Lazer Monaco Carbon: the lightest flip-front ever

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The Monaco Carbon Helmet is a new modular helmet from a small company called Lazer, a company that has been making helmets for almost 100 years. At 1500g it is the lightest modular helmet to date reports WebBikeWorld and is made from a mix of a carbon fiber shell and a plastic chinbar/visor piece. The next lightest modular helmet is the Schuberth C3 which weighs 1550 grams.

The Monaco Carbon also includes 3 different reflective 3M Scotchlite zones as well as a rear 3m Scotchlite reflector. It comes with a Lumino Photocromic pinlock face shield that I’m told does an excellent job of adapting with the ambient light to keep visibility at a maximum, going dark in direct sunlight and clear in the dark. While I would imagine that a modular helmet offers wonderful ventilation as you can just lift the whole face up, this one also comes with front chin vents on the visor, two vents on the brow, and air extractors on the side and back for ventilation while the visor is down. The helmet meets DOT certification.

We’ll be comparing the Monaco Carbon and Schuberth C3 Pro in the very near future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.tessier Joshua Tessier

    Price?

    • Ceol Mor

      RevZilla is taking pre-orders of this helmet for $529

  • Mill0048

    Nice helmet and I really dig the rear reflector.

    How do you guys feel about using helmets from smaller or newer manufacturers? I understand Lazer doesn’t fit in that category, but the thought came up because this is the first I’ve heard of them. I’m hesitant to use helmets that don’t come from the established players of the industry, who may not have sufficient development resources. Is that a valid concern?

    • http://twitter.com/damiengaudet Damien Gaudet

      That piece a few years ago in Motorcyclist seemed to put that fear to rest. Even the cheapo helmets where up there with Arai and Shoei in protection. You end up paying for lightness (which does add to safety), comfort, and features.

    • Kaine01

      You probably have not heard of LaZer because it has been a handful of years since they had a presence in the US. LaZer is a Belgian company with a long history in Europe. LaZer as a helmet company has been around for a very long time and at one point was the parent company of AGV Helmets (developing much of the technology used by Rossi etc) prior to selling AGV to Dainese.

      In short, I think your concern is certainly valid but it is not a concern I would have with LaZer.

  • DucMan

    Very interesting. I own a Nolan N-103 and am looking to replace it with an N-104, C3 Pro…or maybe THIS now. Bring on the comparo. You guys rock.