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Scott Stego Plus helmet review

Scott’s latest trail/enduro helmet offers MIPS protection with a fantastic fit and some neat features

Scott Stego Plus helmet in action on the trail
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Our Verdict

Not the lightest or best-vented trail option but excellent fit breeds solid stability, and it’s got some smart bonus features to justify its price

For

  • Excellent fit and security
  • MIPS rotational safety
  • Great with goggles
  • Reasonable heat radiation
  • Accessory visor

Against

  • Limited front venting
  • High peak

The Stego Plus helmet slides in between the Nero Plus full-face and the XC race Centric Plus in the brand's range. It’s really well thought out from fit to accessory compatibility and represents Scott's entrant to the best enduro helmets space.

First impressions of the Stego are excellent, with a complete two-piece hardshell wrap for protection and a shell shape that immediately sat well on every head in our test team. The HALO 360 cradle tightens very accurately via the big rubber dial on the back, and it’s adjustable through four height levels, too. The two-piece anti-microbial padding web is low profile for a snug fit. The result is a helmet that feels super secure before you even clip up the tough color-matched webbing straps and slide the Y adjusters into the sweet spot for your jaw shape. 

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Scott Stego Plus helmet

While prominent, the peak is set too high to serve any practical purpose (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Scott Stego Plus helmet

Six exhaust ports of varying size suck air out of the back (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Scott Stego Plus helmet

Seventeen vents include three double-ended ports that feed air down into goggles/across glasses (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Scott Stego Plus helmet

The HALO 360 cradle tightens very accurately via the big rubber dial on the back (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Performance and specification

The cradle interfaces with the helmet shell via MIPS slip-plane tabs to reduce the damaging rotational load on your skull’s contents if you bite the dust. Seventeen vents include three double-ended ports that feed air down into goggles/across glasses, six exhaust ports of varying size suck air out of the back, and then long narrow top slots give a noticeable breeze if you get your head down or radiate upwards if you’re climbing slow. The hole for the temple vents is filled with a PU gel padding block that helps “provide progressive energy absorption at low and mid-energy impacts” according to Scott, and also defines the fit size. 

That does mean airflow from the front is comparatively limited and however we adjusted the peak, we couldn’t get a lot of obvious ‘throughput’ air con from the Stego. The deep vented brow of the helmet also projects far enough forward that you can’t even see the peak at its lowest setting, so it’s more decorative than useful as a weather shield. The peak is integrated really well aesthetically though and hinges high enough to comfortably stow goggles underneath. The rear of the helmet also gets a rubberized, Scott logoed strap-securing feature to keep your optics in place. You also get a spare peak included with an integrated GoPro mount for POV footage. It also works really well with the best mountain bike lights and has made the Scott our go-to night patrol lid.

Verdict

The Stego Plus fitted a wide range of head shapes on our test team really well with hot spot-free stability and security. It works great with the best mountain bike goggles, GoPros, and lights, too and it radiates heat well at slower speeds. However, if you’re not using it as an accessory mount, the peak is set too high to serve any practical purpose, and front-to-back air-con airflow is limited at higher speeds.  Still a worthy recommendation and one of the better options in the segment.

Tech Specs: Scott Stego Plus helmet

  • Price: £144.99 / $189.99
  • Weight: 414g (medium with GoPro peak)
  • Colors: Land green (tested), Nitro purple, Florida red, Granite black, white 
  • Size: S, M, L
Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He got an archaeology degree out of Exeter University, spent a few years digging about in medieval cattle markets, working in bike shops and warehouses before starting writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit he’s also coughed out a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too. We trust Guy's opinion and think you should, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel Ltd MTBs, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Di2 Disc road bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg