Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots
Buckle fell off
Seems like a relatively light duty adventure-style boot, definitely not meant for heavy off-road adventure riding. Not very durable. Left boot where the shifter rubs, wore badly. Also, a top buckle broke off where the buckle is riveted to the boot. This is after one year of daily riding/use.
If you want a durable, protective boot, this isn't it. Go with a Sidi or Forma instead.
August 11, 2014
Incredibly versatile boot
I bought a pair of these just prior to a two-week ride from Maryland to Utah. I literally took them out of the box, tried them on, and then left with them the next morning. They were on my feet for 14-20 hours a day, every day, for the next two weeks.
These are hands-down the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. They felt broken-in immediately, and I had no problem walking through towns or on trails while off the bike.
Between the leather and the liner, they remain absolutely waterproof. I had the misfortune of spending 5 hours riding through a tropical storm dumping 3-4" of rain an hour, and my feet stayed dry.
They also do a decent job of keeping my feet cool in the summer. I've ridden in 100+ degree temperatures on air-cooled bikes and not been uncomfortable.
July 24, 2014
They fit lady/narrow feet well enough.
I'm always on a quest for the perfect combo of protection, waterproofing, style, fit, and cost. This boot performs well in an all around fashion.
I'm a woman, with a typical narrow-ish foot. These are definitely a little roomy in the toe box, but my foot isn't swimming from side to side like some other men's boots I've tried on.
Sizing: I'm always a Euro 39 in shoes, and the 39 in this boot fit perfectly.
Waterproofing: performed admirably in a downpour. No leaking for me.
Comfortable enough to walk/hike in the woods/trails off the bike for a while.
My feet don't overheat on hot days in them. This may be a statement not true for everyone, since I tend to run cold all the time. I suspect many men would consider these to run warm, while other women may find them fine.
Lack of ankle pro. I'm hoping the thicker-than-usual leather makes up for this.
The shifter area on the boot looks awful already after about 600 miles with a ton of black rubber from my shifter worn off onto it (obviously doesn't impair their function, so I'll live with it)
The gum sole is super slippery on wet linoleum when you walk in a gas station, etc. As in banana peel/cartoon slippery.
Style: It's a men's boot. Since I didn't expect much in the way of style, I'm not super disappointed. Aggressive and bulky looking. Meh. Definitely not my fave thing to wear off the bike, but the protection and waterproofing are way more important to me.
July 7, 2014
You get what you pay for
I originally ordered the TCX EVO but returned due to quality issues and decided to up my budget by a hundred bucks. The Gaerne is a beautifully constructed boot with obvious attention to detail. I like the flat sole which allows you to adjust your feet to any position on the pegs. Gaerne claims the oiled leather is designed to breath and I agree after riding yesterday for 300 miles in temperatures from 90 to 100 degrees my feet stayed relatively cool. Very much worth the extra upgrade cost over the TCX. The exterior scuffs up easily but also cleans up easily but the boots won't look new for long. The buckle system is OK - wish the buckles aligned better or pivoted better.
I have also tried on the Toucan from Alpinestar and can say that another level of cost buys an even better boot - the buckle system and the protection can't be beat but I did not want to spend $500 on a boot.
Comparing the TCX in the mid $200 range, the Gaerne Oiled in the mid $300's and the Toucan in the mid $400's I can say you do get a measurably better boot the more you spend. The Gaerne to me was the perfect match for my budget, protection and style.
May 16, 2014
If your looking for comfort this is the boot
Excellent comfort right out of the box. Only complaint is boot does not have shifter protection otherwise it would be 5 stars.
May 12, 2014
I love this boot! I've been wearing them for about a year now. They are very, very comfortable. So comfortable, in fact, that I've worn them with have road my bike. They're just that nice in the cold. They also look great in jeans. In the summer, they get not. These are not goretex! That is my only complaint.. still I'll wear them for 12 hours on a summer day. Great boot, fantastic quality, and the most comfortable piece of gear I have. I will have these resoled(sp?) When the time comes.. no need to try a different boot.
April 28, 2014
These are awesome boots. A bit more than I wanted to pay, but ultimately worth the price. Highly recommended!
April 14, 2014
So far , so good
These boots look and feel fantastic. Very comfortable right out of the box. I usually wear a size 46 but these are 47 (us12). If you have wide feet, wear thin socks. I wore them around the house a bit to help break them in. Very nice to walk in which is important for me. We are just coming out of winter here in the mitten so I have only had one chance to ride with them. The feel on the controls (shifter , brake) is solid and not numb or stiff. They are stiffer than my previous touring boots which took a little getting used to but after a few hours in the saddle, I felt right at home in them. Reading the other reviews that say they leak does cause some concern but I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I really dig these boots. I imagine they will be quite hot come summer but that is to be expected with any waterproof boot. Shifter pads, ankle armor and heel reflectors would make these just about perfect.
April 5, 2014