LaZer Kite GL Helmet
I really wanted to like Lazer.
any helmet that takes inspiration from cars and airplanes should warrant a bit of reconsideration. The Kite tries to be a great touring helmet in my opinion, and fails miserably. The front top vents open by maybe half a centimeter and contribute only noise, not ventilation. they interrupt the aerodynamics of the helmet and even when closed, create quite a bit of drag. The front chin vents drag air in the front and instead of over the face, down around the chin and out the bottom of the helmet. The rear vents dont appear to do anything either despite their imposing size. The biggest problem most riders will find is that this helmet is fine at 55mph or less, but once you hit 70 the aerodynamic ridge on the sides of the helmet channels air up near your ears, making this helmet deafening.
Any helmet that offers pinlock is fine, but a helmet that offers pinlock AND a lens is suspect. In Lazers case the problem is that their visor seal system is so good, it causes excessive fogging so you have to use pinlock or the helmet becomes useless pretty quick. Whats worse is the seal compounds issues clearing humidity with the pinlock lens in cold weather/high humidity conditions seen in the south or midwest. the result may be common for all pinlock, but seems more problematic given the seal employed by Lazer. Clouds form inside the pinlock portion while water pools at the bottom of the helmet and spatters against your lips..ew.
Lastly, for a carbon helmet, its actually pretty heavy. plastic chin strap buttons lend a sense of cheapness and last-minute afterthought to the assembly, complemented by an irritating plastic grip strap on the whole mechanism you'll rip apart out of frustration. If you wear glasses, take a dramamine because you'll loathe how this helmet makes them dance up and down while riding. This is partly due to the fact that the helmet compensates for its enormous shell size with ample amounts of less-than-firm padding in an attempt to make the helmet 'customizeable' in size through pads. this overpadding means you'll put up with the helmet slipping around quite a bit when you change lanes or look over your shoulder.
April 21, 2015
Nice for the price
Very happy with this purchase. Light and quiet. Fits my narrow head better than my previous helmet. Comfortable.
January 27, 2015
pros: Great airflow, sharp and sexy looks, no fogging while in the winter or anytime really, comfortable it fits like a glove,
con easily scratches
This helmet fits really good and has good air flow. The pin lock lens that comes with the helmet is awesome no fog which is really good for winter. Shape and design is awesome and looks super sharp to me I love the angles. However, with the black helmet (not sure with the the gray finish or another of the special finishes) its really easy to "scratch", but they can be rubbed out and buffed, kinda annoying though.
October 3, 2014
Great bang of the buck
ok, been wearing this helmet for about 2 months now and wanted to wait before I made a review for it. So here it goes and I will try to break it down as best as I can.
I love this helmet and the way it looks. Nothing on the market is as aggressive as this helmet is. It looks like something a fighter pilot would wear. My helmet is the matte black, which is more of a dark gray. But I love it overall. Very simple color and the angles on the helmet come to life with the color.
So far nothing bad. I am coming from a bell helmet and this is a league ahead of that helmet. The padding is perfect and fits me snug. It did break in and now fits my face well. I have cleaned the padding once and it was easy to remove and put everything back into place. The matte finish on the helmet does attract dust and other smudges easily, but wipes off easily as well. The lens and the removal process is quick and easy. Also the quality of the mechanism is awesome. Feels like it would last for a long time. The only issue I had was when I dropped my helmet on the ground. It hit the top vent on the back of the helmet and cracked the blacked shroud. I glued it back together and I don't think that it was a fault of the company, just a clumsy hand by me.
I was able to get the photochromatic lens for free with this helmet and I love it. It changes very quickly and does cut the glare down. It states that it reduces by 30% which seems right. In bright, direct sun light (where the sun is smacking you in the face) I do wish the tint was darker. But, what can you do, can't block all of the sun. But while wearing for normal wear, I love it. I don't need to use my sunglasses anymore. Also the pin lock is amazing. The weather that I have driven with this helmet so far as produced 0 instances of fogging. Love it. I really do, and will never go back to a non-pin lock system.
As I hit on this earlier, the lining of the helmet is great. Broke in and fits me like a glove. I did order a MS size but had to send it back for a ML size. Fits me great. The only issue is sometimes that while wearing headphones, if not positioned correctly, they start to hurt my ears after sometime. But I don't think this helmet was designed for headphones or even speakers. I might try that, but right now, the system I have works well. The airflow could be a little better, is my biggest complaint. I feel the air flow from the front vent, but not the top ones. Also the chin spoiler, you access the vent through a hole in the spoiler. Which in turn, while riding, sends air through that hole. It gets chilly as the temp drops. I have driven with this helmet on during temps around 100 degrees to 40 degrees, in rain and high winds. So far so good. It does get a little warm during the hotter times and cold with that vent hole in the spoiler. In the rain, which was a down pour, my head was nice and dry, no leaks anywhere, even around the lens. In high winds, this helmet cuts through it nicely. I don't get side to side movement or buffeting. It feels great while riding when your head doesn't go side to side or you are fighting the wind. The helmet, compared to the Bell, is very quiet. And I like the noise that does come in, gives me better awareness of what is going around me.
So overall, I am very happy with this helmet. I think it is great helmet for the price and has many options that more expensive helmets have.
October 8, 2013
Bought this Lazert Kite GL in Titan Grey Matte out of … sentiment. My last 2 helmets, both Lazers: Falcon and Velvet … in my European days, served me well. So I was intrigued to see that finally I can have one in USA. Aha, with LaZer Lumino Photochromatic Face Shield as RevZilla was running Laser’s promo. And the shield is the must! After so many years fiddling with sunglasses I am free to ride in any conditions!!! It darkens quickly, is transparent at night!!! Pinlock system works as it should- no fogging. I made 3550 miles in two weeks (Aug-Sept 2013) - vacation you know. Two full days in rain, another two in damp foggy conditions. No fog on the shield. Both shields, Lumino and Pinlock insert, work great together with no problems. Back to the helmet. I have it in ML size- definitely don’t go size up!!! When buying consider even size down. From the Size Chart I am 59-60 cm, so LG, but it would be too loose after “brake in”. My head measurement is 59 cm, so here you have how it fits. At first it was a bit tight (especially on the chicks), but after few days I was glad I didn’t go for LG. Now it fits just right. Color and matte finish looks just awesome! Not particularly more difficult to clean bugs of than of the shiny ones. “Angular” shape of the helmet looks great and I didn’t noticed any special air flow issues. As usual when you turn your head sideways at higher speeds, there is a noticeably drag, same as with any other helmets. Noise level is “normal”. There is no some biffed up cushioning/extra foam to quiet things down. I am riding motorcycles over 20 years, and it is normal at higher speeds to hear the air run around your head with some shhhhhh noise. It is NORMAL. In fact this helmet is quieter than my previous one! So for the sake of this review I say: this helmet is quiet. Seal between shield and the frame is very good: no air coming in (so it adds to the helmet being quiet:) and what more important there is no water inside when raining!!! Closing mechanism, at first working with some resistance, set up nicely and now shield closes with reassuring snap. Venting. Chin vents- opening/closing them can be difficult in heavy gloves!!! You open it by inserting one finger through small hole in the chin curtain- weird way I have to say. When open they work well- you feel strong air jets on your chin (there are simply two straight through holes). There is no up movement of the air from the vents dough. All the up movement you get is from behind the chin curtain air flow. You can change this flow by moving your head up or down, as usual. Kite’s Vents (top and chin) generally work better when you keep your head more straight up. I ride 2006 Triumph Sprint ST and when I get a bit “crazy” on the fast winding road and tackle down behind windshield, than there is not much of “venting in” action. Sit more straight up and it vents nicely. Top vents- closing works fine. Again, opening in heavy gloves can be tricky- you have to fit your finger into a small gap between helmet and a vent cover and push up the cover. I felt actual air movement few time, but openings seems to be too small to do any serious air action. Hot day, low speed, you sweat as simple as that, especially front of your head. More speed helps, but again I wouldn’t worry about getting sick from the draft:). However again, you fill more sweat going down on the forehead than on the top and back, so I say the back extractors do a job (they are passive- “open” only). Visibility side to side is excellent. Helmet is “compact” so e.g. chin part is not humongous, so there is no obstruction of vision there. Inside of the helmet feels very good. Good quality materials inside. And I am picky about it! Overall fit of the helmet is excellent!!! Just choose the right size and you will be a happy camper. I am VERY happy one with my Lazer Kite!!!
So now … “you boldly go where no one has gone before”. Cheers. JG.
September 15, 2013
Amazing and sexy helmet
I purchased this helmet for a couple of reasons. I wanted a helmet with a wide range of vision and a full-face that looked awesome. After seeing this helmet in one of the helmet review videos, I knew that I had to get it. A deciding factor in my purchase was that it came with the Lazer Lumino faceshield for free as a promotion, a $109 value. I couldn't pass that up. My head measures 22.5 inches so I decided to go with the Titan Grey helmet in the MS size which the size chart said was for 22.4 inches. The fit on this helmet is perfect for me. The RevZilla customer service was awesome and the helmet was at my door in less than a week. When I opened up the box, the look of this thing was just stunning. This helmet is truly sexy with all of the angular designing. The inside of the helmet is very comfortable and has an antimicrobial lining that forms well to my head and dries up sweat quickly. The vents on this helmet really do their job in channeling air through the helmet to cool my head down. I ride in south Texas so temperature can reach 100 degrees, but the helmet keeps me cool when I am moving. The vents are easily accessible with gloves on as well. Noise level seems pretty good on this helmet, but I don't have any other helmets to compare that to because this is my first one. The wide lens makes this helmet super easy to see out of and helps me feel safer on the road. I definitely recommend purchasing the lumino lens with this helmet though because it ships with the clear faceshield and the lumino one is infinitely better. The helmet does fog a bit without the pinlock antifog lens, but as soon as I popped it into the helmet (it was included with the helmet) fog was never a problem again. The reflector on the back of the helmet looks pretty cool, however it doesn't seem all that reflective but that's not really that much of an issue to me because I can just wear reflective clothing instead. Overall this is a spectacular helmet and is definitely one of the best looking ones I've seen. For the price of the helmet, I just wish that it came wired for a bluetooth device like the monaco, but it's not that big of a deal to me. Do yourself a favor and purchase this helmet, you won't regret it!
July 15, 2013