Bell Star is one full face helmet that has been consistently evolving throughout time. I mean, “Hands Off” to Bell for crafting a motorcycle helmet that continued its five-decade long journey and becomes excellence in the history of motorcycle helmets. Bell Star is a pinnacle in the helmet industry that started its journey 50 years ago and continued its legacy all these years.
However, in recent years, the company hasn’t done much in the shape of the helmet. It looked pretty much the same. But, when it comes to functionality and features, every version of the helmet has something better to offer.
The Bell Star is the latest generation helmet which is a completely revised version. This version is redesigned for a more fit and functionality. Bell Star inspired helmet industry to go after the science and logic of head protection. This helmet came a long time ago. But, now it is on whole other level. Or you can say it is a complete evolution of its predecessor. It contains all innovative features of a touring and full-face helmet with essential needs for modern racers. Bell’s Star is one of few selected helmets available in the market which has the characteristics of Street/Sport/Touring helmets and provides the performance at an affordable price.
Let’s just find out more about this revolutionary helmet by going through this Bell Star Helmet Review.
Bell Star Spectre Helmet Review 2019
Protection & Aerodynamic Stability
Safety Issues really matter when you are riding on the road. But, when riding goes to the next level then you need something extra. Keeping that in mind, Bell used the technology of Tri-Matrix Composite Shell in Star Spectre Helmet. This is a proprietary mix of Carbon Fibre, Aramid, and fibreglass to provide the extra strengths at a better value. And to keep it lightweight, they used woven synthetic fibres to give lightweight strength. These race proven synthetics are very durable which gives extra strength and extreme protection to the rider. So, whether you are racing or just riding on a road, you can protect your head during a crash. It comes in 5 shell sizes which all exceeds DOT, ECE 22.05, and Snell M2015 certifications. An Ultralight shell is not the only improvement in Bell Star Spectre helmet. Its aerodynamic profile is very stable that resists buffeting and lift at high speeds.
Interior is another characteristic of Bell Star Helmet which put it in the category of Elite Helmets. Because Bell used the latest X-Static Liner or Padding in Star Helmet which is much better than the previous versions of Star helmets. It is said that X-Static fabric is clinically-proven to provide bacteria and odour protection throughout the life of the liner. This fibre has a silver layer which contains the powerful antimicrobial properties by creating an ionic shield to permanently inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi. This fabric is very flexible and comfortable. On the other hand, Magefusion Magnetic Cheek Pads is another key feature which can be used to pull down the cheek pads in case of emergency. This removing method is very fast and easy without cutting.
EyePort & Visibility
Bell Star Spectre features new Panavision viewport to provide additional visibility to the rider both vertically and horizontally. This newly designed viewport is way better than the old traditional viewports and gives the ability to the rider to see obstacles on the road and make safe lane changes without any visibility problem.
The face shield is also quite better in the Bell Star Helmet compared to other helmet brands in this price range. It has an anti-fog system and a friction lock under the centre lift tab makes easy to lock the face shield even with gloves.
There are three ways of airflow in Bell Star Spectre Helmet.
- Chin Vent
- Brow Vent
- Top Vent
The Chin Vent is very efficient and centrally located under the face shield. It is very easy to operate even when wearing gloves. Once the chin vent is open, air flow through four horizontal slots into a large plenum. Plus, inside the chin bar, there are two large vent channels fully covered with a removable vinyl plug. This will help you in different ways. If you let vinyl plug stay there like you might in winter then air will pass through the chin vent towards the top to the back of face shield for defogging. And if you remove the plug which is suitable for summer season then air will flow directly to the chin bar.
Brow Vent is very rare to see in full-face helmets of this price range. But, most of the Bell helmets have brow vent including Bell Star. This vent helps to air flow around the liner. However, it is not as much as efficient as the chin vent.
The top vent is generally created noise issues in the helmet. But, here you will surprise after seeing that Bell Start Spectre has narrow top vent yet provide a good amount of air flow to the forehead. Plus, there will be fewer noise issues.
Well, I think the top vent is outstanding. All credit goes to the removable liner which comes handy in vent blocking situations.
What We Learned
Notable Features: Protection, Design
Best Suited For every time use
Bell Star Spectre Helmet: Video Review
Bell Star Helmet comes with the promise of providing excellent protection with its Tri-Matrix Composite Shell. Carbon Fibre, Aramid, and Fibreglass are used to add extra durability to the shell. The shell initially comes in five sizes to take care of the perfect fit option. Not only the shell but its aerodynamic stability is impressive as well. Bell Star Helmet’s interior characterizes of latest X-Static Liner. The interior is resistant to bacteria and foul odour. The Magefusion Magnetic Cheek Pads can be pulled down in any case of emergency. The removal method is safe and totally safe as well.
The helmet has a Panavision viewport to enhance the visibility of the helmet. Bell Star Helmet’s face shield comprises an anti-fog system. It also has a friction lock. The ventilation system has chin, brow and top vent. The single brow vent balances the airflow around the liner. To put it simply, Bell Star Helmet has a very balanced ventilation system. With the anti-microbial coating and street view orientation, Bell Star Helmet gives a lot of valuable features to bikers. We recommend motorcycle riders to opt for Bell Star Helmet for every time use.