Written by Steve Morse Saturday, 01 April 2006 00:00
Tester: Steve Morse, Team Bikeman.com Rider, Certified Bikeman Product Tester
Conditions: Sweet New England rolling roads and single track.
Review: The first time I tried one of these on, and looked in a mirror, it made me want to throw my old helmet into the nearest garbage dumpster.
The very first thing you notice about the new Lazer Genesis helmet is how sweet it looks. I’ve always had a problem with brain-buckets that are too “tall” and ride on my head like a big ugly monument…also probably not the most aero thing. The Genesis has such a low and sleek profile; I’m wondering how many seconds I just bought myself in the local time trial.
It has a little ear cutaway, which is a very nice European detail, which I assume serves for better side protection of the noggin. The overall design of the helmet is simple and tasteful, yet with a hint of aggro. Not too “alien” or “jet-intake” looking, either, like some other helmets.
When I finally stopped staring at it, and went for a ride donning my new lid, I was amazed at how comfortable it was. Rather than feeling like a milk crate wrapped around my head, this is nearly pillow-like, thanks to the nicely arranged and extra thick padding. The Genesis feels more like wearing a handmade Italian hat than a bike helmet. No more big red dot on my forehead after a long ride!
The fitting system seems a bit odd at first. Not your typical construction-hardhat sliding plastic-belt system that you see on other models. This system seems to be lightweight, easy to use, and durable. It’s basically a loop of cable that runs through a spring housing (looks like the top string from a bass-guitar), and tightens snugly around your head. The adjustment control comes in the form of a wheel sitting atop the helmet. This allows you to make small incremental changes without removing the helmet. The location and generous size of the wheel makes it easy to adjust while riding, even with gloves on.
The light gray-colored chin strip is a nice departure from the standard black, and the red/black latch accents the paint job of the helmet (which on mine is red and metallic silver--team BIKEMAN colors). The plastic chin-strap adjusters (that hang at about jaw level) feature a simple cam system, which makes for further easy on-bike changes.
What can I say about the ventilation system? Not much—except that it works. Has kept my cranium cool thus far (have only tested in March though). We’ll have to see how it fares in the July/August pressure cooker. The vent holes do seem to be of a good size, while retaining some form of aero-ness. Not like the big “scoops” like you see on some helmets.
One thing, the sizes of the Lazer Genesis tend to run a little small (I got the size L-XL), but my previous helmet was a size M Bell Ghisalio, and they feel about the same size-wise. I’m not sure if this is true for all Lazer helmets, or just this one. I did have the benefit of being able to try one on before I made the purchase, so I knew exactly which one I needed. If you can’t try one on, I would say go up a size from what you currently use.
Good looking, comfortable fit, easy to use. What the heck else do you need?
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