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The Monaco in the press
The new Lazer Monaco is one of the lightest helmets of any type we’ve reviewed. But it’s more than a lightweight helmet; it has some unique features designed for safety and utility and it also has probably the best ventilation of any flip-up and may be equal to some of the best full-face helmets also. The price is actually very reasonable, considering the technology, features and warranty. It’s early in the year, but it will be tough to beat the Lazer Monaco in 2012!
At €489 in the carbon version (or €349 in glass fibre in the version Pure Glass), Lazer’s Monaco PureGlass clearly marks Lazer’s return to the segment of flip-up helmets capable of being ridden for many kilometers in great comfort.
If its weight is its greatest quality, the Lumino screen and the comfort of the padding will seduce many bikers who are looking for a (very) light helmet for daily use.
Lazer Monaco flip-up, £324.95 Miles covered/time: 800/two months
Made from carbon-fibre, this helmet feels incredibly light. Lazer claim 1350g, which makes it substantially lighter than the 1500g Shoei Qwest I normally favour.
The flip-up mechanism is easy to use; just press a button on the underside of the chinbar and up she goes – which saves taking my helmet off at petrol stations and the like.
The Monaco is very comfortable, too. But better than all that is the photochromatic visor which changes tint depending on the light conditions and saves you from switching from clear to tinted (especially useful this time of year when you can ride to work in the morning straight into squint-inducing low-angle sun and then it’s dark when you head home). The tint changes fairly quickly, I had no problem tackling the Dartford Tunnel.
The helmet is surprisingly light which makes a real difference on longer rides.
The ventilation system is innovative with its side-ventilations: these ensure a continuous fresh airflow while driving. No other helmet has this.
The Lumino visor is fantastic. It ensures continuous eye-relief, you hardly notice it. Also, because it is automatic, you don’t have to fumble with an internal sun visor nob while riding. The standard Pinlock anti-fog visor and the great aerodynamics make the general comfort unbeatable.
We are two test-riders who compared notes after extensively riding with the Monaco and fell in complete agreement: this is a great helmet and a lot of value for the money!