Review | Bell Super 3R MIPS Helmet – the ideal ‘just in case’ full face?

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The Bell Super 3R MIPS helmet is a (surprise, surprise) MIPS equipped lid with removable chin bar, but as a touch lighter than Andi’s Editor’s Choice Super DH MIPS helmet, this one is designed for trail riding rather than more extreme downhill stuff. With 23 vents in the helmet and six more in the chin bar, it should be suitable for both pedalling and plummeting. Having recently narrowly avoided expensive dental work after a face first crash, I was keen to see whether the Super 3R would be comfortable enough to ride with on normal rides as well as the planned crazier ones.

bell chin bar
Carrying, just in case. Image credit: @Fahzure

Comparing my medium Super 3R against, Andi’s medium Super DH, the 3R weighs in a 780g – 120g less than the DH. It’s less bulky too – by my reckoning there’s an extra 4cm of circumference around the DH, measuring round the top of the helmet and across under the chin bar. The DH has fewer and smaller vents, and a bulkier set of protective layers – which is presumably what gives the Super DH its BMX and Downhill safety certification. For races where a Downhill certified helmet is required, you’ll likely find that the Super 3R doesn’t meet the requirements.

Bell Super 3r vs Super DH
Super 3R (Left), Super DH (Right)
Bell Super 3r vs Super DH
More air room in the 3R

On The Trail

Stanton Switch9er
Reassuring when casing jumps.

 

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Review Info

Brand:Bell
Product:Super 3R
From:www.zyrofisher.co.uk
Price:£199.99
Tested:by Hannah for 2.5 months

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (1)

    Rattling buckles?

    Can’t recommend that surely?

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