New and improved “Low Rider” delivers a lower center of gravity for superior feel and comfort.Note: Will not ship until January 2023
The Ben Franklin 2 “Low Rider” delivers a lower center of gravity and is the most durable composite helmet you can buy because the color molded throughout "FYR-Glass" Shell (including ridges) resists chipping, cracking and peeling far better than even Kevlar reinforced shells.
The Low Rider helmets offer a newly designed suspension and headband cover system that allows both the Ben 2 to ride lower on your head which lowers the center of gravity therefore improving balance while it also reduces strain on the head, neck and shoulders. The long term result is that the Ben 2 is the most cost effective, lightweight composite traditional helmet. It offers comfortable fit, balanced feel, low head ride and light weight of "old" traditional helmets, but with NFPA required performance levels.
You simply can't beat Ben 2's fit, comfort, performance…or price.
- New and improved “Low Rider” delivers a lower center of gravity
- 6 point suspension system provides a full 1.5” of adjustment for quick and easy custom fit
- Stronger, lighter, and a great value with field proven proprietary shell material that provides superior heat protection with 39% more resistance to impact penetration than conventional fiberglass material
- Internally protected suspension straps cannot be affected by external heat or flame
- Gold plated eagle front holder won't bend and flop like hollow brass ones
- Includes black Nomex earlaps and liner
- Stronger, Lighter, and Less Expensive
- Field Proven "FYR-Glass" Shell
- Built-In Goggle Retention System
- Best SCBA Interface with no need to adjust suspension
- Better Performance and Engineered for Excellence
- Lower Ride: Improved 6 point suspension and wider interior, coupled with the lowest center-of-gravity on the market, provides superior ride and fit.
- More Comfortable: Specially made headliner cradles your head in comfort while it cushions overhead straps away from your hair and head.
- Useable Hang-up Loops: Actually large enough to fit over a peg.
- Best Range of Available Sizes: No need for small, medium or large headband sizes. With our improved headband/ratchet it will fit the largest range of hat sizes of any NFPA helmet on the market- from under 6 to over size 9.
- Most Adjustable Headband: Four position depth adjustments, two at the front and two at the rear, makes it possible to fit almost any head with just a few quick and easy adjustments. No tools needed.
- Protected Suspension Straps: Internally protected straps cannot be affected by external heat or flame.
- Gold Plated Eagle: Looks fantastic! Won't bend and flop over like hollow brass holders do.
- Available with Black or Yellow Nomex Earlaps.
Morning Pride offers the best warranty in the business. "Morning Pride shall guarantee the helmets to be free from any defects in material or workmanship for the life of the product. In addition, manufacturer shall guarantee composite shells for 5 years and thermo-plastic shells for 3 years from the date of manufacture, should it wear out or be damaged during normal firefighting and/or training activities. This warranty excludes helmets or parts that are "lost" due to acts of nature or negligence."
Ratings & Reviews
Ben II's are BOSS
My JR squad uses these, as does the entire department as a whole. These things are rugged, lightweight and are simple enough that if it gets beaten up, it'll still look good.
Best helmet ever!!!!!!!!!
Best helmet ever!!!!!
Best Looking Helmet on the Market
Great Helmet but it's just too heavy.
Not a Leather
This helmet is being marketed as the end all, be all fire helmet. It isn't. It sits too high on your head (there's about 1.5 inches of clearance between the suspension and the shell). The new 4 point chin strap is a joke, I'm not a small guy and the ""V"" comes well past my jaw line making it difficult to adjust properly.
I've had better (lighter)
I got this helmet when I joined my Career Department, as it is the ""standard issue"". They ordered them because they seem to fit even the largest head. Though because they are so large, they are heavy, bulky, and a bit awkward, especially if you are a small firefighter. I had mine for about 6 months, then I bought a used 880 Chicago helmet (because it was lighter and more low profile). I've been in the fire service for 10 years, this was the least comfortable helmet for me.
Seems to break a lot
I own and have been issued several Ben II helmets and I love them all with the exception of these new models. The plastic clips that hold the suspension together must have been made of more brittle material, because they break if you sneeze at them. The older Ben's were pretty much indestructable, it really is a shame that these do not hold up like that.
Morning Pride Ben II
I am a volunteer Firefighter and this helment fits great
I run with a Volunteer rescue-fire crew, we run 270+ calls a year I wear this helmet on all interior runs, All around it is a great helmet, I have a Cairns 1044 that I also wear but the Ben 2 is alot lighter, CON: the pin tabs that hold the head gear in place break all the time. But I would buy another one, Can't beat the price either.
great helmet for the price
great helmet. i fell this spring from the main floor of a structure to the basement at a house fire. this helmet saved my life. the only thing that happened was my bourkes had a knick in them and my rubber bead had ripped some. it saved me that day and its still in use today
I've wore alot better
I'm a career fireman for 10 years, and have been a volunteer for 12 years. Between the 2 departments run about 5,000 calls a year. I average about going in around 20-30 structure fires a year. This helmet by far is the worse I've ever worn. It heavy, and sits high on your head. I've worn Bullard, Paul Conway, & Phenix also, and I would choose either one of them in a second on Morning Pride.
Falls Off My Head
I was doing a Firefighter Survival Course at my local academy, and during the Maze, it fell of multiple times!! Enough times I couldn't keep count! My Department used to have the Carins 1010, I Soon to be switching to a New Yorker Leather as I will be purchasing. I do Not like this helmet.
Great to Wear
My first helmet and it was a good decision. Great look to it and it's very comfortable. The Low Rider suspension is great.
Ordered two of these helmets in Dec. '12. I own three now. Use them everyday and love them. They do seem heavier but we put the Ben II, 1010, 1044, and 880 all on a scale and the Ben II came in 3/10 of a pound heavier than the lightest helmet. All around love this helmet. I gave a 1 star rating for the way the fire store handled the re-certification process. I give the helmet 5 stars.
good helmet bad suspension
Helmets are of good construction. still look good after 2 years of service. Shell has endured well. The suspension in over half of the helmets purchased by our department have failed. New design might have corrected this but the model we received in 2011-12 has this flaw. We just ordered new and hope the replacement suspension will be better quality
Best helmet i have had yet
our company got the new ben 2 low rider with the new EZ-Flips that are NFPA and OSHA approved all our members love this helmet. we had 1044, and UST6 before these and the ben 2 is by far a better helmet
Best helmet out there!
Best helmet I've ever used! I'm on my second one.
my whole department uses this helmet
this store is used by my FD and so is are these products.
Popular but not worth it.
This product is popular because it is used by HFD and FDNY Etc... Everyone says its light in their reviews, however, until you wear a Cairns 1010 or 1044 you won't know better. This helmet can take damage and heat but all of them can if they are met by NFPA 1971. The suspension is separate and cheap; it fails all of the time. It rides too high no matter the settings and is just as heavy as a leather helmet. Cairns is the way to go . I have worn both inside fire and during trainings.
Great Helmet! Well worth the money
This is my first ben 2 low rider. I have used Bullard and fire dex in the past and the ben 2 is a far better helmet. Its very lightweight and is comfortable. Seems like it is well built, and it is a very appealing cosmetically. It sits well on my head. I am what I would consider an average build, and no issues of it sitting too high. The eagle is very well built compared to other helmets. I haven't found any issues with it as of yet, but I will update as time goes on. I bought the model with the flip downs. They come far enough down to protect my eyes and face. They are well built and sturdy. I am also glad that the flip downs are NFPA compliant as this was a selling point for me. I think this is a good product for the price. Not to mention that the warranty is great! I am not trying to make this one sided, but I cant find anything wrong or anything I don't like at this time.
Ok Helmet... but there are better...
I have bought a few BEN II's just because the local dealer keeps them in stock, and runs specials on them every now and again. They are also standard issue at my department. I think the popularity of this helmet is completely blown out of per portion. Individuals see FDNY wearing them, so they must be the best thing ever right? Not in my opinion. First Honeywell claims the BEN II has a low center of gravity... It does not. I have owned both the older model and the new ""Low Rider"" model and both seem to sit at the same level. Of the three BEN II's I have owned/ used, two of them have suffered from broken shield (device) mounts. The plastic shield mounts do not seem to withstand the heat very well. The suspension system I believe is the weakest link in the whole system. The straps always gave me hot spots after only a few minutes of wear, if the stitching didn't break first. Some positives for this helmet are: The eagle is extremely strong and durable. The new flip-downs the ""Low Riders"" ships with are also extremely durable and don't melt or suffer from spring fatigue like old school bourkes do. From personal experience at my department, I would say 80% of firefighters prefer other brands/ models of fire helmets.
Great helmet, using this model for 15 years, best helmet out
on the job, everyday use, structural firefighting
"Does the Morning Pride Ben 2 have an impact cap on the inside of the helmet? Or is just the shell with suspension like the Paul Conway?"
if you are asking if there is a impact cap like you would find in a MSA/Carins helmets then the asnswer is no. It does have the following, per their web site; Lower Ride: Our improved 6 point suspension and wider interior, coupled with the lowest center-of-gravity on the market, provides superior ride and fit. More Comfortable: Specially made headliner cradles your head in comfort while it cushions overhead straps away from your hair and head. Hope this answers your question,
"What size rubber band should i get to hold my flashlight and chock blocks on my helmet"
I have never seen the rubber helmet strap in a certain size, Streamlight Inc. offers a rubber helmet strap for 5 or 6 dollars. Thats the only rubber strap I have seen on the market. Some of the FF in my station have taken an old truck tire ""intertube"" and cut it to use on their helmets, the Streamlight P/N 99075 even has cut outs for your light to slip into. We have these in stock in our warehouse in Coatesville and can be shipped in a couple days time. Hope this answers your question.
"Do the EZ Flip meet all NFPA and ANSI standards so that you dont need a faceshield or goggles."
The Morning Pride ""E-Z Flips do meet the current NFPA standards 1971-2007 edition, and they are the only flip downs that do meet the standard. NFPA still recommends that you have the faceshield or the goggles for rescue/extrication's,they fit against the firefighter face(goggles) and the faceshield in the down position with your head bent forward there is less chance of something breaking and coming up under your flip downs and causing you injury. I would go with the E-Z Flips and the goggles, you can store the goggles in the front or the back of your helmet and they are there should you need them.
"Are the trapezoid decals standard on this helmet?"
Yes, they are.
"Are the trapezoid decals standard on this helmet?"
I believe so. When I bought mine it came with them.
"What version of NFPA-1971 2007 or 2013?"
It will be the version that is in at the time it was manufactured, we know that the latest will be 2013, depending on where a helmet is when its being made the version at that moment in time is what will be on the helmet. In other words if the 2013 went into effect @ 1/1/2013 any helmet made after that date will be a 2013, if the 2007 spec was still being used 1/1/2013 than that's what you get. as long as it is a NFPA certified it doesn't matter, it's NFPA period.
"which is the weight of this helmet?"
"Are white ones in stock with ez flips?"
This helmet drop ships directly from the manufacturer.
"I'm in a Fire Department that uses the modern style helmets with the Velcro arch helmet shields. Is it possible to remove the eagle holder on the front of this helmet without leaving damage to the helmet or marks, so I can use the helmet shields at my department without having the eagle holder sticking out?"
Matt, I'm trying to understand what you are asking us; if you remove the eagle, there will be 2 holes, and a rib, left there, now by ""Velcro arch helmet shields"" are you talking about a 4"" leather front that's Velcroed to the front of a modern helmet? The top line is arched, middle has station/engine number, and bottom line is straight. Only suggestion I would have is try it, if you have a Ben II helmet already, if not than I don't recommend you buy the Ben II to find out it won't work, once you alter the helmet it's yours you won't be able to return it.
"What size leather front fits on this? If my department has a 6"" issued leather front will it fit on this helmet?"
Ben a 6"" should work, if you have to drill holes in your new front double check before drilling, height wise should not be a problem, just check the mounting holes 1st
"Which weighs more, the Ben2 lowrider or the cairns n5a?? Of those 2, which sits lower?"
The Ben II weighs 58oz and the N5A weighs 61oz, the Ben II sits lower in my opinion.
"What is the difference between the NFPA and OSHA certified versions?"
JD, 1st, that is a typo on our web site, we will correct that today I hope, Ben II helmets are all NFPA approved they do not have just a OSHA helmet.
"Is this helmet equipped with the ez flips NFPA approved? I have heard both yes and no, mostly no from other sales reps."
Hi Rob. The EZ Flips are NFPA certified.
"How do you install a leather shield on this helmet with the stupid spring thing?"
The helmet should have what they call a ""U BRACKET"" on the helmet that the front attaches to. This ""stupid spring"" you are talking about were not sure what you mean or what you are referring to.
"I need to mount the leather shield on my new Ben 2 low rider. is there a template for the 2 holes i need to drill the leather front to match the 2 phillips head screws in the helmet?"
Tommy, you should have a ""U"" shaped bracket attached to the front of your helmet, all Ben II helmets come from the factory with this. This will have the 2 screws and the holes you will need to attach the front to your helmet.
"Is there an alternative front holder for this helmet other than the standard eagle? My buddy has a Ben II he said he bought from you and it has a different front holder but I don't see that option on the site."
We sell Liberty Art after market products for the helmets, there are several different model Eagle holders, but none of them are shown to be for a Ben II helmet. There is a possibly that 1 of those might fit a Ben II, we don't know. This doesn't seem like it answers your question but it's the best we can do.
"Do you have to order it with ESS goggles to get the goggle mounting studs or are they standard?"
You will need to order the helmet with the goggles
"My department recently replaced all of our helmets with the Ben2. We would like to match the color of the reflective tetrahedron to put names on the back of the helmets. Could you please provide the manufacturer and what they call the color. Thank You!"
Good Morning Brian, the color is what they (Ben II) call ""LIME"" we like to refer to it as Lime Yellow, and it's made of ""RELEXITE"" the replacement part number for Honeywell helmets is HL-BRT-L this comes as a pack of 8 Trapezoids or Tetrahedron. You can also get the same thing from 3M but without the""plastic look"", just plain reflective material.
"Not trying to beat a dead horse, I know the basic answer has been answered a few times. Can I request a helmet made after 2013 so it meets the NFPA 2013 quidelines? Just don't want to spend the money on one and I go to a class and they say it isnt the ""New Standard"" or some mess. Thanks!"
The correct answer to this, oh never mine. All of our helmets should be the ""2013"" helmets, when you place your order with customer service ask them to make a note on your order to double check the helmet date, that it has to be marked as a 2013 or later NFPA 1971 standard.
"My department utilizes different colored tetrahedrons to indicate rank. Can i specify which color I need or is the safety green/yellow the only option? I need orange."
Brett, you can ask to order the helmets to come in with Red/Orange trim, this and the Lime/Yellow are the only acceptable NFPA colors trim, any other colors will not have a NFPA stickler on the helmet.
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