Everyone’s heard of BELL and their outperforming helmets (also how expensive they are) but their recent addition to the race helmet catalogue the BELL Racestar Flex DLX helmet is turning heads everywhere and in this in-depth review, we’ll highlight all the reasons why. Have a look below!
BELL Race Star Flex DLX Helmet Features Review
Racers are always in front of an audience and when they are competing for first place and speeding against the wind, they need to stand out of the crowd and with the dangerous looks of the BELL Racestar Flex DLX, every eye would be on them. But looks aren’t the end of this beasty helmet, let’s go through every feature of the Racestar helmet:
Shell Material and Safety
BELL Racestar Flex DLX is constructed of 3K Carbon Fibre shell that makes it ultra-lightweight, exceptionally durable against impacts and has a matt, sleek look all over the helmet so one can race the track looking cool, feeling safe and secure.
Also, the Racestar full-face helmet features a triple-layer multi-density impact liner called Flex Impact that protects the head while riding at low, mid and high speeds as well. The greater the impact, the higher will be the density used to protect the head.
That isn’t all, the interior also includes a Virus Cool Jade mesh liner (the most technically advanced liner available) that naturally decreases the temperature of the face up to 10°F with the help of jade, a natural coolant.
Even the helmet’s profile is optimised according to a racer’s tucked position on the track. This streamlines the airflow and distributes the shape of the helmet proportional to their head improving the fit and security.
Safety of the rider is further improved by the use of Magnefusion magnetic cheek padding which allows riders to easily secure and remove the pads to adjust fitment. This is especially helpful in case of emergencies where medical intervention is necessary.
Size and Fit
The aggressive-looking Racestar helmet comes in five outer shell sizes ensuring most, if not all, riders find their perfect fit. The EPS foam also comes in five different sizes so the interior sits flush against the sides and top of the head. Optimising the fitting also helps in reducing the lift and drag of the helmet, important when speeding against the wind.
BELL’s Racestar helmet includes a Panovision Viewport as the visor which is designed to be extra tall and wide for maximum visibility on the road. As racers are typically in a tucked position, the extra vertical field of vision allows them to have an undisturbed view, safely change lanes and see obstacles clearly.
Also, the DLX in the name is a hint at the helmet’s main feature which is the addition of Panovision ProTint Photochromatic face shield which protects the riders eyes from the harsh sun by darkening up in the light and clearing up in the dark. This removes any need for changes and is a major convenience factor for long distance riding.
BELL has introduced state-of-the-art ventilation mechanism in its Racestar helmet which includes a wind tunnel, a large chin vent that can be adjusted via a switch and a pull-out chin vent for extra airflow. 4 intake vents are also fitted at the brow to keep the face and top of the head cool and make the ride a breeze.
The luxury Racestar helmet comes with built-in speaker pockets on each ear, allowing racers the convenience of installing a comm system especially if they’ll be travelling long distances. Stream your favourite podcast or listen to music on shuffle, this helmet has got your head.
Racer helmets are usually noisier however, the Racestar helmet by BELL is one of the few that is actually equipped with noise reducing elements allowing riders to whiz past the wind and enjoy a quiet, smooth ride. The cheek padding and optimal ventilation also helps in maintaining balance between airflow and silence.
The BELL Racestar Flex DLX helmet weighs only 3 lbs 2 oz which is considered exceptionally lightweight and the benefit is gifted by the 3K Carbon Fibre used in the shell that moulds the helmet according to one’s head and balances the weight all around it.
Every feature of the Racestar helmet is optimised to make rides comfortable on the track from the impact-protective lining and triple-density cheek padding to the anti-UV face shield and speaker-compatible pockets. These all together allow riders to race against the wind, travel long distances and bike up tough terrains feeling secure and comfortable
The BELL Racestar Flex DLX helmet costs a whopping $769 which is a steep price but one does get a bang for every buck considering how feature-packed it is. From optimal ventilation and cooling liner to eye-protective visor and premium shell, it’s a beast and more.
Specifications at a Glance
- Anti-UV visor
- Photochromatic face shield
- Easy-to-use fastener
- Inclusive sizing
- Insulatory mesh liner
- Exceptionally durable
- Comfortable at high speeds
What We Don’t Like
The BELL Racestar Flex DLX full-face helmet is an advanced take on full-face carbon fibre helmets and is definitely a treat to have, considering the price point. It is exceptionally durable, impact protective and incredibly cool. The looks are on-point, the visors are top-notch and the structure is true-to-size. If you can afford it, there’s no reason to say no to this beast!