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Company

Bern Unlimited is a lifestyle action sport company specializing in head protection for non-motorized action sports. Bern is passionate, focused and committed to providing skaters, snowboarders, skiers, cyclists and wakeboarders with adaptable All Season head protection that fits each rider’s individual personality and style. Bern also offers action sport enthusiasts other products that promote and complement their lifestyles.Bern’s mission is to deliver products that action sports participants want before they know they want them. Through new designs, engineering and development, Bern has driven the evolution of head protection. These key Bern differences are designed to enhance your performance, comfort, quality, style and the overall experience of doing what you love to do.

Bern Unlimited is a privately owned company operated by action sports enthusiasts. Our success and evolution today is largely attributed to the great team of people we have assembled, who value the environment, teamwork, integrity, passion and a healthy action sport lifestyle.

We thank each and every supporter who values our products and our brand. Get out and have fun participating in action sports – but make sure to wear head protection!

History

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.

Causes

New York Bike Messenger Foundation

Iconic NYC messenger Squid Bolger worked with Bern to develop a pro model Brentwood this year. Seven percent of all Squid’s Cyclehawk™ helmet sales will go to the New York Bike Messenger Foundation. The NYBMF provides grants to messengers injured while riding. Squid is the first athlete in the history of Bern who has donated his entire signature percentage to a non-profit organization. It is just like Squid to think of others before himself and try to help his injured brothers and sisters. Respect.
New York Bike Messenger Foundation Cyclehawk NYC

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

Distributors

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 connect@bernunlimited.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.

Warranty

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 connect@bernunlimited.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 connect@bernunlimited.com 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.


Go All Season

Upgrade your Bern lid with a variety of interchangeable cold and warm weather liners. Customize your lid to every style and season with up to 6 different configurations. Snap the knit of your choice into the shell of your lid. The vent cover decreases airflow while the knit liner provides warmth for cold weather riding. Bern’s All Season program allows you to customize your lid for summer or winter action sports while minimizing environmental impact.

Bern Fit

The chine line of each model separates the top of the lid from the sides giving each lid our signature look. The lid ergonomically fits around your head instead of on top of it providing full protection.Bern’s trademark, low-profile style is combined with a deep surround fit and feel. Bern offers multiple shell sizes in most models to provide balance between protection, profile and fit.Every lid is designed with a signature Bern Profile. The visors and vents may be different, but the outside shape is always the same. Turn to the front, side, or back and you’ll know it’s a Bern.

Zip Mold

Polycarbonate (PVC) shell with liquid injected Zipmold hard foam
Shell: Tough PVC thin shell exterior
Impact Foam: Liquid injected Zipmold interior for high-impact protection
Features: Engineered with a tapered edge and seamless finish. Ultra-lightweight Zipmold technology provides a high strength to weight ratio.
Standards: Complies with CPSC, ASTM F 2040, EN1078

Hard Hat

Burly ABS Shell with patented Brock soft foam
Shell: Thicker ABS shell specifically designed for Brock foam
Impact Foam: Soft and breathable Brock foam for multiple low-impact protection
Features: Brock is open cell foam which allows air to circulate through the foam and out the lid, keeping you cool and dry.
Standards: Hard Hats do not meet action sports head protection standards. Hard Hats are designed to protect against multiple lower force impacts and may prevent concussions when hard foam helmets will not.

EPS

Available in Carbon Fiber and ABS Thin Shell modelsThin Carbon Fiber shell with EPS hard foam
Shell: Hand-wrapped carbon fiber exterior
Impact Foam: Expanded polystyrene hard foam interior for high-impact protection
Features: Lightweight and unbreakable, the carbon fiber helmet is the most durable construction available
Standards: Complies with CPSC, ASTM F 2040, EN1077B, EN1078
Improved ABS thin shell with EPS hard foam
Shell: Ultra thin ABS shell specifically engineered for EPS foam
Impact Foam: Expanded polystyrene hard foam interior for high-impact protection
Features: Approximately 20% lighter than last season’s model
Standards: Complies with CPSC, ASTM F 2040, EN1077B, EN1078

H2O

Burly ABS shell with patented Brock soft foam and water resistant EVA lining
Shell: Thicker ABS shell specifically designed for Brock foam
Impact Foam: Soft and breathable Brock foam for multiple low-impact protection
Features: Made with open cell Brock foam for improved moisture circulation. Our water helmets are lined with water resistant EVA and laminated neoprene. Removable ear protectors included.
Standards: Complies with CE 1385