Tough as trails.
Adding a Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) to the already impressive, extended coverage of the women's Super 2 MIPS Helmet may be the smartest idea Bell's had since its antimicrobial X-Static padding. MIPS involves connecting an internal layer to the helmet's shell with flexible bands. This lets the shell and the inner layer move independently of each other, with the shell sliding across the MIPS layer like a tectonic plate across the earth's asthenosphere. This separate movement effectively dissipates impact forces by redirecting them away from your head, letting the helmet's brain protect your brain.
Other than the inclusion of MIPS technology, the Super 2 MIPS is the same as the regular Super 2. Its In-Mold polycarbonate shell is not only stronger and lighter than most on the market, it extends farther down the back of the head than nearly any competitor. That excellent coverage doesn't compromise weight, however, thanks to copious ventilation that serves to shave grams as much as promote airflow. The four Overbrow vents up front help enormously in this regard, too, keeping the wind moving over your dome seamlessly and consistently so you don't overheat.
The Super 2 also has some playful additions that recommend it for the modern enduro rider. Namely, it's got a break-away camera mount, so neither your camera nor your helmet get too banged up in a crash, and the GoggleGuide adjustable visor's screws are the break-away type, as well, meaning all is not lost if you bail. The Super 2's big party trick, though, is that it's compatible with Bell's 2R chin bar, a detachable protective structure that effectively turns the 2 into a full-face helmet. Ride lifts one day, and set out on an all-mountain epic the next. Whatever you're up for, the Super 2 is down.
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- Q & A
Super 2 + chinbar
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had my eye on the Super 2 for a while because of its chinbar compatibility, and finally decided to pull the trigger on buying it. I'm not a huge DH rider but do enjoy occasional lift days at the bike park, and although this isn't rated as a true full-face helmet with the chinbar, it obviously provides more cranium protection than a half-shell.
I've been riding in it (sans chinbar) for the past week, and so far it's been great! I bought it in my normal helmet size (M) and didn't experience the fit issue that the previous reviewer did. The fit is easy to adjust with the Boa closure - the ability to literally dial in the fit is one of my favorite aspects of this helmet, since it allows you to fit the helmet snugly without making it too tight.
Looks-wise, the helmet is pretty wide, looking at it straight on (the side pieces where the chinbar attaches are pretty chunky). Apart from that - it's not a bad looking helmet! And you get to represent Bell's JoyRide program with the women's version.
Too tiny for round headed folks
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I wear a women's medium Smith snowboarding helmet. This medium fits front to back, but really really SQUIIISSHHHES from the sides. It looks awesome and is good quality but is super uncomfortable because it's so small. Might be ok for oval shaped domes. Ended up getting a Troy Lee A1 size Med, fits my circle head much better