Giro claim their new Prolight lid is the lightest road race helmet in the world at 175g for the medium model.
Weighing in at a claimed 5g less than Limar’s Pro 104 helmet, the Prolight will make it’s race debut atop the head of riders from the likes of Astana, Rabobank and Garmin in this Friday’s (10 July) seventh stage of the Tour de France.
Prolight was the name given to the company’s first all-EPS foam adult helmet created by Giro founder Jim Gentes in 1986, and worn by Tour legend Greg Lemond in subsequent years.
Giro claim the updated Prolight is as groundbreaking as the first iteration, with the traditional plastic retention system being replaced by a new RocLoc SL fit system – essentially a lightweight piece of elastic webbing.
Other highlights include 25 vents, a new injection-moulded webbing retainer and updated padding.
Price is unconfirmed, but the helmet will be available to mere mortals early in 2010.