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Bern bike helmets any good?

Old 04-01-11, 09:17 AM
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Bern bike helmets any good?

I would like to buy a Bern helmet for daily riding. I have a Giro for my road bike but I like the Bern style for riding my singlespeed around. My question is which style, Brentwood or Watts feels better? I have a large dome. Real large. I went to REI and tried on an XL Brentwood model. It fit but gave me a hotspot on my forehead. So I think I will try the XXL (insert snicker). I live in St Louis MO and our summers are killer. Weeks of 90+ weather with humidity that will kill. The Brentwood looks better vented than the Watts but that detachable visor looks funny.
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I have a Watts, and I really like it. As for size, most people claim they actually run a little big, but my medium seems just right. Compared to a more conventional helmet, they probably are a little warmer (less air holes), so that might be a factor for you, but it's just a minor difference and I didn't mind through my sweltering summer last year

They're definitely stylish. I get a lot of compliments.

Haven't put it through the "crash test" yet (knock on wood)...
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Nice helmets that DON'T make the wearer look like the winged god Mercury being all swoopy and such.
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Nice looking. I wanted to get one, but it just didn't feel good. It seemed short in the front-to-back dimension. I went up a size and that fit f-t-b, but then it was too wide.
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Nice helmets that DON'T make the wearer look like the winged god Mercury being all swoopy and such.
Here ya go:

http://www.soviet-power.com/detail.php?pid=45048
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I wear a Bern Brentwood and I find it comfortable. They recently switched to a thicker padded insert that makes them wear much tighter. Don't know if they've switched back. Could try taking out the padded insert and wearing it over a cycling cap or something. I've given it the crash test in an over-the-bars faceplant, and I'm guessing it prevented a concussion. The foam cracked and compressed. I bought another one.
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Got my Bern today. I ordered an XXL Watts Hard hat. Well when I tried it on I realize that it may be too big. Front to back is ok. The sides have space. The front stops above my eyebrows like it should it's just wider on the sides. Should risk sending it back for the XL or just keep it? I'm afraid the XL may be tight front to back. Or maybe I have A weird head shape. Or send it back and exchange for a Brentwood?
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Its the head shape issue , I found Giro molds were oval
and Bell assumes a rounder head shape ..
all else use extra pads on the sides . if the fore /aft feels OK,
maybe winter extra space for ear muffs will be welcome..
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Originally Posted by Austinnh View Post
I wear a Bern Brentwood and I find it comfortable. They recently switched to a thicker padded insert that makes them wear much tighter. Don't know if they've switched back. Could try taking out the padded insert and wearing it over a cycling cap or something. I've given it the crash test in an over-the-bars faceplant, and I'm guessing it prevented a concussion. The foam cracked and compressed. I bought another one.
I too have a Brentwood and just love it. I ride it any time of year just quite simply GREAT.
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One thing about Bern helmets is not all are safety approved as bicycle helmets. The Brentwood is. The Watts hard hat- I'm not so sure. So if you are riding with a club or an event that requires a helmet you might get quizzed about your "hard hat".

I have a Brentwood and I really like it. It fits really well. It actually feels like it would protect my head in a crash. I wear an XL, and standard bike helmets never seemed to fit me correctly.
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Old 04-12-11, 08:24 PM
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I have a brentwood in XXXL, yep a bigger dome. fits perfectly, feels comfy and I no longer have a "five-head"... Great helmet although I've never fallen and banged my head to test it..
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