Review: Bell Super Helmet


Goggle and Glasses Compatibility

Goggles is where the Bell Super excels! Our test Scott goggles fit in perfectly with the Bell Super. And when not in use, such as during long climbs, the visor can be tilted up to reveal a perfect spot for the goggles. If the rider chooses to remove the visor, Bell has goggle tabs that keep the straps in place when the goggles are stored in the unused position. The goggle tabs are interesting but are more trouble than they’re worth since it’s simpler to just place the goggle straps lower in the back to secure the goggles.

Sunglasses are ok with the Bell Super but putting them on can be difficult since the sides of the helmet drop so low near the ear. To put on glasses, the arms should be angled up so the arms slide in to position.

Extras, Weight and Value

One of the nice design features of the Bell Super is GoPro mount compatibility. One of the vents serves as receiver for a Gopro as the mount is velcro’d in to place and the straps are covered by pads. It would have been nice to have a bike light mount as well in addition to the Gopro mount as a small handlebar ‘tube’ will accommodate most bike lights.

Weight is portly at 396 grams as the Bell Super is the second heaviest helmet in our Shootout. Price is a very reasonable at $125 given all the features of this helmet.

Bottom Line

This helmet is a great value and is reason for many mountain bikers to ditch their road helmets and buy a new one this season. Some of the features like the Gopro mount, Goggle tabs and hard side protection may be overkill and add to the weight and cost of this helmet. But given the fit, padding and retention and good aesthetics of this helmet, it is a winner.

  • Price: $125.00
  • Claimed Weight: 390 grams
  • Measured Weight: 396 grams
  • Number of Vents: 25
  • Visor: Adjustable
  • Retention System: Speed Dial Fit
  • Padding: X-Static

Video: Introduction of Bell Super helmet and walkthru of key features

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  • KG says:

    I agree – nothing is overkill with this helmet; that is the whole point. Finally a helmet with more protection and coverage; looks good and makes me feel a bit better going as fast as I can down a rocky descent.

  • duder says:

    Really liked this helmet on paper, but sizing for me was an issue. I was right between the M and L, the M had to be let out almost all the way, and the L almost all the way in. Was gonna get the L so I could fit a winter cap under it…but it was giant on my head, whereas the M looked proportional. It was def overkill for my needs and a bit heavy, but I chalk the overkill protection up as a good thing. Ended up going with a different helmet.
    Bell should have also made an add on for helmet lights where the GoPro mount is, as helmet lights are used much more than video cameras realistically.

    • Tom says:

      Same thing happened to me with the sizing. While it was on sale I ordered an L as I need that from other brands but it was huge and I had to set it all way in almost to the last click. I gave it to my friend and ordered an M for myself. I was surprised how much smaller the whole casing of the M size helmet is but this one fits perfectly with three click in from the biggest setting and all out or one click in with winter cap and doesn’t look like a huge melon on my head.
      I really like the helmet especially with thought out goggles feature but I agree on the helmet light mount as I prefer chest mount for GoPro anyways.

  • slamman says:

    we sell these in our shop and i’ve also just got one for myself, it fits great but the “Go Pro” mount is rubbish, it is just velcroed in and wobbles, pointless and as Duder has said above, a light mount would be more useful, maybe a universal mount is the way but bolted on like the new MET. Not sure its my best purchase

  • Fabricio says:

    I had one size M like all my other helmets. I like the fit, very firm and good protection. By the other side, one of the visor´s screws broke (mine are plastic) and the pad in the front just lost the glue let me hit my forefront to the plastic, the GoPro mount is velcro, I will never use it because I prefer the chesty mount for riding. Even when BELL respond me about the screw offering a new pair for free I think this helmet can improve in some areas by the price, it´s not a bad helmet, I love it, but can be better.

  • A6ichi says:

    CRASH TESTED: I have a large head (my family says “big” head) and the size L Super is one of the better fitting helmets I’ve owned. Weight wise it’s only slightly heavier than the other helmets I have: Super 444 g; POC Trabec 410 g; Fox Flux 400 g (no visor); older Giro XC lid 326. I crash tested the Super when I went over the bars and head planted and it did it’s job and except for a sore neck, I was back on the bike about a week later. I will definitely replace the Super with another one, just getting by with one of the other above lids until I’m able to find a dealer with some of the new models.

  • Dan says:

    390g is not hefty.

    And any mount should be designed to break off easily in an accident. The safest helmet is smooth and shaped like the human head. It should slide against any surface on impact, not get snagged.

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