Bell Star is one full-face helmet that has consistently evolved over time. I mean, “Hats Off” to Bell for crafting a motorcycle helmet that has continued its five-decades long journey of excellence in the history of motorcycle helmets. Bell Star is a pinnacle in the helmet industry that started its journey 50 years ago and has continued its legacy for all these years.
However, in recent years, the company hasn’t done much to modify the shape of the helmet. It looks pretty much the same. But, when it comes to functionality and features, every version of the helmet has provided something better to offer.
The Bell Star is the latest generation helmet, which is a completely revised version. This version is redesigned for a better fit and more functionality. Bell Star inspired the helmet industry to go after the science and logic of head protection. This helmet came into being a long time ago. But now it is on a 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 the essential needs of modern racers. The Bell Star is one of a few select helmets available on the market that has the characteristics of Street/Sport/Touring helmets and provides the performance at an affordable price.
Let’s find out more about this revolutionary helmet by going through this Bell Star Helmet Review.
Bell Star Helmet Review
Protection & Aerodynamic Stability
Safety issues really matter when you are motorcycling 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 the Tri-Matrix Composite Shell in the Bell Star helmet. This is a proprietary mix of carbon fiber, Aramid, and fiberglass to provide extra strength at an affordable price. And to keep it lightweight, they used woven synthetic fibers. These race-proven synthetics are very durable, which provides extra durability and tremendous protection for the rider. So, whether you are racing or just riding on the road, you can protect your head during a crash. It comes in 5 shell sizes and they all exceed DOT, ECE 22.05, and Snell M2015 safety standards. An ultralight shell is not the only improvement in the Bell Star helmet. Its aerodynamic profile is very stable, which resists buffeting and lift at high speeds.
Eye Port & Visibility
The Bell Star features the new Panavision viewport to provide additional visibility to the rider both vertically and horizontally. This newly designed viewport is much better than the old traditional viewports and provides an improved ability for the rider to see obstacles on the road and make safe lane changes without any visibility problem.
Face Shield & Visor
The face shield is also quite a bit 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 center lift tab that makes it easy to secure the face shield even with gloves on.
Ventilation System & Airflow
There are three ways for air to enter the Bell Star helmet – Chin Vent, Brow Vent and 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, the air flows 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 leave in the vinyl plug, as you might do during the winter, the air will pass through the chin vent towards the top to the back of the face shield for instant defogging. And if you remove the plug, as you would do for the summer season, the air will flow directly through to the chin bar.
A brow vent is very rare to see in full-face helmets of this price range. But, most of the Bell helmets have a brow vent, including the Bell Star. This vent helps the air to flow around the liner. However, it is not as efficient as the chin vent.
The top vent has generally created noise issues in the helmet. But you will be surprised after seeing that the Bell Star has narrow top vents, yet they provide a good amount of airflow to the head area. Plus, there are fewer noise issues.
Well, I think the top vent is outstanding. All of the credit goes to the removable liner, which comes in handy in situations when you need to block airflow.
Interior & Comfort Level
The interior is another feature of the Bell Star Helmet that puts it in the category of elite helmets because Bell used the latest X-Static Liner and Padding in the Bell Star Helmet, which is much better than the previous versions of Bell Star helmets. It is said that the X-Static fabric is clinically proven to provide bacteria and odor protection throughout the life of the liner. This fabric has a silver layer that contains powerful antimicrobial properties by creating an ionic shield that permanently inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi. This fabric is very flexible and comfortable. On the other hand, the Magefusion Magnetic Cheek Pads are another key feature that can be used to remove the cheek pads in case of an emergency. The removal of the pads is very fast and easy and can be done without cutting any material.
What We Learned
Notable Features: Protection, Design
Best Suited For: Everyday Use
Bell Star Video Review
The Bell Star helmet comes with the promise of providing excellent protection with its Tri-Matrix Composite Shell. It is made with carbon fiber, Aramid, and fiberglass that combine to add extra durability to the shell. The shell is available in five sizes to take care of the perfect fit option. Not only the shell but its aerodynamic stability is impressive as well. The Bell Star helmet’s interior includes the latest technology with the X-Static Liner. The interior is resistant to bacteria and foul odors. The Magefusion Magnetic Cheek Pads can be removed in case of an emergency. The removal method is quite easy and totally safe as well.
The helmet has a Panavision viewport to enhance the visibility of the helmet. The Bell Star helmet’s face shield has an excellent anti-fog system. It also has a friction lock. The ventilation system consists of a chin, brow, and top vents. The single brow vent balances the airflow around the liner. To put it simply, the Bell Star helmet has a very balanced ventilation system. With the anti-microbial coating and street view orientation, the Bell Star helmet provides a lot of beneficial features to bikers. We recommend motorcycle riders to opt for the Bell Star helmet for everyday use.
Bell Star Helmet
Pros: Lightweight and Strongest Shell, Antimicrobial Liner, Streetview Orientation, Eyewear Compatible, Excellent Ventilation