Just In – Bern Morrison Helmet

by Brian Mullin on December 20, 2013

At the Interbike show this year I saw the new Bern
Morrison helmet, which is there first full foray into a mountain bike
specific world. Bern is known for their urban, skate and snow helmets,
so it’s nice to see them applying their technology to the MTB
discipline.

The
Morrison shares the shell of their Allston urban helmet, but it has
deeper extended coverage in the rear and has a removable visor. It uses
their ZipMold technology for a high strength to weight ratio with a
clean matte finish.

The
liner snaps out for cleaning and allows you to convert to their audio
and cold-weather liner kits, and the latter will make for a great winter
time helmet. The Morrison should come in four sizes, multiple color and
will retail for $100.

First Impressions
Their
helmets don’t have a lot of adjustments, so you need to make sure you
get a size that closely fits your head. I ended up getting their Large
size, and although it fits snugly, I never felt any discomfort or pinch
spots. At the back of the helmet is a small Velcro strap that allows
just a bit of adjustment for additional tuning, and it gave just enough
breathing room depending on how my head felt. The helmet is nicely
padded, and it absorbs sweat and dissipates it well, so I never felt
like it was overly damp. The chin strap was easy to tighten up when
doing more technical terrain and for downhilling. The ear’s adjusters
were simple to alter, and they had a nice clamp to hold everything in
place. Though it doesn’t have the usual prodigious amount of ventilation
holes like most cross-country designed helmets offer, I found it
adequate, and didn’t feel like my head over heated. The hole pattern
made it trickier to attach my GoPro camera strap, but once in position,
it worked just fine. I do like the Matte finish of the helmet, since
that seems to help with it’s durability and appearance.

Pros

  • Comfy
  • Good coverage
  • Removable liner
  • Padding wicks perspiration

Cons

  • Lack of range adjustment for tuning of fit
  • Brim isn’t adjustable

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