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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
This helmet is narrow for my head 23in, 58.5cm. Circumference of head matches the XL size (1 size up as what other reviewers had said) of helmet but the temple is too narrow while the front and back still having gaps. I guess each individual has its unique skull shape. Not 1 size fits all. What I did was soak the helmet in hot water and squeeze helmet to shape, expanded the helmet side ways. Wallah!! Fits nicely with room to spare. I would think XXL fits better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
I have not ridden with this helmet yet, but the fit and looks are great. Make sure you measure the circumference of your head first! I have a 60cm head and the X-Large size is perfect. I initially ordered a Large to match my hat size, which was painfully too small. Check out Bern's sizing chart elsewhere on the web. If you're in-between sizes, I'd recommend sizing up. I also strangely received the wrong item initially, but Amazon made things right and the correct item arrived the next day. Be sure to check out different color combinations: prices can vary in your favor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2013
They should come with a note on the sizing chart that the measurement does not apply to the models with detachable visors. I first tried on the helmet with the visors attached and it is squeezing the brains out of my eyes! I removed them and voila, snug fit. Plus, I think it looks better without the visor.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2012
A little snug, but it seems that mine is the right size. The more I wear it, the more comfortable it gets. I was a bit worried about the visor, having tried a Giro with a similar design but, Bern's version seems a lot more capable of blocking the sun... otherwise-- you could just get a cap and put it underneath the Watt's or a similar helmet. It's very well made, and very good fit and finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
I live in FL and I'm an old skater dude. VERY comfortable and cool. Sits low on my head too.
ITs a good one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
The helmet fits very well with no hot spots or chafing. The detachable visor keeps the sun, wind, and sweat off my eyes. It feels light and looks good.
My only concern with the helmet is cooling on longer, hot weather rides. I have not had the chance to test that out yet, but the helmet keeps my head warmer than a road helmet on cold days.
The packing and shipping were excellent. I would recommend this helmet for around town riding as well as someone looking for a multi-sport helmet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2013
Ordered over the web having checked the size charts. I'm an XL but more oval than round and was a bit worried it wouldn't fit properly. It fits snugly however with the liner so very relieved. It does leave a mark on my forehead after a fairly long strenuous ride but nothing to worry about (i'm bald so its more obvious). If your head is more oval and you measure on the upper end of the size range, I'd probably get the next size up however, particularly if you have lots of hair! Great look, love the liner/visor. Arrived sooner than Amazon predicted.

Highly recommended for any and all riders unless you're looking for something 'hardcore'....

Did I mention it was a great price also?

My only note to BERN is that we need more distribution in AUSTRALIA!! Y'know, that little island on the other side of the world?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
I bought my four year old son a trailer bike and decided I should get him something more substantial than the Walmart helmet he had. I did a fair bit of research into bike helmets and found the Bern Brentwood to stand up to the scrutiny. The price is excellent...nowhere else could even come close. The quality is great and my son likes it. Not sure about ventilation yet. It doesn't seem like it would be that great but we will see when summer rolls around. Thought the visor was just a gimmick but it is actually effective. I might just have to get one of these for myself.
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on March 26, 2014
First of all, I didn't buy it through Amazon but from another on-line store with great deal during the Christmas sale that I couldn't pass(about 1/2 the regular price and free ship).

My back ground on bicycle helmets:
I have been using Protec Ace skate helmet for a long time (to be used on the bicycle). Protec helmets are very comfortable but since they are not CPSC certified, I've been thinking getting alternatives(and you'll be convinced CPSC is worth it when you compare them side by side. CPSC helmet is so much stiffer.). I've tried other helmets in the past but didn't like them, you know those "bicycle" helmets(Giro), sits on the top of the head and moves around at every bumps your bicycle wheels hit? Those "bicycle helmets" don't even look good to my eyes, certainly don't make me want to wear for a long time like Protec skate helmets and this Bern Brentwood do. Even worse, I left that Giro helmet unused(after being used only once) on the shelf while my Protec was used with no issue, the inside pads of the Giro degraded so bad that it started to drop on the carpet floor with sticky mess all over. Giro makes helmets for racing, so the users are suppose to replace them after each season, I guess.
I've tried CPSC certified version of Protec helmet(G2 SXP) just before I bought the Bern but it fit awful. I think Protec is very happy with their skateboard market that the have no interest in expanding it into the bicycle market.
One day in REI, I happened to see two similarly priced helmets from Giro(Reverb) and Bern(Berkley) side by side on the display. I looked at them both inside and all, and was quite surprised to see how big the difference. Giro helmet gives an impression that the designer wanted to make it as cheap as possible because it's a low priced helmet. On the other hand, Bern gives you an impression that the designer worked hard to give the maximum it can give for the price. Outside, Giro as usual, styrofoam covered with thin plastic, Bern also made of styrofoam but it's fused to the thicker shell gives much more rigid (and well-built) feel.
Inside, Giro, made of assortment of sticker pads, Bern is made of well sewn fabric pads all around, also it's made to remove and re-install repeatedly for washing. Giro is made for once a week recreational ride (and for one season), while Bern is made for every day commuting use and for many years.

So, I was convinced Bern is a better choice but REI didn't have my size, as is quite common at the real brick and mortar stores. I was concerned about buying helmet on-line because of the sizing but the on-line reviews helped me to choose the right size. It's true, order a size larger. My head is 22" around and usually medium fits me(as my Protec) and large size Bern still fits kinda tight.

Now the negative part of Bern helmet(not sure this particular model or all Bern helmets in general).
1) They make the shell in different size on each size unlike Protec, all sizes use the same shell and use the different thickness of pads to adjust it. But, Bern uses the same size pad for two different size shells(meaning fewer pad sizes available than the number of helmet sizes), for example large size shell and X large shell use the same large pads. My head can go through the pad (when it's taken out of the helmet) with no resistance with about an inch of clearance to spare. This means when you try to fit this one size larger pad in the one size smaller helmet, it creates pleats inside and adds more tightness to it. When I get a chance, I would try a pad one size smaller and see how it will work.
2) Back of the pad comes down lower than the back of the helmet shell which pushes up the helmet from the back(when you are crouching position on the bike) and results in pushing down the front visor. The additional width of this is used for the adjustment of tightness similar to adjustable baseball hat. It works for the baseball hat, totally useless for the helmet. My solution was to cut off the bottom part with scissors carefully so that it didn't cut too far into the stitches to hold the pad in once piece. Bern should seriously look into this dysfunctional system.

For the people who are interested:
Large size Brentwood helmet weighs 400 grams. Bicycle helmets generally weigh around 350 grams.

One of the issues mentioned by others is not enough ventilation and gets too hot. This never been a issue for me and my recommendation is to wear a helmet liner like NFL players wear under their helmet. Heat is not really the problem but the sweat running down the face is. If you ride bicycle often enough and hard enough, you'll see what I mean. I never had a moment where inside the helmet get too hot that I wanted to take off the helmet, but you'll have a moment sooner or later(without something to stop the sweat), your sweat keep running into your eyes, you wish you never even thought about wearing a helmet. It also keeps inside the helmet cleaner and longer between the washing. If you ride a bicycle and wearing a helmet, helmet liner is not an option but a necessity.

Things I like about this helmet:
1) Looks nice
2) Fits nice
3) It has exceptional finish. Mine has gloss white finish and it keeps shiny look for along time just by wiping with a rag once in a while.
4) It's made for durability. No exposed foam anywhere unlike so many other helmets on the market.
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I hunted around for a helmet that didn't make me look utterly ridiculous and I think I hit the motherlode with this one. I got it in the purple which suits my free spirited & creative persona to a T. It's a great helmet structurally and provides lots of coverage especially for the back of the head. THe little visor in the front keeps the sun out of your eyes without obstructing your view. I got the medium size as I wanted a perfect fit and the medium worked well for me. When putting on this helmet you have to press it down over your head (and if fitted correctly it will be a snug fit,) and then snap in place. I don't get a headache wearing it which I guess means I have a proper fit. It's worth it to get a good helmet as we only have one chance to prevent serious head injuries. Can't put a price on protecting your brain!
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