MO Tested: Bell Star Helmet Review

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By John Burns

Bell Star Helmet

Editor Score: 88.5%

Aesthetics 9.0/10
Protection 10/10
Value 9.0/10
Comfort/Fit 9.5/10
Quality/Design 8.0/10
Weight 8.5/10
Options/Selection 10/10
Innovation 8.0/10
Weather Suitability 8.5/10
Desirable/Cool Factor 8.0/10
Overall Score 88.5/100

Updated, May, 2021

Bell has got four new Star helmets: Pro Star, custom-fit Star Carbon, Race Star, and the one under review here, the plain old Star. They range in price all the way from $1299.95 for the most expensive Pro Star to $499.95 for the Pace Orange/Black Star pictured. Compared to the others, the Star’s eye port is more oriented to upright riding than to peering out the top while tucked-in behind the bubble at Daytona. Though it’s of course a tad heavier than the more expensive Stars, it seems no heavier than a comparable premium helmet.

Update: As of May, 2021, the basic Star has been replaced by the Star DLX MIPS, and the Race Star DLX Flex is the only other Star in Bell’s line-up. MIPS is “Multi-directional Impact Protection,” an advanced technology liner which reduces rotational forces in a crash. DLX denotes that the helmet comes with a Panovision Photochromic faceshield – a fantastic thing to have that negates the need to carry clear and dark visors. The basic shell shape and mechanicals remain the same.

My personal noggin prefers the long oval shape of an Arai Signet Q or Shoei RF, and that seems to be the shape Bell adopted for this Star. Right out of the box, it was a bit tight to pull on over the old melon, but once in place it was snug yet way comfortable for its two-hour maiden run and has remained so for the month or two that I’ve been wearing it; it actually has a mm or two more room than I require at my horn roots and skull …read more

Source:: MO Tested: Bell Star Helmet Review


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