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Old 06-27-2015, 02:51 PM   #1
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Review of Bell Star Matte Carbon

Recently decided it was time to look for a new helmet. My old Scorpion Exo 1000 had served me well but the liner was showing it's age.
My first priority was I wanted an inner shield. I really like being able to flip a lever to have the right shade, depending on conditions.
The down side was, it's a fairly heavy helmet.

The next priority was, I decided it was time to go "Full squid" and get the carbon fiber helmet I've drooled for.
Pretty slim pickins' for carbon with inner visor so, I started looking at the new AGV AX8 Evo Naked. (you'll have to find your own pic, ha)
I thought it was an unusual looking helmet, especially with a dark shield, but it looked like the aerodynamics were sketchy. Sure enough, there are reviews talking about poor aero at higher speeds, so that was out.

Here's a couple pics of the Scorpion and you can see the flip down inner visor is pretty sweet...
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I talked to Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited and he suggested I come up and talk about the choices.
Pretty quickly he convinced me that the Bell helmet was the way to go. I decided on the Star Matte Carbon.
It carries a pretty substantial price tag but I'd say it's still in the upper end of mid-priced.

Motorcycles Unlimited gave me a good price and now that I've worn it a couple times I thought I'd post up my thoughts...
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First the good...
This helmet is amazing! Without a doubt it's the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn.
The ventilation is unbelievable! Literally it's like a small vortex on top of my head.
I've never worn a helmet that moves this much air.

It looks awesome, IMHO. The carbon weave is easily visible at the same time it's subdued.

I sprung for the transitions shield since there is no tinted inner visor. It works just like you'd want it to. It darkens so fast that I couldn't get an outdoor pic of it while it was still clear.
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:04 PM   #4
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I think the dark carbon looks good with the dark shield (this was before it fully darkened while I was trying to catch it clear)...
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:07 PM   #5
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Another nice thing is the helmet bag. It is really nice, you could even use it as a small bag to carry other stuff. It has a zippered side pocket and comes with a zippered face shield pouch that Velcros inside...
One other nice feature is the strap doesn't have a snap. It has a magnet on the end, just get it close to where it goes and "click" it locks on and stays put.
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:19 PM   #6
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Now for the bad...
The little lever that controls the face shield seems kinda flimsy, I haven't seen any bad reviews about it so I guess I'll see how it holds up.

It's kinda noisy, not a big deal to me, I always wear earplugs. Been working in high noise for a long time, I've donated enough of my hearing. Plus, I feel more relaxed when it's quiet.

Other than that I can't find any faults.
It's comfortable.
It vents well.
It has several nice features.
It's the second lightest helmet on the market.
It looks good.
The transitions lens is expensive but well worth the price of admission. Read the reviews. I couldn't find one person that regretted paying for it. I know I like it. It gets plenty dark enough to prevent squinting, even in the mid day sun. It gets clear enough, almost absolutely clear, to be just fine at night.
The bag is the nicest one I've seen.

If you're thinking about a new helmet I can't recommend this one more strongly.
If the price is too much, there are a bunch of Bell Stars that are not carbon and are much more easily affordable. Afaik they have the same features and will accept the transitions shield.

Call Patrick and talk to him about the options. Bell has come a long way in making a very nice helmet...
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:24 PM   #7
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So as not to slight the sales team and Susan...
Patrick convinced me that Bell was the way to go.
It was Susan that convinced me to get the Matte Carbon and avoid the AGV. She was right!

Give 'em a call and I'm sure they'll hook you up too.
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When I was shopping for helmets I was eyeing the bell also. I ended up with the AGV Grid. I'll admit, any of the AGV k's are junk but the top tier AGV's are very nice. I'll likely go with a bell when it's time to buy a new helmet. Thanks for the review.
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I crashed VERY badly at TWS (Texas World Speedway) and got knocked out. My Bell helmet did it's job. I didn't just get a little head hit, I was black and blue on one side, broke a bunch of stuff.

Yes, I got knocked out, but was going well over 60 when I high sided and the rest of the damage indicates serious G loads.

I'd buy another. Here is what I had. $289 was hard to beat. (not to take away from Motorcycles Unlimited and Patrick, just showing what I had)

http://www.sportbiketrackgear.com/be...et-2013-model/
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Heres a couple shots of the magnetic snap for the chin strap. It's so strong it kept attaching itself while I was trying to take the pics...
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I like the lense doesnt get quite dark enough for a really sunny day.

Fits a little weird at top of your head, tight around and loose top; but that could be odd shaped noggin.

Bag is nice especially if you travel with it.
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I like the lense doesnt get quite dark enough for a really sunny day.

Fits a little weird at top of your head, tight around and loose top; but that could be odd shaped noggin.

Bag is nice especially if you travel with it.
Not sure what you are saying in the first sentence...
You like the lens but it doesn't get dark enough?

On the ride home from Motorcycles Unlimited it was straight up noon and there were few clouds. While I wouldn't have minded if the visor got a little darker I did notice that it was dark enough that I was comfortable.
No squinting or feeling like it wasn't dark enough.
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Yes the transisition lense is a nice convience but extreme dark or light, it does not work as well as dark smoke and true clear lense. I like it when I ride to work but if I know I'm riding only at night or super bright day
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