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Ventilation and aerodynamics don’t always work well together: More vents usually mean extra drag and thus we get fully-enclosed aero road helmets. This isn’t the case with Scott’s Centric Plus helmet, however, with large front and side vents that provide ample airflow for hot summer rides.
According to Scott, the Centric’s aerodynamic shape is designed to improve airflow over the helmet and help you sneak through the wind with little drag. That’s pretty much the standard line for any aero helmet, and since we didn’t test this one in the wind tunnel, we’re judging this helmet on its merits in other areas like fit and comfort.
The polycarbonate outer is fused to the helmet’s impact absorbent foam liner that keeps the weight down without sacrificing strength. It uses the MIPS brain protection system inside, which was specifically constructed to help improve airflow.
Scott’s Halo fit system offers a snug and secure grip and the large rear dial clicks positively when tightening or loosening the retention system. It offers a wide range of adjustment so you can fit a heavy winter cap underneath or go cap-less and still get a secure fit.
The helmet’s straps feel smooth against the chin and adjust easily to help you find your optimal fit. The padding on the inside has antibacterial and anti-odor properties to keep things feeling clean and fresh.
Ultimately, the Centric is one of the more comfortable aero helmets we’ve tested and it vents well enough that you won’t feel baked in summer temps. It’s reasonably priced compared to its competition too.