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For ninety years, quality and innovation have distinguished Lazer Helmets in addressing the needs of champion road cyclists and mountain bikers. Now, with the Urbanize N' Light, the Belgian company applies some of its signature design details to a helmet for the style-conscious urban rider.

Most anyone with a noggin knows that finding a helmet to protect your head from impact is simple. Finding one that is comfortable and easy on the eyes? Now that's another question. The Urbanize N' Light gets all of these points in spades.

The comfort comes from Lazer's patented Rollsys fit system, which, with the simple dialing of a wheel on the rear of the helmet, allows for a fully customized fit.

Aesthetics aside, I was instantly won over by the Rollsys the first time I put on the helmet. Later, when riding around town, I was further impressed in being able to adjust the tension on the fly without having to mess about with a cumbersome chin strap.

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As for the styling, the Urbanize succeeds where countless others fail, in combining a sense of streamlined motion with modern simplicity. Neither an all-sport style circa 1985, nor an over-ventilated speed gesture, the Urbanize is subtle without being boring.

The final stroke of genius lies in the integrated light system. Situated in the front and rear vents, the LEDs can be easily removed for daytime riding and snapped back into place when the night falls.

The Urbanize N' Light is available for $100 (or $80 without the light system). For a full list of U.S. dealers, click here.

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