LaZer Monaco Window Hi-Viz Helmet
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
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
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
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
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
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