Words by Katherine Moore
We’ve put the road Centric Plus helmet from Scott to the test. Trusted by world class road cyclists such as Annemiek van Vleuten of Orica-Scott, the Centric Plus sits at the top of their range alongside the Cadence Plus, which has a greater emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency.
So how does the Centric Plus stack up for those of us not fortunate enough to ride as pros? From club riding and racing to commuting, I put the Scott Centric Plus through its paces.
Features and fit
Let’s consider the most important factor first; safety. With MIPS technology (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System), this helmet has a two-layer fit. The thin, inner MIPS casing fits the head, with the attached but independent main shell of the helmet surrounding it. Should you be unfortunate enough to hit your head, the inner shell is designed to move independently of the outer helmet, protecting the brain from the rotational motion that may cause serious injury.
A minimal layer of padding fits between the forehead and the top of the head and the MIPS layer, with X-Static antimicrobial and odour resistant properties to keep your lid fresh. The Halo Fit System allows you to closely adjust the helmet to your specific head circumference by twisting the round dial at the back to change the position of the lightweight plastic arms. Three positions of the rear adjustment up and down certainly make this helmet ponytail friendly!
The Centric Plus uses thin, sleek fabric straps under the chin to secure the helmet, which are lightweight and comfortable, with no rubbing on longer rides. One hitch here is the rubber securing band for the loose end of the strap that didn’t stay in place whilst riding, but this was easily rectified by doubling it over.