after a lot of web based helmet research ( local LBS only carries 2 brands) I decided to move from Kask to Lazer.
the Z1 seems to be better like by most and I preferred the styling so I went with it. It is a great fitting helmet* lightweight and comfortable straps as well as great ventilation. The floating feel of MIPS ( this is my 1st MIPS) felt a little odd at 1st but I don't notice it any longer.
* in criticism of this helmet is the fit. My head is 57.5cm. This is unquestionably a Medium size and I wear medium in every other brand. I am a little disappointed that i have to adjust the fit dial to nearly the bottom of the adjustment screw for it to fit properly. I had to double check that this wasn't a large. It fits barely and is good enough but at least in this particular case the sizing seems to be a little off.
I love the Z1 fit. I have always done well with Lazer helmets. This is my first MIPS version. It sits a little higher on the head than the non-MIPS version. It is close but just a little different. Probably not a deal breaker for most as the shape is the same, just the cradle doesn't quite have that Kask-like snug fit down around the occiput. Also, I bought the large as the large fit me well in the Z-1 non-MIPS. This one has just a little play in the tightest setting. FWIW I have a long oval head, Kask fits me a little better, POC is OK, Giro terrible.
Bought last summer as i replace helmets every two years or less. On a descent, early morning, hit something in the roadway and launched at 27 mph....front right side of the helmet absorbed the blow...a slight laceration on my eyebrow from my glasses...no facial bones or teeth broken. Broke clavicle, scapula and 8 ribs...rushed to hospitaltrauma center and CTscan 45 minutes of impact...no issues other than pain but had i not had MIPS, and the helmet, who knows....any helmet that does this is a good helmet....so, can't rate anything but 5 STARS.
The helmet is light, fits good, and I like the unique design. I bought it because my old Specialized helmet was 9 years old and the Lazer received a good ventilation rating in a report I read. Bike Tires Direct had the best Lazer price and shipping was super fast. Typically in South Carolina, our late summer will be in the upper 90s or higher. We didn't have a hot summer this year and fall has been very pleasant. Maybe I'll get to try out the ventilation of the helmet in the summer of 2022.
My top consideration when selecting a helmet is ventilation and sweat management. This helmet hits top marks on both. Not only it boasts large vents, but in addition the sweat is cleverly channeled away from your eyes and your sunglasses. The Z1 is also very comfortable. By moving the adjustment mechanism away from the back of the head and to the top off the helmet it firmly anchors the helmet whereby it does not move under road vibration. This clever feature also adds ventilation be it is perceived or actual.
I ride 3-5 times a week on paved bike trails and road. I ride up to week long tours. This month (Sept 2020) I was riding the virtual Gold Star 500 when, due to a failure to communicate, I crashed with another rider at 20mph. We both went to ER. Me in an ambulance. Clavicle broken in two places, requiring surgery to plate and screw the pieces together. But no head injury at all! Even though my head bounced off the asphalt, my Z1 only had minor dings and not even a headache for me. Great product.
Avid road biker, averaging 1200 miles per month. Chose this helmet to replace GIro Synthe that had a broken retention system. I was intrigued with the innovative Lazer retention system. Compared to the Synthe, the Z1 fits like a glove, has no movement or bounce at all during riding, is light and extremely well vented. Even better that Bike Tires Direct had the most competitive price for this awesome helmet.
Fortunately I've not had to test the impact protection that this helmet provides. I did have to return the original one that I purchased because it was too big. I like the way it sits on my head and there is clearance for my sunglasses. I purchased white for better visibility when I ride on our town streets and some of the local highways. Not a lot of traffic but I want to be seen from a distance.
My Z1 MIPS from 2 years ago saved my noggin in a crash and I finally replaced it with the current year's model. The weight of the new helmet, despite what Lazer advertises on its website and is repeated here, is WAY off-it came in at 278g, which not even close to the 190g listed. B TD customer service verified for me that all their size small members weighed 278g. That's a 43% discrepancy!
It's also strangely some 30g heavier than the 2017 model I crashed (no pieces missing, just cracked foam).
I loved the fit, ventilation and temple coverage, but the BEST part was not having an annoying plastic framework to interfere with my ponytail.
I just wish it came remotely close to the advertised weight (or even the same as my old one), but couldn't justify spending this much money on a helmet that didn't really do anything more than the $80 MIPS helmet I already have, so I returned it.
Thanks BTD for the great customer service and easy return process!
I only have a handful of rides but its already hot enough in the mornings in Arizona to test out the air flow and flows more air through it than my previous Kask Protone. The fit is a bit different than the Kask, it hold firm onto my head but it just feels a little strange as it holds higher up. The rear retention system feels like it doesnt hold as firm but I couldnt shake it off my head with out the chin straps so it just feels a bit less secure but in actuality its absolutely fine. I also like the metallic greenyellow color, looks great and hopefully makes you more visible to drives
My favorite Lazer helmet so far. Great fit and weighs less than my previous Helium helmet. Super comfortable, great ventilation and I recommend to anyone. Spend the $$ and get the MIPS.
I purchased the Lazer Z1 MIPS helmet this past summer and what a difference! The helmet is so lightweight and with all the air vents making rides comfortable. (I ride between 30-60 miles daily with a couple of century rides). Itï¿½s so easy to fit to your head if youï¿½re wearing bandanna, Halo, or nothing. I added the back light to the helmet since I ride at night, a nice safety feature.
I ordered a size small in white to replace an older Z1 MIPS from 2017 that I crashed (MIPS really does work!). As a woman, I really appreciate not having to thread my ponytail through a tiny opening to put the helmet on-it's really why I wanted the same helmet again.
Unfortunately, the new helmet weighs 273g (39g heavier than the older one, and 43% heavier than the listed weight).
Nobody at BTD seems to want to answer my emails about weighing another small Z1 MIPS for me to see if this is just a fluke or if it's normal, so I guess I'll be sending it back.