Bell Super 2 MIPS Helmet Review.
In November, I had a little mishap on my way into work. I hit a rock and went full superman. My Bell Sweep helmet gave its life so that I may live. I bounced my head off the ground pretty hard and my helmet took the brunt of the force. My helmet also kept most of my face off the pavement as I slit to a stop. I escaped the incident a little sore with a small scrape on my chin and right knee. Yes, I was lucky.
To be honest, my old bell helmet was getting a bit tired. The inner padding was all but gone. It was sun faded and even the date of manufacture had worn away. It was time for a replacement. Being that I had just bounced my head off the ground, I went in the direction of maximum protection. I purchased a new Bell Super 2 MIPS helmet. The first thing you notice about the Super 2 is its robust construction. Yes it is a mountain bike helmet. There is more coverage at the back of the head than your standard road lid. It also thicker than road helmets. The Super 2 also comes with a camera/light mount and an ICEDOT sticker. I have been using my Super 2 helmet for 5 months now. So here are my thoughts.
- The ‘I can’t hear you over your helmet Green’ color is certainly highly visible.
- The camera/light mount is handy. Too bad I prefer a bar mounted light and don’t have a camera.
- The Super 2 has a snug fit that fits my particular head well. I think my old sweep was a bit too loose.
- The MIPS technology does in theory offer some concussion protection. I hope I never have to test it.
- The padding in the Super 2 does a pretty good job of keeping sweat out of my eyes.
- The ICEDOT tag is a nice touch. Simply register with ICEDOT.org/Bell and emergency personnel have access to all your information if you are incapacitated. Assuming they are aware of ICEDOT.
- Great head coverage and robust construction.
- Bell Helmets fit my head shape perfectly!
- The robust construction and coverage comes at a cost. This is a heavy helmet. It took a while to get used to the added weight.
- The matte finish on the helmet is a magnet for scuffs and dirt.
- Overall ventilation is pretty good and I don’t feel hot wearing the helmet in Seattle. However, whenever I remove my helmet after a ride, a band running ear to ear around the back of my head is drenched. The back of the helmet is not well ventilated. I wonder how comfortable the Super 2 will be on really hot days.
Once I got used to the Bell Super 2 helmet, it is as comfortable and natural as cycling shoes, a CYCLEBUTTCRACK jersey and shorts with a chamois. I really do like the helmet and for most people the camera/light mount is a great selling point. It is an ideal helmet for commuting and the occasional trail tide, but I am thinking I would like a POC or other lighter road helmet for a really long day in the saddle.