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I'm on my 4th Bell now - this one is the Race Star with MIPS tech and some other schmancy things that are supposed to keep my soft matter all intact should I boink my head onto something hard.

Love Bells - the interior's are amazing - they breathe well, and the newer Gen's like this one have the larger eye-port so for racing or TD's you can see clearly out of the top now (previous Gen's were too low when in a tuck, I'd literally have my left hand pushing the helmet up on the straights so I could see where the **** I was going, less than ideal for aerodynamics LOL).
Shield change mechanism is flawless, visors are top quality, and all-around value for your Dollar/Rand/Pound/Peso/Euro is second to none IMO - they sell for literally 1/2 - 2/3 the cost of other's like Arai, AGV, or Shoei and offer as much or more in features and safety.
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I'm on my 4th Bell now - this one is the Race Star with MIPS tech and some other schmancy things that are supposed to keep my soft matter all intact should I boink my head onto something hard.

Love Bells - the interior's are amazing - they breathe well, and the newer Gen's like this one have the larger eye-port so for racing or TD's you can see clearly out of the top now (previous Gen's were too low when in a tuck, I'd literally have my left hand pushing the helmet up on the straights so I could see where the **** I was going, less than ideal for aerodynamics LOL).
Shield change mechanism is flawless, visors are top quality, and all-around value for your Dollar/Rand/Pound/Peso/Euro is second to none IMO - they sell for literally 1/2 - 2/3 the cost of other's like Arai, AGV, or Shoei and offer as much or more in features and safety.
Well, they can sell for 1/2 to 2/3 cost. I just looked at their site and they have quite a few in the same price range as Arai/Shoei. So the question is... what are you giving up at the lower price point?

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Well, they can sell for 1/2 to 2/3 cost. I just looked at their site and they have quite a few in the same price range as Arai/Shoei. So the question is... what are you giving up at the lower price point?
I checked the busiest online seller in the US that carry all three Brands - Bell, Arai, and Shoei to see what full MSRP is on their top spec race helmets, here's the prices:

Shoei X-14 - $889
Bell Race Star - $779
Arai Corsair X - $979

Looks like MSRP shows the Bell is roughly 25% less than the Arai - not quite the discount I mentioned obviously.

The Bell has the following features:

Bell Flex Impact Liner, 3K Carbon Fiber Shell, Virus Jade Interior, Magnefusion Removable Cheek pads and the Panovision Class 1 Optics ProTint Photochromatic Shield.

Safety ratings are a grey area as most just list them as pass or fail and not best to worst.

Back to pricing, I see the savings differences as much more substantial for closeouts on previous year models with Bell than with Arai or Shoei - on the same website a closeout Arai is $579 and the same Bell Star is $399 - over a 40% savings.

Arai and Shoei are similar to brands like Sidi boots, Oakley sunglasses, etc.. where they have very strict online discounting policies - they never allow retailers to advertise super low prices unless given pre-authorization.

As always with Helmets, my recommendation for people is to try it on in person, leave it on for a while if possible - 10-15 minutes, and buy something you feel comfortable with, not something you think looks cool, your Hero #46 wears, or is heavily discounted and you're on a budget but isn't the right size or head shape.

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