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Louis Garneau X-Lite Helmet

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Item # LGN0418

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Item # LGN0418

Safe and comfortable.

With 37 vents, the Louis Garneaue X-lite Helmet not only provides protection during a crash—it keeps your noggin cool when pushing hard. An ergonomic, anatomically correct fit, easy-to-adjust fit system and ultra low weight help keep the X-Lite as unnoticeable as possible when spinning pedals.

  • One-handed Spiderlock SL rack-and-pinion adjusting system quickly and easily provides a comfortable, ergonomic fit
  • Ring-shaped Super MSB technology at the base of the helmet reinforces the perimeter for enhanced protection
  • Washable, sealed adjustment padding for enhanced durability, and optimum comfort
  • Tough in-mold construction provides impact protection without excess weight

  • In-Mold construction
  • Super MSB technology (ring-shaped plastic protector at base)
  • U-Bar technology (reinforced U-Shaped ribs)
  • 37 vents with moisture evacuation channels
  • Washable Sealed Airdry Padding
  • Spiderlock SL rack-and-pinion adjustment system

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
polystyrene, polycarbonate
Fit Adjustment:
Spiderlock SL
Claimed Weight:
190 g
Recommended Use:

Size chart

Louis Garneau

 Sized S-XL
  S M L XL
Hat Size  6 1/2 - 7  7 - 7 3/8  7 3/8 - 7 3/4  7 3/4 - 8
Head Circumference 20.5 - 22in
(52.1 - 55.9cm)
22 - 23.3in
(55.9 - 59.2cm)
23.3 - 24.8in
(59.2 - 63.0cm)
24.8 - 25.3in
(63.0 - 64.3cm)
 Sized S/M and M/L
  S/M M/L  
Hat Size  6 1/2 - 7 1/8  6 3/4 - 7 5/8    
Head Circumference 20.5 - 22.8in
(52.1 - 57.9cm)
21.3 - 24in
(54.1 - 61.0cm)
 Universal Sizing
  Men's Women's  
 Hat Size  6 3/4  6 1/2 - 7 1/8    
Head Circumference 21.3 - 24in
(54.1 - 61.0cm)
20.5 - 22.8in
(52.1 - 57.9cm)
Head Circumference:
Measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.

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4 5

Barely there

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Good little light helmet, just a little wiggly. Stays in place on top of my head fine, and I know it will stay there, but in making it so light it seems its not the most sturdy or stable positioning and it does have a bit of wiggle and movement on my head. Not enough to concern me if I get in a wreck, and I don't exactly want to test it. But all in all, it is nice having a helmet light enough that the first time using it, I had to check a couple times to remember I put my helmet on.

4 5

It's like being bare-headed...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

...without actually risking your noggin! Seriously, so super-lightweight and ventilated, you'll forget you're wearing it. (Until you need it, and then you'll be glad of its fit and function, as I was when I took a digger on my mountain bike recently and was able to get up and find the helmet still secure on my head.)
The "spiderlock" adjustment mechanism works like a charm - with my old helmet I was constantly fiddling with the adjustment wheel but this one just stays put. I do find the chin strap loosens up sometimes, but never so much that it's a problem.
The fit seems "rounder" than other Garneau helmets I've tried. Works well for me, but something to be aware of if you do better with more oval-shaped helmets.

4 5

Feels comfortable!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had this helmet for 4 months, and really like it. Its lightweight, vents well to keep you cool. An its attractive too. Does what it is supposed to do,

Unanswered Question

What head shape best fits the X-Lite? ...

What head shape best fits the X-Lite? Does it favor a rounded head, or more oblong? Thanks

5 5

P Brown

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had this helmet for a year and a half and was recently in a very bad crash. My hit slammed against the pavement hard. I was moving forward in a group going about 22 mph and I went down hard enough that my Zipp handlebars broke! The helmet absorbed the impact of my head and I didn't have as much as a headache.

I will be purchasing the helmet again, but not just for safety. From what I understand, the safety features are similar in most helmets sold because of federal regulation.

The helmet is incredibly light and comfortable. It's cool and the most easily adjusted helmet I've found. Super easy to adjust from no headgear to something for cold weather.

Another review suggested that it felt cheap and the buckles never held. I can say, for a fact, that mine held without issues when being slammed to the ground with enough impact that my Zipp handlebars broke.

4 5

Not perfect but solid overall

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over 1 year with this helmet. You'd be hard pressed to find a comparable helmet for the price and very low weight. I use this on race days, typically not for training. No problems with vents, straps or comfort. My one gripe is that my glasses don't slide into the forehead vents. I wear Oakley Radar Paths, and they fit perfectly on my day to day helmet (Giro Ionos). So when I wear the X-Lite and want to put up my shades, they go behind my head. Not a huge deal, but I do wish it fit the oakley earpieces better.

Louis Garneau X-Lite Helmet

Responded on

In the above video it shows the side strap adjustment guides all the way down at the buckle, rather than up underneath the earlobes. I have to assume this was an error in product set-up for the video, and not the way the helmet is designed, correct? (I've worked for 2 helmet companies in the past ...)

5 5

Fit and forget it.

Super light, great venting and you will forget its on not long after you start your ride. Its very simple to make it very light and I really like it.

1 5

louis garneau x lite helmet

Louis Garneau clothing etc. has always been a favorite of mine. This is why I hesitated not to purchase the x - lite helmet. 1st the positive.
It is light and breathes well. But......that is where it stops. I must say the rest is sad. The parts which secure the helmet to your valuable head are very thin and skimpy at best. The worst part is the buckles at the ear drops and at the chin. These are the worse I have encountered in any and I mean any helmet. I ride approximately 130 to 150 miles per week. I have owned many helmets. The cinch buckles on this helmet never and I mean never hole their place. My 1st stop is approx. only 10.5 miles and I must adjust and cinch the chin strap (tighten) and most of the time the ear drop buckle also. It is very frustrating to deal with the skimpy and cheap buckle system on this expensive helmet. Save your money and look for another is all that I can recommend.

Responded on

Disagree fully with Martin's review. The strapping is just what can be expected from any helmet. Despite his broad experience , he seems to have had difficulty making the out- of- carton adjustments or he may be grappling with a shell that is too large.
My experience is complete satisfaction with quality of design and manufacture.

Responded on

The previous comment cites the "quality of design and manufacure", but says nothing about experience. To me, it's the experience that counts, and the negative review of the helmet based on the first rider's actual experience has the ring of truth.