LaZer Kestrel Carbon Light Rich Helmet
Big helmet, super light, strange rear interior
After putting in some months riding in this helmet I figured it was time to do a review:
It's extremely light.
It looks good.
It's big, as in volume and frontal area. If you're not a taller / bigger rider it will probably look huge on you. Being a 6'3" rider this wasn't such an issue for me.
The rear of the helmet interior has a strange habit of folding over when you put it on "like a normal helmet". I used to just put my head in and then rotate the helmet forwards into position, but I found that a strange plastic hard piece would fold up behind my head and it was SUPER uncomfortable... I found that you need to put the helmet on with your face as close to the front of the helmet as possible to mitigate this. It hasn't popped up since putting the helmet on this way, but it certainly put me off at first.
Air flow is so-so. My HJC carbon that I used for years beforehand literally had air blowing in your face from all over... This one, you don't feel any air, but it's not as though you're stuck in a sauna either.
The visor, without the pinlock insert, fogs like crazy.
Being a super lightweight helmet, it's noisy. That's pretty normal in my experience. I wear earplugs for rides longer than 20 minutes, you should too.
This is a SWEET deal at $199. I find I ride in it more than my other HJC helmets... It has a really nice interior, the aerodynamics are significantly better, and it feels good to have a fresh helmet on. My last carbon helmet gave me a solid 5 years of service and it was time to retire it. This one should do the same (I hope!).
March 27, 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
Its on sale for a reason but its still a good helmet.
-The vents for airflow suck, they're hard to use and are not a tight seal when closed and not a very big opening when open.
-Without the pinlock insert the shield fogs up terribly.
-Theres not really any room for a bluetooth headset and you can't really cut out any of the padding because the padding is very thin all around and you can't cut a space in the shell either because the part that covers your ear is plastic piece that holds the cheek pads in place.
-Its not very easy changing the shields.
-VERY good price for what it is.
-Looks very nice and has several different shaded shields and pinlocks you can buy separately.
-I feel confident I can make a bluetooth headset work if i really tried and did some operation on it.
April 10, 2015
Best helmet I have ever owned! Looks great and fits great too! Awesome upgrade from Icon Airmada, can't wait to get the Lumino shield to even better this terrific product!
March 30, 2015
Great first helmet!
I bought this as my first helmet; it expanded quite nicely and no longer feel too much pressure on my cheeks (I have big cheeks). I like the safety of the D rings!
The air ports feel flimsy and somewhat unreliable. The overall airflow could be better.
Also, keep in mind there's no room for internal speakers, though you can attach some flat one behind the hear cushion!
March 23, 2015
Great buy. Time will tell if it is light enough for my damaged neck..
I was looking for a super light helmet to accommodate a neck condition that was repaired with an artificial disc. I felt that I needed a 3lb or lighter helmet to cut down on lingering pain from surgery in 2013. I found the Lazer Kestrel Carbon on sale and decided to give it a try. The two other considerations were no longer carried by Revzilla, one being about the same weight the other extremely lighter but requiring a significantly higher tariff.
I have dealt with Revzilla before, receiving prompt and excellent service so I figured I could return it if I found it unsatisfactory. So far so good. I haven't had a chance to use it much due to inclimate weather.....but the few times it performed well. With the pin lock shield on, it still fogged a little at stop lights. I went to order a Limino Shield the other day, but they were sold out already.....DARN!!!! I hope they get more. I have already received several compliments on the helmet from some really hard core riders.
Overall, I am a pretty happy consumer. I hope in the future that Revzilla will expand their line into the lighter European lines.............
March 18, 2015
Nice and light
I have always worn a Large helmet so I ordered this one in a large and it fits great. Neck roll is a little snug when getting this thing on and off but once your in it doesn't really feel like you are wearing one due to its light weight. Fit was great for my head with no pressure points and the pinlock system was pretty cool too as this is my first time messing with this feature. As far as the airflow, it feels fine so far but we are not in the heat of the summer yet. However, there are not many vents on the outside so I'm not sure how it would compare to others out there. The visor is easy to take on and off and feels very secure once latched in....
Overall not a whole heck of a lot of features in this helmet but I wasn't looking for something that was too complicated to make adjustments to while on the bike. The only thing I am wishing is that it had a way to lock the visor in the down position but I also have not had a chance to test and see if it's even needed with this helmet.
March 17, 2015
Light weight and looks great
Great light weight helmet. Changing the visor is the easiest of any helmet I've had. The finish of the carbon fiber is flawless.
March 9, 2015