The following is an industry press release ...
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., — Bell Helmets, an industry leader in innovative head protection, today unveiled its 2018 street full face helmet lineup, highlighted by the new MIPS-equipped Star and RS-2. The category continues to range from best-in-class Pro Star Flex to entry-level Qualifier with tasteful colorway upgrades throughout.
2018 Bell MIPS street helmet
First integrated into Bell Powersports in 2016, MIPS is now standard in the Bell Star. MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet, designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain types of impacts. The helmet itself is among the most-versatile premium helmets on the market and carries the same racing-inspired pedigree of the Pro Star and Race Star. It’s extremely quiet and lightweight with an amazing fit, and features Bell’s exclusive Panovision viewport for a greater field of view.
“It’s not everyday that you can take a best-in-class, performance-driven helmet and make it even better, and we’ve managed to do just that with the addition of MIPS to the Star platform,” said Chris Sackett, Bell Helmets Vice President. “Similarly, the RS-1 had been arguably the highest value proposition on the market at its price point, and we’ve raised the bar for that helmet with RS-2, and done so at a price point that’s $100 lower than its predecessor.”
The fan favorite, tried and true RS-1 is back and reconfigured with the second generation, premium RS-2. The updated RS-2 features a lightweight fiberglass DOT/ECE design with a super smooth direct drive internal sun shield. This helmet is quiet and comfortable, with an optimized aerodynamic design to eliminate noise from air turbulence. The helmet comes with an X-Static comfort liner, exceptional ventilation, and is also communication and eyewear compatible. The RS-2 is one of the most feature packed and affordable helmets in the Bell line-up.
The 2018 street full face category is bookended by the Pro Star Flex and entry-level Qualifier. This year, the Qualifier line has expanded to include four offerings: Qualifer DLX MIPS Equipped, Qualifer DLX, Qualifer DLX Blackout and Qualifier. In addition to the new helmets, the entire 2018 street full face line will also feature new graphic and colorway options.
Founded by Roy Richter in the garage of a Southern California speed shop in 1954, Bell redefined the racing helmet and in doing so spawned an entire industry. The company is synonymous with protection and progression, and for over 60 years champions in auto, motorcycle and bicycle competitions all over the world have used its helmets. Purpose built, Bell has set the standard for excellence and innovation with nearly every advancement in safety on the list of helmet “firsts." The Scotts Valley, California company was acquired by Vista Outdoor in April 2016. Bell is online at www.bellhelmets.com.