A game changer.
The Bern Watts EPS Thin Shell Visor Helmet is that rare breed that blends both form and function, and transcends divisions within the world of mountain sports. When first released, the Watts could be found in the terrain park being worn by skiers and snowboarders alike, but now, you'll easily spot this lightweight lid looking down backcountry lines and crawling out of helis in the Chugach.
The Watts starts with Bern's Thin ABS hard shell, then adds EPS foam, a lightweight, single-impact foam that sacrifices its life to save yours. Bern's Signature Shape allows the Watts to be up to 35% lower in profile than standard snow helmets, and the Boa fit system allows for on-the-fly adjustments to the helmet's size. Several large vents allow air to flow through the helmet to keep you from burning up, and a micro-adjust ratchet at the back of the liner lets you dial in the perfect fit on the fly. All told, the Watts weighs just over seventeen ounces and fits like a glove, so you won't be thinking about your helmet while you shred. And, unlike other helmets, you can take the liner out when it warms up for spring-skiing comfort.
- ABS hardshell with EPS foam
- BOA liner
- Top vents
- Audio-ready ear pads
- Winter liner included
- Item #BRN001Y
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using the Bern Watts EPS for 2 snowboarding seasons now and it has not let me down. I don't wear a beanie under it but it still keeps my head warm. The speaker setup is easy to use and the sound quality is pretty decent. I've had a couple spills and hit my dome and the helmet kept me safe. The sizing is pretty nice as well as there is an adjuster in the back so you have a bit of wiggle room. It does fit pretty true to size. I wear Spy Doom goggles with it and they fit well with the helmet.
Bottom line is that it's a good helmet for the price, it looks dope and keeps your noggin in tact.
Good looks, bad fit.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Solid construction and good looks but ODD FIT and runs very small. I wanted to like this really bad. I've seen them for years and always liked the styling but upon getting my own the fit is bizarre. I'm on the bigger side but never had trouble sizing a helmet before. I rock a large in pretty much every other brand I've tried. I had to get an XXL to get anywhere close to comfortable and this thing still has weird pressure points. Makes the back of my head go numb after an hour or so no matter how much I play with it. Have to take it off periodically to get comfortable again. And this is wearing it without the winter liner and just a balaclava. Almost feels like it's more of an Asian fit helmet because of the strange shape of the back. I definitely didn't get an Asian fit and I'm white so I don't know what the deal is. Might work for some people just not what I was hoping for at all. At least I got it cheap. Lesson learned.
Great helmet! As expected. Had some problems with the description, but it easy solved. Best costumer service i have ever seen.