Introduced back in 1967, the first full-face helmet on the market, the Bell Star has long represented THE standard in head protection, and it has inspired an industry to pursue the science of head protection. The Star is the continuing evolution of that original ethos, and more. Drawing inspiration from the essential needs of the modern racer, and loaded with quality features - TriMatrix composite shell, MIPS energy management, XStatic liner and Panovision Class-1 optics - it's a complete rethinking of what a race helmet should be.
- Tri-Matrix Composite Shell:
- A proprietary mix of Aramid, carbon fiber, and fiberglass delivers all the strength of carbon fiber in a more budget-protecting package.
- The latest carbon fiber technology allows Bell to provide the lightest and strongest shells they've ever produced.
- A Closer Look At The Tri-Matrix Composite Shell:
- Woven synthetic fibers have long been proven to be some of the most practical solutions where lightweight strength is required. Bell's Tri-Matrix shell utilizes the combined power and superior characteristics of these race-proven synthetics, offering unmatched strength and durability.
- X-Static XT2 Silver Liner:
- A leader in antimicrobial fabric technology, X-Static material is clinically-proven to provide bacteria and odor protection throughout the life of the liner.
- The Power of Silver - X-Static Delivers Performance Without Funk:
- X-Static fibers are permanently bonded with a layer of 99.9% pure metallic silver. This silver layer is the key to X-Static's powerful antimicrobial properties, as it creates an ionic shield that permanently inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi.
- Fabrics made with X-Static fibers are flexible, with the natural look and feel of traditional textiles, while offering all the benefits of pure silver.
- Protection From Impact:
- Bell's patented Flex impact liner offers best-in-class energy management.
- MIPS Multi-Directional Impact Protection System:
- MIPS is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts.
- Reinvented Field of View:
- The Star offers an entirely new viewport creating better vertical and lateral field of view and even greater head-check visibility.
- Broaden Your Horizon - Panovision Viewport Increases Field of View:
- 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 head-checks 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 safer lane changes and head-checks.
- The Panovision viewport's dropped corner offers outstanding visibility to lateral field of view.
- Field Tested and Developed:
- Working with professional riders on the track is the best way to understand the challenge and generate solutions quickly.
- Optimized Aerodynamics:
- Using Bell's state-of-the-art wind tunnel, they fine-tuned the Star's aerodynamics with advanced riding simulations.
- More Sizes. More Performance:
- Offering six EPS and five shell sizes allows a more proportional fit and improved performance, especially at high speeds.
- Eyewear Compatible:
- Using prescription glasses or a preferred pair of shades is now possible with eyewear arm pockets woven right into the interior liner.
- Purpose Built: Raceview vs. Streetview:
- 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 (both sold separately) uses an orientation specifically optimized for a tucked, more compact position. The Raceview profile is for a rider that enjoys a tight position and pushing their skills.
- Conversely, the Streetview profile used for the Star (this model) is designed for a more upright, sport or touring position. The Streetview profile is designed for a less aggressive rider.
- Weight: 1500 grams.
- Certification: DOT, SNELL.
- Note: Helmet ships with Clear shield, other hues sold separately.
Time Is Everything
- For the past 60 years and counting, Bell engineers have researched the forces involved in crashes across a wide range of scenarios. Recent findings have concluded that brain injury received during an angular impact is much more severe, due to higher strain on the brain's tissue. MIPS addresses this strain by allowing the head to slide independent of the helmet for a few milliseconds. This critical moment of time helps to reduce the violence of the brain inside the skull, and can significantly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury.
How It Works
- MIPS uses a slip-plane system that moves inside the helmet, mimicking the brain's own protection system. This layer is designed to rotate inside the helmet with the intent to potentially slow or reduce the amount of energy transferred to or from the head. Science tells us that if Bell can reduce the strains associated with rotational acceleration, they might reduce the risk and severity of brain injury.
Why It's Important
- When a head rotates quickly and comes to a sudden stop, the rotational acceleration can cause the brain tissue to experience high levels of strain. The stretching of the tissue that can be caused by these motions can result in various types of brain injury. Bell believes that helmets equipped with MIPS technology can provide an additional measure of protection in certain impacts.
The Minds Behind MIPS
- In 1996, Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst began to study helmet construction. He partnered with Peter Halldin, researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology, with a goal to contribute to the evolution of helmet technology. As a result, the company, MIPS AB was founded in 2001 by Hans, Peter and three other specialists in the biomechanical field from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. The company has extensive technological and medical expertise focused on head injuries. They also conduct studies involving injury prediction and the simulation of head and neck injuries using advanced data methods. MIPS AB has extensive and profound knowledge concerning head and neck injuries, a result of 20 years' experience in the area.