- Plenty of room for glasses or googles
- Well ventilated
- Good variety of colour options
- Minimal padding may be a problem for some
- Visor doesn't actually provide much protection
The Scott Tago Plus helmet is a great trail helmet with lightweight and airy properties. The Mips system along with plenty of coverage makes for a confidence-inspiring helmet that is very comfortable to wear. It comes in a wide range of sizes and styles, and despite the lack of visor adjustability, it's a worthy consideration for anyone looking to get one of the best mountain bike helmets.
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Scott Tago Plus helmet - Technical details
Scott Tago Plus helmet sits between the lighter Vivo trail and the heftier Stago enduro lid and offers what the brand describes as “do-it-all” trail protection.
This helmet features Mips technology, which allows the liner to slide on impact which reduces rotational forces on the head and provides more protection for the brain. In addition, the liner has been cleverly designed to not obstruct the air vents and therefore provides a well-ventilated lid.
The Tago is partially made from recycled materials and the EPS foam and straps are fully recycled.
Scott uses its Halo fit system which is claimed to “ensure easy adjustability and unparalleled comfort”. It has room for vertical and circumferential adjustments, which should allow a comfortable fit for most. Coming in three sizes (S, M & L), the Tago is designed for head sizes ranging from 51cm up to 61cm. I weighed this helmet at 347g which isn't bad at all.
Scott Tago Plus helmet - Performance
Helmet fit is usually quite apparent when first trying a lid on. I was immediately impressed with the Tago, as it did a great job of providing a comfortable fit. The three-position vertical adjustment allowed the turn dial to be located just where I wanted it. My head shape is slightly more oblong than round and some helmets can pinch causing pressure points - the Tago caused no such issues.
The padding is pretty minimal but thanks to the well-crafted shape, it didn't hamper my comfort and does allow for the helmet to dry quickly. The thin padding is worth keeping in mind as it does not provide enough cushioning for everyone.
Ventilation is excellent considering the coverage on offer - there are lots of vents for air to flow in and out which gives an airy feel while still feeling sturdy enough to give confidence. The coverage down the back of the head is perhaps a little less than on a full enduro lid but is still enough to alleviate any concerns. The front of the helmet is sculpted out enough to play nicely with a big set of riding glasses or one of the best mountain bike goggles without interference. The visor can be lifted up to store goggles when not in use although there is very little adjustability when it comes to the visor positions for trail riding - and it doesn't provide much protection which is a shame.
Other highlights include the central vent to mount a light and up to eight helmet colourways to match things with your kit and bike.
Scott Tago Plus helmet - Verdict
Retailing at £120, the Scott Tago Plus is sensible value for money with the performance on offer - and the use of recycled materials adds to it. If you don’t want to spend so much, the Fox Mainframe MIPS helmet comes in at £80 and looks great but lacks the same level of ventilation. At £100, the Met Terranova MIPS sits between the two but is a little bulkier and more limited in terms of available colours.
The Scott Tego MIPS helmet proves to be a stylish and functional lid for trail-riding duties. It provides ample coverage with good ventilation in a lightweight package. With the wide range of sizing and style on offer, it's definitely worth considering for your next helmet.