LaZer Monaco Helmet
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
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
very narrow width on the base to put on.
i didnt use this helmet as such. tried it on when i got it. couldnt even put it on because its too narrow. the sizing chart is not accurate/? i chose an XL, had tried similar sizes in the past and they fit.
overall, helmet looks nice and all. sizing not accurate as per my experience.
July 31, 2014
Excellent Light weight modular helmet
Love this helmet! I am a big fan of modular helmets. Unfortunately, they tend to be very heavy. This can be a problem on long trips. The Lazer Monaco is one of the lightest on the market. The only lighter one that I know of is the Lazer Monaco Pure Carbon. But, it does not come in hi-viz. The hi-viz pure glass is not much heavier. I could not be more pleased with the comfort.
Unlike most modulars, the vents on this helmet are excellent. Although it is not as quiet as a regular full faced, the monaco is definitely quieter than my old HJC symax 2.
The only issue that I have is that you cannot crack the visor if moving. The wind will just blow it shut. But, since the pin lock system works so well to stop fogging, there isn't much need to crack the visor.
Perhaps the best feature of the helmet is the Transitions visor. It goes from clear to dark smoke in seconds.
The helmet even comes pre-wired for the proprietary bluetooth sound system. I have not used this as I do not want my helmet hooked up to my phone. This would ruin my fun. I also question the safety of inserting a plastic bluetooth receiver in the helmet at the base of my skull. In a crash, this my lead to complications. But, that is only my opinion and would only be an issue if you added the bluetooth system.
All in all, this is a great, light, quiet, and well ventilated modular helmet.
July 23, 2014
Good innovative helmet
Overall I like the helmet. For me the best feature is the photchromic shield. It works very well, though it takes a little while to lighten up. I broke the breath guard by pulling down on that area to close the lid. However, I have not needed it since I always use the pinlock insert. Don't order LazerLink unless they change the mic design.
April 11, 2014
shield is the reason to get this helmet
This helmet's sizing is accurate for me. It's just tight to get on and off. Once on, it fits me like other medium helmets.
It's noisy with lots of air getting past the rather small lower collar, but this lid flows more air than any helmet I can remember owning.
The Transitions visor and the light weight are THE reasons to buy this helmet. The visor works as advertised which means its great in the sun and its the lightest modular I've owned and I've used one since they came on the market.
March 4, 2014
Didn't work for me.
I used this helmet for one season. My chin actually touches the chin bar and the cheek pads on my "medium" are very tight. Locking the chin bar in place takes some force. Slamming it into position the other day I broke off the slide control for the chin bar vent. Revzilla offered to sell me a new chin bar for $49. Makes we wonder who else has had this problem if they have to inventory replacement chin bars. The reason I bought this helmet was the modular design and photochromic shield. If Bell ever puts a photochromic shield on the Bullitt, you'll be able to buy this helmet on Ebay. I suppose it's a good helmet. Just didn't work for me.
April 14, 2014
Have Recommended this Helmet!
I had been looking for a modular helmet for the past year or so. After looking at the RPHA and Shoei Neotec I went with the Lazer Monaco. One of the biggest reasons for me was that the helmet came in Hi-Viz with graphics. It seems almost everyone else makes modular helmets only in solid colors.
My past few helmets have had drop down sun visors so i wasn't sure how I'd like the transitions lens but after riding a few days in bright sunlight with it I can say that I'm very happy with it.
I have a more of an oval shaped head and the helmet fits me well once it's on. On the downside, the helmet is very tight to put on and take off. I have installed a Sena SMH10 on the helmet and instead of using speakers I use the earbud adapter. When wearing the earbuds if I have the noise cancelling pads in they put too much pressure on the earbuds causing them to irritate my inner ears so I leave them out.
After testing this helmet back to back with my Scorpion EXO 1000 I would say this helmet is quieter than the Scorpion.
Because of how hard it is to put on and take off I have given the helmet 4 stars instead of 5 (I do recognize that the helmet has to be engineered this way to stay in place when the face is open).
April 2, 2014