Limar's stunningly feathery Pro 104 Ultralight may be in the running for its self-proclaimed "World's Lightest Helmet" title at just 170g but up until now, US buyers have been out of luck as it wasn't approved for sale by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
For 2010, Limar has added a new Carbon Pro 104 Ultralight version with a carbon fibre reinforcing plate to lend more structural integrity to the forward vents and to help keep the helmet together during the stringent CPSC testing procedures.
Otherwise, not much else has changed: the high-cut and low profile overall shape is essentially identical, there are the same 22 vents and co-molded mesh netting to keep out bugs, and also a healthy collection of six colours between the visor-equipped mountain bike version and the standard road one.
Weight has gone up a bit but is still plenty light at a claimed 195g for the medium size and 215g for the large.
A handy one-handed retention system out back keeps the Pro 104 Ultralight tightly secured.
If that still sounds too heavy, there is still hope around the corner. According to Limar PR agent Laura Mora, the company expects to earn CPSC certification for its standard – and lighter – Pro 104 Ultralight by the end of the calendar year.
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