As one of the world’s oldest helmet manufacturers, Lazer prides themselves on making not just mere helmets, but rather “brain protection” with “an excellent synergy between design, comfort, safety and technology.” From the outside in, Lazer’s passion for perfection is clearly demonstrated in their P’Nut and Nut’z kids helmets. The P’Nut (for kids with head circumference 17.88″-19.69″) and the Nut’z (19.69″-21.67″) each come in two different models, the standard non-MIPS and the MIPS. Helmets that incorporate MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) are arguably the safest helmets on the market and have shown to decrease brain injury by 30%. As shown in the video below, the standard helmet is designed to protect the brain from direct impacts (hitting the ground with a strictly downward motion), while the MIPS helmets are engineered to protect against multi-directional impacts (hitting the ground while in a forward, downward motion).
**The P’Nut MIPS is currently not available in the US, but will be shortly. The Nut’z MIPS is still available at multiple retailers.**
Lazer’s Nut’z and P’Nut helmets are the only kids helmets that offer the MIPS system. MIPS models run about $20 more than the standard, non-MIPS models. Besides the MIPS inner cage, the MIPS and non-MIPS models are essentially identical.
Adhering to their higher safety standards, all Nut’z and P’Nut models, are built with in-mold construction. While the standard in-mold construction increases the durability of the helmet, it also leaves the foam core beneath the helmet exposed. Lazer saw this as an opportunity for improvement and expanded their plastic shell to fully encompass the exposed foam on the bottom brim of the helmet. While the plastic shell doesn’t directly increase the safety of the helmet, it does so indirectly by protecting the foam core from damaging punctures and dents.
**The current Nut’z and P’Nutz models have exposed foam on the bottom like the Uvex**
Lazer’s Autofit system also stands out amongst competitors. Consisting of a tension wire in plastic housing, the system eliminates the need for an adjustment dial by automatically conforming to a child’s head, thereby creating a custom, precise fit with every use. Seeing that kids and/or parents often don’t take the time to properly adjust a child’s helmet, the Autofit system comes standards in all Nut’z and P’Nut models. While the Autofit system automatically adjusts the inner plastic housing of the helmet, it is important to note that the first time the helmet is worn, parents will be required to manually adjust the chin straps and side-ear sliders to ensure the straps are properly in place.
In order to work properly, the wire housing must be clipped into the plastic clips on the helmet. These clips attached the plastic housing of the helmet to the tension system.
In addition to the Autofit system, Lazer’s magnetic buckle allows kids to easily and accurately put on their own helmet (as demonstrated by the three-year-old below).
**The latest model of the Nut’z and P’Nutz helmets do not include a magnetic buckle**
While we generally loved the Autofit system, we did find it problematic on girls with long, loose hair. During use, the Autofit system seemed slide the helmet up along the loose hair causing the helmet to become out-of-place within minutes. Once the hair was tied back, the helmet moved slightly, but remained in a safe position on the head. Due to these findings, the Lazer helmet are only a top pick for boys, not girls.
For young riders with a head circumference (HC) of 17.88″-19.69″, Lazer’s designed their smaller P’Nut model with the reluctant child in mind. Along with eight bright and colorful design options, nine different Crazy Nutshells are available. The Nutshell is a plastic cap that snaps on and off the helmet that not only personalizes the helmet, but also protects against rain and wind. The one complaint our testers had about the Crazy Nutshells were that they were not available on the larger Nut’z model. In fact, as a word of caution, be sure to measure your child’s head before ordering the helmets, as the P’Nut is rather small and did not fit many of our two and three-year-old testers.
P’Nut and Nutz MIPS models are hands-down the safest kids helmets on the market. When purchasing a MIPS model be sure that it is clearly listed as a MIPS model in the product description as the non-MIPS and MIPS models are otherwise identical. The P’Nut MIPS is only available in white (hard to find!) and the the Nut’z MIPS is only available in black, white, “Race Red” and “Race Green”. Compared to other non-MIPS helmets, the standard P’Nut and Nut’z models are top performers as well. So with exception to the issue with the Autofit system and long hair, if you are looking for a durable, worry-free helmet, the Nut’z and P’Nutz models are a top pick.
Where to Purchase (US)
P’Nut: The P’Nut is available in MIPS and non-MIPS on Amazon.
Where to Purchase (Europe)
FTC Dislcosure: Two Wheeling Tots received all the helmets shown from Lazer to help faciliate this review. No monetary compensation was provided and Two Wheeling Tots is not an affiliate of Lazer, but is an affiliate of Amazon.