ProView – Bern Major Bike Helmet
The Major Bike Helmet from Bern keeps me safe while providing some sun protection and airflow to keep me cool — while looking cool! It fits perfectly and I adore the matte orchid color.
Bern Major Bike Helmet
Product Name: Bern Major Bike Helmet
Product Description: Looking for a commuter helmet that won’t jack up your style? Meet the Major, Bern’s business-casual commuter solution. The Major features our signature low-profile style, protection and comfort. Designed with 14 luxurious vents, it’s a lightweight package fit for urban adventure. With MIPS, our patented flip visor, and a brand spankin’ new Compass Fit system, the Major is the perfect lid for your next hot lap through the city or Sunday spin through the suburbs.
Offer price: MSRP: $129.99
True to size, pretty color, lightweight but durable!
- Great airflow,
- Fits perfectly
- Price may be prohibitive for some
I will admit, I used to forget to wear a helmet while biking unless I knew I would be riding on the road most of the time. Since getting an e-bike last fall, though, I realized that zipping around town all of the time could be dangerous if I don’t wear the right protection. I had a cheap bike helmet from a department store, but it didn’t look great and I would still usually forget to wear it. I decided to try this Bern helmet because it looked like it was a high quality helmet with good airflow. It has 14 large air vents! Pink is not normally my favorite color, but for some reason I was drawn to the matte orchid color and it looks even better in person because it is not too bright.
When I received the helmet, the box was so light I wondered if there was anything inside! I was impressed by the minimal but sturdy packaging that was mostly cardboard and tags with string. The helmet fit my head perfectly and comfortably, so I didn’t need to do many adjustments to the straps. This helmet looks very durable and even though it is lightweight, it contains a MIPS layer and earned a 5-star rating from the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, so I know it will offer great protection for my cranium.
I first took this helmet for a spin on my e-bike for about an hour. It was very comfortable and I could feel the air flowing through the vents, which kept my head cool and I was not sweaty at all! Being a redhead, I am very sensitive to the sun, so I appreciated the visor that kept a bit of sun out of my eyes and off of my forehead without blocking my vision.
I’ve also been getting into roller skating lately, so I decided to wear this helmet to a roller skating class I’ve been attending this summer. I had purchased another cheap helmet from a department store for skating, but it is quite heavy for a helmet and doesn’t have many air vents. Wearing this Bern helmet during skate class was very comfortable and lightweight, so I was able to focus on learning to skate rather than adjusting my helmet or feeling too hot. I definitely still had a sweaty head afterwards, but I don’t think that can be avoided when I’m skating in the Colorado summer heat outside!
Friendliness to the Earth
It’s a little difficult to say how eco-friendly this helmet is. There is not much on Bern’s website about whether they are doing anything to help the environment, but they do have a “dealer locator” tool on their website where you can buy one of their products locally rather than having it shipped to you. I ordered mine to be delivered to me, and I was impressed with the minimal packaging. There was some plastic and styrofoam to protect the helmet, but it was mostly cardboard and a few tags that were attached by string. Since it is an item that I will hopefully get at least several years of use out of, I believe it is pretty eco-friendly because it doesn’t create any waste and I won’t be throwing it in a landfill any time soon!
The Final Word
I have since worn this helmet during several bike rides and roller skating sessions, and I know that I will be using this helmet for years to come. I hope that I never have to test out how much it protects my head, but I love having the peace of mind that my noggin will be protected if anything were to happen to me while I’m out biking or skating.
About the Gear Tester
Brenna is the Bookkeeper at Outdoor Prolink. When she’s not working, she is either reading a book, riding her e-bike, sitting in her yard with her cat on a leash, hiking slowly, playing mediocre piano, or roller skating badly.