Lazer Sport was at the recent Winter Bike Press Camp events showing a selection of new helmets for 2016. New for this year is the top of the line Z1 now gets the LifeBEAM treatment previously available in the Lazer Genesis model. LifeBEAM integrates a heart rate monitor into the helmet itself with no need of a chest strap. The Tonic is also new for 2016 and offers great features at a great price. The Blade gets an upgrade in the form of a new MIPs equipped version.

The Z1 from Lazer is their top-of-the-line model with MIPs and LifeBEAM.

The Z1 from Lazer is their top-of-the-line model with MIPs and LifeBEAM.​

Lazer Z1 LB - LifeBEAM's integrated heart rate monitor

The all new Z1 helmet is the latest in high tech, with a built-in heart rate sensor that doesn't require a chest strap. The biometric input is acquired through a small sensor mounted in the front of the helmet and presses lightly against the rider's forehead to get its readings. The LifeBEAM systems uses a small front pad with an optical sensor to pick up the signals. A small wire threads through the helmet and comes out the rear vent and plugs into the battery pack/transmitter. The battery pack/transmitter hooks onto the optional mud cap. The LifeBEAM battery pack/transmitter weighs only an additional 45 grams and it works by sending over both BlueTooth 4.0 and ANT+ protocols so whatever device you have (iOS or Android or Garmin) will receive and display your HR data. "The optical sensor picks up the signal faster, refreshes faster and is a more accurate detection than a traditional chest strap." according to Lazer PR Helmeteer - Chris Smith.

A close-up look at the LifeBEAM sensor located on the rider's forehead.

A close-up look at the LifeBEAM sensor located on the rider's forehead.​

The Z1 helmet itself is only 190 grams and is the lightest helmet Lazer has ever made. The advantages include never forgetting your chest strap, no binding or constriction around your body and improved accuracy. If you currently have a standard Z1, there is a DIY add-on LifeBEAM kit available. There is also an optional aeroshell for wind and rain protection for $20. A rear blinky LED is available also, although the integrated blinky and the LifeBEAM battery/transmitter can't be used at the same time (Lazer is currently working on a design to incorporate both features). Also, new for 2016 is the MIPs option.

The MSRP of the Z1 with LifeBEAM is $350.

The all new Roller helmet has 28 vents, weighs 230 grams (size MD), is available in 3 sizes and five colors.

The all new Roller helmet has 28 vents, weighs 230 grams (size MD), is available in 3 sizes and five colors.​

Lazer Tonic - solid features at an affordable price

The Tonic is an all new helmet for 2016 and is a good all-around helmet. Its plentiful ventilation means it will keep your head cool, as well as safe. It can also double as a commuter helmet with the optional LED blinky light that fits right into the snap in mud cap (for an upcharge). The rear-facing red LED has two modes (steady-on or blink) for those times when being seen is important.

When we asked Smith if the MIPs versions (MIPs helps protect against rotational brain injury) are out selling the non-MIPs version, he stated, "The MIPs version is selling well for our higher end helmets. But for their kid's helmets and some of our lower priced models, buyers tend to be more price conscious and are not as willing to pay for the extra protection." This statement surprises us, since you would think that parents out there would not want to spare any expense when it comes to their young one's brains. However, the extra $20 to $35 makes a bigger percentage difference when you are paying $80 versus $180.

The Tonic is available in seven color options.

The Tonic is available in seven color options.​

The Tonic also features Lazer's TS+ Turnfit System retention which provides easy adjustment for a comfortable fit. This helmet also has 28 vents, weighs 230 grams (size MD), is available in 3 sizes (S/M/L) and is available in seven color options.

The Tonic will be available mid-February with an MSRP of $80 and $100 for the MIPs version.

Styled much like the top-of-the-line Z1, the Blade offers great style at an affordable price.

Styled much like the top-of-the-line Z1, the Blade offers great style at an affordable price.​

Lazer Blade - high performance and looks without the high price

The Blade is a high performance style helmet that has an affordable price tag. Unchanged for this year with the exception of the MIPs option, it features the ARS (Advanced Rollsys System) for ease of adjustment with good comfort. There is also an optional aero/rain shell cover. Like the Tonic above, there is also a rear LED blinky light option on the Blade. The LifeBEAM heart rate monitor system can also be fitted into this helmet.

This helmet has 22 vents, weighs 230 grams (size MD) and comes in 3 sizes (S/M/L) and nine colors. The standard version is available now with an MSRP of $100 and the forthcoming MIPs version will be $135.

For more information visit www.lazersport.com.