We ex­am­ine the world’s light­est hel­met on the road

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

As the name sug­gests, the Limar Ultralight+ feels al­most weight­less, and claims to be the light­est bike hel­met in the world. The size medium is 175g, and with 22 vents it does a fan­tas­tic job of keep­ing your head cool when putting in max ef­forts.

When you first put the Ultralight+ on it does feel high on your head, but as soon as you’re away it hardly feels like you’re wear­ing a hel­met at all. The in­ner an­tibac­te­rial pad­ding pro­vides a nice, soft cra­dle with­out hold­ing too much mois­ture so it’s al­ways dry for your next ride.

It has a re­mov­able vi­sor for po­ten­tial off-road use and hand­ily a de­tach­able rear light that fits over the re­ten­tion dial; not a re­place­ment for your rear light in the dark, but a nice day light for ex­tra vis­i­bil­ity.

The dial it­self is size­able and easy to ad­just on the fly. A bug net cov­ers the front seven vents, which did a fine job on my ru­ral train­ing rides, and the pad­ding both in­side and on the chin­strap is com­fort­able.

If you have any con­cerns about the pro­tec­tion of­fered by such a light lid, it’s good to know that the Ultralight+ has, of course, passed Euro­pean safety stan­dards, plus the tougher Aus­tralian and US marks.

One thing we’ve no­ticed is that aes­thet­i­cally the ma­te­rial can scuff eas­ily, and the hel­met is show­ing some signs of wear af­ter three months of daily use com­mut­ing and train­ing.

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