Muc-Off Foam Fresh helmet and shoe cleaner  £5.99

8/10

Sound investment in prolonging the useable life of expensive kit

Contact  www.muc-off.com

by Jon Burrage   December 9, 2009  

Muc-Off Foam Fresh helmet and shoe cleaner

Muc Off foam fresh is a helmet and shoe cleaning product. Muc off seem to be aiming it more toward helmet liners and pads than other items of cycling apparel but its uses to extend beyond this.

I have used it to clean and refresh the pads in my Giro Ionos, Giro Prolight test helmet and my girlfriend's Specialized Chamonix. It works well, gives a nice, clean smell and dries relatively quickly. A quick scrub of the foam reduces any odours and removes dirt.

However, the place it's been most useful is on my triathlon cycle shoes and trainers. In a race I never wear socks so my shoes are in for a tough time. Over a season I may try various methods to keep the shoes clean and 'fresh', even resorting to the washing machine for my trainers at times. What do you do with carbon soled cycle shoes though? Warm water? Cold water? Steam? Foam Fresh seems to work better than anything else I have tried in this test situation.

A quick spray and the formula foams up inside the shoe making it far easier to reach all of the corners and hard to get to places that previously may have eluded me. I would say my trainers and cycle shoes are easily going to last me another year if I continue to use this stuff. In these credit crunching times, spending £6 to delay the purchase of two pairs of shoes cant be a bad idea can it?

Verdict

Worked a treat, I dont know how much of a benefit it would have to those of us who really look after their kit every day anyway. Wearing proper cycling socks, ventilating the shoes and your helmet when not being used and boxing everythign up when dry but for those of us out in the rain, getting our shoes and clothes muddy...muc off foam fresh is £6 (at wiggle) well spent.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Muc-Off Foam Fresh helmet and shoe cleaner

Size tested: 200ml

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 24  Height: 5ft 10  Weight: 66kg

I usually ride: felt ar4  My best bike is: i like my felt and my orbea ora tt bike equally

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, mtb, triathlon

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