Cool Gear: Limar Velov urban cycling helmet coming to U.S.

Four removable vents allow user to tailor look and function

Four removable vents allow you to tailor look and function of this new commuter-oriented helmet.

On hot days, pop off the vents. When it’s cold, snap them back on.

Helmet maker Limar is set to start selling its Velov brain protector on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. The commuter-oriented helmet that was launched in Europe several years ago, but was just approved for the U.S. market in 2014, has four removable panels, allowing the rider to customize look and function.

The idea is that on hot days you’ll snap off some or all of the panels for better ventilation. But when the chill of fall and winter comes (or when a thunderstorm interrupts your commute) you can snap the panels back into place for better protection from the weather. In 2012, the helmet earned an International Forum Product Design Award.

Additional features include in-mould shell construction, antibacterial pads, and a four-position retention system. MSRP is $105. Available in brown or silver/white, and sizes Medium or Large. For more info, check out the video below or visit

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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