Among the first to adopt MIPS’s trademark yellow plastic liners was Lazer, a Belgian helmet manufacturer. Yet, after ten years of using MIPS, Lazer has decided to move on to a new in-house technology called KinetiCore.
The MIPS concept was to allow the helmet to move about the rider’s head in the event of an accident. The intention is to shield the brain from the rotational forces connected to concussion as an added layer of protection.
How it works?
According to Lazer’s assertions, KinetiCore is similar, but it operates. For any helmet that claims rotational protection, the foam liner inserted into the plastic liner, ball and socket dual-layer construction, gel-like cushioning, other squishy components etc., the EPS foam lining. SO, the EPS foam liner has KinetiCore’s rotational protection built right in. An intricate network of columns sculpted into the internal surface is the only moveable.
As with a car’s crumple zone, Lazer says that columns can collapse to absorb energy. Additionally, they work as a shear layer, allowing the helmet to rotate around your head to some degree, as with MIPS.
Six helmet options
The first batch of six Lazer KinetiCore helmets.
The design of Vento KinetiCore (US$280 / AU$440 / €270) is more aerodynamic, lighter, and more relaxed (5.4 per cent).
A more vented shell that Lazer claims are more aerodynamic, more lightweight, and more comfortable than the outgoing Blade MIPS has been added to the Vento KinetiCore.
Although the ScrollSys retention system stands on an adjustable cable loop like the rolls. It is more thanks to a more extensive change belt attached to the back of the helmet.
The trail-ready Jackal KinetiCore (US$200/AU$329/€190) incorporates Lazer’s TurnSys retention system, a magnetic clasp, and large open vents throughout. As a precaution against hitting one and forcing it into (or worse, through) your skull. Lazer says the Jackal KinetiCore has faced testing with helmet-mounted lights and cameras.
U-locks can be a feature with the new CityZen (US$65/AU$90/€65) because of its simple design, more robust ABS shell, and rear vent hole.
Many safety features are in Lazer’s EZ Fit self-adjust retention system. It includes built-in mosquito nets, side-mounted buckles that are less likely to pinch, and much side and rear head coverage.
All new helmets feature a built-in dock for Lazer’s new 40-lumen LED backlight, which incorporates daylight and movement sensors and lasts for 20 hours. A micro-USB or USB-C connection is vulnerable to water, but a magnetic charging connector is more resistant.
Lazer’s new helmet models have all achieved five-star ratings from Virginia Tech. One exception is the CityZen, which received a four-star rating from the independent testing lab.
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