Lazer helmets has expanded their mountain bike range with several new lids, ranging from budget to high end, carbon fiber full face DH models.
Sitting in the upper end of the middle ground is this new Revolution and Revolution FF, a pair of helmets that offer a lot of versatility based on the trail conditions and how aggressive you plan on getting. Combining a standard layout, an ear protector or a full chin bar, plus plenty of oversized vents, it could be the one helmet for all your mountain bike rides.
The extended coverage isn’t just aesthetic, either. The helmet has been crash tested with a camera mounted on it and passes all certifications! It’s clever, but it’s not the only offbeat item they had in their booth…
In standard formation, it uses a clip-on panel to hide the mounting points for the ear guard or chin bar. The visor is adjustable, and it comes with their SMS camera mount built into the top. The main structure uses in-molded construction to save weight and improve durability, as is expected from a high end helmet like this.
Add the ear cover if you want a little extra protection.
The panel pops off and the ear cover snaps in. Padding on the inside of the cover keeps it from scratching your cheeks in a wreck. Separate mounting holes allow the chin bar to bolted into place, as snaps wouldn’t provide enough security for it to pass safety testing (or be very effective).
A more traditional retention mechanism (compared to their top-mounted Rollsys) sits on the cranium cradle.
X-Static pads cover most of the inside but leave room for the air to flow.
Here’s what it looks like in full face form. The helmet passes CE/CPSC/AS tests. Weight with everything attached is TBD, but the standard helmet without visor, ear pads or chin bar is claimed at 340g (size small). It’ll come in S, M and L sizes in six colors including camo.
If you need/want a one-piece full face helmet, the new MX7 takes all they’ve learned from the motocross industry and makes it ready for mountain biking.
Adjustable padding inside and D-Ring buckle provide good fit.
Outside is an adjustable visor and soft rubber surround on the back so it fits well with neck braces. Weight is around 1kg, price is €399
Heading back to the entry level side of things, the new Roller is an €80 MTB helmet based off the Revolution with big, numerous vents and a fixed visor. It gets in-mold construction so it’s lightweight and interior channels help move air over the head. The Tonic is the road version and loses the visor to come in at €75.
Street+ and Next+ both get a removeable visit to help it bounce between commuter and skate styles.
Last year, Lazer introduced an electronic inclination sensor and alarm that helped triathletes and time trialists maintain the most aerodynamic head position. Now, they’ve outfitted the Tardiz with an electronic retention mechanism called Elecsys. The switch on tops rocks left or right to tighten and loosen the retention mech, which they say helps it get to the perfect fit automatically. For triathletes, that means less time fiddling with their Rollsys if they programmed it to tighten with the touch of a button. This prototype’s buttons need to be held down, but they’ll use a pressure sensor to automate it so it cuts off when the fit is secure but not overly tight.
The Wasp Air Tri gets a vented section on the top front, making it more triathlon friendly. The Aquavent, which sits at the back of the vented strip, gets a spring loaded cover rather than a rubber plug, making it easier to pour water over your head on hot days. Stick the bottle’s nozzle in, squeeze, then remove and the cover pops right back into place for optimum aerodynamics. The shades still pull out to create additional vents.
That Inclination Sensor is finalized and comes with baseplate mounts for the rear of the helmet.
The Z1 road helmet, which is arguably one of the best looking helmets out, gets new color options that go beyond the shell. Tinted EPS foam brings a new level of design to the lids, and camo makes an appearance here, too.
The Z1 also now has virtually every (normal) option available: MIPS, LED blinky mud cap to replace the standard one, and an updated LifeBEAM heart rate monitor system that’s removable. Previously, the LifeBEAM kit was prebuilt into the helmet and couldn’t be removed. The kit comes with the gel brow pad and sensor, transmitter box and the appropriate Mud Cap with a clip to hold it. That system will be available on Z1, Blade, Magma and Wasp Air.