The Lazer Strada is not only a new helmet but also features integrated rotational impact technology as we see here.
One of the first things you notice when unboxing and holding Lazer’s new Strada helmet is its similarities with the Sphere and genesis, the notably lighter weight, and lack of the now-familiar MIPS logo.
Flip it over, look inside and the changes are even more apparent and intriguing – that inner MIPS cradle is missing and in its place is a unique criss-cross patterning on the inner shell.
The first thing we did – and we suspect this will be the same for many – is to gently push and prod the raised sections inside the helmet to see how much they flex and move.
A propriety replacement for the now infamous MIPS internal cradle system, Lazer say they have created the world’s first fully integrated rotational-impact technology.
Dubbed ‘KinetiCore’, the inner shell of the helmet incorporates ‘Controlled Crumple Zones’, basically smaller sections of the internal lining designed to absorb rotational impacts in much the same way the MIPS cradle system does. This main difference here is that the MIPS system is an add on – not just in weight but licensing fees to the owners of the ‘Multi-directional Impact Protection System’.
With ‘KinetiCore’ being built-in and part of the helmet’s core, it results in less weight and better ventilation.
Lazer say they’ve been working on the tech for more than a decade – the end result being a simpler, lighter helmet that boosts riders’ protection, adds confidence and enjoyment in the saddle.
To testing, and the helmet has been independently assessed by the Virginia Tech bicycle helmet rating where it received the maximum of five stars – the same as the MIPS system.
Unwilling to crash a bike for Bicycling Australia, we are trusting Virginia Tech’s safety findings, what we’ll do is focus on fit, feel and how it rides.
Put the helmet on and you’ll notice that weight reduction and feel the light yet comfortable fit. Our test model pushed the kitchen scales to 280grams, considerably lighter than competing MIPS equipped offerings.
It feels secure on the head, sits well and is easily adjusted via rolling the rubber ‘ScrollSys’ endless belt to dial in desired tension. Below this innovative rear retention system you’ll see the helmet is also ponytail-friendly.
How Does It Ride?
After a week of testing we were left with the impression that this is a lot of helmet for the money. It rides, looks, feels and has the advanced safety features of a far pricier helmet. The test model’s matte black outer shell still looked like new after a week of wear, not showing hand or finger prints as is often the case with darker coulourways.
It’s worth noting the Strada is one of five new Lazer helmets that include the KinetiCore system. The others are the Pnut and Nutz kids helmets, the CityZen urban helmet and Vento aero model.
A New Lighting System
Lazer have also launched a universal helmet mounted LED light that fits each of the first helmets and comes with an adaptor kit for other models.
The universal LED features multiple modes, up to 20hrs of battery life and a movement sensor to save power when stationary. One of the most impressive features is an all-new magnetic charging system which eliminates the weakest point on many bike lights – the usb charging connector.
The light retails for $49.00
• New KinetiCore system
• Internal ventilation channels
• ScrollSys retention system
• Ponytail friendly
• Eyewear docking
• Aeroshell compatible
• Universal LED connection
• Oval & Round Fit
• Sizes S / M / L / XL
The Strada Kineticore is available now and retails in Australia for $169. It is available in matt black, white and flash yellow.