I picked up a Bern helmet before I left on this trip. It has turned out to be very comfortable while riding and I really like the visor. I got to test out its protective properties on a ride in Sedona when I hit a low tree branch I had not seen. The impact was considerable, but I came out of it unscathed.
I’m no expert on helmet impacts, but I think the hard shell Bern was a benefit as instead on collapsing and grabbing the branch like a foam helmet would the hard shell slide along the branch minimizing how much my head was jerked back.
Luckily other than my tree branch incident I managed not to land on my head!…=-)