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Bern Macon

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Bern Macon snowsport helmet

An economical skid lid with good fit and ventilation.


  • Well ventilated
  • Inexpensive
  • Rated for biking and skating too


  • Chin strap touches my throat

Mount Saint Helens

After watching me ski and reviewing our life insurance coverage my wife decided that I should wear a ski helmet. I dutifully forked out the green for a lid to protect her investment and have worn it whenever I ski. 

The biggest issue I had with helmets is ventilation. They might have vents on the shell, but they never reach the lining; they are just for show. This one ventilates nicely and has a wicking liner to keep my melon dry. 

The fit is decent. I got the L/XL and there's room inside for a thin cap. The ear flaps keep my ears warm and the entire lining is soft and not scratchy. My one issue is that the chin strap sits too close to my throat, something that, after a few hours, gets old.  

The matte finish sets off my TS sticker nicely and didn't come with any trashy graphics; a clean slate for me to add my own decals to. 

The tag inside says it also meets the standards for mountain biking and skating, so that is a big plus since my bike helmet is trashed (long story). I plan on taking the warm liner out and wearing it when I ride this summer. 

After less than five ski trips the lid still does its job. I wear the chin strap loose and it doesn't bother my throat much anymore and it has protected me well enough from my bad skiing (a couple yard sales) to account for its price. 

Another helmet for another hobby. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $64.99

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Price Current Retail: $35.99
Historic Range: $25.73-$203.96
Reviewers Paid: $64.99
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