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Leslie

Leslie

Leslie

Lesliewrote a review of on September 1, 2012

5 5

Just got this jacket and I love the look of it. The cut of the waist is flattering (less boxy than some other rain jackets I have tried) and the red color is a bright, pretty watermelon sort of shade. The sizing seems to be pretty accurate. I'm 5'8", 150lbs and I got the Large. It fits well and leaves room for a light sweatshirt underneath. Haven't tried it in the rain yet but I have no doubt it will work out just fine.

The jacket isn't lined, it's meant to be a lightweight, easily stowed rain jacket and it seems to work well for that. It scrunches up pretty compactly and I can stick it in my backpack easily.

The jacket has nice bungee pull cords in the hood and hem (and the sleeves have velcro straps) so that you can adjust the fit and be sure to stay dry. The cords in the hood are especially useful for tightening it down so it doesn't blow off in windy conditions.

The only drawback I have found so far with this jacket is that the material is pretty noisy when I move around in it. I'm not sure if it will stay that way or will quiet down after it's worn a few times. Either way it's not that big of a deal for me. Just mildly annoying.

Overall I really like the jacket and would definitely buy it again. It's a little pricey but the construction quality is obvious and (in my opinion) justifies the cost.

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Leslie

Lesliewrote a review of on July 10, 2012

4 5

This helmet is so cute! All of the Bern helmets are so much better looking than other bike helmets, this is easily the most attractive helmet I've ever owned. (I figured I would be more likely to wear it if I didn't feel like a dork in it.) I love the little visor. It's stylistically nice and I suspect will also be helpful in keeping the sun/rain off my face.

The sizing seems to be accurate. I have a pretty big head (hats never seem to fit me!) so the L did well for me. The helmet is a little heavier than I was expecting but not to the point that it's uncomfortable

I also really like the liner system that Bern has. It's nice to be able to swap out the lining from season to season. Though, to be warned, this product comes with ONLY the standard winter lining so if you plan to use it during warmer weather you should probably also buy a summer liner (helmet with no lining is really uncomfortable, and probably unsafe). I would also check out the Bern website and see if there is a different winter liner you might like better (they have 4 or so varieties). The liner itself seems to be really high quality, nice and thick with furry fabric on the part that touches your face and a mesh material over the top of your head for ventilation.

I got the white one which is billed as "Gloss White" but is actually matte. I didn't mind too much but it does seem to be more prone to getting dirty than I had hoped. I think a darker color or a gloss finish would be a better choice.

Overall I would definitely recommend this helmet. It's cute and comfortable and exceeds the recommended safety requirements (for biking at least). I don't think you can do too much better!

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