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Scott Argo Plus helmet review

Can Scott's Argo Plus helmet produce performance to defy its budget price point?

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £75.00 RRP | USD $80.00 | EUR €100.00
Scott Argo Plus mountain bike helmet

Our review

Top-performing, pocket-friendly helmet
Pros: High levels of comfort; easy-to-use retention system; good value
Cons: Sweat can drip onto glasses; ventilation not outstanding
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Despite being a budget-friendly option, Scott’s Argo Plus helmet has numerous helpful features that boost its overall performance and make it a serious contender as one of the best mountain bike helmets.

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The Argo Plus has an EPS foam shell that’s bolstered with a MIPS liner, which is impressive at what is a fairly modest price.

Scott Argo Plus spec details

The ratchet adjustment wheel for the MRAS3 retention system is easily accessible.
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The MIPS liner helps separate rotational impacts from the head, while the EPS deals better with direct impacts.

The MRAS3 retention system has a broad range of circumference adjustment on the two sizes of helmet offered, and a ratchet wheel that’s easily accessible with gloves on.

It sits low enough below the shell of the helmet to be found easily.

The cradle isn’t vertically adjustable, but I found it really comfortable and it hugged the base of my skull well, giving a very secure, stable fit.

Scott Argo Plus performance

The MIPS liner is there to protect your head from rotational impacts in the event of a crash.
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Head coverage is average for a trail lid, with a little drop towards the back of the helmet, but not full skull coverage. Its 366g weight (size medium/large) is acceptable for the price.

The visor isn’t adjustable, but it’s well placed and effective. It’s long and low enough to offer real protection from both rain and sun, without hindering vision down the trail.

A pair of mountain bike sunglasses can be stashed through the rear vents easily, though goggles won’t fit under the visor.

Neither the retention system nor the shell of the helmet interfere with the arms of sunglasses, as some can. The MRAS3 retention system might not pull all the way from the forehead of the helmet, but it proved comfortable during testing with no pinching of the head when cranked up tighter.

Ventilation is good, though not the best out there, and I found the thin padding was prone to dripping sweat onto my glasses frequently. This was my only real complaint.

Despite this, the mid-depth padding is comfortable for prolonged rides and seems to dry out quickly.

Scott Argo Plus bottom line

The Argo Plus may have a modest price tag, but this is a lot of helmet for the money.
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Considering its modest price, excellent comfort levels and the presence of a MIPS liner, the Argo Plus is a compelling option.

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Despite a minor quibble over the thickness of the padding and ventilation that’s good rather than brilliant, this is a superb lid.

Product Specifications

Product

Price EUR €100.00GBP £75.00USD $80.00
Weight 366g (M/L) – as tested
Brand Scott

Features

Features Sizes: S/M, M/L
Fit system: MRAS 3
Construction: In-Mold Technology Polycarbonate Micro Shell
Colours: Black Matt, White/Black, Sand Beige, Fire Orange, Stellar Blue, Crystal Pink, Dark Moss Green, Mineral Blue, White/Light Pink
MIPS Yes
Helmet type Mountain bike open face