LaZer Monaco Window Pure Carbon Helmet
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
Product has great features and it is light!
Great helmet! Everything Revzilla said it was. One thing, as others have stated...they seem to run small. I ordered a large my head measures 22 3/4" so right on the edge of med. and large and it is tight! Has only 15 hrs. on it and is much better but I will order XL cheek pads and expect it will be a perfect fit. This may state I ride an '82 Honda cb900c but my real ride is a '08 Moto Guzzi Cal. Vintage. Not only is this a great helmet it goes very well with the Goose!
October 14, 2013
Best and lightest modular helmet...ever!
I've had the Lazer Monanco White Carbon for three months, and have wore it for
about 1600 miles thus far, and in temps ranging from 35 degrees to 97 degrees.
I knew of Lazer's quality form previous bicycle helmets I've owned. The Lazer
Monaco Carbon helmet is absolutely superb, and without having seen it or tried
it on first, I'm extremely satisfied with the purchase. Prior to this helmet,
I was considering the Shoei Neotec, Shoei GT Air, and the Schuberth C3; I had
been previously been using a Scorpion EX0 1100 and EXO 500. Another issue with
the Scorpion was the drop-down sun visor...one day I was commuting home, and
the visor came off track, and dangled in my face. I had to pull over the side
of the highway to fix it - had I crashed, the thing would have literally taken
my eye(s) out. I had been debating going from a full-face to a modular for
some time for reasons of practicality - sneezing and not funking up the inside
of my visor...asking people for directions without a muffled and covered
face...stopping for gas...drinking water or answering the phone without having
to fully take off the helmet.
So arrives the LaZer Monaco from RevZilla in the mail...lightest helmet hands
down of all the full face and modulars I owned or considered buying. The liner
is extremely nice, comfortable, and the exterior design/graphics is just sooo
sweet, especially with the carbon fiber.
Shape/fit - My head is a slight to medium oval shape. It measures about 59cm,
and the Monaco Large fit me perfectly...not too snug and not too loose. The
Scorpions were perfect around my head, but extremely tight on the jar and
cheeks. Both Shoei helmets I tried on were perfect on the cheeks/jaw, but too
loose around the crown of the head, and the Neotec felt too heavy - heavier
than the Scorpion EXO 1100. With the Schuberth, I could not get a good fit -
the Large was too tight on the forehead, and the XL was too loose. Initially,
it's tight to put the helmet on your head, even with the modular feature open.
The reason is that being carbon fiber, it has much less flex that fiber
glass - this was knocking off my ear protection too. After about two weeks,
this is no longer a problem, and the helmet goes on/off quite easily.
Visor/Lens - The photochromatic lens is second to none! I wish all helmets had
this feature. Not only is there an additional moving piece of the helmet (eyes
being gauged out potential) removed, which is also weight savings, but the
entire face receives blockage from the sun. It darkens and lightens quickly
and appropriately to the sunlight it's being exposed to. The clarity of the
visor lens is that of my Oakley polarized sunglasses...simply awesome
visibility. The mechanism of lifting/lowering the visor is also very smooth.
The pinlock visor does an excellent job preventing fogging. I find no
disadvantage to using the pinlock visor at night time either, even with
oncoming headlights. If anything it works better because it doesn't fog, and
the clarity of the visor is much better. It took 30 seconds to install, and
there is a YouTube video by Lazer guiding the installation.
Aerodynamics - I ride an upright sport tourer MC, with a decent, but not
large, front fairing. I used to get a lot of buffeting on my scorpion,
especially above 60 mpg and when turning my head for lane checks. The Lazer is
awesome in the wind...going very fast (won't comment on speed), there is no
buffeting, and especially none when doing lane checking - it slices right
through the wind.
Venting - The single top vent is better than any other helmet I've worn and
very effective - I can feel the air on my head when the top vent is open, and
feel no air when the vent is closed.
Weight - No more neck pain...enough said.
Noise - The Lazer Monaco Carbon is much more quiet than my scorpion, and
probably on par with the Schuberth IMHO. I always wear hearing protection
regardless except once when I loss my ear plugs. I rode the helmet and it was
very quiet on roads where the speed did not exceed 50 mph. Once you surpass
that speed, it did get noisier, but that is true for any helmet. The helmet is
slightly noisier when the top vent is open too...Overall, I would rate it very
Rain - I've worn this helmet in the rain on several occasions, once in a
complete downpour at night, and without the "rain stoppers" put in. Outcome -
no rain in the helmet...none thorugh the vents or visor - good seal all
around. And again, the visibility with the pinlock at night had no negative
impact, despite the rain and dark. This is where those squeegee finger wipers
on the HELD gloves shined...
Modular feature - easy to use, despite my big head and fingers. Very secure
when open and closed. The "snap" sound when it closes is reassuring. The
hook/hinge feature keeping the modular part closed is the same as on the
Neotec (having examined the Neotec up close).
Other - I am debating if I will buy the LaZer Bluetooth kit, when it arrives. It's nice the helmet is already pre-wired, and there is no objective hanging
on the outside of the helmet to ruin its looks or aerodynamic performance.With the Bluetooth kit installed, the helmet will weigh the same as the
Schuberth C3 (without Bluetooth)...
CON - One of REVZILLA's Q&A responses stated the helmet was both DOT and ECE rated. The helmet is in fact only labeled as being DOT, even though the pinlock states its ECE as well. Not an issue if a rider never leaves the US...I live/work between the US and Europe, so it was a little disappointing for me, but all the PROs definitely outweigh this minor set back.
REVZILLA SERVICE - love this business. The helmet shipped without the "rain stoppers." Contacted Revzilla and received them in no time.
June 19, 2013
Preparing to ride cross country, it was time for a new full-face Helmet!
I am so glad I chose the LaZer Monaco Window Pure Carbon Helmet. My last full-face killed my neck, this LaZor is so so light weight it is wonderful! Ventilation, is very nice, I can say, Every feature on this helmet is well thought out! The Lumino visor is a Brilliant feature, protecting my already sun damaged face from more sun is a dream come true! My eyes are not tearing from the glare......Plus, I no longer need to wear my transitional Sunglasses underneath. Oh yes, this Helmet.....just awesome!
June 3, 2013