02Klausrider
 
 
 
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LaZer Monaco Window Pure Carbon Fiber Helmet The LaZer Monaco Carbon is approximately 1,500 grams of pure lightness in carbon fiber, making this one of the lightest modular helmets in the world. Monaco Helmets include the breakthrough Pinlock equipped Lumino Photochromic face shield, this helmet sets the new standard for rider comfort. Shell Pure carbon fiber shell construction Weighs approximately 1515 grams in size Large Safety Double homologation, full-face and open face Micrometric buckle 3 reflective zones (3M Scotchlite) Rear reflector (3M Scotchlite) EPS - optimized upper insert protection Interior Interior is 100 removable and washable Morpho System Plus (cheeks and head pads available in multiple sizes) Dri-Lex interior - Aegis with antimicrobial treatment Flexible removable nose deflector Flexible removable chin curtain Removable noise reduction pads Acoustic collar for noise reduction Other Features Lumino photochromic Pinlock faceshield pinlock lens included Quarter-turn faceshield screw attachment Multi compressible tubular visor seal Ventilation Full Air System (FAS) Chin bar features easy one-hand opening system Specific helmet bag 5 year warranty (2 years by default + 3 years after registration) Note Helmet ships with Lumino photochromatic face shield.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Excellent helmet
PostedAugust 4, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
To begin, this is the second Monaco I have owned. I have a lot of time/miles with this bucket on my melon, and therefore believe there isn't much about this helmet I'm not intimately familiar with. Why my second Monaco, you ask? My bad...I dropped the first one and compromised the crown. The first one was the Pure Glass version, while this time I went with the Pure Carbon. The fact that I bought the same helmet as a replacement speaks volumes. Fact is, I ordered a different helmet (RPHA Max) just to try something new. I tried it on and played around with the various features, sent it back because the shape was wrong for me and the sun visor was distorted, and ordered another Monaco.
Surprisingly, there isn't a largely noticible difference in the weight between the Glass and Carbon versions. Sure, the carbon looks great but I don't really notice the weight difference while I'm riding. Only you can decide if the difference in appearance justifies the difference in cost. In point of fact, my Pure Glass version was the ECE rated model, not the DOT and on the scale, the ECE Glass was about forty grams lighter than the DOT Carbon. You read that right; lighter, not heavier. I realize that's not an apples to apples comparison, but it sure makes me wonder just what the difference is between the ECE and DOT versions.
Anyway...as many reviewers note, the fit is tight at the bottom of the helmet. My advice is, don't send it back if it's a bit tight. I can tell you from experience, the shell eventually conforms to your head. Initially i had to pull out on the chin straps to open the bottom of the helmet while putting it on. The more you wear it, the more it opens up. By the time I replaced my old one, I hardly had to pull the straps outward at all. Ride with a fish face for a few weeks, then enjoy a helmet that fits you like it is supposed to. Remember, folks, a helmet is supposed to be a little tight in order to do its job correctly. A loose helmet is an almost useless helmet.
The upper vent moves more air than any other helmet on the market that I'm aware of (I haven't ridden in the Shoei GT-Air; maybe it's better, but I doubt it.) I can seriously feel my hair move when riding with the upper vent all the way open. As with just about every helmet, the lower vent is only effective if you're riding a naked bike. Put any kind of wind screen in front of you and it takes the airflow off the bottom half (at least) of your helmet. Put this helmet in open air, though, and the bottom vent moves air up the front of the face shield very nicely. Overall, excellent ventilation.
Speaking of that face shield..in my opinion, it is the face shield perfected. It is optically 100% correct. Zero, and I very seriously mean zero distortion. This is one of my biggest sticking points with some manufacturers. I hate, detest, abhor, and otherwise strongly dislike distorted face shields. This one is not only crystal clear, it transitions from clear to dark in seconds. The darkness of the shield depends on the amount of UV hitting it. In my opinion, it is plenty dark and, for my vision, adjusts perfectly to the right degree of darkness. I never wear sunglasses with this helmet, I don't have to flip down a sun shield that adds weight and bulk to my helmet, and I no longer have to carry an extra face shield on my bike to change out when the sun goes down.
The interior of the helmet is plenty comfortable. Not as plush as a Shoei or Schuberth, but certainly not sparse or rough, either. On a scale of bad to excellent, I'd give it a very good. It has pockets for speakers, but what I really like is that it comes with velcro padded inserts that fill the speaker pockets and provide an extra level of sound insulation. I use a Sena SMH-10 bluetooth communicator with ear buds. Very comfortable with the speaker pocket inserts installed.
As far as helmet noise, this is a pretty quiet helmet, particularly for a modular. It isn't as quiet as a C3, but it will more than hold its own with any other modular. Its very quiet up to about 50 MPH, then some sound builds. It's as quiet as any of my full face helmets with the exception of my Shoei Qwest.
The fit and finish are all excellent. The flip up face latches with authority to metal (not plastic) pins. The paint on my Pure Carbon Window is stunning. The chin strap is a latching type, not a D ring. The padding could extend a little further, but I find that true of many helmets. There is no snap or magnet for holding the loose end of the strap, but it will tuck up into a pocket where the chin strap meets the helmet.
All told, I really like this helmet. It is well made (I haven't experienced any kind of breakage or malfunction), but should you ever need to replace a part Revzilla carries most of the helmet parts in stock. Personally, I'm a big fan of the minimalist approach of this helmet. Exhaust vents are always open (no switches or sliders to mess with or break), no fighter pilot-style flip down sun visor to add weight and bulk (and distortion), both upper and lower vents are super easy to find and manipulate with gloved hands. It comes with a pinlock shield, which seems to now be industry standard. I docked it one star because it is pre-wired for a proprietary bluetooth system than every review I've read said is basically junk. That's added, unnecessary weight as far as I'm concerned. Also, for five full stars it would need to rival Shoei and Schuberth for interior plushness, and it would need some sort of retention for the loose end of the chin strap. Otherwise, I don't have a bad thing to say about the Monaco and I sure wouldn't have bought a second one if I wasn't truly happy and impressed with it.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon D30 Replacement Elbow Pads An advanced, patented polymer, CE-rated D3O impact protectors are the latest advancement in protective armor. D3O impact protectors utilize intelligent molecules that lock together on impact. Because of this, the impact protector can be made thinner and lighter, making a jacket more comfortable and easier to wear. However, this decreased size does not come at the expense of impact protection. Will fit any ICON Jacket that was originally equipped with ICON Field Armor Elbow Pads. Sold as a pair. Dimensions 130mm X 222mm (approx. 5.1 X 8.7) 96 grams each (3.4 oz) 10mm thick
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love this armor!
PostedJuly 17, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I originally ordered this armor to replace the utterly awful armor in a Jaunt T2 (my opinion; yours may be different). It made a huge difference. Well, long story short, I ended up parting with the Jaunt altogether and put the D3O armor in my Rev'It Airwave jacket. In all fairness the armor in the Airwave was excellent to begin with, but the combination of the jacket and the D3O armor makes it the most comfortable jacket I own. The D3O armor is unobtrusive, light, and all around comfortable. I hope to never need it, but believe it will do its job if ever called upon.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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HJC RPHA Max Align Helmet The RPHA-Max helmet is the first modular helmet with the styling and look of a full face sport bike helmet. Designed for superior fit comfort using advanced CAD technology, the new HJC MAX modular helmet is constructed from Advanced P.I.M. (Premium Integrated Matrix) a composite of Carbon fiber, Fiberglass epoxy, Aramid epoxy, Organic fibers resulting in a remarkably strong extremely lightweight helmet. Features Single-Button one handed chin bar/face shield release HJCs lightest modular helmet ever designed! Size small weighs in at approximately 1565 grams ( 45g) One-touch Integrated Sunshield Three position adjustable smoke tinted sunshield Extremely quiet helmet at even high speeds Superior Fog Resistant Clear Pinlock Max Vision shield with included Clear Pinlock Insert RapidFire II shield replacement system Simple and secure shield ratchet system provides ultra-quick, tool less removal and installation for efficient operation 2-Stage shield closure mechanism Compresses shield into eye port gasket providing an extremely secure seal Center Shield Lock Glove-friendly center shield lock that greatly reduces shield flex ACS Advanced channeling ventilation system features full front to back airflow that flushes heat humidity up out Cool4ever interior lightweight, moisture wicking, odor free and antibacterial, premium soft feel with ginkgo extract. innovative new fabric offers self-cooling properties, cooling faster then other major fabrics Includes removable chin curtain, chin curtain extender and breath guard 3 shell sizes 5 year limited Warranty Meets or exceeds D.O.T. standards
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Didn't love it.
PostedJuly 17, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Narrow
Wide
I am an admitted gear head, and own no fewer than five helmets. The RPHA Max, while well built and attractive, just didn't do it for me. The biggest deal breaker was the shape. I have a "Shoei head," and the RPHA Max in my size (62cm, so XXL) had ample space at the sides was but pressing on my forehead. First, though, some positives. What a great looking helmet! The paint was flawless, and in the sun literally sparkled. The shell is pretty small, so you don't look like an Apollo astronaut with it on. The liner was comfortable as were the pads, though I wouldn't put them in the same category as Shoei for sheer plushness (but then again, nobody else is). All the controls were very easy to operate even with gloves on, and seemed sturdy. The top vent has huge channels and nothing to block the air flow, so should work well. Now, my negatives. While the face shield was perfectly clear and free from defects, the sun visor was distorted. That should never, ever happen on a helmet in this price range. I also thought the stock sun visor was nowhere near dark enough, but maybe that's personal preference. It was a "light smoke" at best. The face shield latch is positioned dead center, and while it is easy to manipulate and positively latches, I found it to be distracting in my field of view, especially if the shield is open even a small amount for venting. Also, while offering a great field of view from side to side, I found the FOV to be quite narrow top to bottom. Now, admittedly, all of these (except the distorted sun visor) are subjective. I ordered this because I dropped my Lazer Monaco and did some structural damage to it. Thought I'd try something different and ordered the RPHA Max. Maybe, MAYBE, if the shape had suited my melon I'd have gotten used to the rest (except the distorted visor, which I detested), I found nothing about the helmet so negative as to prevent me from recommending it (except the..well, you know...) but it just wasn't for me. So, in the vein of trying something different I ordered...another Monaco. But this one is carbon fiber, and a different color than my old one ;-)
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LaZer Monaco Lumino Transitions Face Shield Pinlock-ready, Transitions photochromatic faceshield for LaZer Monaco helmets. The Lumino visor represents a break through in sun glare protection it is the only shield that darkens from a clear state of 90 light transmission to a dark state of 20 light transmission, in about 15 seconds. This effectively means that the Lumino is a complete visor, all-in-one, always giving you optimal eye relief. Pinlock Inserts sold separately. Manufactured by Transitions , the leading manufacturer of photochromatic lenses world-wide Resources How Transitions Photochromic Technology Works (video) Motorcycle Visor Simulation
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding face shield
PostedJune 9, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought a Lazer Monaco helmet prior to a 10 day motorcycle vacation in Ireland. I wanted a flip-up helmet so that I could quickly take pictures without having to remove my helmet, as well as the convenience of being able to take a drink, etc. I specifically chose the Monaco because of the face shield. I really don't like wearing sun glasses inside my helmet, and I knew a dark tinted shield wouldn't always be suitable. The Lumino shield baited me into buying the Monaco...
...and then hooked me. Firstly, the optical quality is nothing shy of outstanding. Unlike a previous reviewer, I've had no issues at all with the transition from clear to dark. It gets as dark as the dark smoke shield I have on my Shoei helmet, and the darkness of the tint always seems appropriate to the light conditions. In fact, this visor is so good it has literally kept me wearing the Monaco over other helmets I own. Nothing against the Monaco, but my Shoei Qwest is more comfortable and far quieter, yet I keep wearing the Monaco because of the outstanding visor. Finally, Revzilla now has a Transitions visor from Shoei available for preorder and I've ordered one based on my experience (over a year now) with the Lumino visor on my Monaco. Personally, I don't find the Monaco visors difficult to change, but I love the fact that I don't need to change them! One visor has been all I've needed. Outstanding product, and one I highly recommend.
Rides: 2013 BMW R1200GS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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REVIT Sand 2 Jacket Those looking for a jacket to wear on an around-the-world trip need look no further than the REVIT Sand 2. The already popular Sand jacket has been improved with a bevy of innovative new features. The jacket features adjustable VCS zippers that increase ventilation by 200 percent over the originalplus, it has a wind-catcher feature integrated into the zipper for even greater airflow. The jacket is compatible with both Leatt and MOVEO neck brace systems, the latter of which conveniently stays attached when taking the jacket on and off. The Sand 2 also comes with a connection zipper. This makes it easy to connect the jacket with compatible REVIT! trousers and eliminates any gap that would allow water to creep in. With the inner membrane removed, the outer shell can be upgraded with a Challenger cooling vest insert. The Sand 2 comes with CE shoulder and elbow protection and integrated reflective panels for nighttime visibility. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell PWRshell 500D, polyester rib, polyester 600D, PWRwax 1200D, Lorica Insulation detachable thermal liner Waterproofing detachable hydratex 3L (5000mm H2O) Breathability detachable hydratex 3L (7000g/m2/24hrs) Composition Outer shell 52 polyester, 48 polyamide (colour 1500 64 Polyamide, 36 Polyester) Lining 67 polyester, 33 polyamide Thermal liner 99 polyamide, 1 polyester (insulation 100 polyester) Membrane 100 polyurethane (tricot 100 polyamide) Protection ProLife CE protection at shoulders and elbows Back Protector (sold separately) Seesoft Back Protector -Type RV Type RV / Size 04 fits SM-MD Type RV / Size 05 fits LG-2XL Type RV / Size 06 fits 3XL-4XL Visibility laminated reflection at chest, upper arms and back, laminated reflective logo at back, reflective logo at upper arms ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit Tour fit, regular Adjustability UTA tab at cuffs, flexisnap, double adjustment straps at waist, adjustment strap at under arm, adjustment tab at upper arm, adjustment drawcord at hips Ventilation VCS I zippers at front, chest, back and under arms Features prepared for Challenger Cooling vest insert, prepared for Leatt and Moveo neck brace, prepared for Vest Connector HV, hydra bag prepared, long and double short connection zipper Pockets stash pockets, membrane storage pocket, hand warmer pockets, inner pockets
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A couple small features shy of perfect.
PostedJuly 10, 2013
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
I believe a review is really only valid if you know the reviewer's expectations. For instance, I rated this jacket as overall "excellent," despite it having average air flow and a small missing feature or two. How can it be excellent, then? Well, I don't expect a solid, touring-style jacket to have excellent air flow. I expect a mesh jacket to have excellent air flow. I will say that it has sufficient air flow, and is exactly what I expect for this type of jacket. Further, I don't expect any motorcycle jacket to be truly 100% waterproof regardless of manufacturer or price. From a $180 Firstgear Jaunt T2 to a $900 Klim Badlands, I simply don't trust them to keep all the water out. Invest a c-note in a decent rain suit and keep it with the bike at all times. It works much, much better on the bike and also gives you a windbreaker/rain jacket to wear off the bike. So, if you would only rate this jacket "excellent" if it held up to a typhoon and kept you bone dry, your expectations are different than mine.
On with the review, then. Rev'It puts nothing but quality materials into their products, and the Sand 2 is a shining example of this. Let's have a show of hands...how many of you have a Tourmaster jacket with a broken zipper pull? Me too. Read enough reviews and forums and you'll find it's a very, very common complaint. Ain't gonna happen with the Rev'It jacket. All zippers, inside and out, are YKK. All snaps are spring-type snaps, so they won't wear out and get loose. Fabrics are rugged, yet not overly stiff. Stitching is flawless. Collars, both in the jacket and liners, are microfleece and very soft. The elbow and shoulder armor are both sturdy and very comfortable. The back pad is nothing special, but can be replaced easily. The sizes run small for most Americans. At 6'0", 225lbs with a 46" chest and 36" waist, the XXL is a great fit. There is an abundance of adjustability to create an almost custom fit. So, the jacket fits great, feels great, and looks great. It easily meets my expectations for quality, comfort and protection in a $489 jacket.
So what would I do differently? Just a couple of minor things. I'm a huge fan of the sleeve pocket found on the Tourmaster Transition and other jackets. It's a super-conventient place to keep a license, insurance card and toll money, as well as medical information. The Sand 2 doesn't have that pocket, nor does it have the chest pocket found just under the storm flap on many touring jackets. What it does have that surprisingly many other jackets don't is handwarmer pockets. The Sand 2 does not have a means of securing the neck open. That should be standard on every jacket. Finally, though the jacket has a pouch for a hydration bladder, there is no loop to secure the hose on the shoulder.
In conclusion, I have three touring jackets. A Tourmaster Transition, a Firstgear Jaunt T2, and the Rev'It Sand 2. Is the Sand 2 worth more than twice as much as either of the other two? Well...let me just say that since getting the Sand 2, I haven't even thought of wearing either of the others. Anyone in the market for a gently-used jacket or two?
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Firstgear Jaunt T2 Jacket Firstgear fit Firstgear function Firstgear value. Features Generous fit A larger, boxier, universal fit Hypertex waterproof and breathable, high-density 600 denier polyester outer shell CE-rated armor in the shoulders and elbows plus an EVA foam back pad with reinforced shoulders and elbows Inside the storm flap is a security pocket with a red slider for visibility Two front 8 intake plus two 10 back exhaust vents Detachable, insulated, fully-sleeved liner Four generous patch pockets with envelope fold, hook-and-loop and snap closures Adjustable straps on the collar, arms, sleeve cuffs and waist Reflective panels on the front, side, arms and back Phone pocket on the left side and a map/cargo pocket on the right side in both the liner and the jacket 1-year manufacturers limited warranty
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good jacket at any price, excellent at this price.
PostedMay 9, 2013
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I own both the Jaunt T2 and what I would consider its closest competitor, the TourMaster Transition. So, I have a good basis for comparison between somewhat similarly priced jackets.
The Jaunt T2's overall construction is quite good. Stitching seems secure, nothing noticeably sloppy or "cheap" looking. Materials are top quality.
The comfort of this jacket is somewhere between awful and excellent. I know...what??? How can it be both? Well, overall, the jacket wears well. The neck and cuffs are soft and feel great next to the skin. The material isn't overly stiff, and moves well. My complaints, and they are major, are with the armor. First, the way Firstgear installs the armor is to put it inside nylon pounches that are held in with velcro on the inside of the elbows and shoulders. So, if you have the quilted liner removed and are wearing short sleeves, your elbows are rubbing against this pouch (which, itself, closes with velcro so your elbows are rubbing against the velcro stitching on the outside of the pouch). The Transition, by comparison, holds the armor inside the lining of the jacket...nothing irritating against your skin at all. That, though, isn't the worst complaint I have with the armor. The elbow armor is, BY FAR, the stiffest, most irritating armor I've ever suffered with in a jacket. The armor is moulded with a very deep elbow pocket. Comfy in the riding position, but once you straighten your arms it is stiff and just awful. I replaced it with Icon D3O armor, which fits perfectly and is way more comfortable.
The zippers seem to be of good quality and all work well, provided you have both hands available. The vents can be fairly easily openeed with one hand, but I've had no luck closing them with one gloved hand.
The jacket has plenty of pockets, and I greatly appreciate the chest pocket just inside the storm flap, but it is lacking my favorite pocket of all...the pocket on the bottom of the left sleeve. The Transition has the sleeve pocket (as well as one just inside the storm flap). It's a minor thing, I admit, but I love the sleeve pocket. I keep my license, insurance card, and road/bridge toll money in that pocket. Super easy to access without having to open any velcro or zippers to get at the chest pocket.
The collar...well, good and bad. As mentioned before, it's very soft and is high enough to block most of the wind on cool days. Two complaints, though; the adjuster won't hold its position if you have the collar adjusted at all snug. Second, there is no snap or velcro to hold the collar open if you want a little air.
As for size, READ THE SIZE CHART! If you order your normal size, the jacket will almost assuredly be too big. I'm 6'0", 225lb with a 45 inch chest and the size Large fits me well. I'm an XL in most brands, and a XXL in Rev'It. I originally ordered the XL in this jacket and was swimming in it. I had the waist straps cinched down all the way, and it was still loose on me.
You'll note I haven't commented on the "waterproof" nature of the jacket. That's because I never, ever count on a bike jacket to be waterproof, whether it be this $180 Jaunt or a $900 Klim Badlands. There is always a rain suit in my pannier. That said, it'll certainly keep you dry in a light rain or at least long enough to pull over and put your rain gear on.
So, finally, a summary. Good looking jacket, well made, and mostly comfortable. I think this would be plenty of jacket for the vast majority of people most of the time. I'll still wear a mesh jacket in the summer, and you'll want more layers under this in the winter, but it's a very good 3 season jacket.
Personally, I have to admit in all honesty that I prefer the Transition to the Jaunt T2. The armor is light years more comfortable, I prefer the armor retention method, I'm a big fan of the sleeve pocket, it has a snap to secure the collar open, the sizing runs true. I would point out that the Transition is around $45 more expensive, but in my case I spent the savings on more comfortable armor, so I have the same amount invested in both jackets. Bottom line, though, is that the vast majority of people would likely be happy with either of these jackets, and I'm not at all sorry I bought the Jaunt T2.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Does its job, does it well!
PostedMarch 11, 2013
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I've had several of these installed on various helmets, and I doubt I'll ever be without one. First, the positives. They install exactly like the original mount that comes with the SMH-10. Using headphones rather than the in-helmet speakers has a couple of huge advantages. First, you can actually hear them at highway speeds. Second, they also act as ear plugs, which I am a huge proponent of for every rider. Obviously, you don't have to worry about routing wires like you do when installing in-helmet speakers. The quality of the sound is directly proportional to the quality of your headphones. I use Skull Candy Titans, and the sound quality is fantastic, whether talking to another rider, talking on the phone, or listening to tunes. The only issue I have had with these is with the headphone jack. The older units had rigid plastic jacks that would eventually break off, no matter how gently you inserted and removed the headphones. Sena recognized the problem (props to them!), and now use a flexible, articulated jack. Great idea, but I've still had cracks form. I have solved this on three different installed mounts by simply putting a tie strap around the jack and sliding the extra length of tie strap up between the helmet shell and foam insert (just like the inner bracket of the mount itself). This easy and inexpensive precaution works great, and I've had no more problems with the headphone jacks. Overall, this is a great product, and one that I personally believe should be standard issue with the Sena units. As for buying from Revzilla...that's a no-brainer. There is simply no better customer service on planet Earth.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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LaZer Monaco Pure Glass Helmet One of the most compact and lightweight modular helmets available, the LaZer Monaco in its fiberglass version weighs in at around 3.5 pounds (1,600 grams). Monaco Helmets include the breakthrough Pinlock equipped Lumino Photochromic faceshield. This helmet sets the new standard for rider comfort. Shell M.D.C.F. (Multi Directional Composite Fiber construction) Weighs approximately 1600 grams in size Large Safety Double homologation, full-face and open face Micrometric buckle 3 reflective zones (3M Scotchlite) Rear reflector (3M Scotchlite) EPS - optimized upper insert protection Interior Interior is 100 removable and washable Morpho System Plus (cheeks and head pads available in multiple sizes) Dri-Lex interior - Aegiswith antimicrobial treatment Flexible removable nose deflector Flexible removable chin curtain Removable noise reduction pads Acoustic collar for noise reduction Other Features Lumino photochromic Pinlock faceshield pinlock lens included Quarter-turn faceshield screw attachment Multi compressible tubular visor seal Ventilation Full Air System (FAS) Chin bar features easy one-hand opening system Specific helmet bag 5 year warranty (2 years + 3 years after registration) Note Helmet ships with Lumino photochromatic face shield, not dark tint as pictured. Helmet has LaZer logo on forehead.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Very nice helmet!
PostedFebruary 11, 2013
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
Helmet reviews are such subjective things...does one rate this against a Schuberth C3? Shark Evoline? HJC IS-Max? Well, truth be told, I think it would rate very favorably with any of them. It isn't as cushy inside as the Schuberth...it also costs $300 less. It likely isn't as quiet as the Schuberth (no other modular is), but did I mention it costs $300 less? On the opposite end of the scale, compared to a Bell Evo this helmet is ultra light, whisper quiet, and extremely comfortable. I aboslutely LOVE the Lumino visor. Not only does it transition quickly, the optical quality is stunning. It's seriously like looking through the lenses on my Oakley Splinter sunglasses. My other "main" helmet is a Shoei Qwest. The Shoei slightly beats the Lazer for interior plushness, but the Lazer flows more air through the vent and is certainly lighter. Interestingly, though the Lazer is a modular and the Shoei isn't, I find the noise levels fairly comparable. At 70mph the Shoei might have a slight edge, but not by much. At lower speeds, the difference is undetectable. Less air gets by the chin curtain on the Shoei, but that is purely because of the modular design of the Lazer. The chin curtain works well, and keeps noise levels very manageable. The interior of the Monaco is very easily removed and is washable. Fit and finish on the Monaco are first class. All controls are very easy to find and manipulate with golves on. The locking mechanism locks solidly to metal studs, and feels very secure with no play or rattling. The chin strap is the ratchet-type and is the target of my one and only (minor) complaint about this helmet; there is no snap or means of retention for the extra length of chin strap. No big deal. I use a Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth, and it mounted easily to the helmet. The helmet is pre-wired for Lazer's proprietary bluetooth. Overall, I give the Lazer Monaco very high marks. If you're thinking of buying a more expensive modular, buy this instead and pocket the extra $$$. You won't be disappointed. I docked it one point on "durability" simply becaue it takes, in my opinion, a couple of years of use to really judge a helmet's durability. One point was deducted from "features" for the lack of a chin strap retention method.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shoei Qwest Solid Helmet The Shoei Qwest Motorcycle Helmet was built with a focus on minimizing helmet weight, optimizing fit for comfort and protection and lowering noise levels to bring a new level of comfort to touring helmets. Featuring a slightly round oval internal shape, the Qwest helmet is manufactured with 4 individual shell sizes to keep the helmet as low-profile as possible. The smaller the helmet shell, the lighter the helmet weight. The Shoei Qwest Helmet also uses the Shoei's CW-1 visor technology with the Q.R.S.A system. This system guarantees a tight seal at the faceshield by pulling the shield back to contact the opening seal evenly. The Qwest also touts an extra-wide viewport for additional peripheral vision so you can more easily take in the world around you. Aerodynamic Shell Design Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and feedback from professional riders Dual-Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation Four shell and six EPS liner sizes increase fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes Molded air spoiler reduces drag and lift as well as diminishes weight pressure on the neck while riding at high speeds Ventilation System Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance in high wind conditions Easy to operate large lower intake vent Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation Rear/neck outlets allow for effective air exhaust Breath guard and chin curtain are included Lightweight Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) High performance fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient Interior 3D center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance Eyeglass-compatible interior Standard chin strap clip neatly secures chin strap CW-1 Shield and Q.R.S.A. System Q.R.S.A. (Quick-Release Self-Adjusting) base plate allows for tool-less shield removal and installation Spring-loaded base plate pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal Scratch-resistant coating 99.9 protection from harmful UV A and B rays Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional Pinlock equipped racing shields with tear-off posts are available (sold separately) Optional, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts (sold separately) The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent the shield from opening unexpectedly, as well as prop the shield open to increase airflow Additional Features Construction AIM+ (Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber) Weight 3.644 lbs / 1,653 grams (approx, for Size Medium) Standards Snell-M2010, DOT Please Note The vents on the Brilliant Yellow helmet are black, not yellow as shown in product photo. Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, the Qwest Helmet and other Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent lid
PostedAugust 15, 2011
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Took it out of the box and went over the helmet with a fine toothed comb. The paint (light silver in this case) was literally flawless. I didn't find any floaters, the paint and clear coat were uniform, the paint has a nice metal flake. All the parts fit perfectly and are made well. In this price range, you expect top quality fit and finish, and that's what you get. I was even impressed by the face shield quality - there is zero distortion. The vent switches operate smoothly and the visor system works well. I'm especially impressed with the "de-fog" position on the face shield, which moves a nice amount of air across the face without increasing noise appreciably. Speaking of noise, Shoei did a great job with this helmet. Keeping in mind that "quiet" is a very relative thing in a helmet ("less loud" would be a better description), this helmet is about as good as it gets. It's certainly the quietest of the four helmets I have. One note here; this helmet was designed for riders of touring bikes, and is at its quietest in an upright riding position. If I move my head down in more of a sport bike position, noise increases noticeably. Ventilation is, again, a relative thing. I swear some people think a helmet with "good ventilation" means it should feel like you have an air conditioner in your helmet. This helmet doesn't feel like that. Neither does any other. However, the chin vent in the Qwest moves quite a bit of air and the top vent moves an adequate amount of air. It doesn't feel like the air flow is parting my hair, but the flow is noticeable and performs about as well as any, and better than quite a few. My biggest gripe would be with the exhaust vents on the back of the hemet. They just aren't easy to operate with the helmet on and while wearing gloves. No big deal; I leave them open all the time, anyway. The recesses for in-helmet speakers are a nice touch. All told, I think this is a fantastic helmet, and I feel confident having my melon protected by it. As for Revzilla - simply fantastic. I ordered the helmet on a Tuesday afternoon and it arrived at my house on Thursday. This wasn't my first purchase with them and I assure you it won't be the last!
Rides: 2002 BMW K1200LT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Shoei Qwest Neuron Helmet
Shoei Qwest Neuron Helmet
Shoei Qwest Neuron Helmet Aerodynamic Shell Design Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and professional riders feedback Dual Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation Five shell and six EPS liner sizes present increased fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes Molded air spoiler to reduce drag and lift as well as diminish weight pressure on the neck while riding at high speeds Ventilation System Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance in high wind conditions Easy to operate large lower intake vent Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation The rear/neck outlets allow for effective air exhaust Breath guard and chin curtain included Lightweight Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) High performance fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient Interior System 3-D center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance Eyeglass compatible interior Standard Chin-Strap Clip Neatly secures chin strap CW-1 Shield and Q.R.S.A. System Q.R.S.A. (Quick-Release Self-Adjusting) base plate allows for tool-less shield removal and installation. The spring-loaded base plate (U.S. patent pending 11/799935) pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal Scratch-resistant coating 99.9 protection from harmful UV A and B rays Optional, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional Pinlock equipped racing shields with tear-off posts are available A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent the shield from opening unexpectedly, as well as prop the shield open to increase airflow Additional Specs Construction AIM+ (Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber) Weight 3.644 lbs / 1,653 grams (approx, for Size Medium Solid Color) Standards Snell-M2010, DOT
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Qwest has ended my quest for a great helmet
PostedAugust 8, 2011
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Shoei got my attention when I heard the new Qwest was geared toward the touring bike riders. I compared against other makes/models, and got the Qwest in white Neuron. What a great helmet! I believe the sizing is absolutely spot on with this helmet. I've got a 62cm noggin and the XL fits nicely. Graphics and finish were absolutely flawless. The lining is plush and comfortable. The venting works as well as I'd hoped it would, which is to say it's at least adequate. I don't believe any helmet blows as much air over my head as I would like, but this does as good a job as any. I love the "anti-fog" position on the visor latch. It provides a perfect amount of air for defogging and also provides a bit of extra air flow over the face without adding a lot of noise. Speaking of noise...this helmet is quiet. The wind noise compared with my Bell Arrow is somewhere in the vicinity of half as loud. By the way, if money is an issue (or even if it isn't), the Arrow is a terrific helmet for a hundred bucks. The Qwest is made for the upright riding position I have on my K1200LT, and is very quiet in that position. Move your head down into more of a sport bike riding position and the noise picks up considerably. All told, from fit and finish to air circulation to comfort to security, the Qwest is an outstanding helmet. So much so that I bought my wife one, too.
Rides: 2002 BMW K1200LT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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