A time trial helmet with several little features that every helmet should have.
The earpiece section of the helmet to come a little further forward and down for more coverage and comfort (and for that matter, better looks).
This helmet is a step ahead of the competition in several key areas that make you wonder, "why doesn't every helmet have this?"
We met up with the Lazer folks at Interbike to see some of their helmets. To be honest, we had heard of Lazer, but not necessarily paid much attention to their helmets. It would make sense that we had heard of them since they have been making cycling helmets since 1919! After testing out the Lazer Tardiz, we were amazed at the thought that has gone into this helmet. Lazer has moved past the simple process of making a Time Trial helmet and focused on how they can make a Time Trial helmet easy to use and wear.
The Lazer Tardiz arrived in a nice and fancy box that makes you feel like you have something nice even before you actually see the helmet.
We received the Tardiz in the white color scheme, but they have an array of colors to choose from that are all, for the most part, pretty nice looking.
A view from the side. You can see the two mold construction. The 1st mold is the smooth part and the majority of the helmet that surrounds your head. The 2nd mold is the dimpled tail that makes the helmet more aero for the time trial head down position.
The 3 large vents on the front of the helmet provide ample air flow.
A view from the top that shows some of the features we will touch on later in the review.
The view of the tail section of the helmet allows you to see the large rear vent where the airflow can exit. It is actually split between this large vent and the bottom of the tail section. Needless to say, airflow is not a problem with the Tardiz.
The first unique feature of the Tardiz is the Rollsys closure system. Adjusting your time trial helmet on the fly is something we had accepted as "not possible" because it usually isn't an option. That is unless you have a Tardiz. The helmet features a nice dial on top of the helmet that is very easy to get to, allowing you to adjust while riding. You can see this below with Lazer's very clever "Turn Me On" label.
The above graphic from Lazer shows how the Rollsys technology adjusts the fit of the helmet to be adjusted symmetrically, which in turn eliminates any pressure points on the band of the helmet. We found this to be true for the helmet. It is very comfortable and very easy to adjust.
Below is a view from the inside of the helmet where you can see the adjustment straps that are attached to the thumb wheel for adjustment.
While we are on the subject of comfort, we would like to mention one item. The earpieces of this helmet have a couple of extruding pieces (seen below) that are intended (we think) for a snug fit. We have rather thin faces and found this to still be a little too snug for our liking. However, if the earpiece sections were a little larger allowing them to come down further around the ears and face, this problem would probably be solved.
The helmet seems, and looks, like it fits "high" on your head. It actually doesn't, but because the earpieces are what we believe to be too small, it has this appearance. If the earpiece sections were larger and came further down and forward, we feel the helmet would be more comfortable and have a more appealing overall appearance (well, as much as a time trial helmet can have).
Next up is what we feel is the most genius feature ever for a triathlon time trial helmet. How many times have you struggled rushing and buckling your helmet strap in T1. Everyone remembers the year Macca struggled with his in T1 at Kona costing him precious time. Well, thanks to the Magic Buckle on the Tardiz, you won't ever have to worry about buckling your helmet again. (sorry if this sounds like an informercial, but the feature is that cool)
You simply get the buckles within magnetic reach and they instantly snap together. Once they snap, they are securely locked providing you a safely strapped helmet. When it comes time to remove the helmet, they simply unsnap.
The buckle snapped together.
The buckle below before it snaps itself together.
Sometimes it's the little things that make a product great. We feel that this feature puts this helmet one step ahead of the competition.
Once again Lazer adds another brilliant feature to this helmet. The main complaint you hear about time trial helmets for long distance triathlons is the temperature issue of overheating. With a normal helmet you have plenty of vents and if you are still hot, it is no problem to dump a bottle of water on your head. You try that with most aero helmets and you are out of luck as they are all smooth and sealed up for maximum "aeroness". Well, enter the Aquavent. This allows you to have the best of both worlds.
You can see the black rubber plug on top of the Tardiz below.
So, when you do get extra hot during the bike leg, simply remove the plug and dump water in the Aquavent. It goes through the opening to the Perfopad that distributes the liquid evenly on your head allowing for maximum cooling. We suggest just leaving the plug out if you plan on using this as it can be a tad hard to get in and out while riding. It also has a tendency to fall out easily.
A good view of the Perfopad below that allows the water to be distributed evenly on your head.
The Tardiz weighs in at 395g, which is relatively light. We prefer time trial helmets to fall below the 350g mark, but hey, we can't have everything.
TriBomb Bottom Line
A sufficiently aero entry in the TT helmet market. The Tardiz has some of the most ingenious, non-gimmicky features that we've seen on any helmet to date.