Scott Stego helmet £119.99

Enduro helmet with Mips protection

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Scott's Stego falls firmly in the enduro side of the trail family of helmets. It has a dropped rear that offers plenty of skull protection. 

Safety is at the forefront of the design and there is extra protection in front of the ear to guard this vulnerable area. The top of the helmet is smooth, which helps the helmet slide during crashes, and also provides a good mounting point for cameras and lights. 

The innovative Mips brain protection system means rotational forces during crashes are dissipated more effectively. Most helmets are designed for perpendicular impacts.

The Mips system is a yellow sheet of low-friction plastic mounted inside the shell of the helmet. It offers 15mm of extra movement in both forward and sideways planes during a rotational impact. Adding Mips only adds 15 to 20g to the weight of a helmet, but Scott say it adds considerable extra protection. 

The Stego's fit is longer than some, and although the padding is thin, it was comfortable to wear on longer rides. This was helped by the better than average ventilation. The ventilation is aided by shallow but wide internal channelling and two small vents just over the forehead, which have a noticeable effect on cooling.

The fixed visor keeps sun out of the eyes, without obstructing vision, and goggles sit nicely with the shape of the brow. The fixed point straps are held away from the side of the head, and there's plenty of ear room.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio

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