Actual weight: 769 grams (GoPro mount adds 13 grams)
Includes removable chin guard
Refined internal fit
Float Fit retention system
MIPS —Multidirectional Impact Protection System
Fusion In-Mold Microshell
Speed Dial Fit System
GoggleGuide adjustable visor system
The helmet that made removable chin bars a viable choice has been updated with new graphics and safety features to the Bell Super 3R. From the outside, aesthetics are the only difference, but in reality, the Super 3R is quite a different beast.
Addition of a MIPS slip plane is the most noticeable change, but there’s another key alteration. Some wearers of the Bell Super 2R are familiar with the tight fit around the temples, which of course depends on individual head shape, but is a common enough complaint that Bell took notice. Plus, with the addition of MIPS, the fit gets even tighter. In order to remedy the temple pressure points problem and make room for the MIPS, a new, roomier inner head form was made. Because the amount of foam in the helmet stays the same, Bell refined the outer shape to keep a low-bulk look.
As is standard for this style of helmet, there is more surface area along with increased coverage on the back and sides (noticeable when the chin bar is removed). Thankfully, highly engineered venting and channeling means the Bell Super keeps your head as cool as possible. There is much more air flow than meets the eye.
MIPS increases safety by decreasing the rotational forces transferred to your head in a crash. This isn't magic, it's physics. By incorporating what's known as a low friction slip plane, which is a thin liner suspended by slightly stretchy anchor points, the helmet can rotate slightly in a crash to help absorb rotational energy. This is good, and potentially reduces the energy your brain usually absorbs by 30 percent, resulting in fewer concussions and more memories of the good 'ol days.
If you are a rider who prefers goggles, but have found out that they don't fit all that well on your standard cycling helmet, you'll appreciate the Super's GoggleGuide System—adjust your visor back and up, or take it off altogether and use the snappy goggle retention arms to keep your eyewear in place.
An integrated, removable camera mount both securely holds your camera and eliminates the poor aesthetic of having an unused mount stuck on to your lid.