LaZer Monaco Window Hi-Viz Helmet
I was really excited to get this helmet. I have several full face helmets, and this was my first attempt with a modular. It had all the features that I was looking for. Hi-Vis, pin-lock and a transition shield. But as soon as I got it out of the box, I was disappointed.
For $419 the helmet has a lot of features, that you would pay much more for, with any other premium helmet. But in this case, I felt I got what I paid for. Im my opinion, this helmet does not qualify to be in the premium category. The finish on the helmet (paint) was top notch however, it felt more like plastic. Just real flimsy. When placed next to my Bell RS-1 and Shoei RF-1100, there was no camparison.
The fit was disappointing also. It fit my head, but just smashed my ears (and I have small ears). There is no way I could have wore ear buds with this helmet. And going up to the next size would have been too big for my head. Also, when I closed the chin bar, my chin and mouth were touching the chin bar. Obviously, not a fit for me.
The last problem I had was how round the helmet is. Not fit, but the appearance of the helmet itself. I felt like my head was in a balloon.
I did not ride in this helmet. With the fit and appearance issues, I just put it back in the box and shipped it back. So I did not comment on noise level, vision or air flow. If you are looking for a helmet with a lot of features, that you don't pay a lot for, then this is your helmet. But if you are looking for a $400 premium type helmet, this is not for you.
Kudos to RevZilla though. Fast delivery, and customer service with the process getting it sent back to them. And with the assistance in picking out my next helmet. Best customer service and delivery time on the net.
November 20, 2013
This is my first premium helmet. I really like the lightweight and the darkening face shield . I have had three other helmet s with the drop down sun shield this is much better as i wear glasses. Some of the drop downs would interfere. with my glasses. I have had 2 other Hi viz helmets I think this one looks the best . The hi viz really faded fast on the Scorpion ans the speed and strength hope this one is better. Just took a 2 day trip with this one its a great helmet. I am planning to get xxl cheek pads as it is tight there that is another plus as u can change things
November 13, 2013
I really like this helmet!
I received this helmet on day before I left Colorado for the east coast. The first day it felt a little snug but that has not been an issue. As always the trip across eastern Colorado and western Kansa was exceptionally windy. I was really pleased with the lack of buffeting even when turning my head. I always wear ear plugs, but found it to be very quiet. I averaged 600 mile days and found the lightness of the helmet to be excellent. This self darkening shield is my favorite thing and sets a standard for the other manufacturers. It works exactly as advertised. The colors are highly visible but still great looking. The air flow across the top of the head is really good. I found the chin vent confusing to adjust and was not quite sure what was what until I watched your video again. Still not sure! Would really prefer a D-ring chin strap. I have a helmet lock but can't use it.
As always Revzilla service was excellent, Arrival was exactly when promised. Really like the helmet and Revzilla.
August 12, 2013
Great helmet for the price.
Excellent value in a modular helmet. Noise level is at a minimum especially for a modular helmet. I love the photochromatic visor works great, darkening in daylight and clear at night.
July 24, 2013
Great design and beautifully executed helmet. Materials and craftsmanship on par with the usual suspects in the higher end of the market and is markedly better than my last helmet from one of those companies. It exudes the level of quality that you immediately notice as soon as you remove it from the box. The second thing you'll notice is how light it feels in your hands.
I found the sizing to run on the small side and if you have a very pronounced chin you will probably have problems with the inside of the chin bar making contact.
The SolFX shield is nothing short of amazing. It's not a gimmick, it really works. The forehead venting flows more air than any helmet I've ever had. It does this at the expense of more noise but this is a very subject thing with a lot of variables so it's hard to make a generalization. Wear earplugs like you should and it's barely noticeable. I do wish they had incorporated a strap retainer for the excess strap but it can be tucked in easily enough between the liner and strap base, just an extra fiddly step.
One unexpected pleasant surprise was that the hi-viz color looked different in person than in Revzilla's video review and Lazer's own photograph. For lack of a better term it is well, more hi-viz, more shocking or attention getting in my opinion. Check the pic.
All in all I think Lazer really hit the mark with this helmet and in most regards knocked it out of the park.
July 22, 2013
Many Nice Features
All comparisons are to a Caberg Justissimo (Large) and a Scorpion EXO700 (Large). I commute 15 to 25 miles daily with temperatures ranging from 35° F to 115° F. I wear prescription eyeglasses. I ordered a Large according to the LaZer sizing chart. I had a difficult time getting it over my ears and returned it for the XL. Revzilla made the exchange easy. I have had the helmet for 2 weeks. It is easier to get over my ears, but still harder than my previous helmets. I ride with a thin polypropylene skull cap under the helmet. Once it is on the fit is very good with no hot spots or pressure points. The quality of construction is excellent. It opens and closes easily and locks securely. The chin curtain needs to be deformed to unlock the front of the helmet. The ratcheting buckle is nice. I adjusted it once and have not had any problems with the loose end flopping around.
Wind noise is about the same at lower speeds, but it is significantly quieter at higher speeds (above 60 mph). When I wear my Panasonic noise cancelling Earbuds, it is even quieter with just muffled wind noise and no engine noise. There is some whistling at certain head positions but a very slight change in head position makes it go away. It has not bothered me. Turning your head side to side does not push your head back like the Scorpion does.
The Photochromatic face shield is nice. It could be darker for me, as higher the temperatures here will limit how dark it can get. The eye port is also larger and gives a very good field of view. There is no distortion. I have not tried the included pinlock insert.
Ventilation is the best I have ever had. Air flow on your face is very good and as good as my previous helmets. At normal riding head position, with the top vent open all the way, I can feel air flow on my forehead and the forward top of my head. If I tilt my head down, I can feel air flow across the top of my head all the way to my upper neck and tops of my ears. Amazing! At stoplights the face shield can be cracked open easily and stays put. I would prefer that the face shield snaps into the closed position but it does seal nice. Overall, I am very happy with the helmet and will probably order the LaZerlink Bluetooth system for it.
July 2, 2013
Well ventilated, good aerodynamic
I can feel air jetting through the top vent whenever I tilt my head slightly down. It does not push my head back when I turn my head to the side. The bottom of the helmet is slightly curved in, it is a slight challenge to simply don the helmet with glasses on. Hope it gets better with the breaking in of the cheek pads. I alos like the way the chin bar is not too close, so sweaty chin rubbing during hot summer day, is not an issue.
March 25, 2013