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Verdict: 
This is a great budget commuting helmet with masses of built-in safety, beyond the simple job of protecting your head
Weight: 
299g
Endura Luminite Helmet
8 10

Lots of commuters have taken to securing an extra red light to the backs of their helmets, but here's one that does the job for you. I'm sure Endura will sell loads of these Luminite lids – and quite rightly too.

For the price, this is a well-thought-out and well-made helmet. As it should be, the emphasis is on safety, but as much to ensure you stay on your bike as to protect your turnip in the event of an accident.

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So, the Luminite comes in two flavours of high-vis (yellow or green) and these are also covered with plenty of reflective patches, as is the black model. The integrated light clips securely in a special channel on the top of the lid and is usefully bright, though quite directional – I found that it tended to point rather skyward when I was riding. However, Endura doesn't advise this as your main light, and as an additional safety aid it is more than adequate. Also, did I imagine it, or were drivers giving me a wider berth when I was wearing it? If so, that's worth the price by itself.

Endura Luminite Helmet - back.jpg

Endura Luminite Helmet - back.jpg

The battery life, in the slow flash mode, is colossal and should easily see you through a couple of weeks' commuting without a charge. I got bored waiting for it to go flat. There's also a migraine-inducing fast flash and a constant setting.

The light plugs directly into a USB port for charging and the plug is well sealed. On top of the helmet, out of the way of muck and spray, it should prove resilient. Endura says replacement units can be bought separately.

The fit, as ever with helmets, is critical but also down to the shape of your bonce. I have a narrow, pointy head (Somerset born and bred), which tends to fall between sizes. The Luminite comes in three overlapping sizes. I tried the med/large which should fit up to 59cm heads (that's me) and I found plenty of extra adjustment for my head. When wearing a skullcap I had to set the adjustment to maximum but it still fitted.

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My wife tried this helmet too, with her smaller, rounder head, and also found it comfortable. There's also some useful vertical size adjustment. The strap system is simple but secure and didn't tend to tangle or twist.

In use, I found the peak intrusive on the road bike. This can be removed, but to my eyes the helmet doesn't look great without it and it leaves three holes around the forehead. It's good for less stretched-out riding, though, for commuting and casual riding on more upright bikes, as well as mountain biking.

Verdict

This is a great budget commuting helmet with masses of built-in safety, beyond the simple job of protecting your head

road.cc test report

Make and model: Endura Luminite Helmet

Size tested: Medium/Large, Hi-Viz Green

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?

Endura says: "The Endura Luminite Helmet gives you highly visible protection with a handy USB rechargeable LED rear light with 3 different flash settings and 360 degree safety reflective print." which sums this lid up neatly.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

One-hand micro-adjustment and 3 position vertical adjustment for personalised fit

Anti-bacterial, fast wicking, removable padding

Compact chin strap with twin strap dividers

Integrated bug net

Removable visor

Certified to CE standard EN1078:2012 + A1:2012. Covered by Endura's Crash Replacement Policy and Endura Product Guarantee

Available in Hi Viz Green or Yellow; also in black.

USB rechargeable LED light with 3 different flash settings and emblazoned with high visibility 360 degree safety reflective

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

This is a tidy enough helmet for the money with no rough edges.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Short of falling off and banging my head, the main points I can make about performance is that the helmet fitted well, was comfortable and highly visible. The rear light does tend to point upwards rather than at the following traffic, particularly if you are riding low in the drops.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10

At 299g, including the light, it was not uncomfortably heavy in use and felt well balanced.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10

As with any helmet, try before you buy but this suited my (narrow) head. I also gave this to my wife to try and she found it comfortable too, which suggests it could fit a good range of heads.

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

For well under £50 and with a built-in light, it's on the money.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Highly visible, with bright colours and plenty of reflective material. The light seems sturdy and useful. Comfortable in use. The peak can be removed if you prefer.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good price, good fit, secure and adjustable strap system. High visibility, built-in light.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The peak gets in the way on road rides but I prefer the look of the helmet with it.

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

As a commuting lid, or for a bit of night-time off-road action, this is spot on. As an out-and-out road helmet it comes up a bit short.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 50  Height: 6'2  Weight: 73kg and rising

I usually ride: Cannondale CAAD10   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking