with professional riders on the track
  • Optimized aerodynamics using Bell's state-of-the-art wind tunnel, the Bell Star's aerodynamics have been fine-tuned with advanced riding simulations
  • 6 EPS and 5 shell sizes allows a more proportional fit and improved performance, especially at high speeds
  • Zippered helmet bag included
  • Meets or exceeds Snell M2015 and DOT certifications
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Bell Helmet Sizing

Size Head (cm)
XS 54-55
SM 55-56
MD 57-58
LG 58-59
XL 60-61
2XL 62-63

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

How To Measure

H Head Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows and ears. Pull the tape comfortably snug, read the length, repeat for good measure and use the largest measurement.

Fitment Notes & Exceptions

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Worth It!
I received my Bell Race Star from the local shop, but I felt the need to share my review here as well.

Pros:
Light
Beautiful
Magnetic Cheeks are awesome
Widest view I've ever seen in a helmet
Great airflow

Cons:
Not really a con, but it fit me in an odd way. I had a few hot spots. My head is a bit more round than average. I fixed these using a Yankee Candle and a soup spoon and pressed the hot spots in a bit. The helmet now fits like a glove, and I do not feel that I've compromised the safety doing what I did. YMMV.
No Sena speaker cutouts - use earbuds instead.
September 7, 2016
Ride:
2014 Ducati 899 Panigale
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Nice Helmet
I have the pervious model Bell Star helmet and this newer model has addressed the noise issue very nicely. The newer model has a very comfortable neck roll that keeps the rushing air out of the helmet in which keeps the air rushing by the ears making noise. I rated this helmet "Quiet" instead of "Very Quiet" for the following reasons. When the visor is up with air rushing by the visor will whistle very loudly. It's so loud I wonder if people standing on the sidewalks can hear it. I don't have to be going that fast and it will whistle.... it whistles at all speeds basically. I don't ride with the visor up that often but when it is up it will whistle. With the visor all the way up I can place my hand at the up most part of the visor between the helmet and visor. The whistling will stop. The other reason is the vent in front of the mouth will make a noise that can get on the nerves very quickly. When I tilt my head in a more race stance the noise isn't that bad but causal riding it makes the noise. If I keep the vent shut the noise stops completely. i ride with the vent shut even in this hot weather to avoid the noise. Booo! Of course the purpose of the vent is to allow air in but doing so you will have to live with the noise it makes. I'm guessing that with the helmet so quite that any adjustment (mouth vent open) will change the noise level and cause unwanted fluctuations. The old Bell Star was so loud that any adjustments wouldn't matter in noise level. The helmet is still quiet compared to the previous model Bell Star. With all vents shut it is awesome. Ventilation is no problem while still staying quiet except for the mouth vent. I have not used this helmet in the rain so I can't give a review on the in rain characteristics. However the way the helmet seals around the visor I doubt there will be any leaks.... hopefully. I've had the padding out of the helmet just to see how all that is held in place and had no difficulties what so ever. Very light feeling on the head and fits very well true to size. The visor is either all the way, cracked a tad at the bottom, or shut tight completely. There is no notches in the rotation that will hold it up higher to allow more ventilation. Happy with the helmet on all aspects except the whistling visor. Bell must had never figured anyone would ride with the visor up. Even with the few dislikes of the helmet I stll like this helmet. The older model Bell Star was so bad that any improvements in a helmet will make it a better helmet.
Happy motorcycling!
August 30, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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A great lid, if a bit tight
I'm a tall rider (6'5'') and so I'm used to leaning forward in the saddle a bit, even on street bikes vs race bikes. I picked up the Bell Race Star because, while I'm not a track racer, the many offered safety features (including the multilayer shock-absorbent padding) were too tempting—as was the race-oriented posture of the visor which, for me, meant that I could ride without craning my head and neck to see better.

The Bell Race Star is also the lightest helmet I've ever owned—it's noticeably less weighty than my previous GMAX and Akuma helmets. Its vents are easy to access and manipulate, even while riding, and provide a good amount of airflow, with only modest wind noise (which is brought to almost nothing with a proper set of earplugs/earbuds and a balaclava).

The visor is absolutely huge, and with the Panovision technology, swapping visors is easily done in seconds—no fumbling or pressing to snap things into place. (I got a smoked visor to replace the clear one for daytime rides, keeping the clear for overcast or nighttime, and am eagerly awaiting the Transitions shield.)

The only major issue I have had was the sizing: It was way too small! I measured, then re-measured, then re-re-measured my head when I preordered this helmet, and when it arrived (size S, according to their chart and my measurements) it was so small I couldn't get it over the crown of my head, although my girlfriend was able to fit it perfectly on hers—I ended up measuring the difference between her and my head sizes and using that to order a more appropriately sized helmet; luckily the size L fits very well, if quite snugly. Luckily, the removable magnetized cheekpads make pulling off the helmet after a run a lot easier (while making sure the lid stays super-snug from the top of your head to your chin).

Aside from that, a minor issue is that I miss having the taillights that were on my Gmax helmet, and the black carbon finish likewise means reduced visibility to cagers. (That said, I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to apply some high-viz tape or an LED strip to the back.)

Overall, I'll rate this helmet 8.5/10—definitely worth your time.
September 20, 2016
Ride:
2015 Yamaha FZ-07
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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FLEX impact liner and AMAZING vision, no speaker space
My first Race Star had some issues with the stitching on the neck roll, but Revzilla replaced the helmet quickly (thanks Revzilla for an awesome experience yet again!).

I upgraded to this over the Star mainly for the FLEX impact liner. That being said, I really wish the Race Star had space for speakers for my Sena which I've heard the Star has. I've tucked the loudest ear buds I have (Shure EC3) in the space that the strap uses and they are just a hair too quiet on the highway with earplugs in. Music works, but the gps voice is too hard to hear over the wind and exhaust noise. Around town the mounted ear buds work great when at full volume, and I'm hoping I can reposition them to get just a little more volume for highway use.

I am slightly disappointed on the weight of this helmet compared to my Shark RSR2, but it does carry the weight well in my opinion. I don't feel like it wants to droop or hang in any direction, but that may be because the fit IMHO is exceptional. I'm looking forward to doing a multi-hour ride with this helmet to see how it does.

Those are my only VERY MINOR complaints with this helmet. For me, the fit is amazing, the view is exceptional, and the FLEX system and magnetic cheek pads make me feel just that more confident in my safety. Here's hoping the reliability and build quality stand the test of time!
September 21, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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4 / 5
Love it !!! It fits true very comfortable and a real sinister look to it
October 11, 2016
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8 months ago
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
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Moved from Arai
I was coming up on 5 years with my Arai RXQ. Though I loved it, it didn't balance well on my head and I always had pain in my ears after riding for more than an hour.

I tried the Race Star when a Bell rep was in the Revzilla Store at the Navy Yard and I had it on for 15 minutes and the feel was perfect. I had to ride 8 hours round trip, Philly to VA and back.

Cons:
-My SENA SMH10 speakers mess with the fitment. My ears get pinched and folded when the speakers are in. There are speaker cutouts but I don't even think the slim speakers would fix it. Bummer.
-The wind noise is terrible when the visor is open starting at 25mph or so.
-When the visor closes, it's pretty loud, probably because of the strong spring that assists it shut. Almost jarring.
-Price is a touch high I guess? With tax and a gold visor, it came out to $850, way more than my RXQ.

Pros:
-Well balanced on my head. Again, 4 hours, one way, stopping for gas, I did not feel any fatigue.
-Field of view is insane. I used to really have to crank my neck on my supersport to look far left and right with the RXQ. The Race Star, I get a very very very good peripheral.
-Magnetic Cheek pads are a nice touch. Easy to get them in and out. A nice touch.
-Helmet Bag is a nice touch as well. with handles and a microfiber liner. Not a cheap cinch bag

I am happy with the upgrade, but if the price was just a little lower, I'd have no doubt about recommending it. I REALLY wish my Sena SMH10 fit in there. Easy 5 stars if that was the case.
May 3, 2017
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Bang For The Buck
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Bell Race Star Helmet
This is my first motorcycle helmet, so my opinions might not be well informed..

That being said, I've owned this helmet for 3 months and it's perfectly comfortable for being worn all day. I have never had any neck fatigue, heat, or airflow issues that my peers have had in similar situations. I have not had any skin breakouts from the padding absorbing my sweat, although it is still fairly new. The chin strap is easy to operate and resilient. The airflow and venting seems to work well and prevents fogging or heat build-up (haven't tried it in cold-weather yet.)

It looks great.

I have no experience wiith it in terms of protection or crash-reliability.
October 14, 2016
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
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A LITTLE OVERPRICED
Longtime Arai guy. First impression was that some of the materials are lesser quality than other helmets at this price - especially the plastics. It' specs lighter than my Corsair V but isn't that noticeable. The shell size is a big improvement over the bobble-head Bells of old. It's taken me some time to get used the the feel of the helmet..........the interior is very HARD if that makes sense. Not a bad thing- just different.
It's fairly quiet and the sight lines are very good. The finish is well done and the magnetic pads are a smart feature.
Overall, I'm happy with it. It just feels like it should be priced a tier lower as compared to an Arai/ Shoei.
October 19, 2016
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Looks Amazing! Feels Terrible :(
I picked this helmet and color out 4 months before I decided what next bike I wanted it to go with lol. When the time came and I bought my bike, I ordered this helmet from RevZilla... I ordered a size Large and it was BEAUTIFUL. They give you a bright red Bell Helmet Bag to transport the helmet in as well which was very nice. The issue with this helmet for me is the interior. I ordered a large to begin with based on the size chart and the cheek pads and headliner felt like bricks pressing up against my face. Returned it for an XL and the only difference I felt was more upper head room. I get that this is a more track-orientated version of the Star helmet, but in no way should it be this uncomfortable. To make things worse, there are also no speaker pods for a SENA or any other intercom to be integrated into. (Don't even bother, I already tried it even with slim speakers...) I instead ordered a X-14 from Shoei (which I have been using for 4 months) and I've never imagined a helmet being as comfortable as this. Plus they offer different sized pads all throughout the helmet to fine tune it, so you wouldn't have to run into an issue with the Bell Star like I did. At the end of the day, if this helmet would have fit right, I would of taken it 1000x over my X-14... Unfortunately in this situation, comfort beats style.
February 5, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Need a dedicated track helmet with a track vision orientation
B A on May 8, 2017
Needed a new helmet and thought about upgrading from an older Airframe Pro Carbon to a Bell. Looking forward to trying this helmet.
Michael S on Feb 22, 2017
Need a dedicated track helmet with a track vision orientation
B A on May 8, 2017
top shelf lid for racing WERA,MOTO AMERICA.Very comfortable,quiet enough,awsome field of view.
JP S on Mar 21, 2017
Needed a new helmet and thought about upgrading from an older Airframe Pro Carbon to a Bell. Looking forward to trying this helmet.
Michael S on Feb 22, 2017
top shelf lid for racing WERA,MOTO AMERICA.Very comfortable,quiet enough,awsome field of view.
JP S on Mar 21, 2017
When will Bell Race Star be available?
A shopper on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think they are pulling a Skully on this helmet.... the e-mail Revzilla sent me was for August here in the states
Does this helmet have the ability to accommodate a communication/Bluetooth unit? If so which ones would fit?
Brian B on Mar 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've read on other boards that this helmet will not have the cutouts for speakers. That doesn't mean you can't fit them however. I plan to use the sena with the earbud base rather than the speakers. It'll work with anything.
Is the sizing consistent with the previous Star or is it sized like Arai's?
A shopper on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Just got in today - i had an XS old Star helmet from 2011 -

Race Star Small size based on sizing chart fits very tight - I am right at 22"; i am debating if Medium would be better fit; the small fits my cheeks perfectly, but definitely tight around back of head and ears.
Is this helmet more quiet than the Icon airframe pro and shoei rf1200 or x14?
Matt Y on Feb 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is not as quiet as my RXQ, but I didn't notice it to be painful
Does this have a transitioning shield?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No.
Does the race star accommodate glasses like the new star does?
A shopper on Aug 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is supposed to but I have not received the helmet yet.
If I ride a cruiser with an upright position, will I still be able to see out of this helmet?
Michael C on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend you NOT buy this helmet if you are riding on a cruiser. This is a race helmetmade for track days. If you are wanting to add a com system there are no ear cut outs.

Not designed for cruising.
At about 12:25 in the video, Anthony mentions that the Bell Race Star is eligible for the custom fit program. What does this mean? I understand Bell offers a custom fit program for the Star (Carbon), where they run a headscan and tailor a the Star Carbon helmet specific to the rider. Do they also do this for the Bell Race Star?
Scott M on Sep 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I contacted Bell about this and was told they would not be offering the custom fit on the Race Star. They would be offering it on the new Star though. I was sad :(.
6 sizes, 5 shell sizes, which ones overlap? In other words, which helmet has swappable pads with another size? Thanks!
Trieste L on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: According to the Bell website, it isn't a matter of swappable pads, the XL and XXL sizes share shells, with different impact foam thicknesses. The rest of the sizes have dedicated shells.
Does the transition shield available for the RS-1 fit this helmet as well?
Shelby H on May 11, 2017

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.