Limar 104 Pro helmet £69.99
When Limar introduced the new 104 model, which at under 200 grams for their SM/MD size was claimed to be the lightest on the market, it caught my attention.
Now helmets are a very personal choice, not so much interms of size as most modern helmets from the popular manufactures are very adjustable, but in shape. Some are more round than others, for example. This is one reason why a good bike shop will offer a choice of manufacturer and why I would always recommend you try before you buy. The shape of the Limar 104 Pro fitted me very well, with no uncomfortable pressure points. I could also use the dial on the retention system to obtain the desired size, so it suited me personally in both comfort and fit.
One reason I found it comfortable is that the retention system is not positioned as low as with some manufacturers. The system is not only used to adjust size but helps to stop the helmet rotating backwards. I find that some retention systems, if set low, can dig into the back of my head. but not this one. The downside, of course, is that it will not be quite as secure, although I felt it was more than adequate for my liking. Cycle helmets are normally about compromise; if uncomfortable or too hot, most riders would not bother wearing them, after all if it was purely about protection we would all be wearing full face motorbike helmets. [Maybe not – ed.]
Having 22 vents, some quite large, I would expect the 104 Pro to be cool enough for hot summer days. At this time of year, I use an under helmet cap to keep me warm. I personally quite like the styling of this helmet. Some I have owned are a bit aero styled for my liking. The Limar strikes just the right balance, as does the price. £63.99 for a helmet this light and this well ventilated makes it extremely competitive. If I had to find anything negative then I could mention I noticed that the chin strap adjusters slip a bit easier than they do on some lids I have used, although all this means is that they need readjusting a bit more often. I like to cinch the adjusters located just under each ear quite high and tight as I feel this helps to secure the helmet better than if I have them set lower.
Now, I would not go as far as saying I enjoy wearing it, but of all the cycle helmets I have ever used this has been the one I am the least reluctant to put on. As such, it is my favourite and will be until such time that one comes along that can make me look gorgeous and have special powers to stop me coming off in the first place. If I am honest, I am not expecting delivery of that one any time soon.