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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.
- 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
Note: The Bell Race Star runs slightly small. If you are in between sizes, order the larger size.
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Reviews & Questions
Magnetic Cheeks are awesome
Widest view I've ever seen in a helmet
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.
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.
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!
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.
-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.
-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.
6 months ago
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.
1 year ago
I wanted to clarify the weight of this helmet as Bell lists it at a very light 1500g, Revzilla lists it as 4.18lbs (`1900g), and various online sources have different weights listed.
I weighed my medium sized Race Star at 3.8lbs (1720g). For a carbon, race oriented helmet with no drop down internal sun visor, this is pretty heavy. In comparison, the Icon Airframe Pro Carbon is claimed as low as 3.2lbs (1450g). That is a 10oz difference in weight which you can definitely feel when wearing the Race Star. As a rider who suffers from neck strain at the track, I am hoping the aerodynamics of this helmet make it feel lighter at speed than it does at rest. Hopefully the added weight of the "Flex" system is significantly more protective and is worth the extra weight.
Overall, the Race Star Ace Cafe is freaking gorgeous. The face shield is thick and strong. The shield release/attach mechanism is the best I've used. The magnetic cheek pads and the magnetic chin strap are an added plus.
When I think of Icon Motorsports, I don't think of a purebred race brand with a focus on safety. I think of neon stunters with a focus on style. When I think of Bell helmets I think of a dedicated helmet company that has been around for years, with a huge R&D budget to develop the most technologically advanced and safe helmets.
If weight is a big concern, I'd look elsewhere because at $700, there are a lot of great helmets you can buy.
If safety and style is a big concern, this may be the helmet for you.
I will try to update with a long term review when I can.
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.
Not designed for cruising.