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Bern Team Baker Review

A stylish, no-frills helmet.
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Price:  $70 List | $44.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Simple, stylish
Cons:  Lack of padding, no adjustment system
Manufacturer:   Bern
By Sam Piper ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 10, 2017
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  • Comfort - 25% 4
  • Warmth - 25% 6
  • Ventilation - 20% 4
  • Weight - 10% 7
  • Goggle Compatibility - 10% 6
  • Style - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Team Baker takes over where the Baker Hardhat left off. Bern has stuck with its signature style with this simple yet effective helmet, but added EPS-certified foam under the ABS hard shell, making the helmet safety-certified for ski, bike, and skate. On the lower end of the price range and without many of the bells and whistles of the fancier helmets, the Team Baker fills a niche category that has worked for Bern for years.

Color Updates

The Team Baker is available this year in solid black or solid white (shown above). The price has also dropped $10, down from $80 to $70.

October 2018


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Pros Simple, stylishComfortable, warm, vents well, style pointsToasty, comfortable, really well-builtGreat interior fit, stylish look, warmLightweight, reasonably priced, well built
Cons Lack of padding, no adjustment systemPriceyExpensive and a little heavyEar flaps can be noisyVents fixed open, tricky size adjustment
Bottom Line A stylish, no-frills helmet.Deemed best of the best by our testers, there isn't a better combination of performance available from any model we have tested at OutdoorGearLab.A top of the line helmet for the avid skier.A high-end helmet at a price that is a step down from other top models.A simple, light, great helmet.
Rating Categories Bern Team Baker Smith Vantage MIPS Smith Quantum MIPS Giro Zone MIPS Smith Maze MIPS
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Specs Bern Team Baker Smith Vantage MIPS Smith Quantum MIPS Giro Zone MIPS Smith Maze MIPS
Measured Weight (in ounces) 15.5 oz 17.7 oz 21 oz 17.9 oz 15.1 oz
Adjustment System No adjustment Boa Fit System Boa FS360 fit system In Form 2 Fit System, Vertical Tuning Self-adjusting lifestyle fit system
# of Vents? 0 18 22 14 9
Number of Sizes 4 3 4 3 4
Removable Ear Covers? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Goggle Attachment? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Visor? Yes No No No No
Audio Compatibility? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Certifications CPSC and EN1077B ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077 Class B ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077 Class B CE EN1077 ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Team Baker came with mixed opinions from our reviewers, but the consensus seems to be that it performs as a no-frills helmet with the specific hardhat look that Bern has cultivated over the years.

Performance Comparison


No vents  big visor  the Team Baker is a unique looking helmet in a style category of its own.
No vents, big visor, the Team Baker is a unique looking helmet in a style category of its own.

Fit and Comfort


With little to no padding, one of our testers noted pressure points on her head while wearing the helmet and was concerned about how that would feel actually taking a hit to the head. Also, although there is almost no padding throughout the helmet, the ear pads have a lot and are quite bulky, causing pressure points and pain during a long day of skiing. Lastly, the Team Baker seems like it runs a little on the small side, so be sure to try one on before buying. If you're interested in a simple helmet with a similar style and a bit more padding it might be worth checking out the Giro Ledge or the Smith Maze.

Weight and Bulk


The Team Baker isn't the lightest helmet we tested, but it's definitely on the lower end of the range. Injection molded helmets are generally a bit bigger and bulkier, but the Team Baker is one of the sleeker helmets in that category. The hardhat look is nicely shaped, relatively sleek, and not too bulky.

Warmth


The Team Baker seems to have been built for days when you don't plan on hiking, side-stepping, or sweating. It is made for winter and summer use, so the liner can be removed, but this doesn't provide for a lot of variability if you're out skiing for the day. The earpieces on the Bern are bulky and warm, but the actual helmet doesn't have a lot of insulation, and if you want a visor our testers found theEditors Choice Smith Vantage to be warmer.

Ventilation


Because there are no vents on the helmet, the lack of padding adds to the airflow, but not that effectively. The ear pads can be removed, which adds a lot of ventilation to the helmet but doesn't provide much adjustability. Some people prefer helmets with a few open vents, allowing for air flow on warm days or wearing a beanie on colder days.

Goggle Compatibility


The goggle integration was okay with most goggles, but a visor combined with no goggle vents makes for a steamy interface. Keep in mind that goggle fogging can ruin a good day out, so if you absolutely need ventilation, the Maze and Ledge both vented goggles significantly better. Also worth noting is that the goggle tab on the Team Baker is a flimsy plastic that feels like it could snap off if you get too aggressive about pulling your goggles off.

Style


Two-toned is always a good way to go, since you'll be able to match it with more ski outfits. Plus, a freeride shape and a slick visor combined with a bright logo will let everyone know you're planning on getting sendy. The Team Baker is in a category of its own for style.

Best Applications


If you need a helmet for winter and summer use - and won't be bothered if it can't do either all that well - then the Team Baker is a great helmet for you. It'll do the trick in winter and summer, is safety rated for all activities, stylish, and relatively cheap.

Value


As mentioned above, for those seeking one helmet for all of their activities in every season, the Team Baker is a great choice that won't break the bank.

Conclusion


The Team Baker is another in the category of simple, multi-season helmets. It's got a strong style, a minimalist approach, and gets the job done in any season.


Sam Piper