LaZer Kestrel Carbon Light Rich Helmet
Light weight and amazing photochromic visor
I have put a lot of miles on this helmet and I definitely do not regret purchasing it. I currently own really good helmets (shark and shoei) and believe me this one is a pretty good one.
- SHIELD: Incredible bang for the buck since it include pin-lock lens and PHOTOCHROMIC VISOR (if promotion still available)! If you were skeptical about these systems watch Anthony's videos and trust me they do an incredible job. I tested the anti-fog in a wide range of temperatures (mid 30's to mid 80"s# and I could see the fog building up around the lens but nothing on the pin-lock system. Also, the visor is really clear and turn dark very quickly at around 50% darkness but this is a very subjective feeling.
The shield mechanism is really tough and easy to operate.
- LIGHT WEIGHT / COMFORTABLE: carbon fiber speaks for itself. I relied on the size chart #and my little experience ;] # and fitment was no surprise.
- DECENT AIR FLOW / QUIET: I found the venting quality of this helmet fairly good. I recently ride in the mid 90's and was not overheating. Also, this helmet is relatively quiet.
- Top vents are not really easy to find with a pair of gloves.
- Does not come with a visor lock mechanism.
- I do not think intercoms are easy to install but did not really try... to verify!
Overall, I recommend this product. It is not the perfect helmet but does a good job in every key points #noise level, air flow, optical aspect, weight, ergonomic).
April 15, 2014
Great value, style, and versatility.
Received the helmet with the free shipping in two days and I haven't ridden in it yet since it's still snowing. The helmet looks beautiful and I especially like the pearlescent quality of the white graphic. Its also extremely light. Initially the fit of the MS size was very tight but after wearing it for about an hour it feels broken in and fits very well, like a glove. The shield change mechanism is simple to operate and very sturdy. The vent switches may be hard to locate with gloves on but they make a noticeable snap when they're switched so you'll know when they're switched. The manual for the helmet is very easy to read and informative. Before adding the pinlock lens the shield fogged but the pinlock lens was easy to install (watch Revzilla's pinlock guide video) and now I can't get it to fog if I try! I sprang for the Lumino Transitions lens and was worried it wouldn't get very dark but I tested it outside in the bright sun with snow everywhere and I didn't have to squint at all. My experience with other helmet brands is limited to just KBC but so far Lazer seems to have the quality of the Japanese brands but at a better price.
March 8, 2014
Light weight but uncomfortable.
Nice light weight but has no place for your ears which causes me much discomfort. I had to trim the foam liner around my ears to be able to even wear the helmet for a short time. I tried the replacement check pads but they don't fit well, different design than the original liner. No way I could install any sort of intercom due to the lack of cutouts for your ears. Very noisy compared to my Arai Quantum. Very nice transition face shield (darkens in sunlight).
November 5, 2013
Excellent combination of great features and Revzilla value.
A feature rich helmet with carbon light weight construction, transitions visor, pinlock and great top 10 styling acknowledged by motorcycle website reviews. Revzilla pricing and service seals the deal.
July 30, 2013
The visor saves this helmet (though you have to buy it yourself)
Chances are the Kestrel Carbon will be one of the lightest helmets you've ever used, but for the price, there are helmets that are cheaper with better airflow around the same weight. I use this helmet alongside the HJC RPHA-10 and if you've used the RPHA-10, this helmet is only marginally lighter (its barely noticeable) despite being a carbon fiber helmet. The airflow on the RPHA-10 is much better all around compared to the Kestrel.
While the upper vents work fine on the Kestrel, the bottom vent leaves a little to be desired. Even when moving at moderate speeds (20-30mphish) the bottom vent doesn't flow as much air and you'll still be able to feel the warmth of your breath (this is with the breath deflector removed).
Luckily the thing that saves this helmet is the visor. If you get this helmet or any other Lazer helmet, get the photochromic visor. Is it that amazing? Yes it is. The optical quality is where this helmet shines. There are times where I'll be walking around inside and I won't realize the visor is down because the optical quality is so clear. That is, I won't realize the visor is down until it starts getting stuffy in the helmet. If the Lazer line didn't have the visor, I would consider buying a different line of helmets, but because it does it makes me consider getting another Lazer Helmet in the future. I've put about 800 miles on the bike now with this helmet and while it's not the one I always grab, it's the one I'll grab on a nice day because while you're riding, it'll give you a few similar to having no visor at all.
June 12, 2013