Lazer 02 review£30.00

Lazer has been making helmets in Belgium since 1919 and they've packed a lot into its basic O2 model. It's not loaded with vents but each opening has a big cavern on the inside of it which helps the hot air convect out at low speed.

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Lazer has been making helmets in Belgium since 1919 and they've packed a lot into its basic O2 model.

It's not loaded with vents but each opening has a big cavern on the inside of it which helps the hot air convect out at low speed. There's little in the way of internal channelling though, so there's no through breeze to help when you're going harder. And deep pads in the crown tend to suck up and store sweat, which isn't pleasant once it's chilled.

The fixed position peak does its eye-sheltering job okay though, and the deep back and adjustable cradle give a secure, protected feel. Despite a 'one size fits all' shell, it doesn't wobble too badly on smaller skulls, either. There's no reduced price crash replacement scheme though, so you might want to consider a different helmet in this price bracket.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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