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Verdict: 
Quality entry level helmet with great features as long as you are not concerned about the bulky profile
Weight: 
241g
Lazer Amy Women's Helmet
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A great option for commuters and entry level female cyclists, the Lazer Amy might not be the most attractive looking, low profile helmet on the market but it is comfy, well ventilated, has two way adjustment and is certainly not going to weigh you down.

Lazer are doing a great job of producing helmets for the growing numbers of women getting on bikes. Our heads are not hugely different to men's (in shape I hasten to add), but it is good to have a choice of colours that set us apart a little. That, and potentially space to accommodate a ponytail if you happen to have long hair.

Lazer Elle Matt Bordeaux Gradient Womens Helmet - side.jpg

Lazer Elle Matt Bordeaux Gradient Womens Helmet - side.jpg

With no less than 14 helmets to choose from in their Moi collection, Lazer really have thought about every kind of rider. If you head over to their website you may even find one named after you. The Amy model is one of the more basic ones in the range, a step or two below the recently reviewed Elle, it is targeted at those just getting into the sport. It's perfect for commuting too.

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It meets CE, CPSC and AS standards so the most important things after this are ventilation, weight, fit and adjustment, plus the ease of use of the latter.

Lazer Elle Matt Bordeaux Gradient Womens Helmet - inside.jpg

Lazer Elle Matt Bordeaux Gradient Womens Helmet - inside.jpg

With 28 well angled vents there was never any danger of overheating. Air flow was good, though it is worth noting that there is no mesh shield or perforated padding over these vents. In warm weather insects may be an issue.

At only 230g (S), the helmet is really light for an entry level model. It does not really have a profile to match. The helmet is bulbous in shape. Personally I am not a huge fan of this but that is just personal preference. It does mean there are no peaks and points that can be potential weak points for the plastic outer shell to come away from the body of a helmet. The colour options include a bold matte blue, a loud coral and a slightly more understated bordeaux gradient (as pictured).

There are two ways of adjusting the internal cradle. The rear part can be moved up and down on a sliding notch. It took me some time to get this to actually budge, but when I did it was well worth it. It meant that the basket sat further inside the helmet and space was created for a ponytail (more so that with the Lazer Elle).

Lazer Elle Matt Bordeaux Gradient Womens Helmet - front.jpg

Lazer Elle Matt Bordeaux Gradient Womens Helmet - front.jpg

The photo here shows it at a lower setting, with not as much space at the nape of the neck, but the cradle will slide right into the helmet shell, leaving just the dial exposed in the rear groove.

Once this part of the cradle has been adjusted the dial is then used to tighten it around your head. Lazer call it the TS+ System, and say that 'a quick turn of the dial ... creates a snug, yet comfortable fit that keeps the helmet where it should be'. It really did feel secure on the head without pinching or rubbing in any one place.

The straps are really easy to adjust with no clipping or threading required, just a firm pull through the eyelets. The dial could not be simpler to use. Minor adjustments while riding are no problem and loosening it to take the helmet off is handy. Hair getting tangled in the dial is not an issue.

The interior padding is minimal, a bit more would not go amiss. The velcro patches used to attach the padding are tiny too. I suspect that if you regularly remove the pads to wash them you may well be creating your own additional Velcro patches at some point.

Lazer Elle Matt Bordeaux Gradient Womens Helmet - back.jpg

Lazer Elle Matt Bordeaux Gradient Womens Helmet - back.jpg

The Amy is compatible with two optional add-ons by Lazer: an LED taillight that clips on to the thumbwheel of the adjuster dial; and a Cappuccinolock, a combination lock that allows you to secure your helmet to your bike (or something else) by simply clipping it into either end of the lock. I didn't test either of these but can certainly see the appeal.

The Amy helmet is ideal for newcomers to the sport who are not too concerned about the profile of a helmet but are looking for a quality cycling brand and plenty of associated features.

Verdict

Quality entry level helmet with great features as long as you are not concerned about the bulky profile

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lazer Amy Womens Helmet

Size tested: S/52-56cm

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Lazer tells us that the Amy Women's Helmet 'offers protection, style and comfort for riders who are just getting into cycling. The inconspicuous design of the helmet makes sure it is at home wherever you take it.'

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

In-mould construction used to keep the weight down.

28 vents provide ventilation and comfort while riding.

TS+ Turnfit System- a dial provides a snug yet comfortable fit that keeps the helmet firmly in place.

CE - CPSC - AS certification.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

A solid helmet that naturally meets required standards.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Good ventilation. A light helmet that sat securely on the head.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

The body of the helmet is very solid. The dial feels and looks sturdy. Straps have been over sewn to prevent fraying. The interior pads will not last a life time.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
9/10

Excellent for an entry level helmet.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
7/10

Interior pads are minimal and simply provide a layer between your head and the helmet rather than cushioning. Once the right setting on the vertical adjustment has been achieved this helmet is reasonably comfy.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

One of the cheaper female-specific big brand entry level helmets but would be easily beaten by many entry level unisex alternatives available in non-specialist stores.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It does exactly what it says it will: protects your head while offering good ventilation.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The colour that I tested: feminine but not too girly.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The external shaping of the helmet: personal preference thing. Looks like something a child would wear.

Did you enjoy using the product? For commuting and quick trips to the shops, yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Probably not.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly.

Use this box to explain your score

Good quality helmet with plenty of great features to appeal to the entry level female market, but cheaper options available if you are on a budget.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 173cm  Weight: 64kg

I usually ride: Road  My best bike is: Carbon road.

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, Getting to grips with off roading too!

11 comments

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KendalRed [54 posts] 1 month ago
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I would have thought that the one thing that would not be gender specific would be the helmet, turns out I was wrong!...

...and it's gender specific because...its pink. Good grief, how patronising.

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pmanc [208 posts] 1 month ago
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Seriously?  It's 2017.  Are we still living in a world where there are "girl's colours" and "boy's colours"?  (Or one girls colour...)

Or in a world where all women have long hair and no men do?

The thing you most liked about he helmet was "the colour"?  Good grief.

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The _Kaner [1022 posts] 1 month ago
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(wo)man...what a fugly helmet, who cares what gender.....rank looking....

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skull-collector... [141 posts] 1 month ago
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pmanc wrote:

Seriously?  It's 2017.  Are we still living in a world where there are "girl's colours" and "boy's colours"?  (Or one girls colour...)

Or in a world where all women have long hair and no men do?

I suggest you take your SJW bullcrap, and go to Reddit or Tumblr.

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CygnusX1 [392 posts] 1 month ago
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pmanc wrote:

The thing you most liked about he helmet was "the colour"?  Good grief.

The reveiwer expressed her personal opinion, I don't see why she should be castigated for it.  We all make choices on what to wear based on a number of factors, colour being one of them.

If the colour is (in the opinion of the reviewer) the best thing about this helmet, then so be it - and to be fair the pink to purple fade is (IMHO) pretty cool, but the styling is (IMHO) pretty dull, and its usefulness in a crash is ... (I won't go there!!!)

Disclosure: I'm white, hetero male. I have several pink shirts in my wardrobe and I rode into work this morning in a pair of bibshorts with some pink detailing in the design. 

 

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Oli [1 post] 1 month ago
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Greeting all,

I’ve seen several comments questioning why we offer a ‘women’s collection’ of helmets. I thought I’d try to address some of them.

For Lazer to offer a ‘women’s collection’ is purely marketing. And If we don’t have one, we’ll miss out.

As mentioned above there isn’t much to differentiate a male or female skull and so we do indeed use the same helmets as our core range. We simply label them and style them differently. Reasons for this are:

  • Media coverage: some publications prefer to offer ‘women’s helmets’ group tests. If we don’t have a ‘women’s collection’ we don’t get listed.
  • Store coverage: plenty of retailers now offer ‘women’s sections’ in store. If we provide a women’s helmet, we have a better chance of being ranged in that space.
  • Website coverage: again many websites define their kit by consumer, by having a ‘women’s collection’ we get listed.

To be clear, the fit on these helmets is the same as our core collection. However, we don’t offer a size large in our ‘women’s collection’ as the sales volumes just aren’t there.

If you want a different colour or style we probably have it in the core collection. We at no point say our core collection is just for men.

We also have a range of colours and styles in our ‘women’s collection’, which isn’t always pink or baby blue as they’re styled to follow bike and kit colour trends. Following these trends though does mean though whether you like it or not, some kits are these ‘traditional’ colours.

Hope this helps clear some points up.

Happy Riding

Oli

Senior Brand Manager for Lazer Sport @ Madison

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Yorkshire wallet [893 posts] 1 month ago
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SJWs and the like can claim we don't need 'women's' colours and the like but the overwhelming number of people in the world are utterly happy with their gender and what is offered in fashion choices does reflect what men/women actually want to wear - in this case a helmet of a certain colour.

Yes men can wear pink and women can wear a trouser suit and a bowler hat but most of the time things simply are what they are. Nobody is insidiously guiding women into buying pink helmets, maybe just maybe, women want pink helmets and 'girly' clothes.

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dottigirl [475 posts] 1 month ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:

...maybe just maybe, women want pink helmets and 'girly' clothes.

*shudders* Not me. I know very few women who buy pink, but they are there.

I've rejected several ordered items when I've discovered they had pink bits too. Some Gore tights last week had pink patches on the hems. I couldn't return them fast enough.

I'd actually like a helmet which wasn't godawfully ugly, and that helmet to me is.

I'd like a helmet to fit, and not to make my head look like a mushroom, and not to leave marks when I take it off. If it were flattering too, that'd be nice, but I think most of us accepts helmets aren't cool-looking.

But, I won't buy it if it is the wrong colour, and I don't think this is a trait of sex, it's a trait of whether you want to look coordinated on a bike, or a hodge-podge of eye-hurting clashes.

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peted76 [505 posts] 1 month ago
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dottigirl wrote:
Yorkshire wallet wrote:

...maybe just maybe, women want pink helmets and 'girly' clothes.

*shudders* Not me. I know very few women who buy pink, but they are there.

Dottigirl, I think I saw you on TV the other day  1

What a silly debate/conversation this whole thread has thrown up.

It's a £59 helmet, 1) it's never gonna look stylish 2) my club has 34% female membership lots wear pink, some wear 'stylish' lady clothes, you know... for ladies, most of those stylish 'brands' look quite girly girl too 3) most just wear black, same as the blokes (cause you don't have to think about trying to look good with it all on show in skin tight gear and it's slimmin' innit)  4) it's all opinion anyway... and I happen to quite like the pink to purple fade of this helmet 5) in 2017 capitalism still works like it did in 1974, by promoting gender specific items in sterotypical fashion... how many people do you know who are just so achingly aware, that they don't accent their baby's room with either blue or pink, I'm sure 'some people' aviod that particular stereotype, but they will be a pretty irrelevant proportion of the UK population as a whole, that's capitalisim!

 

 

I'm a lumberkack and I'm okay.

 

 

 

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dottigirl [475 posts] 1 month ago
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peted76 wrote:

Dottigirl, I think I saw you on TV the other day  1

Me being interviewed on telly in my cycling gear after the best part of three pints? Nope, not me. Can't have been me. Must have been some other round-faced redhead writing slightly saucy cycling tales... cheeky

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davel [1135 posts] 1 month ago
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"women want pink helmets"