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A great option for commuters and entry level female cyclists, the Lazer Amy might not be the most attractive looking, low profile helmet on the market but it is comfy, well ventilated, has two way adjustment and is certainly not going to weigh you down.
Lazer are doing a great job of producing helmets for the growing numbers of women getting on bikes. Our heads are not hugely different to men's (in shape I hasten to add), but it is good to have a choice of colours that set us apart a little. That, and potentially space to accommodate a ponytail if you happen to have long hair.
With no less than 14 helmets to choose from in their Moi collection, Lazer really have thought about every kind of rider. If you head over to their website you may even find one named after you. The Amy model is one of the more basic ones in the range, a step or two below the recently reviewed Elle, it is targeted at those just getting into the sport. It's perfect for commuting too.
It meets CE, CPSC and AS standards so the most important things after this are ventilation, weight, fit and adjustment, plus the ease of use of the latter.
With 28 well angled vents there was never any danger of overheating. Air flow was good, though it is worth noting that there is no mesh shield or perforated padding over these vents. In warm weather insects may be an issue.
At only 230g (S), the helmet is really light for an entry level model. It does not really have a profile to match. The helmet is bulbous in shape. Personally I am not a huge fan of this but that is just personal preference. It does mean there are no peaks and points that can be potential weak points for the plastic outer shell to come away from the body of a helmet. The colour options include a bold matte blue, a loud coral and a slightly more understated bordeaux gradient (as pictured).
There are two ways of adjusting the internal cradle. The rear part can be moved up and down on a sliding notch. It took me some time to get this to actually budge, but when I did it was well worth it. It meant that the basket sat further inside the helmet and space was created for a ponytail (more so that with the Lazer Elle).
The photo here shows it at a lower setting, with not as much space at the nape of the neck, but the cradle will slide right into the helmet shell, leaving just the dial exposed in the rear groove.
Once this part of the cradle has been adjusted the dial is then used to tighten it around your head. Lazer call it the TS+ System, and say that 'a quick turn of the dial ... creates a snug, yet comfortable fit that keeps the helmet where it should be'. It really did feel secure on the head without pinching or rubbing in any one place.
The straps are really easy to adjust with no clipping or threading required, just a firm pull through the eyelets. The dial could not be simpler to use. Minor adjustments while riding are no problem and loosening it to take the helmet off is handy. Hair getting tangled in the dial is not an issue.
The interior padding is minimal, a bit more would not go amiss. The velcro patches used to attach the padding are tiny too. I suspect that if you regularly remove the pads to wash them you may well be creating your own additional Velcro patches at some point.
The Amy is compatible with two optional add-ons by Lazer: an LED taillight that clips on to the thumbwheel of the adjuster dial; and a Cappuccinolock, a combination lock that allows you to secure your helmet to your bike (or something else) by simply clipping it into either end of the lock. I didn't test either of these but can certainly see the appeal.
The Amy helmet is ideal for newcomers to the sport who are not too concerned about the profile of a helmet but are looking for a quality cycling brand and plenty of associated features.
Quality entry level helmet with great features as long as you are not concerned about the bulky profile
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lazer Amy Womens Helmet
Size tested: S/52-56cm
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Lazer tells us that the Amy Women's Helmet 'offers protection, style and comfort for riders who are just getting into cycling. The inconspicuous design of the helmet makes sure it is at home wherever you take it.'
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
In-mould construction used to keep the weight down.
28 vents provide ventilation and comfort while riding.
TS+ Turnfit System- a dial provides a snug yet comfortable fit that keeps the helmet firmly in place.
CE - CPSC - AS certification.
A solid helmet that naturally meets required standards.
Good ventilation. A light helmet that sat securely on the head.
The body of the helmet is very solid. The dial feels and looks sturdy. Straps have been over sewn to prevent fraying. The interior pads will not last a life time.
Excellent for an entry level helmet.
Interior pads are minimal and simply provide a layer between your head and the helmet rather than cushioning. Once the right setting on the vertical adjustment has been achieved this helmet is reasonably comfy.
One of the cheaper female-specific big brand entry level helmets but would be easily beaten by many entry level unisex alternatives available in non-specialist stores.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It does exactly what it says it will: protects your head while offering good ventilation.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The colour that I tested: feminine but not too girly.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The external shaping of the helmet: personal preference thing. Looks like something a child would wear.
Did you enjoy using the product? For commuting and quick trips to the shops, yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Probably not.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly.
Use this box to explain your score
Good quality helmet with plenty of great features to appeal to the entry level female market, but cheaper options available if you are on a budget.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road My best bike is: Carbon road.
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, Getting to grips with off roading too!
Emma’s first encounters with a road bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling.
After a couple of half decent UK road seasons racing for Leisure Lakes, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there and spent two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, then a new Belgian team of primarily developing riders, where there was less pressure, an opportunity to share her experience and help build a whole new team; a nice way to spend her final years of professional racing.
Since retiring Emma has returned to teaching. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. In addition to the daily commute, Emma still enjoys getting out on her road bike and having her legs ripped off on the local club rides and chain gangs. She has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been rare sightings of Emma off-road on a mountain bike…