LazerVento Kineticore Aero Road Helmet(Return to Product Page)Add your own review
Over the years, I've used helmets from Bell, Giro, POC, and Kask, and they all have their positives and negatives. In my most recent iteration for example, I found the Kask Protone a particularly good fit for my head, but the chin strap is a bit bulky-- although quite comfortable. I crashed and hit my head hard while that helmet recently, so I had to retire it. Figuring there would be something better, I found the Laser Vento, which had just been released. In the Vento, I got an excellent fit-- a medium for my medium head-- with an easy and precise adjustment mechanism that stays in place after being set. The chin strap is comfortable and you don't even feel it under your chin, although I suggest you take some time to get the straps to lay comfortably around your cheeks and under your ears-- it will make the helmet more secure, and also more comfortable. The big revelation for me with the Vento is the cooling. Although it looks like it would be hot, I've found it to be remarkably cool in 100degF conditions-- better, in fact, than the more open helmets I've used. At the same time, it's quiet-- no real wind noise at all, which probably also means the product claims about aerodynamics are real. It's pretty quickly surpassed the Kask Protone as my favorite-- and if you need to stow your eyewear, the Vento's grippers also put the Protone to shame. I highly recommend the Vento for anyone looking for a high performance road helmet that checks a lot of boxes in the positives column, while ignoring the negatives column. If none of this blather helps you, just figure that if the Vento is good enough for Jumbo Visma, it's probably good enough for your club ride!
Lazerï¿½s new take on rotational protection is intriguing and got me to buy one. Compared to the Lazer G1 MIPS I have been using:
(1) Both are ï¿½I forget Iï¿½m wearing itï¿½ comfortable (at least on my head), but the Vento seems to fit more snugly to the head, probably because it doesnï¿½t have the G1ï¿½s MIPS ï¿½haloï¿½ which holds the helmet slightly away from the head.
(2) Fit adjustments (strap length, tightness of the ï¿½frameï¿½ that cradles your head, and how low the rear of the cradle is positioned) are similar and work equally well.
(3) The Vento is very quiet, only wind noise I hear is from the air rushing past my ears.
(4) In my size (L), the Vento weighs 31g more (309 vs 278g), not noticeable for me.
(5) As far as ventilation, the Vento doesnï¿½t have as many vent openings as the G1, but viewed from the inside one sees plenty of vent area.
(6) The Vento has an integrated mount at the back for Lazerï¿½s LED helmet light (which comes with a velcro strap which can be used to mount it to the G1).
Haven't tested it in really hot weather yet but other reviewers find it works surprisingly well at high temperatures.