Bell Super 3R MIPS review

Is the more conventional convertible lid still super?

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £200.00 RRP | AUD $350.00 | USD $230.00

Our review

Well vented with or without the chin guard, but removal of said guard could be better
Buy if, You want a good all-day lid with some additional full-face protection
Pros: Well ventilated compared to competition; good field of vision; plenty of room for goggles/GoPros etc
Cons: Doesn’t comply with full ASTM DH safety standards; chin guard clips can be a bit stiff to operate
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The Bell Super was the catalyst for the ever-increasing number of convertible open/full-face lids on the market, and the 3R is the latest iteration.

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It features a few upgrades over the 2R, notably better internal shaping and a new cradle design with a rubberised wheel for adjusting fit. The result is a helmet that is, without the chin guard, very comfy.

Clipping on the chin guard is simple, but the ends of the clips lie close to the helmet

The cradle is supportive and easy to tweak — even though the top of the wheel can be hidden by the helmet’s lower edge, its light feel means it can still be turned. Being really critical, when the cradle is done up super tight, releasing tension in the system is perhaps a bit too light.

The fit feels relatively secure without the chin guard, but the MIPS liner, which protects against rotational injury, does mean the shell can move a touch. Wearing the Super 3R with goggles increases its secure feel.

At 435g (size M) without the chin guard, it’s relatively heavy but adding the chin guard only takes it up to 755g, which is certainly reasonable for the protection levels. Inside there’s lots of padding, but 23 vents, as well as over-brow venting, help to prevent heat build-up.

With and without the chin-guard
With and without the chin-guard
Adam Gasson / Immediate Media

Clipping on the chin guard is simple, but the ends of the clips lie close to the helmet — this makes them difficult to get fingers under, especially when gloved or with cold hands, and with their stiff action, makes unclipping a bit of a pain.

The chin piece itself has thick-ish cheek pads, but removing the inserts makes the fit more comfy for those with chunkier faces (tester included!). The guard has six vents, reducing the claustrophobic feel and again keeping things cool.

Externally there’s a large visor, which shifts well out the way if you want to pop your goggles under the visor on climbs, and up top there’s an optional GoPro mount, which is designed to break away in a crash, further reducing injury risk.

Adding the guard no doubt increases protection in a crash, but it doesn’t comply to full DH safety standards. Without it, it’s a perfectly reasonable trail helmet, although one that most testers found aesthetically to be a little mushroom-like.

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There are three sizes as well as female options. The blue/white colourway sadly won’t be available in the UK.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Super 3R MIPS
Brand Bell

Description Convertible open/full-face
Vented Yes