Next up in our on-going Racing Helmet Overview Series is Bell’s Star Carbon. For those seeking maximum performance and comfort, this helmet takes weight savings to a new level with the latest in high-tech materials.
The Star Carbon is constructed with a carbon/kevlar/fiberglass blend that gives it a total weight of 1,500 grams—100 grams less than the non-carbon version of itself. Nothing is compromised with the weight savings as it still carries both DOT and Snell M2010 safety ratings, which makes it perfect for track days and most NHRA series.
The overall look of the Star Carbon is stunning, with an aggressive aerodynamic profile and exposed carbon fiber peeking out from underneath the vibrant graphics. An unpainted carbon fiber version is also available for that extra bad-ass look.
The helmet doesn’t just look good, it also performs magnificently. I confirmed this with a ride in my coworker’s Dodge Viper GTS down the coast of Southern California. I felt right at home underneath the Viper’s bumped roofline, with the Star Carbon blocking out all wind noise while cruising at speed. Visibility through the anti-fog, UV-protected face shield is excellent and unobstructed. My favorite detail is the magnetic strap keeper, an ingenious feature that eliminates the need to fumble with a snap button; a welcome relief when you have gloves on.
The Bottom Line: Bell’s Star Carbon is a light-weight, performance focused helmet with excellent fit and finish.
Model: Star Carbon
Sizes: XS – XXL
Safety Rating: DOT and Snell M2010
MSRP: $699.95 (as tested)
Update March 11, 2014: Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and Bell have partnered to create a limited quantity of commemorative Texas-themed Star Carbon helmets, with custom artwork honoring the Lone Star State from Chris Wood, founder and creative director of Airtrix.