LaZer Monaco Window Hi-Viz Helmet
Fits true to size.
I was between a Large and XL, so I took the advise of a lot of reviewers and went up a size to XXL. I think many people incorrectly think they need to go up a size because it's difficult to put on unless you pull fairly hard on the sides. I recommend taking the pads out on the sides and trying it on before returning it for a larger size. I ended up purchasing a Large.
December 11, 2014
Runs Small, Terrible to Put on, Flimsy
I just sent this back to Revzilla for a refund because it does not fit well. My head fits a size M helmet nice and snug and L also fits me, however a bit loose. I ordered size L of this Lazer helmet even though by measurement I am square in the M size. It is still a bit tight once on, feels like size M helmets fit me. Not a huge issue and I read in other reviews that it will break-in nicely, so it would have worked size-wise.
However, putting it on and especially taking it off is a real pain! This is my third modular helmet (after Nolan and a Givi) and I have a pretty good idea of what to expect from one of these and how to use them. Putting the Lazer Monaco on (with the front up and out of the way, of course, I don't think it is even possible to put it on and take it off when closed# is a bit of a squeeze. Pulling out hard on the cheek portion helps put it on without completely taking my ears off, only with moderate pain in the ears. Once on, I still need to put my fingers in to straighten my ears from the bent and compressed position they end-up in after I squeeze in. The ear cups are a bit smaller than my ears, so the edges of my ears are more compressed in than ideal and than the center of my ears.
Taking the helmet off is another matter altogether - painful no matter how much I pull out on the sides. Once on, it is fairly comfortable. It needs to be positioned properly #feels like you need to put it gently back from where it wants to end-up after you squeeze-in#, so that my chin does not touch the front of the chin guard. Once in place, it feel secure and stays there. Feels like it will protect well in a crash.
The ratchet system works well, but I did not see a D-ring on it for locking to your bike. I would never trust a D-ring for that anyway, but since people complain about these things, I thought I'd mention it and that my Givi, with a similar ratchet system, does have a metal D-ring on one side that one can use for locking the helmet if desired. Ratchet systems work great, IMO, and having a ratchet strap does not preclude one from also having a D-ring on it too, like on my Givi.
The fiberglass version of the Lazr Monaco felt a bit lighter than my plastic Givi and not lighter than the Nolan #as felt in my hand and on my head, did not measure#. So, while the Lazer is light, it is not feather-light in this construction. I would have bought the carbon version if it came in Hi-Viz, but I guess looks #i.e., bare carbon fabric# are more important to most folks than safety and comfort, so it does not come in lightweight carbon AND high-viz colors...
Many rave about the transition shade that gets dark and light on its own. But I think this is not a good feature, unless you are mostly on the open road. Not me though - I park in dark garages and go out in the sun and for me it is much better to have a flip screen inside - the transition lens transitions slower than needed in such situations, leaving you partially blind when you get from bright sun into a dark area.
The finish and paint were good on mine, except for the plastic piece near the nose on the inside that was not well attached and looked flimsy and about to fall off.
The soft chin guard and the material around the neck are nice and get closer to my neck than on my other helmets - this is good protection from wind and cold.
The locking mechanism works OK. Needs a bit more of a whack down to close than ideal, but I suspect it will loosen-up with time. Once closed it feels secure.
This helmet feels more rigid and strong than my Givi and Nolan plastic helmets #and the same rigidity is to blame on the problems putting it on and taking it off#.
The chin vent is not well designed - I could not figure out which way it is open or closed. I did not ride with the helmet so I don't know if it works or not.
The screen does have cracked-open position, which leaves a bit bigger crack than I think is ideal and is not as strongly indexed as I think it should be #I suspect it might close while riding#. On my Givi it is much better defined with a reassuring click when cracked open #and stays there).
Is it worth it? At the discounted price of $250, I'd say it is worth it, if you can tolerate putting it on and taking it off. It is not a $300+ helmet, IMO, despite the features. Maybe in carbon, due to the lighter yet weight. If they design changes in the future to make it easier to put on and off, I would buy again, probably. Though, I prefer a flip-down sun screen over a transition lens for the reasons outlined above.
RevZilla should heed the many reviews here that say this helmet runs small and is hard to put on - most returns I think are due to this...
December 10, 2014
order one size larger if you have a fat head.
I'm a husky dude, my head is an oval but since I'm a big dude I have fatter cheeks and wider jaw. I measured my head according to the size chart and ordered a large. Well when I got the helmet I was super stoked to try it on so I pulled it out of the box carefully to avoid removing the tags and tried to put it on. Well since I have such a manly jaw and cheek bones I made the helmet wider than normal and I could not for the life of me securely close the chin bar all the way down. I was butt hurt since It was late night and I had to wait till next day to call CS. The guy I spoke to was super cool about setting up an RA# and I told him I'm impatient like a kid on Christmas so he suggested I order one in a larger size since the larger one was in a closer warehouse. I did and it got here next day!
The fit is pretty snug around my dome. My ears felt like they were gonna be ripped off the first time I tried it on so I started removing padding to find out what my culprit was. There's these fat ear pads inside that can push on your ears so if you have a manly head I suggest you take them out. I also had some trouble mounting a sena smh10 to the outside of the helmet but I was able to slide the clamp plate in between the neck collar and the fiber shell. The one thing that kinda bugs me is that the cables for the mic and two ear speakers have to go around the collar. I'll eventually cut the stitching to the collar so I can slip in the mic and speaker cables to hide them completely.
As for the helmet it self. It's awesome, crazy light compared to my bell Mag-9, the white is a intense white which I like. The transitions lense works like a charm and the ventilation is great. Going from a 3/4 to a modular is a big change for me since I could barely hear my music at highway speeds in the Mag-9. In the monaco I can hear nicki minajs butt claps clearly. I'll post a video on youtubes eventually when the 3 days of rain leaves San Diego.
December 13, 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
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
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 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