Every detail of this sole has been studied to offer maximum function, security, and high performance. The tread is highly abrasion and wear resistant. The profile is designed for maximum hold and traction on all types of terrain. The specific design of the sole is ideal for instant mud shedding.
Fit: Designed in close collaboration with professional cyclists and technicians to guarantee top performance and optimal comfort.
Upper: “Air Ventilation System” One-piece front minimizes stitching to provide the most comfortable fit. Innovative laser perforations guaranty optimal ventilation and climate for the foot. Internal in-step mesh provides optimal stability and support.
Closure System: “2D Micro Adjustable Aluminium Buckle”. Provides a secure and personalized closure with optimal on-the-bike adjustability. One of the most technologically advanced systems on the market, the 2D buckle is micro-adjustable and finished in satin aluminium. The micro buckle features two independent levers working against the indented buckled strap for customized tension and release for each rider.
“A.I.C.S. Adjustable Instep Closure System” Adapts the shoe to all foot morphologies assuring constant support. This new closure system made from high-strength PU is positioned across the foot and comprised of two micro-adjustable ratchets to adjust instep tension while maintaining proper support and fit.
Perforated Tongue: “Comfort Fit Tongue”. The shoe’s tongue is perforated for better internal airflow and features a high-tech cushioning layer for increased comfort.
Heel Cup: All-new injection-moulded plastic anatomic heel-cup will not deform or weaken. Anti-tendonitis form with internal non-slip treatment for the best foot stability and control. Reflective inserts provide maximum visibility in low-light conditions.
Sole: “Gaerne MTB Sole Technology” .
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Rated 4 out of 5 by Lennyjames33 Pretty tough shoes
I am on my second pair of these only because I knew the sizing would fit and I needed a replacement pair ASAP. My first pair lasted a little more than a year and the sole began to detach from the shoe. However, to be fair, I do ride a lot and pedal aggressively through most rides. About 60% of the my rides over the last year were wet and sloppy.
First, Gaerne shoes always seem to run a little narrow. Although it did not bother me too much, I could still feel the lateral tightness, especially in the toe box, throughout rides.
The shoe is stable especially when the buckle and straps are done snug. There is no movement of the foot within the shoe. Ventilation is good in hot weather and I never once felt my feet overheat. The vents work both ways - it lets air and water in! :) A good thing is that the structure of the shoe does not soften when drenched with water.
The ratchet buckle is tough and easy to use or adjust while riding. However, in can get jammed closed when mud dries within the mechanism. I would not call this shoe a good one for wet weather but I believe it wasn't designed for that.
The sole grip pattern is decent but it finds difficulty in gripping wet, hard clay terrain. I had to use the shoe nails to overcome this.
Overall, good shoes for the price and I would recommend them for their intended purpose.
24 September 2014