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Say it 10 times fast: Hard Hat.

While Bern’s Watts Hard Hat probably isn’t the best choice to wear for your construction job, it’s versatile enough to be your go-to helmet for all of your skate, ski, bike and snowboard needs. Its hardshell construction encases a core of Brock Foam, which can take repeated hits without requiring replacement. And whether you’re on snow, at the skate park, or on single track, the visor brim improves visibility by shading your brow on sunny days and by keeping precipitation from falling right in front of your eyes.
  • Hard Hat version with Brock Foam is not EN/AST/CPSC certified for severe single impacts, but it is able to withstand multiple, lighter hits without requiring replacement (as compared to Zipmold and EPS foam, which is certified but must be replaced after a single hit, however hard or soft)
  • Sink Fit design fits the lid around your head (rather than on letting it ride on top), providing both advanced comfort and an ultra-low profile
  • Removable knit liner allows for year-round action-sport use—leave it in to fight off the winter chill and take it out when the weather warms up
  • Removable vent piece lets you air it out on warm days and trap in extra heat when it’s cold

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5 5

Best Helmet for the non-pro rider.

In terms of looks, this is one of the best helmets out there. In terms of safety, it isn't meant to be used for impact off XL kickers, so clearly you shouldn't get this helmet if you like grabbing big air on a daily basis. However, for people that have wide heads (please don't make joke), you might have to try it out first. For myself, I usually have to grab XL for helmets and even then they still feel too narrow most of the time. This helmet is no exception (didn't buy it for myself this time). So if you have a wide head, better try before buy.

5 5

Best Helmet for the non-pro rider.

In terms of looks, this is one of the best helmets out there. In terms of safety, it isn't meant to be used for impact off XL kickers, so clearly you shouldn't get this helmet if you like grabbing big air on a daily basis. However, for people that have wide heads (please don't make joke), you might have to try it out first. For myself, I usually have to grab XL for helmets and even then they still feel too narrow most of the time. This helmet is no exception (didn't buy it for myself this time). So if you have a wide head, better try before buy.

5 5

aesthetics

great looking helmet, like the hatstyle steez, Comfortable, low profile, fits properly and lightweight.

4 5

BUY IT

I have the baker hard hat, very similar to this model. Had the pleasure of suffering a concussion recently while wearing it. A helmet with suspension would no doubt offer more protection, however if I had not been wearing it I know I would have been in the hospital. Look at it this way, spending $50-100 on a helmet will most likely save you a few grand in hospital stays. Bottom line, buy it, wear it, ride another day. cheers

4 5

Looks great!

Just picked up the Watts hardhat in matte black. I haven't ridden with it on yet, but I tried it on and it seems to fit very well. Word of warning: I wear a size 7-1/4 hat and the Bern sizing guide says I should be in a size Large helmet, but when I tried on the large it seemed a bit too loose with the liner in. With the liner removed, way too loose. So I ended up getting the Medium even thought it's a bit snug....I'm counting on the foam pushing out a bit as I wear it more.

It looks great. One of the most low-profile protective lids I've found. My Anon hawkeye goggles seem to fit well with the helmet (see attached pic).

A drawback for some could be that it's not technically a "helmet", i.e. it doesn't meet the testing standards necessary to certify it as a high-impact protective helmet. For me, I currently ride with no head protection, so even this "hardhat" is 1000% better than my current situation. I'm also not chucking myself off of huge jumps though, so the worst I expect is a little tumble down the hill or off a flat-down box.

I would have liked to see some adjustability built in but there is none. You just have to pick the closest size for your head and live with it possibly being a little too loose or a little too snug. Competitors' helmets go for less cash and have more adjustment capability.

I'll update my review after actually riding with the helmet.

Looks great!
4 5

Hard Hat Review

After my friend got a concussion sans-helmet, I decided it was time to man up and get some skull protection. I really like the profile and matte finish, but I've already had to sew the fleece chin-strap guides back on. The biggest surprise has to be the warmth of the liner. I often have to take out the foam insert to open of the ventilation.

5 5

Finaly helmet perfection

I have had a RED HiFi for the past 8 years, and was looking for a reason to get rid of it to justify a new helmet (finally the shell un-glued form the liner, woohoo).
So I decided to try the Watts Hard Hat, and I have not been let down. I love the adjustable venting, and knit liner. This helmet has been great on days -3C and days -40C with the wind chill. I love it!
If you care about your head and your wallet, you will buy this helmet.

Finaly helmet perfection
Butternut, MA

Butternut, MA

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Electric goggles on bern watt's with gopro helmet cam mount.

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Are those the eg2 or the eg2.5? Nice set up!

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3 5

Something for the big round melons

This helmet fits comfortably and does not make you look like a bobble head especially if you have a big dome. This will probably fit round melons better than oblong.
It's not a "certified" helmet but if a regular helmet doesn't fit you comfortably then this is better protection than a beanie.
On the downside, the felt on the helmet liner is not sturdy. The velcro attaching the winter liner can tear the felt off the inner liner on the helmet. This seems to be an ongoing issue for Bern since the same problem existed on my baker helmet. Otherwise a decent lid.

5 5

sick lid

i originally didnt want a helmet but had to get one. this helmet is pretty dope for a helmet. fits good, is warm, and is one of few helmets that works well with electric eg2 goggles. its also very low profile, so you dont look like you've got a massive dome going down the slopes

2 5

Looks good, but...

As far as helmets go, this helmet looks dope- so it has that going for it. Aside from that, the helmet offers minimal protection and does not meet any recognized safety standards. Also, it seems to be really uncomfortable. I have worn this 4 times, and each time I have gotten a headache within 3 minutes.

Would this helmet be suitable for some...

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Would this helmet be suitable for some summer whitewater paddling action as well? I am looking for one helmet to suit all the fun summer and winter stuff I like to do.

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Hard Hat will drain well, but honestly I wouldn't take this helmet on the water. The EPS liner option from Bern would be better than the Hard Hat, but for whitewater I'd definitely lean towards a Sweet helmet or something more specific to that activity. Rocks and whitewater is a pretty serious business and I wouldn't skimp on pro there. My two cents.

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No. I'm a whitewater paddler as well and I definitely only use helmets designed specifically for paddling. Nothing against this helmet, but I take whacks to the head often when creeking, and this just wouldn't be a good helmet to have on the river. It's not made for that. One shot and it's most likely done. However, I do own this helmet for skiing, and will continue to buy this model every time I need a new one. Great helmet.

4 5

All about this helmet

I switched to this helmet last year in attempt to save my skull for the inevitability of me falling on my face when I go riding, and this thing is great. It breathes well, looks nice (it has a brim, thats classy stuff!) and holds up to whatever I throw at it. I say, bring it on icy trails in need of grooming! I'm afraid but my helmet? is not ;)

5 5

so far so good

only been up to the mountain two times so far but the helmets been great. good snug fit. nice and warm. pretty light. goggles fit well on the helmet as well. no problems so far.