Among the lightweight helmets introduced lately, Louis Garneau’s X-Lite is the sleeper. Introduced around Interbike last year, it has a claimed weight of just 188g for the EU model, and our CPSC-approved version came in at 211g (Med.). This puts it in the league of the Specialized Prevail (228g), Giro Prolight (195g) and Aeon (220g), though Limar’s Superlight may still be the lightest at 159g actual (EU).
Of the models listed above, I’ve used the Prevail and Prolight and can honestly say that the Garneau X-Lite is as comfortable as either, works well for both road and mountain biking and the adjustments work pretty well. If you’re looking for a new (or lighter) lid, click here for the full review, from our friends at Bike Rumor;)
All triathletes and time trialists are constantly looking to shave drag resistance in effort to produce quicker times. Well, here is a new helmet called The Vorttice, from Louis Garneau, that is supposed to help in this area!
Notice the common dimples in the front, but a shortened tail that is covered by a plastic plate on the underside. Garneau has termed this section the ‘Evacuation Channel’ which is supposed to move air through/around the helmet’s dimensions effortlessly.
There has been some buzz among the helmet manufactuers that a rounder helmet coupled with a shorter tail (or lack of tail all together) may be the future standard!
Please visit this link, which shows why Louis Garneau thinks this will be a revolutionary helemt. Should arrive at PB sometime in the spring of 2011.