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The Lazer Elle Women's Helmet is ideal for commuting and everyday riding, provided you don't have a lot of hair – I struggled to get it to work comfortably with my ponytail.
I've become accustomed to women's helmets having some form of 'ponytail port' or extra adjustment system to help them sit comfortably on the heads of those of us with long hair. Unfortunately, this is something that the Lazer Elle's innovative adjustment system is lacking.
Having very long, thick hair, I struggled to get the helmet to sit properly on my head unless I wore my hair in a very low ponytail at the base of my neck below the helmet. This is a style I find uncomfortable when riding, and prefer to have a higher ponytail or plaits, neither of which fit well under the helmet.
However, having tied my hair up below the helmet, it was then very easy to adjust and fit nicely to my head. The adjustment system is controlled by a knob on the top of the helmet, meaning that it didn't tangle in my hair as I twisted it – a great bonus, almost redeeming the lack of ponytail space!
Otherwise – and for those of you without a ponytail! – the helmet is relatively lightweight and compact for something of its price and didn't look especially bulky once on. It features plenty of ventilation (22 vents), which Lazer says are especially deep to keep you cool.
I certainly found it very comfortable to ride in, with the straps sitting neatly around my ears and with no chafing around the neck.
Lazer also offers an optional Aeroshell for £14.99, which can be bought to fit over the helmet. Despite looking and feeling rather flimsy, this Aero Shell slots securely into place on top of the helmet where it might well have an aerodynamic benefit – I don't have a wind tunnel to test that – but certainly offers extra warmth and protection from the rain in winter.
The helmet comes in three colour schemes – this wonderfully bright Blue Coral colour scheme was my favourite – and two sizes, small (52-56cm) and medium (55-59cm).
Great for everyday riding but could do with more adjustment options for ponytails
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lazer Elle Women's Helmet
Size tested: Medium, 55-59cm
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 says: "The Elle helmet combines great looks with high performance. This is the helmet you wear on your weekend rides and your daily commutes."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Advanced Rollsys System ARS provides an excellent fit and great adjustability
Deep ventilation channels
22 vents to keep you cool
Aero shell available separately
Comfortable to wear and good ventilation, but not ideal for those of us with ponytails.
No issues so far, but adjustment system feels quite flimsy so I just hope it holds up.
Plenty of ventilation and barely noticed I was wearing it while riding.
A decent price for a good looking helmet.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Comfortable, well ventilated and easy to adjust but doesn't sit well over a ponytail.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The size adjuster is in the top of the helmet as opposed to the rear, which prevents it tangling in long hair. Plus I love the bright colour.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not very ponytail friendly.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, once I got used to it.
Would you consider buying the product? Probably not.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, dependent on their hairstyle!
Use this box to explain your score
It's light, comfortable to ride in, and the adjustment system is easy to use, so overall a good helmet and well worth 7. I struggled to fit it over my hair, so not as versatile in this respect as some.
About the tester
I usually ride: Boardman Team Carbon My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, track
Ashia is a Maths student at the University of Bath and has been riding and racing bikes for the past 6 years after a track taster session at her local velodrome had her hooked. Most weekends, she can be found out racing, be it track, road, criteriums, time trials, triathlons, or cyclocross. Whilst she is fiercely competitive and loves to race, she is still on the look out for anyone hiring a "full time cafe rider" when she graduates.