SCOTTS VALLEY, California – Bell Helmets, one of the industry’s most iconic brands and a leader in innovative head protection, today announced that it will road test working prototypes of the first-of-its kind 360-degree-camera integrated helmet, the Bell Pro Star with 360fly, during the 2016 Isle of Man TT. Bell ambassadors, Gary Johnson, William Dunlop and Brandon Cretu will wear prototypes of the ground-breaking helmet, scheduled for release later this year, during portions of practice and competition. Along with road testing the Bell Pro Star with 360fly, Bell Helmets and Team T3 Racing will raffle off seven special edition Gary Johnson Pro Star helmets to fans that enter online.
First unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Bell Pro Star with 360fly features an integrated 360fly 360o 4K camera. The three Bell ambassadors will road test the helmet and integrated camera during the race’s intensive conditions as a critical step in the ongoing research and development of the product, providing feedback, expertise and insight based on their first-hand experience.
“Countless hours of testing and development go into our state-of-the-art helmets, and a crucial element is feedback from our world-class riders,” said Chris Sackett, Vice President of Bell Helmets. “Testing at our Dome facility in Scotts Valley is critical to the process. But now we’ll get a chance to see how the helmet and integrated camera perform under the types of intensive conditions that can only be experienced at Isle of Man.”
While Bell riders are putting the Bell Pro Star with 360fly prototypes through the paces on the road, Bell Helmets and the new TT squad Team T3 Racing will be offering race fans the chance to win a Pro Star helmet of their own. Seven (in honor of Johnson’s race number) Gary Johnson replica Pro Star Helmets will be made available to fans who purchase one of 675 raffle tickets, currently available at www.tt3racing.com. The winning tickets will be drawn by Gary Johnson.
The all-new Bell Pro Star is a complete rethinking of what a race helmet should be, driven by the essential needs of the modern racer. Engineered to perform at the highest level, the 2016 Bell Pro Star features the progressive protection of the Flex Impact Liner, an expanded Panovision™ field of view and the most advanced carbon fiber composites available by TeXtreme. Further, it includes a Transitions shield that adapts to light conditions, a VIRUS® CoolJade™ power mesh liner to reduce skin surface temperatures plus odor, and Magnefusion Cheek Pads for easy removal for washing or emergency responders. The Pro Star will be one of three purpose-built Star models consumers can choose from.
For more information on the helmet please visit www.bellhelmets.com.
Founded by Roy Richter in the garage of a Southern California speed shop in 1954, Bell redefined the racing helmet and in doing so spawned an entire industry. The company is synonymous with protection and progression, and for over 60 years champions in auto, motorcycle and bicycle competitions all over the world have used its helmets. Purpose built, Bell has set the standard for excellence and innovation with nearly every advancement in safety on the list of helmet “firsts." The Scott’s Valley, California company was acquired by Vista Outdoor in April 2016. Bell is online at www.bellhelmets.com
About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. For news and information, visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.