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The Limar 778 Superlight Road Helmet is an incredibly light, low-profile helmet at a very good price. However, it could do with a more secure cradle and I'd like to be able to remove the bug netting.
Limar isn't an especially well known brand in the UK, but with its current sponsorship of the Astana team, its profile is growing.
As you might imagine from the name, one of the helmet's key selling points is that it's very light – phenomenally so – at 200g. To put it into perspective, the Lazer Z1 (238g), Giro Synthe (223g) and Poc Octal all cost twice as much, and even the Octal, one of the lightest helmets around, is still 4g heavier. That is seriously impressive, especially for a helmet that costs under £100.
Much of this weight saving comes from the 'Monoshell In-mould - Superlight technology' that Limar has used. Despite its very low weight it still feels sturdy and gives you the confidence that it's likely to keep your head intact during a crash (plus the helmet meets EN European standards).
Ventilation is taken care of by 24 vents, with the front eight each having mesh inside. Ventilation is okay, but given that it's designed as a low-profile helmet, the channels are fairly shallow so there isn't a huge amount of air movement. It would also be handy to be able to remove the mesh in the vents if you wanted to, but that's not an option.
Fit is decent, with a fairly standard cradle and dial system that tightens from the back. It works well but it would be good to have a cradle that could be set to one position; with this design it moves when touched, so needs to be adjusted every time you put it on. This is just a case of pulling it down or up to fit, but is still something that could be easily remedied. The helmet also comes with a small safety light on the back of the dial; it isn't going to be bright enough by itself on a dark night, but is a useful aid to being seen.
The helmet sits on the head nicely with a very low profile. It is pretty small too, so it doesn't cover as much of the head as others that come down further and sit higher off the head. It does cover the most important areas though and has all the safety certification you would expect on a performance road helmet and Limar tell us offers, "full protection for forward, backward and rotational sideways impacts”, so should offer a decent amount of protection in a crash.
The straps are a good thickness and I didn't have any issues with twisting throughout the review period. There is also a padded sheath to protect your chin, which adds to the comfort and stops any chafing. High-vis strips running down the straps also help with visibility in low light.
Inside, Limar has used decent anti-bacterial pads throughout, although it would be nice to have them stretch a little further back, as given the low profile of the helmet you can feel the hard foam on your crown.
I've already mentioned how well the Limar compares on weight with other much more expensive helmets, emphasising just what good value it is at £89.99 for the lightest helmet I've ever used.
Overall, this is a decent helmet with a genuinely impressive weight, but there are a few things I'd like to see in the next version – namely, being able to remove the mesh, more pads, and a cradle system you can fix in place.
Genuinely impressive weight for the price, but a few tweaks would make it better overall
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Limar 778 Superlight Road Helmet
Size tested: 52-57cm
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
A lightweight, high-performance helmet at a price that won't break the bank.
Limar says: 'It is lightweight, compact and nicely shaped because of the slick fit design and Superlight technology. It delivers also durability and safety thanks to its Monoshell In-mould technology, while keeping you comfy and fresh with its Competition+ Fit-System and 24 air vents'
I would broadly agree with this description.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Limar lists these features:
Universal safety light
Technology: Monoshell In-mould - Superlight technology
Air vents: Superior ventilation with 24 air vents
Sizing system: Competition+ Fit-System with height adjustment
Design: Slick Fit
Pads: Antibacterial pads
Bug Net: Yes
Well made, lightweight and feels like it would take an impact.
Very light on the head and relatively comfortable.
A genuine standout weight for a helmet under £100, or even under £200 for that matter.
Straps and pads that are there are good, but could do with a few more towards the back of the helmet.
Sub-£100 for a helmet this light is great value.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed well, ventilation was okay, fit was good, and thanks to the weight you could almost forget it was there.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The weight is genuinely impressive.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The inability to remove the netting.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
A featherweight helmet that comes in under £100 is genuinely impressive, but it loses points because of the non-removable netting and mediocre ventilation.
About the tester
I usually ride: Mercian King of Mercia or Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.