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Go ahead, hit me again.

The Bern Watts Helmet features a vented and brimmed design, with the breathable, repeat-impact protection of Brock Foam. While it's not rated for severe impacts, the beauty of the Hard Hat lies in its ability to withstand multiple blows to the noggin without requiring replacement. If you're seeking the lowest-profile, most comfortable helmet out there, this is the ticket.
  • Removable winter collar allows 4-season use
  • Hard Hat version IS NOT EN/AST/CPSC certified for severe single impacts

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Unanswered Question

Hi. I'm looking for a half audio liner for...

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Hi. I'm looking for a half audio liner for my Bern watts with Brock padding. Does/will any liner fit? Ex: zip mold audio or Brock audio, or the eps audio lines. Can I use a Zip for my Brock?? Thanks! ~ Cyn

5 5

Bern Watts wins

It's low-profile, comfortable, and warm without being hot. Ok, the Brock foam isn't rated for severe impacts, but I have rung my bell pretty hard in this helmet and I'm still here. I can definitely say I'd have been in bad shape without it. Also that means you can toss it around without worrying you'll decrease the protection. The EPS version simply doesn't fit as well.

5 5

awesome

I haven't used the liner yet, only for mountain biking. It is very comfortable with the brock foam, the foam isn't rated to be as safe, but I keep pretty cool in it (of course I still sweat, but not buckets). The foam is fairly soft, you can just push it in with your finger with a lot of force and it just bounces back. The knit liner fits nice and tight and seems like it will work well in the winter. Really no complaints

4 5

Comfy and fits well..

Just got the helmet and I love that it fits well for my XXL head. Was a very big surprise when I put it on. On my second day I took a fall and after a couple cartwheels and finally landing with a head snap to the back of the head, I walkway with no head aches..

Only issues I have is the thin liner that is glued to the foam molding. the removable liner attaches to it with velcro and after removing it once, the glued liner came right off. Other than that, it could use a little bit better ventilation for warmer days.

Pluses for me are the great fit and good low profile stylish looks. I am happy with my purchase overall.

do you use this for snowboarding or would...

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do you use this for snowboarding or would you get the version with EPS foam? thx

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Yes this helmet can be used for snowboarding...just check out the description above. It's not rated for severe blows but I've taken some pretty good shots to it without any damage to the helmet or my brain.

5 5

the right stuff

bottom line...this is the perfect helmet if you don't want to wear a helmet. super lightweight, comfortable, great fit. i run hot, so it's almost too warm with the vents covered, but this helmet met all of my criteria. most importantly, i didn't even feel the tree branch i hit.

Unanswered Question

Are these compatible with the smith...

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Are these compatible with the smith fuse?

Quick question. I got this helmet last...

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Quick question. I got this helmet last month. Couldn't be happier. But the helmet doesn't seem to fit well with my crowbars. It seems like the liner on my forehead where it covers the gaper gap tends to push my oakleys down onto my nose. I usually don't complain about this too much, but it completely stuffs my nose. So i'm looking at a few new pairs of goggles. What does everyone use out there that seems to work with this? I was looking at both the smith i/o and the new oakley splice. Thanks for the help!

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I use an old pair of anon halcyon's with mine. They fit well and don't slide. Maybe go into your local shop with your helmet and try some different goggs on to see what you like best. I just got a pair of electric EG1s and they fit good with the helmet too.

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Do you rock your goggles under your helmet instead of on top of it? If they go over the top they should get pulled up, but if they're under, it'll pull them down to your nose a bit. I rock Dragon Rogues and Oakley A frames. The A frames fit the best but they both get pulled down a bit due to having them go under the helmet.

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Chris, here's the easy answer: take out the liner. With the Brock version just get a thin helmet liner to cover your ears, and Crowbars will fit right up under the brim as a result. Note: this is with the strap going OUTSIDE the helmet. In the EPS version, take the liner out and wear a beanie underneath with the goggle strap inside the helmet. Trust me.

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am i really risking a lot by going with...

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am i really risking a lot by going with the hardhat version vs. the EPS version? also, does the baker get so sweaty and heated that it makes the watts with the vents a better choice? i only ask because i dig the blue/green/black color of the baker, which isn't offered in the watts. just wondering how the baker and watts differ in feel on both cold and hot days

5 5

love it

I bought blue one with Smith I/O goggles, they fit great together. I was riding in Norway with temp. -30 and liner saved me from cold completely, i'd recommend it to my friends.

5 5

stay away from the bobsled

The greater majority of falls that any rider or skater takes on a day-to-day basis aren't typically of the catastrophic sort. Bern knows this, and designed the Hard Hat for such. Not needing the heavy crash certifications for this helmet keeps it much lighter, and profile-fitting than any other such helmet could hope to be. Without those certifications though, I wouldn't recommend it for any cycling or higher speed applications where you might have a higher probability of auguring yourself in.

Very comfortable, low-profile helmet. Could probably stand to use some forward ventilation to drive the air through the helmet a little bit better, but that would be an issue more for summer application. Also, the brim is a nice touch, but I couldn't help feeling like I was wearing a tee-ball helmet from back when I was 10 years old.

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Where can I find the audio liner for...

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Where can I find the audio liner for this?????

Hi! I've seen around 2 different versions...

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Hi! I've seen around 2 different versions of the watts: one with a dark grey plaid (i.e. on this site) and another with light gray plaid knit (bern official website). What color is the plaid knit of the bern watts white sold on backcountry?

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it is the dark one:( i thought it was the light one too like on the bern site but its not but the helmet is still kick ass no matter what you get:)

Deeep Pow!!!

Deeep Pow!!!

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Nice pow shot of me that is in this month's(Dec.) Powder mag taken by Travis Andersen at Bridger Bowl.

4 5

bigger than guns and bigger than cigarettes

This review would have been a loved it but the audio system failed on my helmet as well. The audio worked from December until the last week of March. I rode almost everyday last season and always had this bucket on. The helmet has a great fit and the liner covers up the gaper gap between your goggs and helmet perfectly so no frozen forehead. The liner also keeps you nice and toasty so no need for a beanie. Great helmet and would recommend to buddies....just don't be sold because of the built in audio...it will fail.

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Just a quick update on the audio system. No one from bern ever answered my questions so I decided to fix it myself. I cut open the liner and re-soldered the connection and it's working fine now. Took about an hour and you can get a solder iron for about $12 at lowes or home chepo.

The Bern Watts sold out super fast, will...

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The Bern Watts sold out super fast, will you guys be getting more for this fall?

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We have a bunch coming in, look for them early December. Thanks!

I have spy goggles that dont detach; it's...

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I have spy goggles that dont detach; it's just one strap. Does this helmet's goggle hook unclip so my goggles will work?

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Yep, the clip can be unscrewed with a phillips head screwdriver.

4 5

Great Helmet, rubish audio system

I've got the Matt Black Bern Watts with the Knit liner. The liner includes the audio system... which they may have excluded on later models as it seems to break with in the first few days of use!

Aside form the audio system, the helmet is perfect for me! There are loads of vents which allow me to vent all the heat I generate digging myself out of snow drifts. The knit liner is very comfy and really keeps the back of my neck warm. The helmet is also surprisingly light when compared to some others.

My only complaints with the helmet is with the audio system.. only one of the speakers in the knit liner works and the speakers rub my ears after a few hours of use. I've tried numerous times to get through to Bern customer support to get this issue sorted but I've not had any response.

If I had the choice to have this helmet with or without the audio system, I would choose to leave it out! I have my iPod head phones after all :)