Test of the Lazer Vento helmet, with KinetiCore technology

By William ROBERT
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 8:09 a.m. – Hardware test

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At the end of March, I presented to you the new Lazer technology to deal with the rotational impacts that a cyclist can face during a fall, Kineticore.

A technology that has the same objectives as the well-known MIPS technology, but which is lighter and more eco-responsible, while not disturbing the flow of air intended to cool the head.

The Lazer Vento KinetiCore is for riders who want to ride as fast as possible. Aerodynamic, this latest generation helmet is also comfortable, thanks to its innovative adjustment system. A top-of-the-range model offered at a price of 259.99 €.

Presentation

Developed in collaboration with the Jumbo-Visma riders who were able to wear it on the roads of the Tour of Flanders 2022, this new helmet from Lazer is truly performance-oriented. With its aerodynamic design, the Vento KinetiCore is the fastest helmet ever created by Lazer.

It’s faster than the Bullet 2.0 it replaces while being 90 grams lighter and 5% more airy. I weighed my copy at 287 grams -against the promised 290g- in size M.

An amazing size M for me who always uses size L helmets. But having tested the same model in size L, even with the fit system snug all the way, the helmet floated. Size M (55-59 cm) was therefore obvious, even if very tight. It will therefore be necessary to test well before putting it on, for having discussed with other journalists, they too have lost their usual bearings with the “cutting” Lazer. Lazer helmets look a bit more oval than the competition.

Like most helmets in this range, nothing to say about the finishes, everything is neat. with perfectly made joints between the different parts and the different materials.

No less than 13 ventilation vents are arranged over its entire surface. There are two main vents in the front of the helmet and two smaller side vents (which also store goggles) for air intake. There is also an air intake on the upper rear part of the helmet. All the other vents are located at the back, to evacuate the hot air.

The ScrollSys adjustment system is special with its strap on the back of the head. This isn’t the first time Lazer has moved the fit system beyond the neck. This time, rather than on the top of the helmet, Lazer has installed it at the rear of the helmet, with a fairly wide plastic strap and offering a relief design which should ensure good grip even in the rain or with gloves.

The advantage is also to free the neck of any plastic system quite widely.

The system visible on the back of the helmet can be adjusted up or down through 5 levels for the perfect fit and to accommodate a ponytail.

But the big novelty of this Vento helmet is its Kineticore technology, which I have already detailed here. Kineticore is a unique set of helmet-integrated EPS foam blocks designed to deform upon direct impact and rotation, redirecting energy away from the brain. The concept is similar to the “crumple zones” built into modern cars which are designed to deform during a collision, absorbing and redirecting some of the impact energy and preventing it from being transmitted to the occupants.

The fact that KinetiCore is integrated into the helmet is crucial because it reduces the overall weight of the helmet, which increases comfort for riders. It also means that Lazer is able to design each headset to its own specifications and integrate KinetiCore rather than having to add it on afterwards. KinetiCore also increases ventilation and improves airflow, since these flows are worked on from the design stage with the presence of KinetiCore technology, which can be adapted to facilitate airflow.

This helmet is available in matte black, neon yellow, white, titanium, black/silver, red, matte grey/blue and matte dark green and 2 sizes (S, M and L) at the price of €259.99.

Fixing an LED lamp

Lazer has provided its Vento Kineticore with an attachment for its LED lamp (29.99 €). This LED lamp (which can also be attached to any other helmet via a Velcro strap provided), is firmly attached to the back of the helmet, on a high point and therefore visibly from afar.

This lamp is fixed thanks to a 1/4 turn on the location provided for this purpose.

It offers a power of 40 lumens maximum and allows an autonomy of up to 54 hours depending on the mode selected. Recharging is done via a magnetic USB cable with a specific plug. Why this choice ? In order to ensure a perfect seal by avoiding having a socket covered with a cap which would not always be correctly in place.

On the road

Once the Vento is placed on the head, it is easy to find the right settings with the height adjustment of the occipital adjustment, but also with the ScrollSys tightening.

At the very beginning, the ScrollSys system is not easy to use with one hand, lacking fluidity. The first adjustments are made with two hands. But after more than a month of using it generously, the plastic strap becomes slightly more fluid and you can tighten or loosen the system with one hand.

On the other hand, it will be necessary to take the hit at the beginning with this system having an unusual position.

But the maintenance of the whole is pleasant and uniform on the whole circumference of the skull. We therefore manage to have a helmet that holds well without any pressure points.

It fits well on the head, without moving over the miles and its design does not interfere with the field of vision even in the aero position. Note the good efficiency of the internal foams which absorb perspiration well, in particular that located at the level of the forehead, which prevents sweat from flowing too quickly on the screen of the glasses.

No doubt this is also due to the fact that this foam is slightly detached from the helmet with a space that allows good ventilation at the forehead.

Ventilation is effective, as I was able to test in temperatures just over 25°C. A point that is often penalizing on aerodynamic helmets like this Vento Kineticore.

Without being as cool as ultra-ventilated helmets, this model does well, even on hills where the pace is quite slow – less than 15 km/h – for several minutes.

Over the hours, this comfort remains very present and no annoying pressure point spoils the scrolling of the kilometers.

Of course, I was not able to test – fortunately – the effectiveness of the Kineticore system. Is it more effective than another technology? I trust on this point the ranking of specialized studies such as the ranking of the University of Virginia with a 5-star ranking.

Regarding the storage of glasses, the latter is not the most practical, the air inlets equipped with rubber support being quite spaced. In fact, the glasses will have to be wide enough and especially with very flexible branches so that you can accommodate the glasses easily and that they can hold.

Balance sheet

If this all-black model is not the one that highlights this Vento Kineticore the most, the other colors allow you to appreciate the modern and sleek design of this helmet.

A helmet that is both aerodynamic and rather well ventilated and above all comfortable, which allows it to be used all year round and even in hot weather.

The ScrollSys system is not, in my opinion, revolutionary and it is not he who will make you choose this model or not. On the other hand, do not dwell on its relative hardness at the beginning, after several weeks, its handling becomes easier and more flexible after “breaking in”.

Of course, its price from 259.99 € is high, in relation to its aero development and Kineticore technology. The competition is often at the same price or even higher for the same range.

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