Interbike 2012: Bern With Allston Lightweight Vented Helmet & Souphorse Signature Edition

Bern Souphorse Signature Helmet Side

As Bern made the transition from skate to bike, their roots in skate reflected with a fresh urban style that’s drawn the market of many urban riders. This year at Interbike, they had quite a few helmets to show that would feel at home on city commutes.

Although hitting the market last year, the Souphorse signature edition Watts thin shell helmet (above) caught our eyes in the booth. They modeled it after Billy Souphorse, a long time bike messenger and co-founder of Pedalr.com, a shopping place for cool bike gear. Plastered across the helm is a a graphic of San Fransisco with a horseshoe chainring overlay. It’s skate style, like many of their helmets, with an EPS foam shell. Pricing is $79.99. Click ‘more’ for images and a glance at Bern’s Allston, a helmet (almost) as light as their carbon model…

Bern Souphorse Signature Edition San Francisco Map

Bern Allston Vented Helmet

The Allston is Bern’s lightweight helmet that hasn’t hit the market yet. It gets 16 vents and a Zip Mold liquid foam injection process, something that’s said to be thinner, lighter, and with a higher strength to weight ratio than EPS helmets. During the summer months, all those vents should come in handy.

Bern Allston Helmet Actual Weights

The large Allston weighs in at 385g, about 13.6 oz. As a comparison, Bern’s thin shell Carbon Macon weighs in at 12.8 oz. Not too shabby. With a removable liner, you can swap out the standard ventilated summer setup for a more insulated winter liner sold aftermarket and shown below. Pricing is $89.99 on the helm.

Bern Aftermarket Visors Headphones

There’s a wide selection of liners. If you’re feeling dangerous for the winter season, at the top left-hand corner is a knit liner with built-in headphones that’ll snap into any zip mold helmet. There’s a built-in mic too so you can answer your smartphone while riding. It’s called the Cold Weather Audio Knit and runs about $60. (For the record, Bern did provide a disclaimer that it’s never safe to ride with headphones.)

Bern Helmets Collections Colors

And of course, they’re still offering a wide selection of helmets in an array of models and colors that aim to please the urban crowd. Pricing ranges from $45.99 – $99.99 not including the carbon dome that sells for $200.

Comments

David C - 09/26/12 - 10:38pm

Looks like a bowling ball with a chin strap

Erich - 09/26/12 - 11:48pm

That’s a bold move, naming a helmet after a neighborhood where you are definitely not one of the cool kids if you’re wearing a helmet, and in which your brand has zero retailers. Irony aside, the Allston looks to be one of the best vented ones they’ve done yet, which is something I think they are sorely lacking.

Greg W - 09/27/12 - 1:08pm

As a resident of Allston, this is funny. Would be a good pair for the Brighton.

miles - 09/27/12 - 4:03pm

release date on the allston? i’d like to pick one up to rock on my commute. my s works prevail clashes with my t shirt and and baggy shorts haha

Phil - 11/30/12 - 3:58pm

Not sure what Erich is talking about as far as retailers, every bike/sports store in boston has a Bern display. I had a chance to test out the helmet even with a winter liner and it’s so low-pro and well ventilated it can easily be used year around.

As far as being cool and not wearing a helmet, let’s ask the BU students who keep getting picked off and dying on their bikes, at least Bern has sick looking helmets that most people wouldn’t mind wearing.

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