Limar launches Air Speed helmet and new S9 and Kona glasses

New lid and lenses unveiled at Taipei Cycle Show

Italian lightweight helmet specialist Limar has a big presence in the peleton, sponsoring ProTour teams Astana, Gazprom-RusVelo and Direct Énergie, as well as Canyon Topeak Factory Racing and Topeak-Ergon outside of the WorldTour.

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Its pro-series Air range consists of the Air Pro, the Air Star with built-in LED light, the Master and our pick of the bunch, the new Air Speed.

The Air Speed is a full-on aero road helmet with large forward-facing vents and huge internal channels running its full length, which Limar claims keep you cool with the efficiency of a standard helmet.

With a claimed weight of 250g (M) and a €189.95 price tag (UK and US prices TBC), this could well be a serious competitor for the aero-lid crown up against the likes of Specialized’s S-Works Evade, Giro’s Vanquish and Kask’s Utopia.

Limar's new Air Speed helmet promises aero and comfort in a lightweight package
Limar’s new Air Speed promises aero and comfort in a lightweight package
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Limar has also expanded its eyewear offering, with two new designs that we think look the business.

The new S9 is a frameless model with a wide-vision oversized shield lens. The nosepiece is made of soft, plyable rubber and the Grilamid TR 90 arms are tipped with soft-touch rubber too.

The lens options — a smoked or flash mirror finish — mean these glasses look far pricier than the modest €69.95 price tag.

Or a rather bling-looking flash mirror lens
The rather bling-looking flash mirror lens on the S9
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The second glass is the new Kona, which, like Scott’s re-edition and 100%’s whole line up, follows the current trend for all things eighties, but mixes plenty of modern in too.

The shape’s oversized and angular, and the lens has plenty of vents to keep the air moving and to prevent fogging.

The new Kona glass from Limar is a nice mix of '80s retro and modern detailing
The new Kona glass from Limar is a nice mix of ’80s retro and modern detailing
Warren Rossiter / Immediate media
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No pricing as yet for the Kona, but we’d expect it to be in line with Limar’s other models.