Innovation & technology
The outer shell is of course a key component of a motorcycle helmet, for protection and for comfort, through lower weight.
Lazer has risen to the challenge in its own unique way: ultra light shells that give superior protection. This technology is named “Pure Carbon” and “Pure Glass”. It is based on proprietary weave patterns, resin formula, temperature controlled polymerisation and vacuum moulding processes.
The Pure Carbon and Pure Glass technologies are not only ultra light, they also improve the protective qualities of the shell. By permeating the fibres more deeply and homogenously with special resins, they acquire gradual fracturing qualities, much like the shock absorption zones (“crumpling zones”) on cars. Gradual fracturing slows down the impact on the shell by providing consecutive yielding points, each dissipating part of the force. By way of illustration, it is the same principle as a stuntman falling on layers of cardboard boxes, each breaking his fall a bit at a time.
For comfort, weight is a crucial factor. In the construction of a helmet, the outer shell is the heaviest component; therefore, it makes sense to work on lightening it. The challenge for Lazer engineers is to minimise weight without compromising protection.
The development of Pure Carbon has led to the MX7 UL that weighs in at around 950g, the MX8 at just over 1.000g and the Monaco, at around 1.350g, making it the lightest modular helmet in the world today. Lazer’s Pure Glass helmets are the lightest in their class.
The Carbon fiber is the most-used fiber in high performance applications. It is obtained by carbonization of the PAN fiber (Polyacrylonitrile). Lazer chose to use High Modulus (HM) fibers, obtained by a burning temperature of 1800 to 2000°C.
The Glass fibers that are used for the lining of the PURE FIBER helmets from Lazer are the same as the ones that are used to enforce the high-resistance composites. They are made from sand (Silica) and additives (aluminium oxide, carbonate of lime, magnesia, Boron oxid). There are 3 different kinds of glass fibers and Lazer chose the best, the R type, which is also used for high-performance composites.
Thermoplastic LAZER helmets are made by a process of injecting selected high-grade material that ensures very high protection qualities. In association with the largest multinationals in the chemistry and the thermoplastic industries, LAZER uses engineered techno-polymers of high impact resistance.
LAZER has developed for years the I.M.A.C. (Impact Modified Alloy Composite) and uses this material to meet and exceed most safety standards requirements. Thanks to I.M.A.C., Lazer is able to develop the lightest yet most protective helmets on the market.