Aspen Times Weekly: Lazer Z1 MIPS
Bike helmets are a highly-evolved category of gear, with few changes year to year. My road-biking helmets from 10 years ago look similar to what I ride with today, save for a few tweaks around safety and fit.
The Lazer Z1 MIPS is a case in point. Compared to older “pro level” helmets hanging in my garage it has more adjustability and an integrated protection piece called MIPS, which stands for multi-directional impact protection system. (More on MIPS below.)
For the upgrades you pay a premium. The Lazer retails for a headache-inducing price of $310. It’s worth that cost if you want a race-ready hard hat with safety features that exceed the industry standard.
With a comfortable, head-hugging fit, dozens of vents for airflow, and a weight of just 10.4 ounces, the Z1 is hardly noticeable on the ride. However, an older Giro helmet I have is about 3 ounces lighter, so Lazer was not aiming for a featherweight here.
Instead, the helmet balances full coverage and temple protection with an effective twist-to-tighten adjuster on top, and a sculpted foam shell that absorbs impact in a crash.
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