Bell Super Helmet

DESCRIPTION

If you look closely, under all that enduro-influenced design, you can see Bell's mid-century motorsport heritage in the Super Helmet. Subtly paying homage to a time when engines were restricted by their creator's ability and leather protective gear was quickly abandoned in favor of the much safer...

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 23, 2015]
Earthpig
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Great coverage, comfortable, decent price ($125 is what I paid).

Weakness:

OMG ridiculously HOT helmet. Heavy. Incompatible with even a thin headband. Very little venting. Bulky.

I was looking for an "all mountain" helmet to replace my beloved Giro Xen that I had been wearing happily for a couple of years (a record time for me, since I tend to land on my head when I crash.) I thought, well, since I tend to land on my head, maybe I'll look for something with a bit more coverage. I tried on several helmets, including the POC Trabec (which has now become the "cool" helmet to own; you can't swing a dead cat without hitting 4 people wearing identical POC helmets in Boise), but I couldn't justify the ridiculous price points (since I often land on my head and have to purchase a new helmet.) Enter the Bell Super. Lots of color options, which was pretty cool. Stupid Go Pro mount (who cares?) Very comfortable when I tried it on in the shop. Price was $125, which is relatively reasonable. So, I bought it.

First thing I noticed after I bought it is that even a thin headband wouldn't fit under it. I am a big, fat, sweaty pig even on a good day, and always wear a headband to keep the sweat out of my eyes. I thought, well, no big deal, maybe with 25 vents I won't need a headband. First ride day was on the lifts in cool weather. The helmet was great. Loved it. Five chilis.

Next day, however, was an XC ride day in much warmer weather. My head got so hot I thought my brain would explode. And, with no way to fit a headband underneath, sweat was pouring into my eyes and all over my sunglasses to the point that the glasses became useless. The "25 vents" are mostly useless. The best ones are right at your eye brows at the front of the helmet, so if you do add a headband to keep the sweat out, it stops up the vents and the helmet roasts your head. So, the options were hot helmet and sweat in the eyes, or less eye sweat, but a roasting head. Neither really works for me.

I tried a few more rides in it - about 4-5 days a week in varying weather conditions. My verdict is that while it's comfortable to wear when you're just standing around or you're riding lifts, it's just far too heavy, hot and bulky for all-around use, especially if the temps are over 80. Since most of my riding is XC-oriented with lots of climbing in hot weather, and I sweat like a pig, I have to give this helmet a thumbs down for my kind of riding. I'll keep it around for the rare lift-served day and cool weather days, but it won't be my primary helmet. If your thing is more downhill or you ride in cooler climates or you don't sweat much, get it. Otherwise, there are better, lighter and cooler helmets out there.

Similar Products Used:

Giro Xen, Giro Pneumo, Giro Athlon and others

[Dec 13, 2014]
Burtwell
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Comfort and fit and coverage were excellent for me, much better than my previous Giro. Stays in place and easy to adjust. I rode three days in Moab without finding it overly warm to wear. Crashed hard head first late November, which broke the helmet shell, liner and retention strap. My head injuries were a mild abrasion on scalp, and forehead, I was not knocked out , , and NO concussion. My other injuries were 4 broken vertebrae, broken sternum and broken ribs. I feel the helmet performed very very well. The replacement process through the national distributor was painless, and they allowed me to use the replacement credit towards the new Super 2R.

Weakness:

None for me

Very happy with the product, have bought Bell again

[Oct 19, 2014]
Tony
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Adjustable fit, adjustable visor, and gopro mount.

Weakness:

none

After a bad wreck the cracked my last helmet, I wanted a little more protection so I went with this one. I seen on some reviews about it being hot, HOT, really? I ride in North East Texas where it is 100+for 3 months a year. All helmets are hot. I can ride without a helmet and sweat like two foxes fighting in a forest fire. Come on folks if you're going to complain about something on this helmet, chose something besides it being hot. I think it is great!

[Jul 07, 2014]
louevil
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

looks
comfort/fit; this is purely a subjective measure as what works for me may not work for you,
visor is very adjustable and is high quality
build quality seems in-line with a 100-120 price point helmet, possibly safer helmet for more aggressive riding?

Weakness:

Ventilation is terrible, it's on heavy side but this helmet is geared towards more protection

Disclaimer:
I've only owned XC-style helmets so keep that in mind. I was looking for something that matches the highly rocky, technical and sometimes dangerous trails I frequent.

I wanted badly to like this helmet. It was one of the best fitting helmets I've ever owned. It looked cool and I picked one up for $80 on CLIST brand new. However, after 2 warm weather rides in the front range of Denver I had enough. Most of our rides start with a 30-60 minute climb of 800-2000 feet. Compared with any other helmet I've owned I had sweat beading down into my eyes more with this one. The front part of the helmet is especially hot when compared with the Giro/Specialized lids I've worn a as of late. Once moving a little faster it felt a little better but still very hot.

Buy it: if you do short rides of moderate intensity, are a park rat or want a separate helmet for cooler weather.
Avoid it: if you do longer rides of moderate to high intensity in hot weather

I sold it and am going to buy a Stoker which is lighter and ventilates better (not to mention cheaper).

Similar Products Used:

Specialized, Giro, other XC type helmets

[Jun 13, 2014]
keithrad
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Solid helmet. Retention system allows for use with one hand. Snug fit stays put! Feels like a real helmet that will protect your melon.

Weakness:

cost

Have not used in the harshest of summer yet, but so far I'm really impressed with the air flow. Especially as big and full coverage as the Super is. I was worried about this living in Texas, but has not been an issue to this point.
Fit and feel is great, but as others have said it does fit on the large side so you may need to try one on before buying blindly. For reference I was a large size in my Giro Xen. I went with a large with the Bell but it is tightened almost all the way in. The visor is also worth noting as it is very functional in shading from the sun. It is very adjustable and usable not like many of the so called visors on other helmets that seem to be for aesthetics alone.

Similar Products Used:

(2) Giro Xens'

[Apr 06, 2014]
man w/ one hand
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Love the retension system, visor couldn't be any better IMO. Holds up very well & works as intended with goggles. Killer style (love my black w/white racing stripe). Love the Gopro integrated mount.

Weakness:

Gopro mount should be universal w/ light mounts by now, but realistically the only problem I have w/ my Bell Super is when its wet & even goggles w/ silicone in strap will slide off of the slick finish of this helmet.

Bottom line: for myself the only thing this is helmet isn't is a fullface. Been waiting for tbis helmet for a awhile. Good value.

Similar Products Used:

Protec Ace dig

[Feb 09, 2014]
kwoodward
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fit, comfort, protection, durability, design, style

Weakness:

Really none as long as you don't pay retail

Up until now I have been a lifetime Giro owner when it comes to helmets, with the Feature my last two all-mountain MTB lids. What I liked about the Feature was the additional coverage on the back of my head and the low price. However after getting less than a year of wear out of my last purchase (internal padding just melted away) I was open to other options. After reading the glowing review in MTBR about the Bell Super I tried one on at a local shop and immediately liked the fit and solid internal design. Just felt good from the moment I put it on. Have worn it on about a dozen rides, rain and shine, warm and cold, I like it better every day. As some have noted, the Go Pro mount is nice if you have one, but easily removable if you don't. The velcro strap that came with my light fits on the top of this helmet without forcing the issue or leaving a red welt on my forehead after a long ride. Also like the larger visor and added rear head protection. And when I wear goggles really like the way they slip up under the front of the visor when not needed, and the way the edge of the strap sits under the hinge on both sides. Some may feel the sticker price is a little on the high side but you get what you pay for in this case. And if you shop around and wait for a deal you can cut 25-30 percent off retail. I am very picky and really evaluate my gear before purchasing, but can say with confidence that I would purchase this helmet again in a heartbeat. If you happen to find a better one, please let me know.

Similar Products Used:

Giro Feature

[Jan 13, 2014]
Taildragger

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Comfort, venting.

Weakness:

$124 MSRP ;)

After deciding to replace my former lid due to it being just plane uncomfortable and the retention system deteriorating, I looked for an 'enduro' style helmet. The Bell Super had what I was looking for. The added coverage and positive retention are pluses, The plushness of the interior reminds me of powersports helmet. I was dreading the lack of ventilation with the added coverage but this has definitely not been the case. The location of the chin straps is great and works well with glasses. I doubt I'll use this helmet with goggles but the repositionable visor is nice.
All in all, I am very pleased!

[Jan 11, 2014]
teecat

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Protection, solid, secure and adjustable retention system, fit, comfortable sweat-absorbing liner, good ventilation for the amount of coverage. Swing visor is a nice feature even without goggles. The level of protection afforded makes it a great value, even though it's expensive. Weight still seems light for the amount of helmet.

Weakness:

price. wish the detachable mount was configured for a light rather than a gimmicky go-pro camera (this still ain't a downhill helmet)

Have used this for about 12 rides, but only in winter so far. Still the ventilation seems to perform much better than expected for a wrap-around helmet. The thing is incredibly solid, with a feel of quality like it's an ultra lightweight motorcycle helmet. (You rap it with your knuckles and it rings.) The fit, security, and comfort of the liner is awesome. The padding feels great and absorbs sweat well (the silver impregnated fabric has eliminated all smell so far). The retention system adjusts from bare head to using a fleece skull cap for winter rides with complete comfort and security. The swing visor is nice - I keep it up most of the time for an open field of vision that changes the character of the helmet. Going into the sun, a quick swipe down provides great shading. The camera mount is a gimmick to me. I'd mcuh rather this attachment be set up to accept a handlebar-type light mount instead. This is an expensive helmet, but experience has taught me that this level of protection is an immeasurable value. I can never see myself using a "lid" again unless this thing turns out to be a real furnace during the summer.

[Jan 01, 2014]
Psychomike55
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Protection, Fit, Retention System, Camera Mount Feature

Weakness:

Venting for trail use on hot days

I've used this lid for SuperD, DH, All Mountain and trail use. Fit and finish is excellent. Fit of the helmet and the adjustability are excellent. Pads feel good and are easy to remove to clean. Camera mount feature is easy to use and provides great footage. I highly recommend this helmet for anyone looking for a trail/All Mountain/SuperD lid this is the one. The Super has excellent protection and has great fit, feel, finish and quality as well as many or more features than the competing lids and provides them at a great price point.

If you are looking for a XC lid look elsewhere like the Volt or Gage (I have both of these lids as well). These helmets are both lighter and have greater venting for those hot days and hard efforts for extended periods. These helmets are more expensive than the Super however and may bite the wallet a bit.

Similar Products Used:

Troy Lee A1

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