LaZer Monaco Window Pure Carbon Helmet
Expensive but good value.
The helmet shell curves inward and is too narrow at the opening where the chin straps attach, making it verry difficult to get the helmet on or off without feeling like my ears are going to be ripped off. Originally ordered a Large (my normal size for 23.5" head) but had to return it for XL. the helmet loks great and the quality justifies the price. I like the Transitions photochromic face shield but it doesn't get dark enough in bright sunlite (I prefer my Shark Evoline helmet with seperate clear and tinted shields). The helmet is light and comfortable once it's on and the quick release chin strap is a nice feature. Overall, a great helmet. Revzilla Customer Service and return/exchange policy are the best!
January 27, 2014
One of the lightest weight modular helmets
Love this helmet...but make sure you get extra screws that attach the visor to the helmet. Love the photochromatic type visor and the Pin Lock system really works!
December 16, 2013
Great helmet overall but a couple issues
I love the weight and style of this helmet....It's extremely lightweight and stylish...The modular aspect is great and when it locks down it snaps into place VERY securely. Love the self darkening shield but it fogs up VERY easily. I have not installed the anti-fog pinlock yet so hopefully that takes care of this issue. The only other issue to be aware of is that I normally wear a medium helmet but had to go to an ex-large to get a comfortable fit. The fit is not so much the padding inside but the fact that my chin hits the front of the chinbar when in place. The Large hit it very hard and I had to go to the Ex-Large. My chin still touches the front on the chinbar but it I can live with it as the rest of the helmet is just great!!! I'm hoping that once the back of the padding inside the helmet wears in a little that the chin issue may be less pronounced. Hopefully as I love this helmet for weight, airflow, aerodynamics (noise), and did I mention the weight???
December 16, 2013
Not nearly what I'd expected based on other reviews!
I've worn this now for a couple thousand miles and find some things to be very positive and others to be intensely negative. Good stuff includes the weight, shield, looks availability of intercom that will fit in it. Bad stuff starts with the fact that it is very hard to get on and off (it does get a little easier with time, don't know if we just figure out how to do it or stuff softens up). This was rated high for air flow and is one of my main concerns, but it doesn't seem to flow ANY air from lower vent and is VERY hot even with the chin curtain removed. It fits very close to my face below the visor and just doesn't allow any air movement at all. So with those caveats I would recommend this, not otherwise.
December 2, 2013
Helmet runs small
I usually order a size small. after measuring my head I was lead to choose a medium. When I tried to put it on it was like a vise grip on head. Though I did get the helmet on. I decided to return it for a size large. Two sizes up is a big difference.
Now that I know the right size I would recommend the purchase just to eliminate neck pain when touring. The helmet carbon look and graphics are mega cool.
I also purchased the Lazer link kit because I can talk with different manufacturer's blue tooth communication devices.
October 27, 2013
Excellent helmet but tight fight, esp. around the ears
This is a great helmet. Light, quiet and an amazing value for a carbon helmet. I only have two small gripes. First, although comfortable when on, it's very tight to put on. I wear a medium on my last helmet (Shoei Multitec) but went up to L on this and I even tried an XL because it was so hard to put on. If you wear ear buds (headphones) as I do, you will find it challenging getting on and off. My smaller nit pick is about the transition lens shield, not dark enough for total sun and too dark to wear under sunglasses. Still, this is a great helmet and the weight really makes a different on long rides.
October 22, 2013
Would not recommend this helmet
The concept of the modular carbon helmet, however I do not feel that Lazer has done their homework on fit and noise level.
The quality of the helmet seems very good. I normally take an XL i most helmets, but with the Lazer it took a XX for me to get it on and be reasonably comfortable. Wind noise is excessive. I do not feel this helmet is a good buy for it to be in the +$500 range. The weight is very good and the self darkening shield is also a good feature, but not good enough to override the price.
October 21, 2013
I normally wear a size large and that is what I purchased. Just as others have stated, it starts off a little on the tight side and then "breaks in". Previous helmets owned were a Nolan N102 and HJC SysMax. This helmet is by far the lightest and quietest helmet I have owned. Removed the pre-installed wiring for the Lazer com system and installed a Sena SMH5 with no problems (double sided tape mount).
I have not had to resort to using a balaclava yet while temps remain above 50f and I noticed no water getting in while in the rain.
October 15, 2013