LaZer Kestrel Carbon Light Helmet (Size 2XL Only)
I got this helmet for Christmas and have ridden in it since the weather broke. Finish and quality are top notch. I wanted to spend some time in the helmet before reviewing. First, the pros and cons.
- transitions shield is awesome!
- included pinlock insert
- tremendous bang for the buck
- fogs easily with out pinlock insert
- ventilation is only adequate
- increased noise inside the helmet with vents open
- vents are hard to manipulate without practice
This is an awesome helmet despite the cons. I love the look of the carbon fiber and the accompanied weight reduction. This helmet is extremely light and was a noticeable difference from my previous helmet, a Bell Revolver EVO. This provides a significant comfort advantage in a tuck, when you have to keep your head up. The helmet was tight at first but I was expecting this, as it is kind of a race fit. There is very little wind buffeting, even at higher speeds.
The transition shield is just a great invention. I can hardly imagine myself going back to anything else. Put the helmet on and just go. Noonday sun, no problem. Setting sun, no problem. Middle of the night, no problem. One of my dings against the shield is that the shield it fogs up really easily without the pinlock insert installed, especially when at a stop. Fortunately however, a pinlock shield is included. With the pinlock inserted, I notice no fogging issues whatsoever. Shield changes are easy and hassle free.
Ventilation. Ventilation is adequate. With all the vents open I can only feel a slight bit of air circulation through the helmet. Perhaps the addition of a couple more exhaust vents would help this. The open and close vent levers are difficult to manipulate until you get used to them. Initially, I had to look in my mirror to find the levers. It is not a problem now, but it will require some practice. You do notice increased noise inside the helmet when the vents are open.
Overall I am very pleased with the helmet and would definitely purchase it again. While the ventilation is not great, it is not unbearable either, it could just be a little better. Given its price, quality and the transitions shield, I dont think you will find a full carbon helmet that can touch it.
August 30, 2015
Does not come with transition visor
Very light helmet. I love it. Does not come with the transition visor but it's worth the investment. Very loud wind noises at freeway speeds.
August 17, 2015
Love the looks, also got the photochromatic shield for it - amazing combo, though the ventilation isn't as good as i expected. Nevertheless, for the money it was a steal! Great sale! Great buy for $
August 10, 2015
super light helmet!
I searched and searched for a super light helmet and read TONS of helmet reviews for a year before stumbling on to the Kestrel carbon. I have major neck problems and NEED a really light helmet ( less than 1450 grams). This one weighed in at 1410 grams! I have only had this helmet a little over a month, but have about 16 hours on it so far and I feel like its breaking in just right. I wear a 61cm, and I ordered an X-large and its right on, fits snug but not too snug. I have to say its very quiet, almost too quiet. With the shield in the first detent, the venting is perfect. I installed my Sena SMH 5 intercom and can talk no problem and hear fine. I also receive the occasional phone call while I'm riding and the person can't even tell I'm riding. My only negative is it doesn't have a lot of ventilation, especially for hot Florida summer riding. This will be great for cooler weather though. The upper vents I have to keep closed, otherwise I get a high pitch wind noise out of them. This may be from turbulence from my windshield of my DR 650. Overall the helmet is well built and solid feeling and the built in chin curtain works great. I should probably buy a spare, for when this helmet wears out. My luck, they will no longer make it when that happens....LOL
July 28, 2015
buy this helmet
Cant beat the price! I love the look, how the sun hits it and you see that great carbon fiber. Its light but strong.Visor is clear and works great at night and during the day, with great wide views.
July 27, 2015
good product for the price
when I first received it, it had a scratch on the top. im not picky at all so I didn't want to waste my time or energy returning it. when I first took it out of the box 2 things I noticed. 1) how super light it felt for a XXL 2) how tall it was from top to bottom. at first I wasent crazy about it because when I put it on it fogged like crazy. I also ordered the mirror visor that has NO pinlock system to it, so everytime I exhaled the visor would fog like crazy. so I went to my local auto part store and bought anti-fog from rainX and used that on my visor. after that it didn't fog at all. now it was time to ride. after 40mph there is a howl like sound from the wind which is kinda annoying but I got use to it. however, the peripheral vison, the weight of the helmet, and the aerodynamics of the helmet are great. I can very easily shoulder check at 70mph and my head doesn't bobble at all. For $200 this is a good helmet. but if your gonna compare it to a new model shoei or aria then you are going to be very upset. don't think your getting a $500 dollar helmet for $200. this is a $200 helmet. your getting what you pay for
May 11, 2015
Nice helmet, if it fits you well enough
First off, this is a good looking helmet for the money. It's lightweight and looks well made. I ponied up for the Transitions shield and it's pretty sweet. Not as dark as one would like but a nice piece of kit none the less.
Now for the fit, not so happy. It's on the tight side. The measurement chart said was on the smaller size for a large so that is what I got. Did I mention it's tight? Well if I didn't it is. Also my chin touches the chin bar at anything over 50 mph, and at over 90 forget about it, it's trying really hard to push my noise to the back of my head. One last thing, I seem to have a hard time finding the sweet spot with the strap. Either my Adams apple is getting squashed or the left side of my jaw is getting pinched. My feelings are that this is a really nice helmet for a good price, if it fits you well enough.
May 9, 2015
Great helmet for the price
I ordered mine with the transition lens. Fits a little snug for an XL but break-in should help. Great field of view and love the light weight. Little more road noise than expected but not "bad". Quality helmet for the price point. 'Zilla's quick shipping as usual.
April 11, 2015