LaZer Monaco Roadster Helmet
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
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
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
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
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
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