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Verdict: 
Ideal solution to keep your kit organised, but overpriced for what it is
Weight: 
129g

If you like to keep your kit organised for race day then something like the Scicon Shoe Bag might be just what you are looking for. It's a simple storage solution for your shoes and other accessories like socks, but while it looks really pro you've got to ask, how the hell is it 35 quid?

  • Pros: Plenty of ventilation to let your shoes breathe, looks well made
  • Cons: Really expensive for what it is

I'm a bit of a sucker for a nice bit of luggage, something that I picked up from time trialling all around the south of the country a fair few years ago, every weekend. When you've got to leave at 3am for a 90-mile drive, the last thing you want to do is find yourself in a cold, draughty village hall in the middle of nowhere with only one shoe or without your skinsuit an hour before the race.

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I've had various kit bags and cycling suitcases over the years (I'm currently poncing around with the Silca Maratona Gear Bag) so I can see the idea behind the Scicon, but when I actually had the product in my hands I was a little underwhelmed.

It costs £35! For something that doesn't feel that much different in quality than bags I've received for free with shoes like the Giro Empire VR90.

The materials used aren't exactly pleasing to the touch, and for the money I'd expect something with a little more padding.

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The upper has a kind of rubberised section to protect the toes of the shoes (yes, the shoes are in the wrong way round in our photos), with the rest being made of mesh which does at least give plenty of ventilation if the shoes have got wet or sweaty during your ride.

At the rear you get a zipped mesh pocket for your socks and you could keep a few other things in there too.

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In its defence it does look very well put together, with neat and tidy stitching which feels durable, plus you get a carry handle and all of the zips run smoothly.

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Size-wise, with a pair EUR 45 shoes in there things are pretty snug, so if you have bigger feet/shoes then things could be a little tight.

How does it compare? Well, we haven't tested any shoe bags in the past and even a search online doesn't throw up much. There are some Shimano ones for around 20 quid but everywhere is sold out, although I did find a Polaris option without any mesh that'll set you back a quid!!

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Looking at the specialist kit bags on the market, Castelli has the Race Rain Bag, which has a top section for your kit and a couple of mesh pockets, plus a removable shoe bag on the bottom. That has an rrp of £60. And Scicon has a Race Rain Bag too, with 'space for your shoes', so maybe there is a market out there (Scicon's is £99), but I still reckon the Scicon Shoe bag is expensive for what it is.

Verdict

Ideal solution to keep your kit organised, but overpriced for what it is

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Scicon Shoe bag

Size tested: One

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Scicon says, "The SCICON Shoe bag is the ideal bag to store and transport your set of cycling shoes, trainers or sandals. Get organised and never forget your cycling shoes again."

It does the job, you can't argue with that.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

The top panel is made out of a mesh net fabric to let air circulate and to avoid condensation, keeping your shoes fresh. On the back of the bag you will find more storage space with a zippable compartment to stow away socks and accessories.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
3/10

Well made but the materials feel cheap and it's so expensive.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It's a shoe bag that holds your shoes...

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Well made.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Its cost.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

There isn't really a whole lot of competition out there to be honest, but the ones I did find are much, much cheaper.

Did you enjoy using the product? It kept my shoes safe.

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? No, not at full price.

Use this box to explain your overall score

I get the idea behind it, and if it was half the price I could go with it, but even the build quality can't justify its £35 price tag.

Overall rating: 5/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.

5 comments

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Plasterer's Radio [510 posts] 1 month ago
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35 notes?! hahahahahaha

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Dingaling [52 posts] 1 month ago
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Who dreams up this stuff. I got drawstring bags for "free" with my Sidi shoes and without that a bit of cloth and a sewing machine would fix the deficit for pennies. 

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nortonp [5 posts] 1 month ago
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April 1st came early this year.

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janusz0 [269 posts] 1 month ago
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For cheaper options, try searching the web for "packing cubes".

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RoubaixCube [100 posts] 1 month ago
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My Tesco bag works just fine and costs less... Occasionally it's even free