Another excellent edition of the Bell Super for 2017. This time with MIPS.
We awarded the Super 2 a test-winning score the last time out, but Bell has made a couple of revisions to the new Super 3.
It’s a lot thinner at the sides, with reduced overhang, and those uncomfortable plastic plates inside the helmet over the temple area are gone.
Bell has also included a MIPS liner this year and a new off-road specific Float Fit system. This has a sticky rubber dial that works well even with wet or muddy hands/gloves, but we found once we pulled the device down (it has three positions) it was hard to get it back up again.
The price and weight have gone up on the Super 3, but it still features extended rear protection, a Goggle Guide adjustable visor, light and camera mounts and can still convert to a full-face by fitting Bell’s universal chin bar.
The exposed EPS on the base can get tatty, but the new Super 3 looks sleeker, fits better and is the most versatile helmet on test.
This Bell helmet is one of the more established designs boasting extended rear coverage.
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Available in four sizes, the fit is top notch and airflow excellent thanks to the 25 vents. These include four inlet ports on the brow, which effectively channel cool air around the head. Thick X-Static anti-bacterial comfort pads — perforated in the forehead region — soak up moisture and complement the front vents.
There’s extensive coverage around the temple and occipital lobe; in fact the Super 3.0 is one of the sturdiest feeling helmets here with first-rate construction quality and solid fasteners that incorporate an easy to use (with one hand) tensioning band.
The Super 3.0 is not particularly lightweight, though, and the exposed EPS at the rear is susceptible to damage, but the majority of the shell is well-wrapped and we’ve found it super-durable to date.