Lazer Bayamo Z-Line: Review

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Lazer Bayamo Z-Line
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
8500
  • 90%

  • Lazer Bayamo Z-Line
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  • Last modified: October 9, 2015
  • Quality
    Editor: 100%
  • Protection
    Editor: 90%
  • Comfort
    Editor: 100%
  • Ventilation
    Editor: 100%
  • Noise Suppression
    Editor: 70%
  • Value-for-Money
    Editor: 90%

Summary: The Bayamo Z-line is an entry level helmet from Lazer, one of the oldest manufacturers of helmets and riding gear from Belgium.

The Bayamo Z-line is an entry level helmet from Lazer, one of the oldest manufacturers of helmets and riding gear from Belgium. Priced at 99€, the quality seems to be top notch, and is very comfortable and well-ventilated. Due to recent drop in the Euro rates, its price has been reduced from INR 11500 to INR 8500.

To know more about the LAZER Company, click here.

To know more about the technology used in the manufacturing of helmets by LAZER, click here.

Features:

  • Techno-polymer injected shell
  • ECE 22.05 homologation
  • Weight: 1550 +/- 50g
  • Micrometric Buckle System
  • Anti-scratch visor with Pinlock ready feature
  • Internal Sun visor
  • Quadruple Density EPS
  • Removable and washable interior pads
  • Morpho System Plus
  • Speaker ready feature
  • Available in sizes from 2XS – 2XL
  • Available in 11 different graphics
  • Warranty: 2 years + 3 years (after registering within 20 days of purchase on the company’s website)

 

Overall Construction Quality:

The Good:

  • The shell quality is top notch and sturdy, and is on par with most of the major helmet manufacturers at this price range or above.
  • The paint quality of the graphics is also very good.
  • The open-close mechanism of the vents is pretty slick and sturdy.
  • The 6-step visor closing mechanism ensures that the visor does not accidentally open up while riding at high speeds.
  • The quality of the visors (both the clear and the sun visors) is top notch while being quite expensive nonetheless.
  • The best part about this helmet is the internal paddings. They feel premium, something which I found lacking even in some expensive helmets. The cheek and the head pads use the Morpho System Plus feature, meaning that these can be used for many years (I guess it to be more than 3 as the warranty offered is 5 years) without any sign of wear and tear. (Note: I have been using the helmet for almost a year, yet see no such signs.)
  • It might be compatible with most of the helmet speakers, though Lazer has its own set of speakers. (Note: I can’t comment further as I haven’t tested this feature yet. However, I found no signs of strain around my ears even with my Sony MDR-XB30EX earphones plugged in.)
  • The quality of the chin curtain and the nose deflector is also very good, and are flexible and removable as well.
Lazer Bayamo Z-Line Helmet

Internal Paddings (Morpho System Plus)

The not-good:

  • The Black Matt paint is susceptible to scratches (spider-web like), but so is the case with other matte finished helmets.
  • The rubber linings around the eye-port, used in providing a sealed enclosure to the visor, might accidentally tear up over time due to the pressure applied by your hand while wearing/removing the helmet.
  • The absence of a magnetic strap causes the loose end of the micrometric fastener to flap around and slap the side of the helmet, but it could simply be placed alongside the strap inside the speaker port.
  • The visor removal mechanism isn’t subtle. It requires very close attention else you may end up breaking the visor lock.

 

Protection:

The Good:

  • The Lazer Bayamo Z-Line helmet is ECE 22.05.  The homologation along with the model number can be found inside an enclosure on one of the sides of the buckle strap since it has not been printed on the rear of the helmet. (Note: This is acceptable by ECE, and few of the manufacturers have done so with some of their helmets. To know more about the safety ratings, click here.)

(Note: There are no other safety ratings available for Bayamo. However, most of the Lazer helmets are backed by a 4 or 5-star SHARP rating, but they all fall under the very expensive category. As per me, considering the quality of the helmet being very good plus the craftsmanship of Lazer engineering, I hardly have any doubt regarding the protection level it offers. To know more about the testing process of Lazer helmets, click here.)

  • As per Lazer, it has implemented the I.M.A.C (Impact Modified Alloy Composite) technology in case of Techno-polymer injected shells to meet and exceed most safety standards requirements, yet providing lighter shells. This technology has been developed by Lazer itself.
  • Lazer uses a SuperSkin technology which functions similar to the scalp of the human head and limits the rotational movement of the helmet on the head in case of an impact, thus preventing “rotational injury”. This technology has also been developed by Lazer itself. (Note: To know more about the SuperSkin technology, click here.)
  • Similar to the outer shell, the inner shell is also made up of EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) for extended impact absorption. (Note: To know more about the EPS feature, click here.)
  • The Bayamo uses a micrometric buckle system that I have found to be very secure, and yet easy to release while wearing riding gloves. However, the race-spec Double-D ring retention mechanism is more secure in comparison and given the price range, I expect Lazer to provide this feature as an option in future Bayamo models.
  • The Bayamo uses a wide and broad visor which improves the overall visibility, which according to me is highly important since most of the accidents occur due to a narrow-shaped visor that limits visibility on either side.

The not-good:

  • Lazer should have provided some kind of reflective detailing on the helmet for night riding, considering the matt black paint. Not a major issue though, as you can find alternatives for these online.

 

Comfort and Fit:

The Good:

  • Despite the Lazer Bayamo Z-Line weighing in at around 1550g, it feels very light due to its balanced weight distribution, which is simply a fine example of Lazer Engineering. Wearing the helmet for more than 2 hours continuously didn’t develop any kind of strain around the neck region.
  • It’s not an extremely snug-fit helmet as in the case of other helmets I have tested so far, but snug enough to prevent any kind of movement on the head in case of an impact. And, yet no buffeting is observed even at speeds greater than 140 KPH.
  • The cheek and the head pads are extremely comfortable and provide a plush feeling to the skin, thereby causing no irritation even while wearing the helmet for long hours.
  • Due to ample space around the speaker pockets, no strain around the ear regions was observed even after wearing the helmet for many hours.
  • For riders with eye-glasses (take me for instance), it suits perfectly without causing any trouble. You may even wear thicker frames without any issue.

The not-good:

  • None

 

Ventilation and Weather Compatibility:

The Good:

  • With two top front vents, one chin vent, two mini vents on the either side and two top rear vents, the ventilation is top notch providing a steady flow of air all around that is really useful on a hot day. This helps in preventing the cheek pads from getting damp due to sweating.
  • The design of the vents is such that even in dusty conditions, very low amount of dust gets accumulated. I haven’t yet observed any small insects getting stuck inside these vents.
  • The default visor is pinlock ready, which helps in preventing fogging of the visor. However, the pinlock inserts need to be purchased separately.
  • No rain water seeps in through the eye port gasket, and no leakage was observed through the vents while they were closed.
  • Even in cold weather conditions (around 8 degrees Celsius) and with the vents closed, the inside of the helmet remains quite warm. This is quite surprising considering the ample ventilation it provides. The neck roll does a good job in preventing cold air seeping through.

(Note: While riding at high speeds in such conditions, it’s always advisable to wear either a neck warmer or a balaclava because no matter what, the cold air will always seep in through (mostly from the bottom of the helmet) while riding at high speeds.)

  • The chin-curtain and the neck roll help in preventing dust particles to enter from the bottom of the helmet.

The not-good:

  • Despite the presence of a chin curtain, cold air still seeps in, mostly while riding at high speeds.
  • No pinlock inserts are provided by default. Due to ample ventilation, the visor itself does the job of anti-fogging. However, in cold weather conditions, the visor eventually gets fogged up while riding at low speeds.

Noise Suppression:

The Good:

  • The helmet does a good job in suppressing vehicle engine noise, but mostly due to the factor as stated below.

The not-good:

  • Considering the ample ventilation and the space around the speaker ports, it shouldn’t be surprising that it fails wind noise suppression terribly. The wind noise gets so loud at above 100KPH that you can barely hear anything else. So, using an ear-plug is highly recommended.

 

Official Size Chart for Lazer Bayamo:

Size Chart

 

 

 

 

Verdict:

Being an entry-level helmet from Lazer, the Lazer Bayamo Z-Line can be considered among the top mid-range priced helmets, providing optimal protection. The build quality is simply top notch, and so is the case with the internal paddings, which is not often found in helmets at this price range. It’s a good thing that its price has come down, and considering the 5-year warranty, it’s definitely a catch, ignoring those few minor issues.

Additional Information: Some of the Lazer helmets are used by the riders in MotoGP Championship. Do head out to the SHARP website to know more about the safety ratings of its other helmets.

 

Where to buy Lazer helmets in India:

Outdoor Travel Gear is the sole importer of Lazer helmets in India. The list of its authorized stores in can be found here.

 

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Please feel free to comment in case of any discrepancies in the review. I’d also like to add that the comfort and fitting factors may vary from person to person. I’d suggest any rider to first try out the helmet at the store, wear it for more than 20 minutes, check for pressure points and only if you feel comfortable, go ahead with that helmet. Not all helmets have the same fittings for a particular size. And do make sure to always wear a helmet no matter how far you ride.

Pros

  • Excellent Quality
  • ECE certified
  • SuperSkin technology
  • Comfortable with good ventilation

Cons

  • Inadequate Noise Suppression
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Sid Dash

Previously working as a software engineer, Sid Dash is an avid biker and PC gaming enthusiast. He also has an unfathomable interest towards science and technology. Through Moto Gear Advisor, he wishes to share his unbiased opinion about riding gear and accessories amongst all fellow riders.

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  • Mukesh

    HI, I found this helmet for a good deal of Rs.6800.. Do you think it is still worth it comparing the alternatives (MT Helmets) available right now in the market?..

    • http://motogearadvisor.com/ Suraj Patil

      Definitely better that MT helmets

  • Erikas Alechnovič

    It’s interesting that you have found this helmet to be a quality product, as my experience is totally opposite. Maybe I was unlucky and got total lemon. Anyway, after riding half a season in this helmet since purchase, my visor broke down right at the hinges (where it is the narrowest). The seller gave me a brand new visor free of charge as a replacement. I thought all was good from now on… But only after one week of using it, a piece of plastic handle that raises and lowers the sun visor broke down.. Huge wind noise started apearing at speed if I turned my head to the right. OK, I continued riding anyway. After only one more month, this new replacement visor has snapped again in the same place – at the hinges, as I opened it a little bit to let more fresh air inside. That was not funny any more. If these visors costed only a 1 euro per piece, then I would buy a whole bunch of them and would change them every month or so as they crack, but they don’t cost that cheap. Haven’t had any experience with other Lazer products, but Lazer Bayamo is a total waste of money. Also a lot of windnoise at speed even when not broken, which would be excusable for a budger helmet. But constantly cracking visors are unexcusable for any price level helmets. Would not recommend to anyone, unless they costed 20 bucks or lower.