LaZer Monaco Carbon Helmet
Best Modular Helmet I Have Owned
I purchased this helmet to replace the Shoe Multitec I bought last year that was not working for me. In comparison to the Shoei, the Lazer Monaco is very light, much quieter and overall a much better fit for my head. I do wear glasses and have some mild discomfort above my right ear if the stem of my glasses is to close to the top of my ear. A small readjustment seems to eliminate this problem. The Transitions shield is awesome! It is now a pleasure to ride the interstate without the wind buffeting! Per other reviews, I did go up one size knowing I could change out padding if it was too big, but the small fits perfectly.
July 28, 2014
Ridiculously light, and looks badass
I came from the (80k+ miles) old school Harley mindset where you don't wear a helmet. I hate helmets, and I LOVE this one. This helmet is super light - especially for a modular. The shield changes colors perfectly and goes from completely clear to very dark. I have sensitive eyes and need sunglasses all the time, but this shield gets plenty dark - so no glasses needed.
The field of vision is quite a bit wider than some of the other helmets I've tried to tolerate - with this one, I could see all the way behind me with just a glance back.
The vent on the top of the helmet is so good, it feels like your head is wet. I haven't been able to figure out which was is open on the mouth vent - I can't feel the difference....
This helmet fits so perfectly, and is so light - it feels like it's part of my head. LOVE IT.
July 14, 2014
This thing is light! The Photochromic face shield beat expectations.
Coming from a cheaper modular, I was blown away by how light this helmet is. I've already taken it on several multiple hour trips and it's really made a difference on comfort and neck fatigue!
Carbon looks beautiful. Good venting.
A little skeptical of the Photochromic shield, but I've been really impressed thus far. It only darkens just enough to make it comfortable for the wearer, rather then overly dim. It makes for a very pleasant riding experience!
Runs a hair small overall, but is most noticeable in the lower middle of the helmet where it curves inward slightly. I ended up getting the XL cheek pads along with a L helmet. I would consider going up one side overall though to save a bit of money unless you have a narrower head.
The adjustable end of the chin strap also doesn't have a clip or button to lock it down, so flaps around in the wind (It's actually pretty annoying). I added one, but tucking into my jacket collar worked OK as well.
July 1, 2014
very happy with the Lazer Monaco
Despite being nervous about buying a helmet without trying it on, I am glad I did. The reviews were quite helpful too. In summary, the best things about the helmet are 1) its light weight, 2) the transitions shield and 3) the pin lock. The finish is outstanding as well. Oh, and its cooling is great on the top of the head with the vent opened. All the above is the good stuff. Really, the only negative I found is that it is loud. Mind you, this is my first flip helmet having only worn full face prior to this. Maybe all flips are loud. I did find it tight at first but consistent with my Aria/Shoei sizing (I wear a large in all the helmets). For the first bit, it was tight enough that I called Revzilla to order the different head.cheekpad set but was advised to wait. I am glad I did as the Revzilla rep was correct. Some more time breaking in and all is good. I have recommended this helmet to my friends. I especially like the transitions shield because: a) I don't have sore ears wearing sunglasses for a long time, b) the tinted shield area is so much larger than the standard flip down shade visors and c) the transitions works well in almost all settings (just not into the direct sunlight) where it is bright enough that I have to wear sunglasses in addition to the tinted shield.
June 23, 2014
Cheap Retainer Screw
Bought two of these....one for wife. So far in six months of use, each of us has had this cheap plastic Retainer Screw break its' tabs. These hold on the (very nice) photovoltaic visor. Seems they could engineer a more durable part, like hard nylon, aluminum or other. Mfgr. sent Revzilla spares, so they are aware of this weak link. Lousy problem when it breaks while you are on a road trip. Otherwise, nice helmet.
June 19, 2014
All around great product
I purchased the bluetooth Lazer Link, the volume is limited, other than that, I like it is hidden inside the helmet.
Mic does stay in place on the helmet. may return lazer link. seems like a design flaw.
June 17, 2014
Worst Front Vent System Design
I'm giving the helmet one star for poor vent design and a incomplete manual. Here is the vent design problem: The vent in front has 3 settings left, middle and right. I've watched 3 reviews of this helmet, including the RevZilla review, a Motorcycle magazine helmet review on Youtube and someone who was riding their bike on Youtube and EVERY review disagrees with one and another what each of the three vent settings do. And I can agree, it's not even in the manual! The air is so diffused on each setting, I can't even tell which setting is opened or closed. Bad engineering design Lazer! Other than I have no idea if the vent is open or closed, the rest of the helmet is fine, fits as it should and I like the monochromatic visor.
June 16, 2014
Very pleased, esp. with light weight and Transitions visor
My neck and shoulders no longer ache! The light weight is super. The Transitions visor is simply great, works well in very bright sun. The chin strap ratchet works very well. Others have complained about the adjustable end of the chin strap flapping about. I just slipped the adjusting buckle up enough to hold the extra length. This helmet does fit small. I've worn XL in Schuberth, Arai, Shoei, and Nolan but exchanged this helmet in XL for an XXL. It's tight getting the helmet on and off and the chin bar release button is a bit hard to operate. Ventilation is the best I've had in any helmet. There's just enough friction with the visor so you can crack it open short of the first detention.
May 19, 2014