LaZer Falcon Pure Carbon Helmet
Good for the money
Very nice helmet that is really light weight, comfortable and has good air flow. The transitions shield works perfectly, no need for sunglasses. The helmet is a little loud from wind noise, over all it is a great helmet for the money. Also, the free shipping was extremely fast, very surprised.
April 5, 2014
Excellent Euro Design!
Helmet reviews are merely subjective. If you have a certain head shape, require certain features, are attracted to a certain style, and can justify spending a certain amount, will only the right review be meaningful to you.
With that, I will try to describe what I like about my new Lazer Falcon Pure Carbon helmet.
Style – I bought the white version. I’ve been rocking white helmets; moto and cycling, for many years, so this fit my tastes. I’ve never understood tribal or graffiti graphics, but that’s just me. The paint design reminds me of the helmets from the Moto GP era when Rainey, Doohan, Lawson, and Schwantz would battle each other for 500cc supremacy. The carbon weave subtly shining through gives an understated hint at the tech inside. The splashes of orange/red contrasts the white and black tastefully and outline the flow of the design. The triangular intake designs that oppose each other above and below the shield had me a bit unsure, but the blocking design of the black carbon fiber in those areas doesn’t make them a focal point. The high-tech machined aluminum shield pivot has a stippling around the surface that oozes coolness. Overall, the shape, details, and graphics are fantastic.
Materials – The aforementioned aluminum shield pivot, along with stainless mesh exhaust vents tie in just some of the sophisticated materials used in the helmet construction. The carbon fiber weave is visible on about 40% of the helmet surface and appears to be high quality. The white paint graphics are bordered by 3M reflective tape that pops at nighttime. The cheek padding is constructed from a washable antimicrobial fabric that is very smooth and soft at the same time. The crown padding consists of fabrics of different densities stitched together allowing ventilation and comfort. All this padding snaps out easily for cleaning. Underneath, the EPS is deeply channeled with large vent and exhaust ports fore and aft designed to move lots of air. The straps, snaps, D-rings, chin shroud, shield gasket and vent doors have all been designed well and work well together. High quality construction is obvious everywhere you look.
Shield system – In the box, the Falcon Pure Carbon comes not just with a clear scratch-resistant Pinlock-ready shield, a gradient, half-shaded Pinlock-ready shield of the same quality, but with a Pinlock insert as well. These are accessories that other helmet makers require you to buy at an additional cost. I took advantage of the free Transitions photochromatic shield that is Pinlock-ready as well. This shield came equipped with the machined aluminum pivot (even though it was not stippled). If you haven’t been paying attention, the Pinlock system uses an optically-correct, removable, silicon-beaded insert that creates airspace within the shield that prevents fogging. Very trick stuff. The shields mount to the helmet in a system that takes a second to understand, but once you do, it is very simple to swap. Of the three shields, there were only two aluminum pivots. I probably won’t use the plain, clear shield unless the other two shields become horribly scratched, so swapping the pivots often won’t be necessary. The abundant, quality shields that arrived with this helmet keep pace with the value of the rest of the helmet system.
Fit – My grape measures in at 23” or just over 58cm above the brow. The ML is sized at 22.8” or right at 58cm. Initially the helmet felt snug and I had to pull down a little harder than I’m used to. But after wearing it for ten minutes or so, the padding adjusted well to my head shape which can be described as Intermediate Oval. I felt no hotspots or pressure points during my initial ride. One strange sensation was how high the shield cutout was. It was like the chinbar was too tall. It could be that I’m still learning how to wear the helmet and next time will rotate it downward a bit more. Also the straps felt a bit short. I’m used to being able to grab a longer strap when donning a bucket. One more, tiny gripe about the strap. I really like snaps (or magnets) that keep strap tips tidy and out of the way. But why did Lazer put the receiving snap on its own little tab? I have fumbled around for it every time I’ve worn the helmet.
Performance – My first ride with the Falcon Pure Carbon was at noon on an 80* sunny day. The first thing I noticed was how light this helmet was. It is a full pound lighter than my last helmet. Big difference. The next sensation was when I was looking over my shoulder while merging in traffic at highway speed. There was much less drag on the side of the helmet which could either be the shape or the weight again. I tested the vent system next. Two big intakes are positioned on the forehead and chin. They use a center, horizontal pivot to open and they click into place. So it’s like two openings occur at each vent. On the back of the helmet there are two exhaust vents located high and low. The top vents can be closed if desired. All vent controls can be operated easily wearing gloves even though the rear vent switch felt a little stiff. Let me say that these vents WORK. I tried combinations of opening and closing the forehead and chin vents. The big rush of cooling air over the top of my head was great as was the swirling air at my nose and mouth. The engineering was very effective in the cooling department. Next, the photochromatic shield really worked too. Within a few seconds in the sunlight, the shield went from crystal clear to dark, almost black. I kept checking the tint color in my mirrors. When I stopped under a bridge I peeked over to notice that the shield had faded to nearly clear. This technology is cool! I have a gripe about the Pinlock system, though. When I’m in slow traffic (happens a lot in Atlanta) I like to pop the shield up one click to keep a little more air flowing. The bottom edge of the Pinlock insert positions itself right in the middle of my line of sight! Maybe when I try rotating the helmet downward a bit this will go away.
Overall – This helmet is loaded with functional technology. There is no feature that is unnecessary. At $400, with the gradient AND photochromatic Pinlock shields thrown in, this is the best full-carbon helmet value today. I love it.
April 4, 2014
This is A GREAT helmet!
I ordered this Hemet last week and I gave ridden in it over 200 miles over the Thanksgiving weekend here in Upstate NY where it has been in the mid-20's. I have been riding for over 25 years and have owned all of the major brands. This helmet is easily as good, if not better, than them all. It is light, quiet and super comfortable. The Pinlock system is superb. The visor will not fog up! The 2 visors are great and I love the partially shaded one. I consider this helmet a great value and top of the line helmet.
December 1, 2013
light and quiet
I'm a beginner rider and was looking for lightweight, quiet helmet that fit my smaller than medium head. The Falcon has been all that and worth the purchase price.
September 23, 2013