Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

ASTM DH certified helmet toggles between full face and half shell

Helmets
Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

In full-face mode, this size medium test model weighed a reasonable 700 grams, which is 60 grams less than Bell’s similar Super 3R removable chinbar helmet.

What is it

Lazer’s version of the convertible enduro helmet, the Revolution FF has 23 vents, a five-position breakaway visor, accessory mount, and passes ASTM DH certification. It’s also semi-customizable, with the wearer able to mix and match chinbar and ear cover colors. The main shell and chinbar come stock in black, but you can choose from orange, green, and blue for the visor, safety mount, side cover, ear cover, and chin vent. The helmet with ear covers sells for $130, with the chinbar sold separately for $120.

Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

In full-face mode, it’s a great looking helmet with unique design lines.

Unlike similar helmets such as the Bell Super 3R Mtbr also tested, three screws attach the Revolution FF’s chinbar to helmet, meaning you need a screwdriver or coin to switch between full-face and half-shell mode on the trail. However, you can snap the extended ear covers in place sans tools if you’re looking for more protection, but not a full-face set-up.

Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

Not all will like the half-shell look, but coverage is deep around the head.

The Lazer Revolution FF also has a safety-enhancing accessory mount that’s made from a flexible plastic, decreasing the potential for a snag during an impact. Additionally, Lazer drop tested the helmet with an accessory mounted to assure that it would not intrude the helmet’s outer shell.

Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

There’s plenty of shelf space for goggle storage and the shape of the helmet’s rear helps keep the strap in place.

Weight for Mtbr’s size medium test model was 700 grams in full-face mode, 468 grams with ear covers pictured below, and 420 grams in standard half-shell set-up pictured above.

Pros
  • Functions as full-face and half-shell helmet
  • Passes ASTM DH certification in full-face mode
  • Plays well with goggles in either set-up
  • Five-position breakaway visor
  • Includes removable 2-position accessory mount
  • Well vented front and rear, including chinbar
  • Good looking helmet in DH mode
  • Can mix and match colors for custom look
  • Includes two visors
  • Comparatively light
  • Deep coverage on rear and sides in either mode
  • Wide range of fit adjustment
Cons
  • Tool or coin required to switch from full-face to half-shell
  • Awkward looking in half-shell mode
  • Soft screws easy to strip
  • Chin strap lays awkward in half shell mode
Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

Getting some hang time in the Lazer Revolution FF.

Mtbr’s Take

Yet another entrant into the removable chinbar helmet game, the Lazer Revolution FF was among the first of its genre to pass full ASTM DH certification. In either mode, it’s well ventilated and highly adjustable, the ATS (or advanced turnfit system) delivering 62 clicks of customization. The cradle also has an eight-position height range adjuster, and the X-static padding helps keep funk at a minimum. Mtbr did, however, find that the helmet has a tendency to push down your goggles unless you have the fit adjustment perfectly dialed.

Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

Here’s a side-by-side look at the helmet in all three of its modes.

Other highlights include great goggle strap security and a removable accessory mount that’s designed to break away without damaging rider or helmet. And as mentioned above, you can mix and match chinbar and earpiece colors, which isn’t really our thing but could appeal to other users.

The fit of the helmet is very deep, as though it envelopes your head rather than just sitting on top. That combined with the high amount of adjustability, resulted in a snug but comfortable fit that left us feeling very well protected on the trail.

Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

To toggle from full-face to half-shell you need to remove these three screws, plus three more on the other side of the helmet.

Unlike other helmets in this category, though, three screws (instead of buckles) on each side hold the chinbar in place. That means if you want to toggle between full-face and half-shell mode in the middle of a ride you need to remember to pack a flathead screwdriver or coin (a nickel works best). The switch itself is fairly straightforward, but does take a few minutes versus the seconds it takes to change a Bell Super 3R. The other hitch is that you have to keep track of six small screws and the two clip-in ear pieces that mount on the helmet when you take off the chinbar.

Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

You can also clip on these semi-padded ear covers if you are looking for something in between.

This all begs the question would you use this helmet in both modes on one ride, or is the Lazer Revolution FF better suited to riders looking for one helmet to serve two purposes, but not on the same ride. After a summer’s worth of testing, Mtbr would lean to the later usage. While it’s not hard to carry the necessary equipment to do a mid-ride mode swap (as long as you have a hydration pack), we’re guessing it’s a little more rigmarole than many riders will likely be willing to put up with. Instead, this could be your full-face helmet at the bike park one day, then switch to enduro/all-mountain mode for regular trail rides.

Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

The visor has five positions and is designed to break away in a crash.

But frankly, while we’re fans of this helmet’s stealth look in its full-face configuration, it’s a little too Star Wars X-wing fighter in half-shell mode, never mind with the modular ear covers in place. Bottom line, the Lazer Revolution FF is reasonably priced 2-for-1 helmet, but its look is likely to be polarizing, and swapping between modes takes time, tools, and requires that you keep track of small parts.

Lazer Revolution FF helmet review

The Revolution FF got regular use during summer trips to the bike park.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers
Price: $250 as tested
More Info: www.lazersport.com

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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