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. 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. Super 3R (Left), Super DH (Right) More air room in the 3R On The Trail Reassuring when casing jumps. In my non-racing experience, this helmet seems to be to be perfectly acceptable as either a trail helmet or a full...

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