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Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories and welcome to our video review of the Bell Star. This is the flag ship helmet for Bell. Now for 2013 Bell has actually made some significant changes to the bell star. Even if your familiar with the Bell Star it has been out for a while now, you probably want to watch this video because the newest update to it definitely addresses some of the issues to it that new old one had, mainly sizing. We will talk about that first, the old Bell Star was almost a full size different from the average helmet size if you were going to prepare to even there RS-1. It tended to run about a size big and it was kind of a long oval head shape as well which made it fit a little less than the average person and kind of more for the narrow nitch as far as fit goes. What they have done with the 2013 Bell Star helmet is they have actually taken the same head form that they use in the Bell RS-1 which a very popular helmet right below the Bell Star also a fantastic helmet and they have brought over the same intermediate oval shapes so basically it rounds out the shell just a little bit with the internal shape of the helmet. That means there is more room side to side and less room from front to back. The big key difference to note is that the new Bell Star is now true to size so if you wear about a size medium in any other helmets then you should be a medium in the Bell Star, make sure to double check their size chart on our website you can measure your head. If you have a Bell Star that is prior to the current 2013 or newer sizing your more than likely need to change which size your wearing. Now we will talk about the features that make this helmet just a fantastic helmet, first thing first, the outer shell construction has not changed it is still their Tri-Matrix composite shell which is a blend of fiberglass, carbon fiber, and Kevlar. You are getting a very high end strong composite shell that will disperse impact over the broadest area possible and and the other thing that I love about the star is its aerodynamic shape it has this really nice spoiler that flows right off the back of the helmet and it flows through the air really cleanly. Its one of the most stable helmets that I have worn at speeds over triple digits it is just rock solid you dont feel like you are shaking and it gives you a really good feeling when your on the bike. In fact Bell includes in the box a little stick on lip for the rear spoiler for some reason I dont have it up here with me, it sticks on the back and for high speed use if you are at the track you can install that it just sticks on and adds about a millimeter to the back of the spoiler and it is going to provide a little bit more stability for high speed use. Next thing to talk about is the ventilation system. The Bell Star has been highly regarded as one of the most if not the most well vented helmets on the market today. You have a chin bar vent that is nice and large and it directs air up onto the face shield, it opens and closes with a simple slider switch. Then you have a large forehead vent. You can see there are four intake vents that run right across the forehead area here. These will help direct air into and on the forehead and around to your temples. This is something a lot of helmets are lacking, a lot of helmets don't have any vents in that area there. Up in the upper portions of the shell here you have two chimney style vents. These function just like ram air scoops, operate with sliders, slide those back and you are going to have lots of air forced down inside the helmet. When you open these you can actually feel a lot of air flow inside and throughout the helmet. With the Bell Star you can tell that it is flowing air, thats how good the ventilation system is on this helmet. Now the rear has a lot of exhaust vents as well. We talked about this rear spoiler which adds stability, it also incorporates some exhaust vents out the back. As you ride an area of low pressure is created behind the helmet and it draws the warm air right out the back of the helmet to keep you cool and comfortable. One thing to point out on this shell, you can see this ridge here and that's part of that ventilation system built into the shell itself, when the air comes in it actually has somewhere to go. A lot of helmets just drill through the EPS liner which is the foam inside. This actually has air channels or passages built into the shell and the EPS liner. This way it can cover as much area as possible on your head to help keep you cool. The face shield has quite a few things to it that I really like. Number one is there quick release system. Quick release is what Bell calls their base plate mechanism for swapping out the face shield. It is super simple, raise the shield all the way up and you will see a trigger on both sides of the helmet just hit that and the face shield pops right off. To put it back on all you have to do is line up the pin and it pops right back into place. It is really simple and easy to change out face shields. This shield has what they call NutraFog 2. This is an anti-fog coating that they put on the inside of the shield, it is really nice for cooler weather or wet weather conditions where fogging is an issue. Its also anti-scratch coated and UV protected and it has a really nice ratcheting system. It has little micro detentes throughout the range you can see it ratchets all the way up and down until it gets to this one position and it is a really nice cracked position. This for city riding or low speeds or if your stopped at a light you don't want to lift it all the way up you can just crack it and get some air to flow throughout the helmet. Some people might say that is a bit much of a crack rather to be able to just barely crack it which you can actually do. It does close really nice and securely against the gasket which obviously helps from preventing water and unwanted wind from coming inside the helmet. You also have a face shield locking mechanism. So you can tilt this towards the back and that is actually going to lock the shield down. For you guys that are doing track days and high speed riding a lot of times if your riding really fast say 150 mph and you turn your head to check whose next to you or look behind you. That's mostly for the moto gp guys and not the average rider. Lock that shield down and that will prevent from any vacuum pulling the shield open or anything like that. If you slides this towards the front it actually cracks the shield just a little so there is that nice really low sitting position that will help circulate a little bit more air into the helmet without letting in tons of air or dirt or rain. A lot of times when its raining out fogging can be an issue in any conditions even with that anti fog coating no anti fog coating can prevent all the fog. Sometimes the weather is just to bad depending on that. Real briefly I will talk about the solifex shield because that is one of the best things about the Bell Star that there is this face shield available for it and that's the shield that I have here in the package. If you are familiar with it then you are familiar with transition lenses for eye glasses and that's incorporating that technology into a face shield. It retails for about a 120 bucks, it fits the Bell Star as well as a lot of their other helmets and it darkens with exposure to uv and it has a big range any where from a mid tint to a smoke all the way to a light smoke and then perfectly clear. Essentially you can leave this shield on and ride with it year around. Before we go inside the helmet we have a shipping scale that will weigh the size medium Bell Star Helmet and you will see it weighs just over three and a half pounds. Its not going to be super light but its not heavy either and one thing I will say is wearing the Bell Star I tend to feel very very safe. Sometimes you get into these really high end helmets that are super light and it doesnt feel like you have much on your head which personally makes me question how much of an impact can this thing really take. Moving on to the inside of the helmet, you have something really cool right at the chin strap which is kind of silly but is a really nice feature and that is the magnetic chin strap keeper. Just a little detail some people might think of it as a gimmick but it works really well. It will find its place there and wont come loose. The inside material that the Bell Star uses is also found in their moto 9 which is their off road helmet. Its called their X-static XT2 fabric. Now this fabric is actually lined with silver thread and silver has some unique properties. It is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and it is going to help prevent odor so if you are using this helmet for more competitive type riding or it is really hot where you live and you tend to sweat a lot this fabric is going to absorb moisture it will also help prevent odor and bacteria inside the helmet. The other nice thing about it is a lot of times a manufacturer says they have anti bacterial liner, they will coat this material with some kind of treatment that prevents bacteria to grow on it. The problem with that is that treatment wears away and it eventually washes out, especially if you wash the inside of the helmet. That is not the case with the Bell Star helmet, that silver lining will help prevent that from happening. You have a fully removable interior, you do get a nice integrated chin curtain as well. Bell does a great job with their interiors, its just a really nice feeling fabric and it really looks like quality. The Bell Star ranges from 550 dollars to 700 dollars depending on which graphic you go with. If you look at the quality and the red stitching and knowing it has the silver thread throughout the helmet you are getting what you paid for. You can see with the cheek pad how much it is contoured and all the curvature it has to it which really cradles to your cheek and ear. I wont say this is a super quiet helmet, having that many vents on the helmet means it have a lot of air flow throughout the helmet and will have more wind noise because of that. You also have speaker pockets for the communication system if you choose to install one. There is plenty of room behind the ear here also you will see they have some foam here where you can also install the speakers, so you can either open this pocket in the cheek pad and stick the speaker there or you can stick it in if you want to permanently mount it you can remove this foam and you can insert the speaker in that opening. This foam is a critical piece also because if you aren't putting speakers in you do not want to have a hollow piece in between the ear and the shell itself, you want to have something there to absorb sound. Another nice thing is if you do install a speaker into this pocket it is going to be a little bit closer to your ear which is important when you are installing a communication system, or listening to music, or a GPS. To remove the cheek pads it is just a couple of snaps and the tab that goes around the side of the helmet. You can also remove the chin strap cover so a little snap on the back there and you can slide those right off. The crown liner comes out by two snaps at the back and then around the front you actually have a plastic gasket that goes all the way around and this is the one you have to be a little bit more careful with because you don't want to tear the fabric but essentially your pulling the plastic out. You can see they use different pieces of foam or density's of foam throughout the top of the lining just to give you the most comfort and a lot of helmet manufacturers will put mesh on top of this to just give it a kind of finished look. What Bell does is they give you that real nice red stitching and they just leave it open because they want as much air to reach you as possible. We talked about the air passages in the inside of the helmet on the shell itself and here you can see the air passages they have actually built in the EPS liner. This liner is what actually absorbs impact so the shells job is to spread that impact of the greatest area possible and then this foam that you see here is what actually slows your head down inside the helmet so you don't get a brain injury. You have a ton of ventilation with this helmet. Overall for 550-700 dollars the Bell Star is definitely up there in price compared to some other high end manufacturers though. I would say you are getting a lot of bang for your buck with the Bell Star especially if you toss in the solifex face shield which you cannot get with any other helmet manufacturers its a fantastic helmet. This is the new Bell Star for 2013 and don't forget here at Competition Accessories you can also earn up to 5% comp a cash back to use towards future purchases, we have great free shipping deals, easy exchanges and no restocking fees also if you want to click and subscribe to our youtube channel to view all our latest video and product reviews. Thanks for watching and we will see you next time.
Information and Details about the Bell Star Carbon RSD Sway Helmet 2014
made by Bell
The Star Carbon continues to deliver high end performance and comfort. Every feature and function of the Star Carbon has been designed to make you lighter, faster, and stronger. So sleek and aerodynamic, the Star Carbon is track tested and rider approved.

  • Velocity Flow Ventilation™ system with FlowAdjust™ for maximum ventilation and temperature control
  • Super stable aerodynamic signature resists buffeting and lift
  • Super lightweight all-carbon fiber shell
  • Contour Cut Cheekpads for superior fit and comfort
  • 3Mode Shield™ for instant on-bike shield adjustments, and ClickRelease™ for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever
  • NutraFog II™ superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield
  • Removable and washable, Xtatic XT2 antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner
  • Exclusive Magnafusion™ magnetic strap keeper (Patent Pending)
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure
  • Five-year warranty
  • Certification: Snell M2010, DOT
  • Weight 1500g

    Our Thoughts
    Bell Star Helmets come with a standard clear faceshield but upgrades are also available such as Snow Shield Kits, Transitions SOLFX Shield, Race Click Release Shield and also in Other Faceshield Colors as you desire to change your look.

    The Bell Star is manufactured in the U.S.A. and the sizing seems to run true to most other brands so its a safe bet to order the size you would normally get.

    And there is no worries when you need to clean up the bugs on your helmet. How many bugs you have depends on your speed!! This helmet stays fairly clean but when the bugs build up, a little squirt with cleaner and a quick wipe from a micro fiber towel makes it look as good as new.

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    Sizing Chart & Specs for the Bell Star Carbon RSD Sway Helmet 2014

    Bell Helmet Sizing Chart
    X-Small53 - 546 5/8 - 6 3/420 7/8 - 21 1/4
    Small55 - 566 7/8 - 721 5/8 - 22
    Medium57 - 587 1/8 - 7 1/422 1/2 - 22 7/8
    Large58-597 3/8 - 7 1/223 1/4 - 23 5/8
    X-Large60-617 5/8 - 7 3/424 - 24 3/8
    2X-Large63 - 647 7/8 - 824 3/4 - 25 1/2

    Bell Drifter DLX and Pit Boss Helmets
    X-Small/Small53-556 5/8 - 6 7/820 3/4 - 21 5/8
    Medium56-587 - 7 1/822 - 22 3/4
    Large58-607 1/4 - 7 1/222 3/4 - 23 5/8
    X-Large / 2X-Large61-637 5/8 - 7 7/824 - 24 3/4

    Bell Youth Helmet Sizing Chart
    Youth Small50 - 515 7/8 - 6 1/819 1/2 - 20
    Youth Medium51 - 526 1/8 - 6 3/820 - 20 1/2
    Youth Large52 - 536 3/8 - 6 5/820 1/2 - 21

    The sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit. However, we are happy to assist you with any needed exchanges.
    Part Number Status for Bell Star Carbon RSD Sway Helmet 2014
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    X-Small BH-SWAY-XS $524.96 Currently Not Available for Order
    Small BH-SWAY-S $524.96 Currently Not Available for Order
    Medium BH-SWAY-M $524.96 Currently Not Available for Order
    Large BH-SWAY-L $524.96 Currently Not Available for Order
    X-Large BH-SWAY-XL $524.96 Currently Not Available for Order
    2X-Large BH-SWAY-2X $524.96 Currently Not Available for Order

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