Welcome back! In this post I’ll be telling you all about the Bell Race Star. Like most of the other sports helmets from Bell, the Race Star was designed using wind tunnels to ensure the helmet is sleek and aerodynamic. This is so that the helmet sits well on the rider and doesn’t lift at higher speeds, especially in a tucked riding position, if you couldn’t already tell by the spoiler on the back of the helmet. The shell is made of 3k carbon fiber, very strong but also very light, causing this helmet to only weigh in at 1.25kg. The shell also features low profile ventilation on the chin bar for keeping the visor clear of fog, the brow above the visor, at the top front of the helmet and the top back of the helmet for cooling. The shell comes in five different sizes and there are six different liner sizes available, so getting a custom fit just for you is much easier than trying on helmet after helmet until something feels right. A great fit isn’t just important for personalisation of your helmet, it’s also important for your safety and so the helmet can do it’s job to the fullest should the worst happen.
The visor is Panovision with class 1 optics. This means that the visor is “perfect”, it’s a consistent thickness all around with no distortions and prevents your vision from warping, refacting on rain and reduces eye strain as much as it can. It also has a “raceview profile”, the position and shape of the visor help you to see ahead in a tucked riding position. It also means you have a better periferal vision for being able to see as much as you can on shoulder checks and while looking ahead, because at speed- even miliseconds can count if you can see something just a little bit sooner. The visor also has a Positive Seal System, so when fully closed, the visor pulls back toward the face to form a full seal around the visor edges to keep out wind, rain and reduce road noise. The visor also features a quick release system for quick, tool free changes if you want a new Bell Race Star Visor, which are available at Ghostbikes.com from £59.99 to £82.99.
Moving on to what’s on the inside the helmet, which is just as, if not more important than the outside. The chin strap has the Double D-ring fastening, the most secure of the fastening methods. It even has a little magnet on the strap that allows it to magnetise to a tab on the Double D-ring to keep the strap from flapping about in the wind when riding. You’ll also notice two little tabs that say “Pull To Remove” on the bottom of the cheek padding. These are the emergency tabs on the cheek pads that are kept in place by magnets! They’re sturdy enough to stay in place when worn but they can be easily removed by paramedics without moving your head too much after an accident.
The cheek pads and lining of the helmet have a “V” on them. That’s because they’re the Virus Cool Jade Power Mesh liners. Virus make perfomance grade fabrics for pro sports, so by reputation alone- you know you’re getting something really great. The lining is fully removable so it can be easily hand washed [specifically hand washed] and is packed with all kinds of technology. It has silver stiched inside it that makes the lining naturally anti-bacterial and odour eliminating, not just a coating that will wear away over time- it’s built in and will last. Their Cool Jade technology is also naturally cooling- you can feel just by touching it, so it all helps to keep your head from getting uncomfortably warm and sweaty. But if your head does sweat- the lining is also fast drying, it will absorb all that moisture so it doesn’t drip into your vision or become a distraction from your riding.
Beneath the lining is the Flex Impact Liner. It’s a three layer protection system designed to slow the head in stages in the event of an impact. The first layer is for low speed impacts, the first and second layer work together for mid-speed impacts and all three layers work together in the event of a high speed impact. You may notice that the impact lining also has a “leafed” design with gaps in. This is to allow just a little bit of flex, 5mm in each direction, to help slow the head down as it twists in the helmet during angled and rotational impacts to more efficiently protect the head and reduce potential brain trauma.
They’re the most important bits of the helmet but there’s also a few neat little extras. The cheek pads have recesses around the ears so you can wear a lower profile headset. They’re eyewear compatible if you wear glasses. The visor has a tab in the centre so that you’re not limited to one hand or the other to open and close it. It even comes with a fancy carry bag to keep the helmet safely stored in. At £599.99 the Bell Race Star is not only a great looking helmet but it’s jam packed with design features and technology to keep your head as safe and as comfortable as can be. But don’t fret too much if the price is a bit steep for you. If all that money leaving your wallet at once is a bit too much, Ghostbikes.com do have a 0% finance option that you can take a look at- why pay all at once when you can spread the payments out over ten months at no extra cost? Feel free to give us a call or come in store and ask for more information. Our phone number is at the top of the page and you can get our address by using the “Contact Us” tab next to it.
The sizes range from Small to XXL and the different finishes include-
Thanks for taking a look at the Bell Race Star, everybody! I hope you’ve found this post helpful
Until next time!
– MattW at Ghostbikes.com