Highest quality and a sure fit every time, Lazer's Autofit system and durable build make the P'Nut a winner in our book.
BEST FOR: best for
SIZE: 46 – 50 cm
ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM:Auto Adjust
46 – 50 cm
In-mold (most durable)
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Child (18 mo. – 4 yr.)
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Pros & Cons
- Durable, in-mold foam core is completely covered and protected by outer plastic shell
- Optional MIPS technology makes it one of the safest helmets on the market
- Incredibly precise fit - unique autofit system eliminates the need for an adjustment dial by automatically conforming to a child’s head
- Magnetic, non-pinch buckle is easy for kids to use
- Auto-fit system doesn’t work well with loose, long hair (tied back is fine!)
- A bit pricey
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.
MIPS Safety System
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 Lazer’s video, 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). 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.
Construction & Durability
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.
Lazer’s Durable In-mold Construction
Autofit Adjustment System
Lazer’s Autofit system also stands out amongst competitors. Consisting of a tension wire in a 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.
Lazer’s Autofit Adjustment System
When using the Autofit system it is also important to ensure the wire housing is clipped into the plastic clips on the helmet. On newer models of the helmet, the housing is glued into place, but on older versions, the housing can out of the clip.
The Lazer Nutz and P’Nuts come standard with Fidlock magnetic buckle. To prevent pinching, Fidlock magnetic buckles slide, versus clip into place. Once the sliding motion is learned, kids of all ages generally have a much easier time buckling and unbuckling their helmets as compared to traditional buckles.
While we generally loved the Autofit system, we did find it problematic on girls with long, loose hair. During use, the Autofit system seemed to 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 is only a top pick for boys, not girls.
Autofit System Problematic with Long Hair
Crazy Nut Shell for P’Nut & Nut’z
To help personalize their helmets, Lazer offers Nut Shell decorative plastic caps that easily snaps on and off the P’Nutzand Nut’z helmets. In addition to personalizing, the Nut Shells also help to protect against rain and wind.
P’Nut and Nutz MIPS models are one of the safest 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. 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.