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Scott Cadence Plus Helmet Short Review

Scott Cadence Plus Helmet Short Review

15.04.24 08:08 1.452Text: Hannes Lederer, NoMan (translated by AI)Photos: Erwin Haiden, Julia Lederer (2), Scott SportsAero is everything - but a bit of comfort, ventilation, and an extra dose of safety aren't bad either. That's why Scott has made its speed guarantor even faster, but also more versatile. We like!15.04.24 08:08 3.594

Scott Cadence Plus Helmet Short Review

15.04.24 08:08 3.594 Hannes Lederer, NoMan (translated by AI) Erwin Haiden, Julia Lederer (2), Scott Sports
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Aero is everything - but a bit of comfort, ventilation, and an extra dose of safety aren't bad either. That's why Scott has made its speed guarantor even faster, but also more versatile. We like!15.04.24 08:08 3.594
At the beginning of a new product introduction, as is well known, a few superlatives are always required. So here goes: The revised Cadence Plus is Scott's fastest competition helmet to date, according to the press materials. It has undergone rigorous wind tunnel testing to ensure optimal aerodynamics while maintaining the highest safety and comfort standards.
Compared to its predecessor, the helmet tests and analyses have yielded the following results:
  • 5.2% less drag coefficient
  • 22% less resistance at 15 degrees of crosswind
  • 10% less volume
When we convert these data, it results in a saving of 1 watt at a speed of 43 km/h without incline. Translated into time saved, this means: 10 seconds over 40 km.

Aero, but not only

And if we examine these numbers for their extended practical relevance, it means: Slipperiness remains the number one topic for the Cadence. At the same time, the aero cover has become slimmer and more versatile - noticeable not only in the silhouette and the fact that it also "works" when the head is turned or in changing situations. But also in features like the modern magnetic buckle, the optional, rechargeable LED rear light (!) for clipping on, or the MIPS Air Node, a weight and friction optimized system to reduce rotational movements of the head in angled impacts.

  • The shape is aerodynamically optimized not just for the ideal pose.The shape is aerodynamically optimized not just for the ideal pose.
    The shape is aerodynamically optimized not just for the ideal pose.
    The shape is aerodynamically optimized not just for the ideal pose.
  • The front ventilation openings also serve as a glasses garage.The front ventilation openings also serve as a glasses garage.
    The front ventilation openings also serve as a glasses garage.
    The front ventilation openings also serve as a glasses garage.

The simple and convenient storage of sunglasses in the front ventilation openings was another focus in the development of this helmet.
And these openings can, if the aerodynamic concept, the cold, the insect plague, or the weather dictates, also be closed with optional Front Vent Plugs for €19.95. These plugs are the first mass-produced 3D-printed products made in Switzerland by Scott and, according to the manufacturer, bring a further saving of 2 watts, which, when converted into time savings, would mean – 16 seconds over 40 km.

The Cadence is designed for road cycling, time trial, and triathlon use, and is made from a polycarbonate micro-surface material that has been fused with the inner shell using In-Mold technology.
It weighs 295 g (BB measurement, size M), is individually adjusted with the Halo 360 Air Fit system, and is available in three sizes (S, M, L) and four designs (ultra purple, granite black, white/black, diamond grey/lime green) at a suggested retail price of €249.95.

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 A taillight on an aero helmet? Not off-topic, but a mega idea. 

NoFlash appreciates the new everyday practicality of the Cadence Plus
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NoFlash's Test Impressions

With helmets, it's the same for me as with cycling shoes or saddles: Either it fits, or it doesn't. There's nothing in between for me. Like its predecessor, the new Cadence Plus fits perfectly on my head. Of course, everyone is built differently. But size M fits me just fine with a head circumference of 58 cm.
The new MIPS Air is noticeably inconspicuous for me and does not disturb the wearing comfort in the slightest. I can also live quite well without rotational impact protection, but if it brings an added value of safety, then I like to take advantage of such technologies.

I personally really like the magnetic closure. It can be opened and closed very intuitively and holds very securely.
At 280 g (without light), the Cadence Plus is certainly not my lightest helmet. But the weight is very acceptable for an aero helmet and is not noticeably uncomfortable even on longer rides.

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A taillight on an aero helmet? Not a topic mismatch, but a mega idea. It's small, has hardly any weight, and integrates beautifully into the sleek look.
To switch on the light, you have to remove it from its mount. Initially, this made no sense to me, it would have been nicer to activate it during the ride with a simple press.
After a few rides, however, I think that the chosen solution is the better one. If you hold the light in your hand when turning it on, you can be 100% sure that you have really turned it on. And the clicking in and out also goes smoothly during the ride with a little practice. If you're unsure, it's better to stop briefly.

This optional gimmick is of course not a full-fledged light with road traffic licensing approval. But it is very visible both during the day and at night. And it gives me a secure feeling to always have a light with me. I'm not someone who rides with lights on in broad daylight. But in case of a sudden change in weather, or if I've got lost in the middle of nowhere and am heading into twilight, I feel more comfortable being better seen by other road users.
Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to test the duration of the individual modes.

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Scott Cadence Plus
Model Year: 2024
Test Duration: 3 weeks
Price: € 249.95 RRP
+ Fit
+ Ventilation
+ Rear light
+ Magnetic closure
o Covers must be purchased separately
BB-Verdict: Aero and more

The helmet's ventilation is excellent at the current temperatures, both with and without the Aerocovers.
Optionally, covers for the three larger ventilation openings are available for the Cadence Plus. They can save an easy 1-2 W at a speed of 43 km/h.

Now everyone will surely say "Shut up and take my money!" But seriously, the Front Vent Plugs are not just worth considering for speed enthusiasts.
Especially under the current spring-like conditions, they have already proven their worth. Now, as everything is blooming and flourishing, countless insects are out and about, and it's not uncommon for some to get lost in the helmet. With the covers, this happens to me much less than in previous years.
Bad weather can also do less harm to your hairstyle. And should a normally temperate spring or autumn come again: closing the holes also helps against the cold.
The fun costs an extra € 19.95, comes from a 3D printer, and looks better than any homemade solution using duct tape.

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