Lights, forehead heart rate and inclination sensors – Lazer 2016 helmets

Belgian brand debuts budget road and MTB helmets also

Lazer has perhaps more helmet accessories than any other brand, from its Cappucino ultra-low-security helmet lock to a DIY helmet heart-rate monitor kit to an inclinometer for time-trial lids to help riders stay in the most aero position. What we’re most excited about is perhaps the simplest: LED lights that integrate into helmets.

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For 2016, Lazer has some new helmets and some new pricing on things like the LifeBEAM DIY kit we reviewed in December.

Lazer Tonic road helmet

If the $350 / £259 pricetag for the Z1 with LifeBEAM sits outside your budget, then perhaps the $80 / £49 Tonic will strike you as a bit more reasonable.

The (claimed) 230g road lid comes in three sizes and six styles (white, black, yellow, orange, red/black, red/blue).

We like the add-on four-LED dial that doesn’t stand out by day but offers a little extra safety at night.

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The new tonic road helmet ($80 / £49): the new tonic road helmet ($80 / £49)

The Tonic also comes in a MIPS option for $100 / £N/A. MIPS is a thin yellow plastic liner that rotates within the helmet in the event of a crash; proponents say this system reduces head trauma as the skull is allowed to pivot a little instead of stopping abruptly.

Lazer Roller MTB helmet

On the dirt side, the Roller is an $85 / £54 lid that also comes in a MIPS option.

As with the Tonic, it has the optional rear LED light, three sizes and five styles (black/red, white/silver, blue, grey, black).

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The new roller helmet ($85 / £54): the new roller helmet ($85 / £54)

Helmet add-ons: Heart rate monitors, inclinometers and LED mud caps

The Z1 helmet with LifeBEAM features a heart-rate monitoring system that measures your pulse at your forehead. Now Lazer is selling the LifeBEAM DIY Kit. Originally priced at $180 when launched late last year, the kit now sells for $130, and works with Lazer’s Z1, Blade and Magna helmets. UK and AU pricing was not immediately available.

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The lifebeam reads your heart rate with this led sensor: the lifebeam reads your heart rate with this led sensor

The LifeBEAM DIY Kit consists of a gel-padded forehead piece, the small forehead sensor and a Bluetooth/ANT+ transponder that clips onto the rear of the helmet. The kit takes up a little more space than a standard helmet forehead pad, so if you’re already on the upper end of a helmet it might not fit. Those with a little adjustment in their helmet should be fine. The kit adds about 45g to the helmet.

Time trialists and triathletes might be interested in the inclination sensor (£149 / $N/A), which clips underneath the back of the Wasp aero helmet and notifies riders when their head is out of their chosen position with sound and vibration.

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The inclination sensor is set with the press of a button to keep your head within a desired range for aerodynamics: the inclination sensor is set with the press of a button to keep your head within a desired range for aerodynamics
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Of greater application are the LED clip-on options for various helmets , such as the Z-LED that snaps into the back of a Z1 road helmet. This small light tucks inside a rear helmet vent and covers the Rollsys adjustment mechanism. It retrofits to existing Z1s and features an easily replaceable battery.

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The z-led snaps into the back of a z1: the z-led snaps into the back of a z1