LAS Haxial Helmet - tested
This latest design from LAS claims to be “the world's most technically advanced helmet" and certainly seems to live up to it’s reputation. A number of rather impressive and unique features really set the design apart from others on the market.
As the choice of the Raleigh women’s team and male pro-team, Liquigas, this really is a high spec piece of kit. The innovative aluminium upper ventilator assists in more rapid air exchange as well as overall resistance to impacts.
The design is quite overwhelming on first impressions and would probably be the wrong choice for those wishing to remain understated on the bike. I went for the pink model with a chrome ventilator - a blinding combination! There are, however, a range of colours and designs available for those who would prefer a more subtle look.
The Velox Size adjustment system with a single size adjustable from 53 to 61cm allows for vertical adjustment even during use.
Exceptional internal ventilation is ensured by a 23 vent system augmented by the use of the aluminium ventilator. The helmet features a mesh/padded insert made of a single removable and washable piece of transparent CoolMax with Sanitized antibacterial and anti-fungal treatment. This may slightly compromise ventilation on longer and harder rides but has many benefits. It is removable which means you can allow more air flow through the vents but leave it in and the netting feature will prevent any bugs etc from falling through. The rear vents are left open with or without the inner, which allows air to circulate from the back of the head.
On first appearances, the adjustment mechanism at the back looks complex, but once you’ve mastered it, the fit is spot-on. It is worth taking the time to get the adjustments right to get an optimal and comfortable fit. The first time I wore the helmet, it dug in slightly at the back and rubbed at the front, however after a little attention to the straps and rear mechanism the fit is really secure. Also, unlike some designs, it doesn’t loosen at the back as you ride. The only down side for me was that there is no space for a ponytail to easily fit though the back.
One of the best design features, for me, is the streamline and narrow look at the front and the generally svelte appearance of the helmet. What puts me off quite a few designs is that on a petite female head, helmets can often look like they stick out for miles in a 1980’s kid’s helmet kind-of-way. The LAS, however, looks great on a petite face.
- Price: RRP £99.95
- Sizes: One size is adjustable from 53-62
- Colours: Various
- Performance: 9
- Value: 8
- High tech and svelte with great ventilation
- Contact: www.lashelmets.co.uk