Lazer Monaco Window Pure Carbon, £396.85
Time tested: 2800 miles/five months
What’s good? This is a very high spec helmet including some great innovations that I had never tried before. The main part of the helmet is made from carbon-fibre and Lazer claim it’s the lightest flipfront currently on the market. But I think the most impressive part of this helmet is the Lumino photochromic visor with a light-reactive ‘Transitions’ coating, just like the glasses you buy from the opticians. The visor reacts quickly to changing light conditions, darkening with the sunlight and going clear when the light fades, which gives a crystal-clear view of the road ahead. It’s very quiet on the move due to close fitting ear pads, which is a plus, but also with this comes a minus (see below). All-round visibility is good and the ratchet that fastens the chin strap is easy to use.
What’s not? The lack of space around my ears results in pressure points on my ears, which becomes uncomfortable on long journeys (though I must also admit to not having the smallest ears in the world). The padding around the ears is removable, but taking it out increases noise levels to make it intolerable without wearing earplugs, while it’s fine to ride with the pads in and no plugs. It’s also quite hard to close and lock the chinbar down with one hand – it’s much easier with two - and it makes a very loud clunk as it locks into place.
Quality rating: 3/5
Value rating: 3/5