The Bern Brentwood Bicycle Helmet is designed with your comfort in mind. The Brentwood model is comfortable, lightweight and cool making it ideal for long biking trips. It is Bern's most popular bike helmet for men, featuring a removable visor, sunglass channels for fitting your shades and airflow channels to keep you cool.
Strengths: The shell, this thing is a rock. Even so, with its solid build, its extremely light and very thin when compared to cheaper "foam" helmets. The adjustable suspension ensure you don't have anything rubbing your ears, and with the velcro closure around the back, you can really "clamp" the helmet to your noggin without it being uncomfortable. There are enough vents to stay cool, and with optional liners you're guaranteed to stay warm year round. Most comfortable helmet I've even put on, so I bought one. The sizes run somewhat small, so buyer beware and try on the size you think you need and next size bigger to be sure. Mine ended up a Medium which i what I normally wear, but I was right on the edge.
Weaknesses: Thus far, I've found nothing to complain about. Maybe that I didn't find one sooner?
My original goal was to find a hardshell helmet to mount my GoPro HERO3 on, without going to a full face. I wanted the option to clip goggles on (the Bern has it) and I wanted additional support for the weight of the camera (Bern has it too). With the velcro "cincher" strap on the back, the helmet doesnt move. Period. You can slam your head back and forth, even with the added weight of the camera, and its stable. I love the slim fit profile, and the weight of it. Yes, its heavier than a dedicated XC helmet, but it offers substantially more protection, and enough vents to make the difference a wash. If I had to choose one helmet for year round riding, any discipline, and didnt want to compromise, this would be it. The Macon was a comfortable alternative, but this helmet felt more solid, no doubt from the difference in construction. With a mere $5 increase in price, it was a no brainer. Paid $70 at a local shop, I know, I know, online is cheaper. Two things, I wanted to try it on, and I support the little guy. With the opportunity to pick whatever color and size I wanted and not purchase "whatever is left" online, it was worth the trip and the price to get a helmet that I'm happy to wear, know is comfortable, and look great. Best MTB purchase to date.
Strengths: Strong, light, surprisingly cool and well ventilated. Removable and changeable liners. Bern patented sink fit.
Weaknesses: Liners hard to find by themselves.
I bought the Brentwood without graphics, so far this helmet is fantastic. It covers your entire melon, way down the back and your entire forehead. Ventilation is great, as long as you're moving. As soon as you stop it's an oven but that's what taking the helmet off is for.
As a bonus, the removable liner wicks up sweat while you ride so you don't get sweat pouring down into your face. However, the liners themselves are difficult to find without a helmet attached. Also, you can find this helmet around for $35 or so if you look around for sales, which is what the liners cost. I have the visor liner, and plant to get the hunter knit liner for warm cozy winter riding.
The fit of the Bern is better than any helmet I've worn. It really is comfortable, and although heavier that some of the lighter weight helmets, the comfort makes it easy to forget you're wearing a helmet, until you crash...
...speaking of which, I had a crash recently that tested my Bern. I endoed going down rock garden and the tail of my bike whipped me in the forehead like a baseball bat. The bern soaked up the hit without as much as a scratch, and I didn't feel a thing. I think the smooth round shape helped deflect the bike off of it. My Giro helmet not only wouldn't have survived the crash, but as it doesn't cover as much of my head, I'd have suffered facial injuries from the bike. I won't wear anything but my Bern helmet now.
Strengths: Light, cool looking, better ventilation than you'd think.
Weaknesses: Umm, sizes seem to run a little big.
I have this same helmet without the graphics. I have 5 chillis for price because I got it on ebay for 35 including shipping. Like the visor whick is removable. It's light weight, and it's got more as much ventilation as any helmet I've used, or at least close enough that it's not an issue, and I was surprised at how good a helmet that doesn't look like a science project would work. It's also got a clip on the back of the helmet for when/if you wear goggles, to help keep them comfy and in place. .