Dennis Leedom founded Bern Unlimited in July 2004. Dennis is an avid skier, biker, snowboarder, and developing park skater and has taken quite a few tumbles over the years. As a result, he came to realize the value of head protection and made it his mission to increase its awareness and usage. From 1989-1997, Dennis took part in pioneering recreational helmet use for snow sports in the USA representing Boeri helmets. He then took part in developing and managing the Leedom helmet brand from 1997-2003. Committed to safety, he was using different helmets for his different activities when inspiration struck. In 2004, he assembled and engaged a core team of partners to develop the vision of Bern Unlimited – to give action sports enthusiasts one lid that is adaptable to all seasons and all non-motorized action sports.Bern was started from the ground up. Dennis and a contractor friend, Bruce Wilson, built a 500 sq. foot barn next to his home. Before it was even finished, Dennis and the other primary developers of Bern – Adam Godwin and Josh Walker – moved in to put the business plan into action.
The team worked closely with helmet designer Jonathan Baker from Injoy Design to embark on 18 months of design and engineering of our head protection line. They also engaged with John Quigley from Buzz Studios to develop the brand, logo and initial marketing materials. This was a huge project for both Jonathan and John and Bern will always be thankful for their creativity, passion and hard work.
Dennis used his manufacturing experience and connections to visit the leading helmet factories in the world to help turn the vision into finished product. After several long trips to China, Dennis decided to choose Lucky Bell Plastic Factory because of their integrity, shared values, manufacturing capabilities and people.
The Bern brand was launched to the retail trade at the Action Sport Retailer show in September 2005. In February 2006, Seth Wescott introduced Bern to the world with Olympic Gold in snowboard cross in Torino, Italy. In one day, Bern’s website went from averaging 120 hits a day to 9,850! And leave it to Seth to follow up with another victory in Canada, 2010.
Thank you Seth and all of the other athletes who have gotten behind the brand – we couldn’t do it without you.
Claws For a Cause
5% of all Seth Wescott Pro-Model sales will go directly to the Maine Lobstermen’s Alliance. The MLA provides educational opportunities for the industry in the areas of leadership training, safety, business planning and marketing to support lobster- men in a dynamic and changing environment. The MLA has been serving the lobster industry since 1954.
For more information please visit bernunlimited.com/MLA
New York Bike Messenger Foundation
The New York Bicycle Messenger Foundation was established in 2003 as a federal and state not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation. It is an all-volunteer organization, staffed soley by current and former messengers. Our mission is simple, to support the New York City messenger community. That assistance may be realized in many ways. From providing financial support to injured messengers, to nurturing programs that assist in the research or advancement of the messenger work force.
1000 Bikes Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in April 2010 by Michael “CoolAssMike” Bowers, who grew up in various foster homes across NY. 1000 Bikes is dedicated to giving bikes to 1000 foster youth across the United States. They’re a cycling advocacy group that intends to get more people riding bikes in a fun, safe manner. 1000 Bikes is running a helmet awareness and Education Traveling Exhibit. Info and images of helmet technology, advancement, and design will educate riders on bike and helmet safety. 7% of the sales from this helmet will go to 1000bikes.org
The Ian Tilmann Foundation
Grease Not Gas
Since 2001 Grease Not Gas has covered 300,000 miles using recycled waste vegetable oil and biodiesel. We are proud to support Mike Parziale and Grease Not Gas™ as he works to share his experiences encouraging people and companies to think about making a positive change. Check it out at Grease Not Gas
Grind For Life
Grind For Life Inc. was founded in 2003 by life long skateboarder Mike Rogers after his second battle with sarcoma cancer. He defeated cancer once as a pre-teen and again 25 years later. Mike beat the odds and is skateboarding competitively again. The mission of the Grind For Life organization is to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. In addition, they educate and inspire these patients and families concerning cancer survival and recovery. Grind For Life
P.O. Box 1284
Duxbury, MA 02331
P: (781) 582-8125
F: (781) 582-8124
Direct Sales (Shopatron): (877) 412-7467
Please send a self addressed, STAMPED envelope to:
Attn: Sticker Request
P.O. Box 1284
Duxbury, MA 02331
Returns & Exchanges
If you need to return or exchange your helmet or hard hat for any reason, please fill out a Return Authorization form and email it in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow at least 48 hours for us to send you a Bern issued RA number. Once you receive an RA #, please write the number clearly on the box and send it into the address on the bottom of the form. Please allow at least 2 weeks to receive your replacement.
Bern’s warranty program covers all of our products from 1 year of purchase. Please fill out the warranty form with a brief description of the problem and email it into email@example.com. Please allow at least 48 hours for us to send you a Bern issued RA number. Once you receive an RA #, please write the number clearly on the box and send it into the address on the bottom of the form. Please allow at least 2 weeks to receive your replacement.
Crash Replacement Program
If you crash and damage your helmet in any way, please fill out the damage replacement form and email it into firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Damage Replacement”. If possible, pictures of your damaged helmet will be helpful in determining if you need a replacement. Please allow at least 48 hours for Bern to send you a RA number. Once you receive an RA number, write that number clearly on the box and send it into the address on the bottom of the form with a check for $35.00 made out to Bern Unlimited.
Removing Snap-In Liners
When removing your snap-in liner, please be sure to secure your grip near the snaps and pull from the inside out.