LaZer Monaco Roadster Helmet
Little loud but the pinlock and transition shield are awesome
The face shield really makes this helmet stand out from the other modular helmets I have had. At first it does seem to run small, but if you take out the noise reduction pads. The helmet seems to run more true to size. The vent on top seems to promote the 3/4 or tuck style riding, as that is when I feel the airflow come through the top. At full open in an upright position I don't have nearly as much air circulation, but it never became uncomfortably warm in the summer. Rarely on long rides I noticed there was a pressure point on the top of the helmet that would dig into the top of my head, but it would quickly go away after some adjusting. Overall great face shield, light weight and good fit.
October 14, 2013
Great helmet, but a bit snug
This helmet is very snug. Fairly difficult to put on as the base is shaped to the head more than other helmets I've worn. Specifically, my other helmet is a Scorpion Transformer. I went to the LaZer when I Changed from a Honda Fury to a BMW K1300s and wants something that matches the blak & white color scheme.
The helmet is very, very narrow at the base and can give you ear burn when putting it on. What I've found is that, if you treat it like a football helmet - pull apart via the chinstrap as you put it on - it does get much easier. Also, I can feel it breaking in and forming to my head, though I've only worn it a few times. I expect this will get easier over time as it breaks in.
My Scorpion helmet is rated very quiet by magazines, but I find the LaZer much quiter. But remove the ear pads if you're wearing headphones or they'll get pushed painfully into your ears while riding. I fully plan to get the Bluetooth system ASAP as I dearly miss my Cardo G4.
The transition face shield is absolutely AWESOME!!! Darkens quickly, looks amazing, and works better than my eyeglasses. Looking forward to that breaking in and getting darker with time.
The only nit I'd pick, is that the more formed head shape can cause some wind deflection when you're looking over your shoulder while riding at speed. Easy to get used to, but a bit of a surprise early on.
Quality of the paint job is excellent. Airflow in the helmet is excellent. Great product, which I could afford the carbon version.
May 24, 2013
Best bang for the buck. Narrow opening, difficult to put on.
I liked all the features this helmet offers and really wanted this helmet to work for me. Unfortunately, the opening was just too narrow for me.
Once on, the fit was perfect. However, I just couldn't see myself fighting to pull it on each time. With the chin bar up, I was able to flex it enough to get it on, but not with out a great deal of difficulty and discomfort. I consider my head shape as slightly round.
Sadly, I had to return the helmet and pay for return shipping ($28).
I may consider the Lazer Falcon when it becomes available, hopefully it will not have a narrow opening like the Lazer modular helmets.
May 8, 2013
Lazer Monaco (fiberglass) - excellent value and then some
This helmet compares favorably with my Schuberth C3. The Lazer is very light and just a bit noisier than the Schuberth. The Monaco is very aerodynamic. I had to shorten the chin strap and there is nowhere to put the extra length of strap, but that's not much of a negative. The opening is narrow, so I must remove my glasses to put the helmet on. Once on it's very comfortable -- even my glasses fit without issue. Air flow is pretty good, but not as good as the Schuberth. The chin bar is far easier to close than the Schuberth. The paint is beautiful (I have the Roadster graphics), and the photochromic shield (with pinlock) is a great idea -- no internal visor to move up and down and clean. I've ordered the Lazer Blue bluetooth unit as the Monaco comes pre-wired (bluetooth to ship mid-April). I'm excited to see how the bluetooth works as I'm planning on taking the Monaco on a ~3000 mile trip this summer.
April 1, 2013
nice helmet, exelent face shield increase definition, light on neck
no pressure points, chick pads are little tight will see if they get better with use. Air flow is great still winter but you can feel the flow. cons comparing with evo shark is lac of use of face-shield with chin up, but a lot lighter than shark, and you do not have to wait for ever like with shark. the lumino is great you do not loose on view or notice the change in color, I have some astigmatism and it improved my definition, your eyes will be very happy!
March 18, 2013