To celebrate almost 100 years of making helmets, the new Lazer Century builds in almost all of the high end features you could want from a road bike helmet. Aero features, good venting and air channels, and improved low light visibility to add pre-crash safety.
From the front, the key features is their Twistcap cover, which slides to cover some of the vents when you want to get more aerodynamic (or keep your head warmer in the winter). Or just pop it off entirely to save a few grams and maximize air flow.
They say closing the vents reduces drag by 3%, opening or removing it improves air flow by 11%.
In the back, the massive integrated light brings visibility up a notch, literally and figuratively. By placing the blinking light up high, it’s easier for more drivers to see. And just having a blinking light on you helps increase drivers’ awareness of you.
The light is USB rechargeable and has various blink patterns. Retail is $/€159.95 for the non-MIPS version and $/€179.95 with MIPS. What’s impressive is that they’re able to add all these features and keep the weight to just 225g (non-MIPS) and 255g (MIPS). Available in October in Matte Black, White, Red, Flash Yellow, Blue Black, and Flash Green.
The new Lazer Compact is their first fully inmolded helmet for under $/€40 and, if you didn’t know that, looks like a much more expensive helmet. The design matches their higher end models and hides another trick up its sleeve: With just two sizes, they claim it’ll fit most any adult out there.
It’s available in standard and DLX versions, the latter meaning “Deluxe” and adding a mesh bug guard to the front pads and rear mounted LED light.
Tons of vents and interior channelling, the choice of MIPS or not, and lots of colors round out the package. Sizes are 54-64cm and 50-57cm. Prices range from €34.95/$39.95 for the base model up to €64.95/$69.95 for the DLX MIPS model.