When it comes to the Symbol 2 Plus D, Scott left no stone unturned to make one the more protective and highest performing helmets currently on the market. Good things come in threes, and so do the features in this helmet. MIPS, D3O shock-absorbing material, and 360-degree Pure Sound all come standard in this model. Although protection is the primary concern when it comes to helmets, the Symbol 2 Plus D also scores high in comfort, warmth, ventilation, and adjustability. Whether you're a first-timer or hard charger, the Symbol 2 provides every type of skier with exceptional performance and comfort.
Scott Symbol 2 Plus D Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Comfortable, warm, well vented, great hearing ability, easy to adjust
Cons: Runs a bit small, heavier than most
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|Pros||Comfortable, warm, well vented, great hearing ability, easy to adjust||Comfortable, warm, vents well, style points, compatible with most goggles||Toasty, comfortable, really well-built||Great interior fit, stylish look, warm||Great sound quality, well ventilated, innovative buckle, adjustable|
|Cons||Runs a bit small, heavier than most||Pricey||Expensive and a little heavy||Ear flaps can be noisy||Vents can be noisy, minimal top padding|
|Bottom Line||Revolutionary helmet that takes safety and style to the next level.||Deemed best of the best by our testers, there isn't a better combination of performance available from any model we have tested at OutdoorGearLab.||A top of the line helmet for the avid skier.||A high-end helmet at a price that is a step down from other top models.||No matter what the weather is, this helmet will help you find your perfect temperature.|
|Rating Categories||Scott Symbol 2 Plus D||Smith Vantage MIPS||Smith Quantum MIPS||Giro Zone MIPS||Switcher MIPS|
|Goggle Compatibility (10%)|
|Specs||Scott Symbol 2...||Smith Vantage MIPS||Smith Quantum MIPS||Giro Zone MIPS||Switcher MIPS|
|Measured Weight (in ounces)||19.8 oz||17.7 oz||21.0 oz||17.9 oz||20.8 oz|
|Adjustment System||RAS 2 system||Boa Fit System||Boa FS360 fit system||In Form 2 Fit System, Vertical Tuning||Occigrip turndial|
|# of Vents?||44||18||22||14||26|
|Number of Sizes||3||3||4||3||3|
|Removable Ear Covers?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Certifications||EN1077:2007, Class B, EN12492:2012||ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077 Class B||ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077 Class B||CE EN1077||CE EN1077 class B / ASTM2040|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Fit and Comfort
The Symbol 2 Plus D is an incredibly comfortable helmet. With its RAS 2 Fit System, this helmet makes sure your head is snug as a glove. When you put this helmet on, it is noticeably more narrow compared to others. Despite running a bit small, your head feels completely secure with no pressure points. The dial adjuster is simple and easy to adjust on the fly. The earpads fit well with no noticeable hot spots.
Another great aspect of this helmet is the large, flat fleece-lined chinstrap. Sometimes the chinstrap is an overlooked feature, but the Symbol 2 Plus D goes the extra mile to make it soft and enjoyable to wear. This helmet also comes in 3 sizes, all of which are adjustable (by simply twisting a dial at the back of the helmet, like many helmets on today's market), so you shouldn't have an issue finding the right size for your dome.
This helmet provides serious warmth even on the coldest of days thanks to tons of padding and the fleece-lined ear pads. With a snug fit, the helmet padding fits directly to your head, which gives the Symbol 2 Plus D a very high warmth rating, The earpads also help to keep the heat in while still being able to hear well thanks to new technology, 360-degree Pure Sound.
The Symbol 2 Plus D takes a positive new twist on ventilation design. On the sides and rear of the helmet, there are six fixed open vents to keep you from overheating. On top of the helmet, the front vent slide adjuster opens two vents in the front that can be opened or closed to allow air in and keep goggles from fogging up. This adjuster also controls the first 12 mini vents on top. The rear adjuster operates the rest of the mini vents on top to give several different effective options for venting. This level of customizable ventilation is pretty cool.
Weight and Bulk
Coming in at a moderate weight, the Symbol 2 Plus D strives to take on any skiing you would like to do. Although this helmet is more geared towards resort and freeride skiing, as it is not designated as a light backcountry ski helmet, it can definitely do the job.
As with other brands, if you purchase one of Scott's helmets, their goggles pair excellently. In general, when you mix goggles and helmets from different brands, there is a chance they won't be compatible. However, most of the goggles we tested worked well with the Symbol 2 Plus D. Goggles that were tested with this helmet included Scott, Smith, and Abom. The rear goggle strap a durable thick rubber material that is easy to open and secure.
The Symbol 2 Plus D stays up with the competition by integrating a low profile design. This low profile design mixed with the placement of the vents gives this helmet a fresh look. The earpads are thin and professionally crafted, which adds to the sleek look of this helmet.
For the highly engineered Symbol 2 Plus D, the price of this helmet is excellent for the features it comes with. If you're in the market for helmet that offers the most protection at a reasonable price, look no more. With MIPS, D3O inserts, and 360-degree Pure Sound, this is one of the most tech-laden helmets on the market.
The Symbol 2 Plus D is an exceptionally comfortable helmet that protects all types of riders when they need it most. This product is great for anybody wanting an easy to use a helmet with top of the line safety tech and great style.
— Alex Bogner