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Verdict: 
Genuinely impressive weight for the price, but a few tweaks would make it better overall
Weight: 
200g
Limar 778 Superlight Road Helmet
7 10

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.

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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).

Limar 778 Superlight Road Helmet - side.jpg

Limar 778 Superlight Road Helmet - side.jpg

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.

Limar 778 Superlight Road Helmet - back.jpg

Limar 778 Superlight Road Helmet - back.jpg

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.

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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.

Limar 778 Superlight Road Helmet - inside.jpg

Limar 778 Superlight Road Helmet - inside.jpg

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.

Verdict

Genuinely impressive weight for the price, but a few tweaks would make it better overall

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

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Well made, lightweight and feels like it would take an impact.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Very light on the head and relatively comfortable.

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

A genuine standout weight for a helmet under £100, or even under £200 for that matter.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
6/10

Straps and pads that are there are good, but could do with a few more towards the back of the helmet.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

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.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 29  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

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 spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc. 

When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.  

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Morgoth985 [99 posts] 5 months ago
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Cant you just cut the mesh out?

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StraelGuy [1095 posts] 5 months ago
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I wish my helmet had mesh, I got bit on the head by either a horse fly or a bee that got in through a helmet vent last autumn. It was really painful for about 10 days afterwards indecision.

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The _Kaner [1147 posts] 5 months ago
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some should have full face mesh...I got stung on the lip by a little bugger...went mental on me and actually stung me twice

 

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Sevenfold [82 posts] 5 months ago
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I have one of these (purchased from Germany when the £:€ exchange rate was a lot better - I think it cost under £40 at the time).  I agree with guyrwood - I chose it BECAUSE it has bug mesh but it does have issues. Wind noise is greater than with my other helmet (now relegated to the bin after it did it's job last December!) plus the straps do not stay put & need regular tightening. Fit is good & I have not had the cradle issues mentioned elsewhere. Would I buy another one - probably not.

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George Hill [24 posts] 5 months ago
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To clear things up with the mesh - having a helmet with mesh isn't a negative, but have the ability to remove it when needed is key. For instance, the Rudy Project Racemaster I reviewed a few months ago had mesh as part of the pads, which could then be replaced - http://road.cc/content/review/220026-rudy-project-racemaster-helmet

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The _Kaner [1147 posts] 5 months ago
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yep. Nice to be able to remove the mesh and clean out all the debris...
also nice to have a spare set of pads sans mesh for when you don't need it

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RoboRider21 [26 posts] 4 months ago
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I have the top of the range Limar Ultralight + which also has the bug mesh built in.

Having been a victim of a bee sting while out riding I looked at the permanent sturdy mesh as a big plus point with my purchase.

I saw the 778 superlight at the Ride London Show and agree with the tester as far as the low cost for such a light helmet, I was surprised that is only 30g heavier than my Ultralight + that is the lightest helmet in the world.

I think marking it down for permanent mesh is a bit harsh, I would have thought a mark down would be for having no mesh at all.