Review: The new Lazer Coyote mountain bike helmet

The Coyote is a comfortable, well-ventilated mountain bike helmet with extended rear protection.

DETAILS

  • Fit System: TS+ Turnfit Plus fit system
  • Construction: In-Mold
  • Ventilation: 21 vents
  • Safety Certification: CE – CPSC – AS
  • Sizes: Small, medium and large
  • Weight: 335g (Size M)
  • Colors: Matte black & matte green yellow
  • Availability: Now

Established as a family business in Belgium in 1919, Lazer helmets began as a manufacturer of leather motorcycle helmets. To this day it is based in Antwerp Belgium in the famed Flanders region. Their latest mountain bike helmet, the Coyote, has just landed in South Africa and I have spent a few weeks testing it.

The Coyote is a great all-rounder in that it’s suitable for almost any mountain bike trail. The decently sized fixed visor, extended rear coverage and smooth finish on the outer shell gives the Coyote a high score with the SAFETY and STYLE departments. I like the way the outer shell blends in seamlessly with the EPS foam liner, it is ‘in-molded’ and is without any rough edges. Overall, the construction is both solid and stylish.

The tension adjust dial located at the rear is both easy to reach and distributes the tension load evenly around the head.

The ADJUSTABILITY is through what Lazer calls a ‘Turnfit Plus” system which offers both vertical and horizontal adjustment to ensure an excellent fit for everyone. This 360-degree approach to adjustment provides a consistent and even spacing around the riders head. The Coyote doesn’t feature a lot of padding, but it’s all in the right place and the COMFORT levels are high. A one-piece strip of padding wraps all the way around the forehead keeping sweat off the face. The straps are positioned quite close to the head and creates a snug fit. I never experienced any hotspots or areas of discomfort. The tension adjust dial located at the rear is both easy to reach and distributes the tension load very evenly around the head.

The Coyote weighs 335grams and has 21 large air vents. I found the VENTILATION very good. The sizeable air vents are pretty good at for strapping on lights and action cameras. The longish peak provides good shelter from rain and harsh sunlight. A slightly raised brow area provides ample space for all sizes of eyewear and goggles. The rear of the shell has a slight indent that the goggle strap sits into. If you are climbing with goggles there is enough real estate under the fixed visor to hold the strap in place.

The exhaust vents are key for good ventilation and make this extended protection helmet one of the coolest I have used on hot days. Rear light mounting options are aplenty.

ON THE TRAILS the integrated / fixed visor is a decent size and shields from the rain and glaring sun. Not everyone is a fan of the fixed visor system but I most certainly am – the thing is always in the right position and if there was a crash gnarly enough to snap the visor off then chances are the entire helmet would need replacing anyways. I love fixed visor helmets. In terms of the weight, yes, extended protection helmets carry a couple more grams but even on a long test day with eight hours of filming in Jonkershoek I never felt the extra grams or the need to take the helmet off. It’s one of the more comfortable lids I have used and it just looks right in a XC space as well as in the Trail / Enduro space. Perhaps the most important aspect for me in a helmet is that when I nip up the tension I really want the fit to be super snug. A helmet which shifts, bobs and rolls around the head when on the trails is a helmet worthy of being in the rubbish heap as it is not going to provide much protection. The Coyote ticks all the boxes. Simply superb. For more information.

| IMAGES: Gary Perkin |


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