LaZer Monaco Window Pure Carbon Helmet
Great overall Carbon Helmet
Very comfy. Transition lens works great. Modular feature is great in stop and go traffic. Air flow is great, Venturi effect actually sends cool air in even when outside temp is in the 90s.
Rare, 10 people at a bike night WON'T have this helmet.
Don't have to change shield between day and night.
Will not fog up!
Pre-wired for internal bluetooth system.
Price is great because of 4 things.(Modular, Carbon, Pin lock, Transition Lens, ratchet strap)
Lack of D-ring or other way to secure helmet to bike when not riding.
Noise level is good with ear pads installed but once removed to add speakers or more space, noise level goes up. Feels nice when wearing but Icon Aiframe/Alliance fit me better. Consider ICON Carbon.
Bluetooth system has bad reviews. Consider aftermarket bluetooth.
August 26, 2014
To begin, this is the second Monaco I have owned. I have a lot of time/miles with this bucket on my melon, and therefore believe there isn't much about this helmet I'm not intimately familiar with. Why my second Monaco, you ask? My bad...I dropped the first one and compromised the crown. The first one was the Pure Glass version, while this time I went with the Pure Carbon. The fact that I bought the same helmet as a replacement speaks volumes. Fact is, I ordered a different helmet (RPHA Max) just to try something new. I tried it on and played around with the various features, sent it back because the shape was wrong for me and the sun visor was distorted, and ordered another Monaco.
Surprisingly, there isn't a largely noticible difference in the weight between the Glass and Carbon versions. Sure, the carbon looks great but I don't really notice the weight difference while I'm riding. Only you can decide if the difference in appearance justifies the difference in cost. In point of fact, my Pure Glass version was the ECE rated model, not the DOT and on the scale, the ECE Glass was about forty grams lighter than the DOT Carbon. You read that right; lighter, not heavier. I realize that's not an apples to apples comparison, but it sure makes me wonder just what the difference is between the ECE and DOT versions.
Anyway...as many reviewers note, the fit is tight at the bottom of the helmet. My advice is, don't send it back if it's a bit tight. I can tell you from experience, the shell eventually conforms to your head. Initially i had to pull out on the chin straps to open the bottom of the helmet while putting it on. The more you wear it, the more it opens up. By the time I replaced my old one, I hardly had to pull the straps outward at all. Ride with a fish face for a few weeks, then enjoy a helmet that fits you like it is supposed to. Remember, folks, a helmet is supposed to be a little tight in order to do its job correctly. A loose helmet is an almost useless helmet.
The upper vent moves more air than any other helmet on the market that I'm aware of (I haven't ridden in the Shoei GT-Air; maybe it's better, but I doubt it.) I can seriously feel my hair move when riding with the upper vent all the way open. As with just about every helmet, the lower vent is only effective if you're riding a naked bike. Put any kind of wind screen in front of you and it takes the airflow off the bottom half (at least) of your helmet. Put this helmet in open air, though, and the bottom vent moves air up the front of the face shield very nicely. Overall, excellent ventilation.
Speaking of that face shield..in my opinion, it is the face shield perfected. It is optically 100% correct. Zero, and I very seriously mean zero distortion. This is one of my biggest sticking points with some manufacturers. I hate, detest, abhor, and otherwise strongly dislike distorted face shields. This one is not only crystal clear, it transitions from clear to dark in seconds. The darkness of the shield depends on the amount of UV hitting it. In my opinion, it is plenty dark and, for my vision, adjusts perfectly to the right degree of darkness. I never wear sunglasses with this helmet, I don't have to flip down a sun shield that adds weight and bulk to my helmet, and I no longer have to carry an extra face shield on my bike to change out when the sun goes down.
The interior of the helmet is plenty comfortable. Not as plush as a Shoei or Schuberth, but certainly not sparse or rough, either. On a scale of bad to excellent, I'd give it a very good. It has pockets for speakers, but what I really like is that it comes with velcro padded inserts that fill the speaker pockets and provide an extra level of sound insulation. I use a Sena SMH-10 bluetooth communicator with ear buds. Very comfortable with the speaker pocket inserts installed.
As far as helmet noise, this is a pretty quiet helmet, particularly for a modular. It isn't as quiet as a C3, but it will more than hold its own with any other modular. Its very quiet up to about 50 MPH, then some sound builds. It's as quiet as any of my full face helmets with the exception of my Shoei Qwest.
The fit and finish are all excellent. The flip up face latches with authority to metal (not plastic) pins. The paint on my Pure Carbon Window is stunning. The chin strap is a latching type, not a D ring. The padding could extend a little further, but I find that true of many helmets. There is no snap or magnet for holding the loose end of the strap, but it will tuck up into a pocket where the chin strap meets the helmet.
All told, I really like this helmet. It is well made (I haven't experienced any kind of breakage or malfunction), but should you ever need to replace a part Revzilla carries most of the helmet parts in stock. Personally, I'm a big fan of the minimalist approach of this helmet. Exhaust vents are always open (no switches or sliders to mess with or break), no fighter pilot-style flip down sun visor to add weight and bulk (and distortion), both upper and lower vents are super easy to find and manipulate with gloved hands. It comes with a pinlock shield, which seems to now be industry standard. I docked it one star because it is pre-wired for a proprietary bluetooth system than every review I've read said is basically junk. That's added, unnecessary weight as far as I'm concerned. Also, for five full stars it would need to rival Shoei and Schuberth for interior plushness, and it would need some sort of retention for the loose end of the chin strap. Otherwise, I don't have a bad thing to say about the Monaco and I sure wouldn't have bought a second one if I wasn't truly happy and impressed with it.
August 4, 2014
A home run from a rookie company. This is a very light helmet and very comfortable. The photochromic shield that darkens in the sun gives you an easier way to ride without glare and having only one shield gives you better, clearer vision. The pinlock anti fog layer does a great job. The ventilation is the best I've had and it makes for a Summer helmet that doesn't cook your head. It's quiet enough, maybe not quite as quiet as my Schuberth C3pro but you're going to wear earplugs anyway, right? One important thing, it you don't have a narrow head, you MUST upsize. I've been XL on all my other helmets but had to return the Lazer XL for an XXL. I'm really liking this helmet. For the warmer days, it's now my helmet of choice over the C3pro.
July 4, 2014
Size wise I am a medium in every helmet I have purchased. So after reading the reviews for this one I went up a size to large. And it was the right call. It is still a pain in the rear to get it off but when it's on it is far lighter and more comfy then my Nolan 104. A bit loud even when closed. So I up graded my sena to ear plug speakers. Makes a world of difference.
July 1, 2014
Best helmet in 20+ years
Peripheral vision & cooling the best I've experienced in 20+ years.
I had to purchase thinner cheek pads to avoid painful removal of helmet
Noisy - but worth living with - considering air plugs!
May 12, 2014
Extremely light modular with enough features to justify the price
Let me start by saying in the 29 years I have been riding, this is the first helmet I purchased that cost more than $200. I tend to look at safety ratings over brand names and have had no problem wearing a helmet from Z1R or SparX. That being said, I love my LaZer Monaco.
I recently moved and wore an open-face helmet while waiting for the rest of my stuff to arrive. I prefer a full face but have to show ID when going to work, so a modular is a perfect fit. Not wanting to buy a new helmet that is heavier than my existing ones, the Monaco jumped to the top of the list. I get the added benefit of a flip-up AND it's lighter, but that's not all.
You might question rating Bang for the Buck as Good on a helmet with this price tag, but look at everything you're getting. The photochromatic faceshield works great and negates the need for an internal sun visor (and the extra weight one would bring). The pinlock lens means no problems with fogging, ever, and both of these are included.
Moving on with the review, the Window paint and graphics look sharp. The helmet is a good fit for my new sport touring bike. The Monaco is comfortable and the fit is normal except for the cheek pads. I measured carefully and purchased a Medium, but even with the chin bar up, the helmet was a little too tight in that area only. I rode a few hundred miles to account for break-in, but ended up swapping to the Large cheek-pads (which are actually smaller than the Medium). Now the helmet fits me perfectly.
The airflow from the top vents can be felt instantly through the mesh liner. The helmet is quieter than the one it replaced. With no internal sun visor or glasses, the photochromatic faceshield seems to disappear and sometimes it feels like you're wearing a half-helmet with no faceshield at all.
I am very pleased with this helmet and the only thing I would change is the micrometric buckle. I don't have any issues with the micrometric buckle on the Monaco, but it's not my style. Call me old fashioned, but I just prefer D-rings.
May 1, 2014
Nice, light helmets, but one gliche
Wife bought it and so did I. We ride 2-up. My plastic visor works fine partly open, as I am closer to the windscreen, but hers keeps popping up. Won't stay at any of the in-between notches except for fully closed or fully open. Disappointing for her.
Yamaha Super Tenere
April 22, 2014
Love my new helmet- No more heavy head!
I have only worn this helmet twice, so it isn't even broken in yet, but already I love it. It is very light and doesn't make my neck tired as my old full face did. It is a sleek looking helmet . I added some girly cling decals to mine and it looks awesome! The fit is quite snug. I measured a small, so I ordered a small to start. The head fits me perfectly, however the cheek/jaw area is super tight. Not so much that I get a headache though, so I am waiting to see if the pads break in. If not, I will order some M cheek pads. Nice airflow. The transitions visor is great. Better than the 2 year old one I have on my old helmet. The latch is easy to open and close. Because it fits so snugly with my ears in the perfect place, the noise level is lower than what I was used to. I do wear earplugs and have the Sena Bluetooth in my helmet, and had to turn down the volume from what I usually would have it at in my old full face helmet.
The only thing it doesn't have that I would like is the easy-off visor, just because it's easier for cleaning. But with the transitions visor, you never have to switch so it's not a big issue.
March 31, 2014