LaZer Monaco Helmet
Nice step up from starter helmet
I bought this helmet to replace my starter HJC IS-17 helmet. This is a nice upgrade in overall product quality, features, safety. As many have said,it is a tight fit getting it on, but I got accustomed to it in a day or two. It has a very safe feel to it -- your head feels encased in padding without feeling cramped.
My biggest gripe is that -- despite the PinLock screen -- it fogged up totally when I first put it on and fogged often at a stop -- all on a day that was not particularly cold (35 degrees F). As well, the release lever to lift up the visor and chin bar was not that easy to find wearing thicker gloves, so it was a little unnerving.
Overall, this is a nice helmet. Don't know if it holds its own against other helmets at its stated $400price point, but on sale at $220, it's a bargain.
February 9, 2015
Didn't work for me
Great features, weight, and price had me torn on whether to return it or not, which I ultimately did (Revzilla made it fast & easy). The reasons: my small bean and prescription glasses.
I'm on the small side of medium in most helmets, and the medium Monaco fit as expected. A little snug on the cheeks, but likely would've broken in. Earpads were also a little wonky unless removed, but that was a minor consideration since I ride mostly around town at low speeds. The bigger problems for me were bobblehead (only one shell size, and while not terrible, it's something that bugs me about my current lid) and the tight opening which knocked off my glasses when taking the helmet on/off (negating a big part of why I wanted a modular to begin with).
Another minor subjective niggle, is the top vent: the rest of the helmet is reserved in styling, yet on the white helmet they made everything white except the top vent, which as a result looks like someone tacked a batarang on the forehead of an otherwise clean design.
Again, the benefits nearly trumped my personal annoyances. It's a very good helmet, just not for me.
February 3, 2015
bought the white one in xl yet is tight.
The lumino is excellent, works flawlessly in several conditions. The visor goes up very easy.
The design is what it bought this helmet, but i have to say the fit is ok when im inside the helmet the problem is put the helmet.
Cause the front part of the helmet near the cheeks is to narrow and very hard to fit in. My ears gets trapped everytime. Other reviews said the helmet will break. Well i hope so. It break a little but not the amount i ll want to be confortable.
The sound is super loud, i will start using foam earplugs, to avoid the wind noise.
The vision is very wide and pleasant to drive. The lightness is something to really love my first helmet was very heavy. the gmax 54s.
Overall i love everything of this helmet except the tight fit. And the very narrow cheek space.
January 20, 2015
this is my first modular and I love it! My main issues with previous helmets have been aero dynamics, noise, and foggy visors. This helmet improved drastically in all those areas, especially the Pinlock for the antifog. One drawback(if you can call it a "drawback") was that it came pre-wired for a Bluetooth headset. Really not a problem, but if it had been in the description, I wouldn't have bought a separate one. Overall a superior piece of equipment for the price.
March 2, 2015
Great helmet with lots of features
I bought this helmet while it was on sale for Christmas , but I have to say I would have payed full price for this helmet. The amount of upgrades that are included in this helmet is just crazy for what you pay for this helmet. It is super light compared to other modular helmets and even compared to some full face helmets. It came with pinlock (anti fog)AND a transition lens shield (auto tinting) . This setup is great , had it out the other day and it tints quickly and it was about 19 degrees And I couldn't get the pinlock screen to fog. The helmet also came pre-wired for a bluetooth system that can be purchased seperatley. I love the style of this helmet and the fit is snug but comfortable. This is a quality helmet.
January 12, 2015
Good helmet with some minor flaws....
Just received my helmet and it's 10 degrees here in lovely Michigan so I won't be able to post a proper review until it gets warm enough to ride but here are my first impressions.
Fit - This thing is a pain to get on and off until you find the trick to it, Literally feels like someone is pulling your ears off your head if you do it wrong. The trick is to have the front open and pull out on the straps when putting it on AND when taking it off, Makes for a MUCH more pleasant experience. Once it's on it's tight and the earpads are a bit uncomfortable only time will tell if I need to remove them or not but other than that it's just a nice snug helmet. I did have one other annoying issue and I hope it won't have a huge effect but my chin does rub on the chin bar if I am talking or even moving my jaw forward slightly, I saw one other reviewer mention it and it is annoying but hopefully once the helmet settles in it will get better.
Seems pretty well built, Opens and closes tightly and I LOVE the chin buckle over old school D-Rings.....so much easier. Vision is excellent and pinlock works perfectly, I tested the photochromic shield and it seemed to work good. Removal and replacement of the shield is also easy it took me less than 3 minutes to install the pinlock and get it back together.
Overall it seems to be a upper-mid level helmet and now it's at a bargain price. I will try to remember to update my review once it warms up and I am able to actually use it :D
February 23, 2015
lots of features
Love the Transission lens gets fairly dark quick.
Love the pin lock lens I been riding in upper 20's low 30's
not fogging, do not crack open the visor at all stays warm, good seal around the neck. I do not wear my barclave with this helmet, no longer need it.
Very light witch is very nice.
fits very tight, pushes on my ears so I moved the pading a little made that pressure poing go away.
Has no strap,clip,felco to hold the chin strap still so it slaps the helmet at hyw speeds-very anoying.
The chin bar is hard to latch when I rode the 1st time with this helmet I closed the bar quite hard thinking it latched, it was very noisy while riding I puld on the chin bar and it opened and I was not able to latch while riding. I puled over could not get to latch,I took it off to see what the heck is going on. I figured out when off it latches easy,when on because of the tight fit it spreds out a little not allowin the pins to line up. So I push on the side of the helmet when closing the chin bar then it latches all the way, Now it is quite while riding a bit of a pain. after all that I like the helmet I got it for x-mas and have already put about 600 mile in it.
Starting to losen up in side and feeling better.
Liking it more everyday, but bothered about the latch and the noisy strap slapping the helmet.
Has great air flow, And Light Weight "nice",
Warm, Fairly Quiet,Breakes in about 500 miles, Warm,
Pin Lock System is Great,NO Fogging, Transsion Lens is Great-love that.
The Box got tossed out with the x-mas stuff so I do not know if I can return now if wanted to ?? would like to know!!!!
Not sure if I will, I will ride 600 more miles next week and decide. the Pros I think out weigh the cons I can fix the strap slapping. and getting used to just pushing on the side of the helmet when latchind the chin bar. WOULD HOW EVER Like to get a responce from REV ZILLA or LAZER if this normal or Not.
HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR
January 1, 2015
great features and air flow
I bought this helmet because i was looking for a modular that did not have a drop down sun visor. The photo chromatic shield works fantastically, and the pin lock anti fog feature works like a dream. I can now breath normally on cold mornings, and even when i breath heavy there is no sign of fog. I wear a medium normally, and the medium here does feel a little more snug than normal around the jaw/cheeks, especially with the included sound dampeners in it, which i was able to remedy a bit by removing said dampener pads. This helmet is a little noisier than i expected, and when i put my head down, there is a slight whistle from the top vent, but a pair of ear plugs and a good posture fixes these issues. Overall I'm very happy with this helmet
December 22, 2014