LaZer Monaco Helmet
Great Bang for the Buck
Purchased this helmet first in a Sz Large, received it and was just way to tight even after compressing the inner pads. Sent it back and ordered a XL, fits perfect. Love the transitions visor and the pin-lock. Great looks and light weight also.
May 10, 2013
This was the only helmet that had both things I wanted - bluetooth and a self tinting visor. Price was appropriate for what you get.
Transition visor that actually works. No need to carry a light and dark visor anymore.
Comes with pin lock screen - bonus!
Modular. Wasn't looking for one but now that I have it I realize it's a bonus not to take the helmet off sometimes and also that it's easier when you wear glasses.
Looks. Sharp classy helmet. Looks pricey.
Interior is confortable.
Well built - everything feels solid.
Doesn't feel like it flows a whole lot of air which is bummer because I get hot. But, it's modular so I can always flip the face up.
Isn't as quiet as I had hoped. I would say it's slightly quieter than the average helmet but nothing to write home about.
Overall way too many good things to outweigh the negatives. Can't go wrong. My head is slightly oval so it's a good fit for those head types.
April 29, 2013
a great over all helmet
i have own this helmet for just over a month now and right out the box its a great helmet... its very light 4 a modular, and rather quiet too.. in fact its quieter than my hcj ac12.
i've worn it on my 4 hour sunday rides and u really dont feel it on ur neck at all. and that faceshield...oh man!! nothing but HIGH PRAISES 4 that shield. it gets dark in an instant and its dark enough that u will forget just how bright it really is outside till u take the helmet off.. the only issue i have with this helmet is that its just a little tight towards the bottom. i'm a large in all other brands but with lazer i followed the guides and ordered the XL..its still tight, so getting it on and off is alittle annoying, but other than that its a great helmet!!
April 29, 2013
Great upgrade from Nolan N90!
Finally got to ride in the helmet today. It was a bright, sunny day in Northern California and the transition shield worked great. My eyes can be sensitive to light and I didn't use sunglasses during the ride to test the shield and on a 1hr ride, it definitely passed the test! I was using a Nolan N90 which is heavier and much noisier. I came to realize that the slight roundness at the top of the N90 would give me hotspots on my forehead, so I'm hoping the Monaco treats my head better. The biggest issue for me with this helmet is that it is really hard to put on--the opening is quite narrow. I am waiting for the smaller cheek pads to be in stock so I can see if that makes things easier without loosening the helmet's fit too much. I have a 2XL Nolan (too big, but realize now that the larger size was recommended to fit different shaped head) and at the recent motorcycle show, was fitted to a Bell Star L which at the moment felt great. I got the Monaco in an XL since the shell size is the same across all sizes and will adapt liner parts as necessary. Really wanted the modular, transition shield, and ratchet strap so I'm hoping me and the Monaco become good friends!
April 28, 2013
Great Helmet for the money
The Monaco has a lot of features for the money. I enjoy everything about this helmet. The fit is great, a lot of useful features including the face shield. I have yet been able to put a lot of miles on this helmet yet, and I cant wait to have the opportunity. I have a neck injury, and I needed something light, and comfortable. If I had could have afforded the Carbon Monaco it would have been my first choice. The fiberglass one is fine for the moment.
April 28, 2013
I am very pleased with the finish and features. This gave me the relatively light weight I wanted in a flip-front helmet. The photochromatic shield works very well, including turning back to clear quickly.
I found I needed a larger size than the head-measurement technique would indicate, both for width and for my head to seat fully to the top, but this could just be because each head is differently shaped (or, maybe, just mine is different).
This is not the quietest helmet, but the weight tradeoff works for me; noticably less neck fatique than my old helmet. The tight fit over the ears does ameliorate wind noise, but it is noticable if you turn your head and create enough of a gap for the noise to chanel into the ear area. Plus, that was mostly a test, and I almost always ride with foam ear plugs, which will render the noise issue moot.
I feel this helmet was an excellent value, would buy it again, and still cannot justify spending the extra $150 for the slightly lighter carbon fiber even though I love that look.
April 15, 2013
comfy and light
light and comfy, The face shield works better then I expected turns dark quick and clears up in the shade. Just cruising at 15 mph you start to feel the air flow through the helmet and the vent adjustments really work, sometimes its nice to be able to control the amount of air flow at different speeds besides on or off. I wear a med but I ordered a lg and it fits perfectly but it has a small opening, making it a tight squeeze getting it on. This helmet is quiet but it can get very annoyingly laud if you ride a bike with a wind screen that blast air underneath the helmet. I have a few bikes and I use a different type of helmets for each of them but I've been using my LeZer Monaco for all of them because it so comfortable. The helmet is not perfect but its pretty close for the price, I also get a lot of complements on the helmet (it's plain white)! I have a fancy Bell Star that cost me $600 and nobody even notices. Now I have to shop for some new riding boots Revzilla Rocks
March 15, 2013
Too tight through the jaw line
This is a beautiful helmet. I love the photo sensitive face shield. The finish is flawless. Venting is excellent.
However it it so tight through the bottom that it is hard to squeeze past my jaws to settle it on my head. The padding in the ear pockets had to be removed for comfort as well.
I ride a BMW R1100S, which has slightly forward riding position. At this angle, the helmet produces a whistle sound in the 30 to 45 mph range, which goes away above those speeds, otherwise the helmet is pretty quiet. Also, the upper edge of anti-fog insert is below my line of sight when riding, but above my line of sight when looking to my mirrors. The edge creates a reflection of the highway center stripes one the face shield in some light conditions. The anti-fog insert would not pose these problems on a touring bike, and the whistle may also go away, at a more upright seating position.
I waited several months for this helmet to come out, but will return it for something that works better for me.
February 19, 2013