LaZer Monaco Window Pure Carbon Helmet
Lazer Monaco Carbon defines light weight in helmets
Monaco is a great looking, fairly quiet, very light flip front helmet. Warning for eyeglasses wearers though, the shell is so stiff and the cheek fit so snug that you may not be able to put on or remove the helmet with your glasses on. Don't get me wrong, glasses fit fine but if you are buying this style of helmet so you don't have to remove your glasses to put the helmet on you may be disappointed. Lazer offers different sized cheek padding which may fix this, but the fit is so nice on my head that i'm reluctant to try different sizes. I have other excellent helmets that I wear regularly but the light weight of the Monaco is constantly noticeable and welcome. Its too early to tell but it could become my favorite lid.
December 15, 2014
Great helmet for touring. Lightweight plus transition shield.
Lightweight, stylish, full carbon helmet. Sizing runs a little small. Helmet lets a lot of wind noise in when you turn your head. Great for touring since it comes with a transition shield... no need for sunglasses.
December 15, 2014
Work for me 99%
The helmet IS very lightweight, which is awesome! It seems BIG (outside dimersions) compared to my non modular helmet, but since its so light, who cares?
The Transition lens feature is helpful (I hate to have to jam sunglasses on), BUT it's still pretty tough to see when you're headed towards the sun when it's low in the sky, so I still carry sunglasses with me. Field of vision is very good, only a slight turn lets you see behind you.
I open the chin to take on and off which makes it so much easier. If you do open the chin while riding/stopped, be aware you really have to snap it back down Hard for it to catch on the latch.
Least favorite thing: The chin strap closure is not comfortable to me, especially when I have the neck fastened on my jacket..too much bulk happened at the neck. I prefer the D Ring closure. Also, you cannot lock this expensive helmet to your bike!
December 15, 2014
Overall Great Product!
I've only used one other helmet in my life and that too was a modular (Shark Evoline 3 ST Moovit Lumi Helmet), so I can only compare it to that.
Noise: Its not bad but its louder than my other helmet.
Durability: Never crashed so don't know
Weight: It's very lightweight one of my favorite features
Pro: Lightweight, Pre-wired for Bluetooth unit, Modular, Photochromic lens, Anti Fog shield attachment,
December 13, 2014
Good but not ideal for smaller heads
This is my first premium helmet purchase. My old helmet was an icon alliance that i was never really happy with. This helmet feels a lot nicer than my old icon. The interior looks and feels a lot nicer, the carbon fiber looks really nice, i almost regret buying this window version where the carbon is partially obscured by the white paint. That said i figure no one would notice the carbon fiber when i'm riding anyways and the white will help with visibility so i still think i made the right choice.
I measured my head at 56cm (22") and based on reviews i went with a medium helmet as most people was saying it runs small. Well after wearing the helmet for a few minutes i realized that only the cheek pads are tight, the rest of the helmet actually feels a lil large to me. I think a small helmet with large or medium cheekpads would fit me better than the medium i got. I have not decided if i should return it yet, as cheek pads cost an extra $20 plus the hassle of exchanging it and not knowing for sure if the small would fit me (if i bought this at a store i would defidnally go try on a small though. I should also point out that it is impossible to put on this helmet without lifting/opening the chin bar. I thought it would be just the same as a full face and i could just leave it in full face position all the time, but this is not the case. Having said that, i realized that this allows the helmet to have a much tighter fit to the lower part of my face, it feels more secure and less likely to come off in a crash... since once again i can't remove the helmet without first flipping up the chin bar. I don't know if this is an inherent advantage of all modular helmets or just this one, but i guess the trade-off of the extra hassle of putting on/removing was worth the security bonus. I also wear glasses and am happy to report that my glasses fit fine and i did not experience the discomfort some of the other reviewers experienced. In fact coming from a full face helmet, i found it much easier to put on my glasses with this helmet because i could put them on with the chin bar lifted.
Now for the cons. Revzilla mentions that there is only one shell size for this helmet. I didn't really think about it until i pulled the helmet out of the box. This thing looks big. One shell size means my helmet would be the same size as a 2xl helmet. And it does look a little big in my head. My neighbor (who doesn't know anything about bikes or helmets) mentioned it looked wrong somehow but couldn't tell me what looked wrong but looking at myself in the mirror i can tell it looks slightly too big for my head. With that said i think the medium should be the smallest size anyone should buy, if you have a small head this helmet would look huge on your head. Another disadvantage i realized is weight, one size shell means that smaller helmets would need to have more padding to fill the extra space making the smaller helmets weigh more than the larger ones. While this helmet is lighter than my icon alliance it did not feel super light to me. Lazer has other full face carbon fiber helmets that weigh less though (like the kestral) if weight is your main concern.
Overall i am pleased with the helmet, i'm not "satisfied" but i think the pros outweigh the cons. The main reason for purchasing this helmet was for the value since i paid $300 for it and it comes with the pinlock and photochromic shield, and that alone is worth $100+. I definitely would not be happy if i paid full price for it. I should point out that i was not looking for a modular helmet, and would have bought the kestral + photochromic shield (which costs the same and is lighter) but based on the reviews for the kestral it didn't sound like it was very quiet and i thought i was getting a better deal with this one, plus i figured modular helmet would be a bonus.
December 2, 2014
This product has great features
I initially bought a Shark Evoline 3 ST Arona Helmet and I returned that helmet immediately after I saw how chunkily the sun visor flapped around inside the helmet when I opened the box. I was not about to disassemble the Shark helmet to try and fix what-ever was loose to begin with. Being able to see/feel/touch/try on both helmets, that is the Shark and this LaZer helmet; I can say this much about the two helmets... The LaZer Monaco helmet is TWICE the helmet of the Shark helmet. The only minor thing the Shark helmet had going for it was the chin guard being able to move to the back of your head...BIG DEAL.... it is not worth it. Save you time and anguish and get the LaZer helmet right off the bat.
November 3, 2014
The best helmet
The comfort level is excellent after a little break-in period. I found the cheek pads was to tight even if I measured carefully and purchased a Medium, but even with the chin bar up, the helmet was still 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 x Large cheek-pad thankfully The Morpho System Plus in the Lazer Monaco allows you to tailor your helmet for the perfect fit. They were easy to snap in and now the helmet fits me perfectly.. To go from full face to open face helmet is also very easy even on the fly. The one button operation is simple and the position of the button on the helmets mouth and chin protector directs your hand easily to the spot. I like the transition lens it works great.
October 24, 2014
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