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LaZer Monaco Carbon Helmet Review at RevZilla.com

LaZer Monaco Carbon Helmet Review

Hey this is anthony with revzilla tv where you can watch decide and ride welcome to our detailed breakdown of the new laser monaco pure carbon modular helmet available at revzilla.com so at a glance the laser monaco pure carbon helmet is really distinctive for a few key reasons it sits atop the food chain within the laser line from both a functional as well as

A lightweight standpoint and it holds a distinction at revzilla.com of being the lightest modular helmet we have and the only carbon fiber helmet we have it’s also the only carbon fiber helmet or the only modular helmet it ships with a photochromic lenses of helmet it’s really engineered to be a much lighter weight helmet and it’s going to come in around that 3

And 1/2 pound mark or actually under that 3 and a half pound mark around 3 pounds 5 ounces so truly one of the lightest we’ve seen and typically from those of you out there that know your modular helmets that love them from the touring flexibility side of things a lot of times by adding the mechanism here on the side that allows the chin bar to go up many times

By not using a photochromic shield you have a drop-down sun visor you’re adding weight to these helmets and they can kind of get close to that 4 pound range and in extreme cases 3 pounds 5 ounces is unheard of and really on a helmet that looks aggressive enough to be worn in a multitude of touring and really sport touring conditions we’ve seen a lot of initial

Interest from it here at revzilla.com we’ve also done a fair amount of riding in it ourselves at any point in this video and i’m going to walk through a lot of the features and nuances of the outside as well as the inside of the helmet we’re also going to talk about fit i’d love to hear your gut reaction leave us your comments and your questions or your just

Feedback revzilla.com or raziel a tv on our youtube channel you can always click here to subscribe so let’s start with fit it’s an area the lot of people want to home in on immediately you know laser calls that they’re morpho system all their helmets fit the same they’ve made a choice and i respect anybody in the helmet market that says this is what we think is

Going to fit the most people comfortably we consider it an intermediate oval to slightly slender fit i’m not going to call it a long oval it’s definitely not that what it is it’s neutral to intermediate which should fit a multitude of riders and the liner system is going to have multiple densities within the eps for protect but as you get into the comfort liner

You can swap out the different sizes as well because there are only two shell sizes of the helmets so you’ll be able to swap out your comfort liner swap out your cheek pads its eyeglasses friendly and remember intermediate oval fit and keep in mind too that we ship for free exchange free no restock fees so if you’re concerned about buying online we try to make it

As painless as possible now jumping into the exterior let’s talk a little bit about the carbon fiber because that’s the first thing people homed in on it’s not an autoclave carbon fiber it’s extremely costly to do that to have a helmet that’s going to be d-o-t and ece that comes in around that $500 mark you’re really looking at a prepreg carbon fiber but the nice

Part about prepreg it’s the process that you use to cure the carbon fiber it’s a four layer carbon fiber and laser manages the amount of resin and the curing time that goes into baking the shell of this helmet so what you do is you have a very pristine looking carbon fiber done in layers done is you’d really expect and then by managing those amount of layers in

That curing time you’re able to get a helmet that could depending on how they would that they would shape that be anywhere from half to twice as strong but you’re really it’s all trade-offs between flexibility and brittleness and when this helmet breaks down it should break and then give and go through the four layers and that’s really how carbon fiber that’s not

Accent carbon fiber is designed to take a crash impact and then lasers doing that you’ll also note you know the main shell is going to be in carbon fiber moving into the chin bar you’re going to notice it looks slightly different and it’s going to match but it’s actually painted fiberglass and this is with all of the carbon fiber or pure carbon helmets from laser

In the monaco line and that’s done because the chin bar houses some different elements and they found it much easier to do a fiberglass composite chin bar that’s still going to be lightweight but again tie things together nicely you’re getting your main weight savings though through the use of carbon fiber in the outer shell the other key thing i want to home in

On i talked about it really briefly in the early parts of the video as it relates to the exterior is really this shield it’s a optically correct you know 100% uva proof shield but the nice part is outside of i’ll call them out outside of bell they’re the only manufacturer using that photochromic shield so when you go outside in a less than 30 seconds the sunlight

Will hit the helmet it hit the shield and this will be go from crystal clear – all the way down to light smoke – dark smoke for riding in the sunlight and it happens on its own so depending on how much sunlight is it is is ami it or how much sunlight is present it’s going to tint and cancel that out so it’s going to stay a little bit less distracting it’s going to

Make you squint less on your eyes but again by not having the integrated sun visor system you’re saving all that weight and you’re minimizing the amount of components that you’d have to add onto the helmet the other nice touch is while we stay here on the face shield is that you’re going to see that there’s a pin lock lens now it’s going to come uninstalled in the

Box i put the lens in here pin lock is something that’s typically a seventy-five to a hundred dollar upgrade if you’re buying a new shield that’s pin lock ready and then you’re buying the actual lens itself and you can see it as its installed and what pin lock does is it uses the laws of physics not a chemical coating to create a fog free shield so what happens is

Creates this double wall just like a double pane windows in your house and it doesn’t allow any of your breath to condense on the outside of your the inside or the outside of the shield so you get that perfect fog free and it’s really dramatic how well pin lock works and for you guys out there that are looking at these helmets a lot of times in the touring world

You see a lot of guys gravitate towards pin lock that’s a nice feature now i will call out i’m going to nitpick right away that because you know laser may be looked at it and they said you know we’re using that photochromic and that pin lock lens there’s not a lot of cases where you’re going to have to change the shield they went to a quarter-turn mechanism and i

Have my tool here on the shield change mechanism it’s not a quick change so this is in the box it’s the laser quick change tool and you do quarter turn and it would pop right off and you can see that right there that that’s my grommet that’s going to hold everything together if i get it up off the desk here there we go again quickly put it back together it’s very

Simple in its construction you can do it with your fingernail i think that’s a little tough but again it comes with this tool but most times you’re not going to have to lock that quarter turn and you’re back in business now on to the venting you know we talked about a lot of times how venting or we talk about how venting integrates with the air flow on the shield

From the interior to help in d fogging this helmet is no different is a three position open middle and closed position that’s going to vent the face shield to the face within the helmet but it really is less necessary because you have that pin lock system at work and then as we move up to the top of the helmet you’re going to see a chimney vent on top three position

Open middle and closed see it i have my middle position there and that’s going to vent at 210 millimeter eps holes that are going to channel into the helmet now the rear the rear exhaust is really a passive exhaust it’s going to vent thinly out the vac back you also notice on the side here there are also some vents that are going to channel out actually behind the

Ears and that’s a new style vent position that we don’t see that in a lot of different helmet manufacturers but you have those as well so really three key exhaust ports on the sides on the top and the other thing that leads us right into is reflectivity on the summit now the laser logo is reflective in both places and you’ll notice this red stripe that’s actually

Removable but it’s a red pre-installed it’s actually stuck on their reflective stripe lasers looking at these helmets and saying we’re trying to give the rider especially in touring scenarios the best chance to stay safe and stay visible and a lot of times within this market a lot of a lot of riders are really thinking about that as it relates back to their safety

On the bike and they’re appreciating that you can also notice when i flip it underneath you’re going to see the reflectivity in the neckroll as well as a reflectivities in the removable chin curtain that’s going to cover up the locking mechanism you can see it right in there it’s red that allows us to open the chin bar looking at the chin bar it’s a dual hinge so

You have your hinge for your face shield and you have your hinge for your chin bar other thing i want to call out is lasers thinking about safety the chin bar does not have a stop it actually has a detent that holds it in place at the top but if if you were in a crash and it opened or you had it open it would actually rotate back so it’s not going to pull your neck

It’s designed to break away and shear off and keep the and keep the force from being transferred to your neck so if i rotate the laser monaco pure carbon backup let’s start to work our way into the guts and we’ve talked about the chin bar it’s a one-handed release it’s spring-loaded and if you come in here really tightly you can see that it’s a brass alloy connection

Point it’s spring-loaded here so it’s going to lock when it’s down a lot of times we’ll see lesser helmet companies or lesser models that we use a plastic integration or even a lesser type of material they’re using the brass alloys a nice touch we see stay the steel works really well you know they really looked at how they could wait save on this helmet as they

Went into it micrometric buckle which means one hand operation with a glove on this is a very european thing we see it on some of the manufacturers some manufacturers use double d-ring notice that it’s adjustable on the left side so for those of you guys that have a bigger adam’s apple you know it’s forward enough you should be able to keep it out of the way

And then even the neck roll here one of the things i haven’t really talked to ton about is quiet and laser stance is that for hardcore riders at this level a lot of times these riders are going to wear either earbuds or their own custom fitted earplugs now we found the loudness on this helmet or the quiet factor to be somewhere in the middle it’s not the loudest

Modular we’ve ever worn it’s also not the quiet quietest helmet like we’d see for maybe a schubert c3 but laser stance was they wanted to put all of their effort into the protection safety comfort and lightweight side of things and they really said for most of their helmets they’re not focusing as much on quiet and that’s by design and that’s really their choice

Now if you look at some of the dry lex material in the inside anti microbial antibacterial it’s going to be nice and soft this is actually the new style liner from laser i don’t even think they’ve seen this in europe yet here on the d-o-t version and if we start to pop it out i’m going to start with my comfort liner for main connection points and you’ll notice that

It’s 3d in its shape there’s a lot of padding but it also is finished nicely notice that it has a mesh bonnet that pulls everything together it’s going to get good air flow from the top from the channels and it’s really a very soft almost a micro fleece style feel you can even see the free hanging pieces that are meant to create less seams and that’s going to be

All-encompassing and again if you buy a medium helmet you want to get a small head liner you can do that as well laser calls that they’re morpho system moving back into the guts of the helmet the cheek pads are fully removable i bring it up here you should be able to see a clean view of it so i come in and i have my micro ratchet system here the other thing is these

These helmets are very bluetooth unit friendly so you see my cheek pad comes out here again it’s low-profile there’s going to be a cheek pad behind the cheek pad there’s actually a removable speaker and it’s a finished speaker or not speaker speaker pad rather and it’s going to have a nice density to it so it should you some good noise-canceling against your ear

When it’s in and really fill that void when you’re not using a third-party bluetooth unit but even with this module modular again sometimes you get into the modular realm and you’ll see helmets that have their drop-down sun visor mechanism on the left side where you’d put an external aftermarket bluetooth unit the laser monaco doesn’t have that so you’re going to

Be able to easily get to it and install we’ve installed cena’s and cardos on this helmet and we haven’t had any issues and notice they’ve even gone as far to putting female velcro on the speaker pocket back there so you’re going to have an easy time marrying any speaker instantly with that speaker cutout knotch looking at the eps you can see the channeled liner

All the way up see it very clearly with the vent holes that come in all the way to the front notice that tri vent there towards the brow where it would come in through the top again good ventilation all the way down kind of what i call the mohawk of the helmet that will exhaust all the way down to the back of your neck and move on out and keep in mind too with a

Dry lex liner if they ever get gunk off i’d both with your comfort liner and your cheek pads you always run them under water give them a click quick soak let them dry out or air dry and reinstall them and you’ll be good to go but they are going to be antimicrobial and antibacterial the other thing to consider if you notice when i had the helmet up i can do it one

More time here is there multiple densities of eps going on here there’s actually three and really what lasers done is they looked at the different areas of your head and if you pull this down you’re going to notice remember how much your spheres but they’re not perfect spheres so as you rotate around you’re going to have different angles and different areas that

Could create a different impact zone with the ground in the event of a crash so what happens is throughout the helmet both with the far head on its way back to the top of the helmet to the crown you have different layers of eps or different densities that are going to give you different properties in a crash and keep in mind to by not having to introduce a drop

Down sun visor you’re getting a full strength eps on the brow of the helmet so remember we carry the full line of laser helmets at revzilla.com you can click right here to go by the laser monaco carbon fiber helmet remember how painless it is when we ship in exchange for free no worries there if you’re not sure about it and as always if you want to talk to a gear

Geek about our experiences with the laser monaco carbon fiber or any of the nuances see us at revzilla.com or you

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LaZer Monaco Carbon Helmet Review at RevZilla.com By RevZilla