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The Clothesline cycling clothing review: Lazer Helium: Great helmet, lousy buckle
Most of the staff at VeloNews spent time riding in a Helium. The consensus? If it fits, it's a comfortable lid. But a handfull of folks fell outside the sweet spots of the three sizes (XXS-S, M-L, and XL-XXL). For example, our photo editor Brad Kaminski found the XXS-S too small, but the M-L too big. The Helium comes in nine color options.
Rainbow top Most of the staff at VeloNews spent time riding in a Helium. The consensus? If it fits, it’s a comfortable lid. But a handfull of folks fell outside the sweet spots of the three sizes (XXS-S, M-L, and XL-XXL). For example, our photo editor Brad Kaminski found the XXS-S too small, but the M-L too big. The Helium comes in nine color options. Dial it in The Helium features a cool one-finger barrel adjuster on the top that tightens and loosens the fit around the head. Cable housing The Rollsys barrel adjuster on the helmet’s top contols the fit via a cable, which you can see exiting the side of the helmet at left and entering a white piece of housing that runs up to the Rollsys. Fashion forward Just like with a bike, there are two important questions with a helmet. #1: Does it fit you? #2: Do you like how it looks? Unlike most helmets that are fairly flat horizontally, the Helium’s lower edge curves down on the sides. Beefy front end I’ve been wearing Specialized and Giro helmets for the last several years. In comparison, the Helium feels a bit heavier (a XXS-S is 265g), and the front portion is noticeable thicker. But is this really an issue? I mean, it’s your head, man. Down side The buckle on the Helium sucks. More precisely, the buckle’s inability to retain strap tension is a problem. When out for longer rides, especially hot rides where you are sweating, the straps loosen considerably. On one long climb, the straps loosened so much I was able to get my chin under the heavy buckle as it swung – which popped the thing clean off. However, the company will gladly replace the buckle at no charge if you have such a problem. Heavy metal The Helium’s buckle is magnetic. Instead of a simple clip system, this has a slide-on clasp with a magnetic charge to it. While the magnets do make attachment somewhat easier, they also add weight, which exacerbates the strap-loosening situation. All in all, the Helium is a good helmet; a better buckle would make it a great one.