We have already given praise to the Bell Super Helmet in our Design and Innovation Award 2013. We were keen to see how the all mountain helmet would perform for an entire season, so we have been testing the helmet for you in every way possible.

Pulled down all the way, the Super offers great protection, even for the back of your head.

At first, with its big visor and its stretched shape, the Bell Super seems a lot like a motorcycle-trail helmet. It was designed specifically for high stress falls during enduro races and offers significantly more protection for the back of the head compared to conventional trail helmets.

Nevertheless, these are not the only perks of this helmet. If you take a closer look, other interesting details do not fail to catch your eye. For one, the sophisticated ventilation system, called “Overbrow Ventilation” by Bell, and furthermore the “Goggle Guide” for easier mounting of goggles. There is even an integrated GoPro holder on the forehead part of the helmet, all features that have never been seen like this before.

The ventilation system, as well as the cushioning of the Bell Super, is very convincing.

Generally, I need a size L for my biking helmets, with my longish head and a head circumference of 59cm, but not with the Bell Super. The model ordered in large was definitely too big for me. I sent it back immediately after trying it on and ordered it again in medium. The medium sized helmet fit like a glove and after a couple of clicks of the adjustment wheel, the helmet could not be shaken off my head, even without buckling it.

As you may know, the fit of a helmet is very individual, but the Bell Super seems like it was made for me. Therefore, I needed to go down the trail right after the fitting..

Full protection – the new Bell Super offers outstanding protection for your head.

Thanks to the 25 air holes and sophisticated airways you definitely won´t overheat uphill. However, you will start sweating a little earlier compared to a light cross country helmet. Surely, one reason for this is the obviously bigger contact surface, especially on the back of your head. A price that needs to be paid for more protection – we like to pay it though!

Bell Super-10-5

Never before, has a subjective feeling of safety, mediated by a helmet, been as big as it is with the Bell Super.

The cushioning does not leave anything to be desired. Even after hours of riding, nothing pinches.
The height of the fixation system is adjustable in three levels – we decided to go with the medium set up.
With the “Speed Dial” system the helmet is adjustable to the head circumference.
As of right now, no other helmet offers as much protection for the back of the head as the Bell Super.

Another thing that distinguishes the Super from other half-shell helmets is its design is optimised for goggles. The “Goggle Guide”, developed by Bell, offers a thoughtful fixation system for big goggles that finish the look of the helmet perfectly. However, this is at cost of comfort when using normal biking glasses. We had a few minor fitting problems, especially with glasses from Oakley. My often used Adidas evil eye glasses were a great fit though.

On the trail, the helmet was noticeably unnoticed. No pinches or tweaks.


This Super is simply super! Priced at 139.90 Euro it definitely is not a bargain but great fit, solid ventilation system, and all the other thoughtful details know how to convince. Last but not least, the independent design and great protection for the back of your head are thrilling.

You will find more information about the helmet on the Bell homepage or the video below.

Words & Photos: Christoph Bayer

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Robin Schmitt

Robin is one of the two founders of 41 Publishing, a visionary and go-getter. While he now enjoys every second on the bike – whenever his busy schedule allows – he used to race against the clock at enduro events and a few Downhill World Cups. Besides that, Robin practises kung fu and Zen meditation, plays the cello or with his dog (which actually belongs to his girlfriend), travels abroad and still reviews numerous bikes himself. Progressive ideas, new projects and major challenges – Robin loves exploring undiscovered potential and getting to the bottom of new trends.