Lazer were displaying a prototype version of their new time trial helmet, Wasp, at Eurobike 2012. It was first used on the heads of Andre Griepel and his teammates at Lotto-Belisol during this year’s Tour de France and it’s hoped to be commercially available from November.
Wasp, which stands for Watt Saving Performance, has spent 18 months in development, a time which, according to its makers, has paid off by being the fastest helmet on the market – at time of testing anyway.
Its key feature is the “trip wire” strip that runs over the surface of the helmet. They say it has a similar effect to the golf ball style dimples on their road helmets, creating small vortices, or spinning flows of air, at the tail of the helmet. which improves aerodynamics by preventing larger ones.
Although not applicable to this prototype, the tail of the production model will be removable so that it can be tailored to wind conditions. The visor, which comes in clear and tinted options, is also adjustable and can be snapped out to reveal vents.
Rather than their usual RollSys fit system, the Wasp uses the AutoFit system, which automatically snaps back and forth depending on your head size. It will be available in two size options (53-56cm or 57-60cm) and will cost $399/399 euros (with visor) and $299/299 euros (without).
Lazer’s flagship road helmet, Helium, gets a re-working for 2013. The RollSys button on the top gets an added rear, battery powered red LED. Others changes includes a carbon reinforced outer shell, a height adjustable fit system and removable gel inserts, used instead of foam for durability, comfort and hygiene purposes.
The 135 euro mountain bike helmet gets an inbuilt GoPro mount, allowing the helmet camera to be slipped on facing fowards or back. The innovation, which has won a Eurobike accessories award, is only available on the Oasis for the time being, while Lazer says they are in the process of working on different designs for different camera manufacturers, such as Contour.
The Rox (110 euros) is an all-new MTB helmet, using the RollSys fit system, adjustable height and the option to fit an LED in the RollSys dial. It comes in a one-size-fits-all, with the option of an extra large 64cm size.