Review: Bell Super Helmet

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Editor’s Note: This review is part of the Mtbr All Mountain Helmet Shootout.

Overview

The Bell Super is one of the new breed of helmets solely designed to address the demands of All Mountain riding and Enduro racing. Some of these needs are for more coverage, a better and more flexible visor system, and compatibility with goggles and even Gopro POV systems.

So the Bell Super went out and attacked all these needs and came up with a great looking helmet available in a ton of designs and colors. The helmet is affordable at $125 but is hefty at 390 grams.

Fit, Pads and Retention System

One of the best things about the Bell Super its ability to fit a lot of heads. While most folks are divided into the round or oval head (viewed from the top) the Bell Super seems to accommodate both. There is a generous amount of one-piece padding in the helmet and it is able to adjust to many heads and minimize hot spots where the high spots of the head contact the helmet shell. That being said, we find the shell shape to be narrow along upper left and right corners of our head. The retention system with the speed dial and padding makes up for it by giving a snug fit, the shell shape itself is not ideal for the ‘oval’ head of tester.

Ventilation

Ventilation is addressed by 25 vents, which is the most in this shootout. But the number of vents is not everything since the size of these vents is not very big. And of course, the bigger the square area of the shell, the more vents one can put. Something cool though is there are four air ports on the brow of the helmet that can direct air flow through the helmet, right above the rider’s eyebrows. With the big visor on the Bell Super helping guide the air, these over brow ports should work well. And although the vents of the Bell Super are not big, they seem to get bigger when viewed from the inside of the helmet. Also, there are channels inside the helmet that seem to direct air from front to back.

Did it work? Well, not really. We set up a ventilation test and this turned out to be one of the warmer helmets in the shootout. There’s plenty of vents but they’re not that big and the front vents do not provide a good entry for air. The visor has holes but the path of least resistance for the air is to go up and over the helmet. However, when when we put the visor up, the helmet performed much better in the test as air was channelled into the front ports to provide good air flow inside the helmet.

Continue reading for more on the Bell Super and full photo gallery.

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The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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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.

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