Cycling around town in the Bern Parker (£74.99)helmet, a good-looking and comfortable lid ideal for city commuters.
Bern Parker cycle helmet review
Product description: “The Parker, our newest women’s helmet, builds on the best-selling Berkeley, bringing greater venting, a new Boa 360 degree retention system, and a sleek new look to our urban classic. Utilizing our premium Zipmold + construction and our signature removable flip visor, the Parker combines a low-profile design, outstanding safety, and light weight in a single sleek package. Safety and style – the Parker proves you can have both.”
On two wheels:
I swear by a trusty Bern helmet for skiing, so I was excited to try their offering for cyclists to see how they compare. Both the winter sports and cycling helmets strike me as being thoughtfully designed and well made, and both have stood up brilliantly to regular use.
Bern’s Parker feels lightweight when on and fits my head perfectly, and has never yet felt tight, hot or itchy, even when I’m on the road all day. The felted inner straps are easily adjustable, and there’s enough space to stick a beanie under the helmet in cold weather. The chin strap is comfy and the many vents really work on summer rides – less sweaty bike hair.
My only issue with the Parker has been the removable peak. It’s meant to flip up and down and pop on and off at will, but mine was prone to falling off right from the start – especially frustrating mid-ride. I figured out that I could superglue the peak’s poppers in place, however, and it now works perfectly.
The Parker is also a very handsome helmet. I have a weirdly big head and it does give me a hint of mushroom-ness, but I love the pastel blue colour and sleek design. If you hate wearing helmets the Parker might just convert you.
Verdict: A very good-looking, slick and comfortable helmet, ideal for commuting and city cycling. If you aren’t a fan of the colourway it also comes in slick black and racer red.