I have a bern hard hat.
I find the hard hat alot more comfy than the EPS, due to the foam used. Most EPS helmets if they dont fit right, they have pinch points,where as the brock form kind of shrink fits to you head.
Is the ESP safe? Yes and No. It is safer if you are hitting 50ft jumps or going throuh trees lighting fast (like 50km/h for example). If your not boarding at those extreme conditions and not going to smash you head into a rock, I personally think the hard hat is safer. Mainly because in a small fall, the EPS has a higher chance of giving you a concussion. I have had multiple falls this season and no concussion yet. After one fall last season with a EPS, I had a concussion.
Plus, you don't need to replace the hard hat after one fall.