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Shape: Intermediate Oval
Weight: 3.9 lbs.
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Bell Race Star Tracer Helmet

The Bell Race Star Helmet offers features to help you stand atop the podium. The 3K Carbon Fiber Shell is extremely strong yet lightweight and has been optimized aerodynamically in Bell's wind tunnel to provide a stable helmet  at speed. While the Flex Impact Liner was designed specifically to handle varying impact forces through various materials and layers to help keep you safe and protected. Conceived, engineered and manufactured produce winners, the Bell Race Star Helmet has pulled ahead of its competitors.

Features:

  • Panovision Viewport provides maximum visibility, vertically and laterally
  • Flex Impact Liner is a three layer impact liner designed to manage energy from 3 impact scenarios by utilizing 3 different materials and densities
  • 3K Carbon Shell gives this helmet the look, performance, and feel of a true race helmet
  • Virus Cool Jade Power Mesh Liner helps to keep you cool, comfortable, dry and in the lead
  • 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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Bang for the Buck
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Would Purchase Again
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Style
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Comfort
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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Would you recommend?
Yes
A solid helmet for street and the track
I have owned the Bell Race Star for a little over a month now. The Bell Race Star is a feature-packed helmet at a decent price point for a higher end helmet. I previously owned an HJC CL-17, which is comparing apples to oranges. However, I wish I bought this helmet first instead of buying a $130 helmet.

FIT:
I tried on tons of helmets at both Cycle Gear and the IMS. Between the HJC RPHA 11 Pro, Shark Race R Pro, Arai Corsair X, and the Shoei X-14, the Bell Race Star had the best full seal around my brow. I measure about 58 cm (Should fit a medium), but ended up going with the large. There is a removable pad up top that can change the fitment if taken out.

I bought a medium and had to return it because it left a red square on my forehead after about 30 minutes. I would advise taking out the cheek pads so they don't detract from fitting the crown of the head, since that breaks in the least. Plus, you can get different size cheek pads for this helmet.

If comparing to the X-14 and a Bell Race Star isn't available to try on, for my head the X-14 immediately put more pressure on my forehead in a medium and had space at my temples. This helmet also has a larger shell than some other race helmets.

NOISE:
The Race Star is pretty quiet. The only thing I noticed was that if I was in a tuck and positioned my head in a certain way, I got a low-pitched whistle. Still not a loud helmet by any means, but I would always wear earplugs.

VISOR:
-The panovision shield is awesome. I don't have to head-check as intensely anymore. The Race Star has great vision in a tuck too.
-The tint feels high quality.
-Anti-fog is absolutely awesome. Riding in the 30 degree weather plus wind chill, I had no problem with the visor fogging.

VENTING:
- There is a tab in the chin bar that can be removed that can divert air either to the face or the visor. I personally don't care that there aren't multiple positions for the visor. I never need my visor open halfway, unlike my HJC which had bad fogging issues.
- There is a detent if more air is needed.
- Tons of vents on the helmet.

FEATURES:
The FLEX liner is a really cool concept. The helmet is really aerodynamic and you can definitely notice the cooling effects of the Virus liner. The venting is intense, but water didn't get inside the helmet when I rode in the rain.

BLUETOOTH:
Also, people say that they can't fit a Sena unit. I installed the SMH10 on my helmet totally fine. The speakers don't press against my ears. I hear my music and phone calls a thousand times better than I did in my HJC.

If using a clamp kit, I would position it just behind the tab in middle of the left neck roll. It makes it easier to tuck the wires. The wiring may make the cheek pads not seat as well, so some trial and error may be necessary to get a bluetooth setup just right. Slim speakers are also an option for some setups.

CONCLUSION:
Like I said, I love the helmet. The helmet is feature-packed and it looks awesome. I wish I could have fit in the smaller, medium shell, but I didn't want to use a spoon to compress the liner. If you can get the helmet on sale, snagging it up wouldn't be a bad choice. I personally found it worth the price, given all the features this helmet had over other helmets.

A local Cycle Gear store should have a Bell Race Star to try on, but I would call your local store up first to ask about their stock. Worst case scenario, they can work with you to find a helmet that works best and order one for something in the store.
February 4, 2019
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