This low-profile lid from Limar is extremely lightweight – 187g, to be precise. That’s even lighter than the manufacturer’s claimed 200g for the large size, and safely inside the ‘so light you can barely feel it’ range. Your highest priority might not be to trim off grams when it comes to protecting your head, but the 104 passes all the safety regs, so who are we to argue?
With a retention device that encircles the whole of your head, the Limar fitted everyone we asked to wear it, although try before you buy to be on the safe side. It doesn’t reach quite as far down the back of your head as some, but it’s hinged so you can position it comfortably and tightness is easily adjusted via a dial at the back. Adjusting the straps is simple enough too with little cam-lock levers that don’t shift once you have them in place. The whole thing is secure although we didn’t find that it cradled the head as well as a Giro, say – that’s all going to come down to the individual fit so, as we said, you’re best trying it on for size.
The Coolmax padding is adequate rather than plush but we never felt we were being short-changed on comfort and it’s easy to take out for washing. The vents funnel plenty of cool air in to stop you overheating while mesh netting in the front ones stops wasps and other baddies getting in your barnet.
As for build-quality - no real problems, although the writing is made up of stickers that sit on the outside of the shell so it's quite easy to catch a corner accidentally.
Very lightweight lid with good ventilation and easy adjustment
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Make and model: Limar Pro 104 Ultralight
Size tested: L
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, it's a comfortable helmet
Would you consider buying the product? I prefer something that reaches a touch lower down the back of the head
Would you recommend the product to a friend? To someone obsessed with weight
Age: 36 Height: 184cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.