LaZer Monaco Helmet
This helmet extremely light.
I fully recommend this helmet. Very light, love the transition shield, nice air flow threw out. I do get complemented on the style for a modular helmet.
November 10, 2014
great bang for the buck
The fact that you get a pip lens and the visor is self tinting (darkens with exposure to light) is well worth the price. The fit was pretty tight at first but loosened up in the first week so keep that in mind before you curse and send the helmet back. I love the fact that when I have the face shield up it is much more aerodynamic than my previous helmet and I appreciate the fact that it has a reflective strip on the back that I can remove if I want. The airflow is great but sometimes I feel like I have to tilt my head down a little to really feel it but I ride in an upright position. If I had to ding it on something I guess it would be that I didn't think about the ratchet buckle- it doesn't give me a way to lock the helmet to the bike unlike D-rings do but I imagine I will figure some way to concur that problem. I would absolutely but this helmet again.
October 20, 2014
Love the photochromic lens!
Bought an XL since Revzilla hasn't seemed to be stocking these lately. Then had to buy size L cheek pads for a Can-Am GT2 helmet elsewhere, again because Revzilla hasn't seemed to be stocking these too. Revzilla delivered the helmet to me ridiculously fast.
As others have mentioned, it must be flipped open to put on your head (and to take off) and you need to spread it apart a bit to get on (or off). Not exactly what I am used to, but once on, it was comfy and light. Not sure just how loud it is as any long distance riding I wear earplugs and on one bike I am behind a batwing fairing and the other I have a touring shield (read as only the topmost portion of my head is in the wind to allow venting, and this helmet does vent wonderfully). Just did a 500 mile round tripper this past weekend and I have no complaints and love the auto darkening visor. It doesn't get super dark but it is exactly where I would want it to be. I like it so much better than the flip down (integrated) sun shields.
October 14, 2014
Great Features, Small Package
Let me start out by saying, the Pinlock antifog insert that comes standard with this helmet is awesome! Even during my personal testing with heavy breaths and then real world cold mornings, this shield setup had no fogging. This is something I have looked at upgrading to on my Shoei, which requires both the insert and shield upgrade totaling $90 give or take. Substitute the shield for the aftermarket photochromic face shield, like the one that comes standard on the Monaco, and your total goes to almost $200.
For a $350, you get standard - the $200 worth of shield accessories, one of the lightest weight helmets out there let alone being a modular, pre-wired for Bluetooth, ratcheting chin strap with quick release, and it's quiet to boot. My one gripe with this helmet is that it runs much smaller than I originally compensated for, even after reading the reviews. I ended up with a size medium. Unfortunately, the Large was sold out. I was able to compensate by removing the ear pads that were meant for Bluetooth speakers. I'm hoping over time, the pads will break in further. Until then, I will continue to enjoy the great features on this helmet.
September 8, 2014
I went from an AFX FX-41 DS helmet to this. Smaller, lighter, quieter and much more aerodynamic... for the money, i wouldn't rate this any higher than the AFX. Both helmets are good for the price you pay.
Favorite Features of this helmet are the visor and graphics. The transitions visor is awesome. The graphics look great.
Weak spot in my opinion is the noise level. Better than the AFX, but still not "quiet."
October 16, 2014
I've had my Lazer helmet for over a year now, and have used it in everything from rain and cold, to hot and humid weather and over 10,000 miles.
Some pluses to me:
Hi-Vis color: I have no idea why the hi-vis model is on closeout, but if you're looking for a hi-vis helmet, this one is a deal. The contrasting colors make it show up better than if it was just a solid color.
Weight: This is a light helmet. When you pick it up, you'll notice it. When you wear it all day, you'll notice it too...because your neck won't be tired from holding it up.
Visor: Adjustment to light is quick and effective. For much of the year, I can leave the sunglasses off. Of course, I live in Seattle, so...
Noise level: This one will vary from person to person, depending on the angle we hold our head and where the wind hits it. I feel it is a quiet helmet, in comparison with others I've used. I've read of people complaining of a loud whistle. Yes, you can get it...but all you need to do is adjust the visor opening position slightly.
Ventilation: The upper vent works very well. The chin vent works better than some, but I wish there was the option for more air movement.
Visor seal: When you can keep the visor closed, it doesn't leak water. If you ride in rain, that's important.
Quality: The quality of the helmets is variable. I've seen four Lazer Monacos. All were different. Of the three I had, the first seemed perfect. Great ventilation through the chin area. Fit and finish seemed great. But then the visor seal tore from the close fit of the visor moving past it. Revzilla was super at replacing it with another helmet.
Second helmet looked like it was pieced together with left over scraps of material. Revzilla was again super at replacing it.
Third helmet is the one I kept. Ventilation in the chin area is not as good as the first. Why? I don't know. I see nothing amiss. Fit and finish are super again, just like the first. So my advice is that if you get a helmet that doesn't seem right, don't try to live with it till you contact Revzilla Customer Service.
Pinlock Insert: The Pinlock insert is both a plus and a minus. It does work well to prevent fogging. However, I occasionally get water to leak through the top seal of the insert. When it gets in, the water spreads...and doesn't go away till you take it out and dry the visor and insert off. Overall, it is worth the extra effort to make sure the seal is good before riding in rain.
Comfort: Overall, the helmet is comfortable. This is probably only a personal issue, but on a long ride at about the 7-8 hour point, my ears hurt. There's no issue though on shorter rides.
Visor opening: My previous helmet had more side to side visibility, but this one is not as good. It just means I found I had to move my head more when changing lanes.
Overall, I would not hesitate to buy this helmet again. It is a delight to ride with.
September 26, 2014
Painful to put on and take off.
I think Torquemada, the first grand inquisitor, had a hand in the design and construction of this helmet. Since all sizes of this helmet are from one shell size if you have a large (adult size) brain housing group you will find it very difficult to don and take off over your ears. Once on there is no room for glasses, even narrow wire rims, to properly align. To complete the experience there was a razor edge on the plastic of the chin curtain that sent me to the 1st aid kit. A full featured lightweight torture device. Disappointing because it really does have great features and qualities.
September 17, 2014
Like this helmet...
This is a great helmet. It is touted as being of the lightest helmets made and for me it is noticeably lighter (if i could have shelled out the $$, i would have gone for the carbon fiber model that was even lighter). Not quite as quiet as i would have expected, but not bad. i especially like the auto tinting shield. the Lazar large seems to be slighting tighter than the Shoei large (RF??...don't remember the model i tried), so went up to Lazar XL. Didn't need the blue tooth equipment that can come with it, because i had my own already, but like the fact it was pre-wired -may i'll go with the factory Bluetooth next time. Like the quick release chin strap a lot! 1st Helmet i received via mail didn't fit -Revzilla has a fantastic return policy - sent it back and received a larger helmet with no extra shipping charges!
June 29, 2014