Lazer Urbanize: Dorky Helmet5
by Byron on May 24, 2009 at 6:46 AM
Readers have seen the Lazer Urbanize in various photos and a movie for the past few weeks. I’ve been getting lots of questions about it so let’s just get this out of the way: it’s a dorkenheimer helmet, dorkiest we’ve seen, but works and I dig it.
Reactions to the helmet so far include
- Cool! Is it?
- Storm Trooper
- Space Duck
- Twiki from Buck Rogers (not Twiggy from Battlestar Galactica)
I dig it because we live bikes here. It takes the same amount of chutzpah to walk into a grocery store fully kitted up in Lycra as it does to wear bright pocket pants and carry a folded bike around. Same thing when transporting the kids around on the Bettie.
We’re bike dorks and this helmet was made for us.
The Urbanize moves a surprising amount of air with a venturi effect, but not when you’re standing still. The built-in lights are functional, not very bright, but do add visibility. The best function is you can just put the helmet on your head, spin the Rollsys dial and it’s snug.
A flaw is when it’s raining hard, water accumulates on the visor and eventually dumps into your face. As skater-style helmets become more fashionable, the Lazer is distinctive and a helmet choice we wear because we can.
Also see David’s review of the Lazer 02 RD Helmet.