I started wearing a helmet when skiing only at the very beginning of embarking on a season in the French Alps in 2012/13 (whaaaaat?! Where did that time go?!?!). Honestly, I didn’t like helmets. I thought they looked lame, they felt lame and they weren’t that cheap. With the speeds that I could ski at this time, I just didn’t think it was necessary. After not being on the slopes for a few years, though, I soon realised that helmets weren’t as uncool as they used to be, really, and it seemed like you were certainly the minority if you weren’t wearing one.
So I succumbed to peer pressure and bought a crappy €40 black thing that barely fit and ticked all the boxes on my Why-I-Don’t-Wear-Helmets list. Fabulous. Despite the helmet in question not being the best looking in the world, however, after a week or so of attempting to ski, I couldn’t believe that I’d ever opted for not wearing a helmet. Just because it didn’t look as good?! Pah. Ridiculous. I skiied with the same crappy helmet for the rest of the season and all was good.
When I finished the season and wasn’t living on £50 per week, I was left with a helmet I hated… but knew that I wouldn’t ever want to ski without one. So I invested in a NICE one. And here it is! The Bern Brighton EPS helmet. I love, love, love, love it. (The black one pictured is my boyfriends Hard Hat version which he apparently feels the same sentiment for as I).
The great thing for me about Bern helmets is – a little vainly, I know – that they look really good and – a bit more practically – they’re very, very comfortable. The Brighton design is awesome, and although at first I wasn’t sure about the little peak at the front that comes within the lining, it’s great for keeping that tiny strip of bare skin between your goggles and the top of your helmet relatively covered. The lining is removable (therefore washable – hurrah!) and is also super, super comfy, soft and warm; something in which you take for granted when your skiing down a mountain with nothing more on the top of your head than your own hair.
The lining is also detachable, meaning that come summer time, you can strip it out and continue to use the helmet for whatever you might be doing in the summer that requires a helmet. Personally, I’m not a big sports person, so I don’t think this advantage will ever truly be put to use for me. Also, the helmet feels a helluva lot bigger without the winter lining. I’m no expert on helmet safety (in fact, that is obviously a massive under exaggeration), but if it’s too shaky around your head… then I assume that’s not a GREAT thing? Regardless of this, the ventilation is also awesome, making it perfect for both summer and winter.
This version is the EPS version, which means it is certified as a helmet. The hardhat version is different, so make sure you understand the differences before you buy. It basically depends on what you want to do when wearing the helmet, but this helmet safety expert guy explains it pretty efficiently below.
The 2015 edition of the helmet doesn’t come with a peak in the lining, but it still looks just as good (and you can probably buy these pretty easily). Available everywhere – but I got mine from here a couple of years ago. RRP: £85, but now in the sale for £79.95. Not the cheapest on the market, but you can’t put a price on