Bern Allston bike helmet - Eurobike 2013

Action sports company releases first urban cycling helmet

Action sports helmet company Bern has dabbled in the bike world before, marketing some of its lids to cyclists, but the new Allston (US$89/£75) is the first helmet the company has created specifically for riders.

The Allston retains Bern's signature shell-and-bill look, with liquid-injected foam technology that the brand calls Zip Mold. It also makes for a relatively light helmet, at a claimed 13oz (369g).

Sixteen vents double the airflow compared to a standard Bern helmet, the company claims. The Allston also comes with a removable cold-weather liner.

The Bern Allston, also available in bright green

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
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