Unboxing The Scott Cadence Plus & Centric Plus Helmets

Unboxing The Scott Cadence Plus & Centric Plus Helmets


– Woohoo, more juicy unboxing! More lovely bike tech to look at, and more opportunities to win it. Five more opportunities,
in fact, this week. Now, we’re gonna be looking at helmets. We’ve got the Scott Cadence
Plus Aero road helmet and we’ve also got the Scott Centric Plus, super-ventilated light-weight road helmet. Although, actually, as
we’re gonna find out, there is quite a bit of
crossover between the two. So, pigeon-hole these at your peril. Now, you will be familiar, I’m sure, with the fact that Scott make
helmets, for no other reason, potentially, than the Orica-Scott
men and women use these, and win bike races in
fact, week in, week out. But Scott has actually been making helmets for over 30 years. I’m particularly fond, in fact, of their 1993 cross-country mountain bike helmet, but, it’s not just been limited to bikes. They also make snow sport helmets and even motocross helmets, as well. That’s quite a lot of helmet know-how, you would think. Right, let’s start with… …this one. The Cadence Plus. So, this is the, whooo,
super-aerodynamic one. Now, Scott teamed up with the renowned aero-dynamicist and engineer Richard Kelso from the University of Adelaide to help take the performance of
this helmet up a notch from their previous one
which was called the Vanish. Now, Kelso would be a good
guy to know, it would seem, ’cause the University of Adelaide had a wind tunnel on campus, and I’m also told that they can knock up a
mean prototype very quickly. Now, when you add in the fact that he’s already got close links
with the aforementioned Orica-Scott team, sounds
like a good partnership, doesn’t it. So, generally you’d
expect to see a reduction in aero-dynamic drag and
also a reduction in cooling of your helmet. So, effectively, the more aero your lid, the hotter your head is gonna get. Except, in this case, the Cadence Plus, Scott have actually
aimed for the Holy Grail of achieving both, and
in Kelso’s own words, they have achieved super-low
drag and great cooling. And they have the data to back it up. You want data, we’ve got data. So, this is apparently
about a second quicker over a 40 kilometre time trial than
its next fastest competitor. But, the cooling is 1.1%
better than actually having no helmet at all. Yeah, a bare head. Now, it might be that
you’re not all that bothered about cooling. Perhaps you live in England, for example, but if that’s the case, then
Scott supplied the helmet with these aero plugs. So, they’re little bits
of plastic and foam, and you can use them to
actually block up the vents at the front, and in doing so, there we go, check it out. In doing so, if you block up all five, you actually make the
helmet five seconds faster over that 40 kilometre time trial we were just talking about. And they weigh just 25 grammes, which doesn’t add much to
an already light-weight, 290 gramme helmet. OK, then what about this
one, this Centric Plus? Still aero-optimized, you remember, but even better ventilation. Look at that. Ooooo. If this one, the Cadence
Plus, is 1.1% cooler than a bare head, this one
is actually twice as cool as that one, which sounds
really quite cool, indeed. How do they know that? Well, Scott take a heated
head form, so it’s basically like a fake head with a heater in it, and they stick 36 temperature
sensors all over it, and then they pop it in a mini wind tunnel with a controlled wind of
40 kilometres per hour, and then effectively
measure how hot it gets. That’s how you measure it. And, I did say it was
aero-optimized, this is a full 12 seconds faster over that
40 kilometre time trial than its predecessor,
which was the Vanish Evo, and then, if you’d like a
head-to-head comparison, if you’ll excuse the pun,
between these two helmets, this one gives away about two
watts at 40 kilometres an hour over than one there. Now, a cool head is
definitely a comfortable head, but that’s not all you need. We’ve all worn uncomfortable
helmets in the past, I’m sure, so, to make sure that these fit, Scott actually turned to
established medical research to create the very
impression map of a head, so, it take into account
areas of peak blood flow and high nerve density. And then, they actually
use that information to inform their fit strategy. Basically, what it means
is that they can tailor exactly which points of the
helmet contact your head, and make sure that they’re at
the most comfortable points. So, I think particular
attention has been paid to the cradle here,
and also the back there on this which is their Halo Fit System. So, that’s the top-of-the-range one and it’s on both of these helmets. They also can be adjusted
with just one hand. Now aero, cool, and comfortable
are all well and good, but, let’s face it, we’re wearing helmets for safety reasons here. Now you can’t say, for legal reasons, that one helmet is safer than another, only that it either does or does not meet the established safety
standards set for it. But, Scott say that
they actually test these beyond the safety standards,
which is really good to know, and they also use the MIPS System inside, as they have done, in fact, since 2011, which probably makes them
one of the early adopters, I guess, of that technology. If you’re not familiar
with it, then it stands for Multi-directional Impact
Protection System. And basically its designed
to reduce rotational violence in a crash, so, effectively,
you would rarely see a square impact in the
event of a bike accident. You are more likely to see
some kind of rotational force in there, as well, and the MIPS system is designed to reduce that. So that hat MIPS layers doesn’t impact ventilation properties at all, though, Scott have actually modified
it under close scrutiny from MIPS themselves,
to enhance breathability and improve cooling, and it outperforms the
standards MIPS line, apparently, by 16%. Well, by anyone’s standards, then, these do sound like two
really impressive helmets. And although I appreciate
that style is subjective, I mean some people don’t like
black socks with white shoes, and indeed choose to ride
with their cycling cap peaked down, I actually
think that these are two very good-looking helmets, indeed. Right, then. You want a shot at winning one of these. As I said, we’ve not just
got two to give away, we’ve actually got five
and you could choose which one you would like to win. To do so, just click on
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