Gaerne GR-W Boots
What a great boot that's always overlooked!
You really don't get to see a lot of Gearne products in the USA, I think it's because it lacks popularity compared to the glorified alpinestars but truth be told, Gaerne is an italian boot made in Italy.
I got a chance to try these boots today and all I can say is "Wow!" It was more comfortable than my retired sidi st air. Will it offer as much protection as the ST? Probably not as much, but superior enough for street. The floating ankle protector really make it feel like it's not there.
The sole is amazing, VERY GRIPPY! and I mean VERY GRIPPY! and tons of feel. I don't know how they did it, but you gotta try it to believe it.
These boots are a little wider than Dainese, but still narrow. It's made with Lorica, so you can't really stretch it out without any heat.
March 13, 2015
Very nice boot, especially in the price range
I had been wearing Dyno boots and wanted something with a bit more protection for the "more spirited rides".
I also tend to squeeze my feet against the ankle guards on my S1000RR enough to rub holes in my kevlar riding jeans at the ankles when wearing the Dyno boots, which can't happen when my pants are in the boots.
I am a big fan of the Gaerne SG12 MX boots... so looked at these.
Was a bit nervous about buying boots half the price of the MX boots I like, but was pleasantly surprised with the quality. They are very comfortable, easy to put on, and shifting/braking is easy in them.
I like the concept of the plastic pivot, but it does add some distance between your foot and the ankle guard on your bike, and you have a hard part of the boot against a hard part of your bike. No deal breaker, but may take getting used to if you squeeze your inside ankle to the bike.
On my Buell this isn't even a thing... because it doesn't have a large ankle guard.
Read a lot of reviews on fitment. I wear a size 9 in Nike sneakers... have average width feet... and the size 9 MX boots have a little room to spare allowing real thick socks in the winter.
That isn't the case with these size 9 street boots. They are a perfect fit with knee high socks... and comfortably snug from toe to ankle.
If you have some big Barney Rubble feet... they likely won't fit in these boots :)
October 24, 2014
After trying the big guys, FINALLY a boot I love!
I'll be honest, I didn't buy these boots from RevZilla. I would have if I had known to buy them, but I had no idea. That's why I'm doing this review.
That said, I had tried on (or purchased and returned), AlpineStars, Dainese, and Sidi boots. All of them were just kind of _off_, for lack of a better word. Too small or too big. Too wide or too skinny.
I finally went to the local bike shop and told the salesperson my story and he knew exactly what I needed. He pulled out a pair of the Gaernes - I tried them on - and boom, I knew I had finally found my boot. I hadn't done any research on Gaerne - actually, I had never even heard of them. But I knew the boots felt great, they breathed unbelievably well, and are so comfortable I barely know they're on. To top it off, they come on and off in an instant. So I bought them and have been very happy ever since.
They run a little large: I wear a size 11 shoe, but I purchased the size EU-44 (US 10).
If you're like me and have tried lots of boots but never really felt like they got you, I'd highly recommend the Gaerne's.
May 31, 2014
I bought a pair of gaerne motorcross boots a while back and they were the best boots i have used by far so when I needed a summer street boot I went back to gaerne. these boots are great very light super easy on off and the safety features for the price were better then any others i could find. I have a pair of a-star sm5 which I use in the winter no ventilation they are good boots a little hot in warm weather and I wanted more ankle protection and the gaerne's had what I was looking for. i would say this company has the best quality and features for the money i have been able to find. if safety matters you should check them out and the style and comfort are spot on. I wear a size 10 and i bought the size 10 and they fit true to size.
June 10, 2013
Excellent mid-price boot
For the last several years I've worn Dainese Torque Out boots, which served me well on the road & track. The Gaerne GR-W boots are worthy replacements. I played hooky from work today and went on a 120-mile loop in the canyons with my new boots. Although not yet broken in, the Gaernes are nearly perfect. They fit well, look great without being too ostentatious, and provide more protection than my old boots. I also like the side zipper (the rear zipper on the Torque Outs was my biggest complaint) and the zipper pull with velco on both sides to keep it out of the way -- a nice feature. Also cool, the top lip that provides a good seal from outside elements. My only "con" is some pinching on my left toes but this will likely disappear as the GR-W boots "break in". Overall, these Gaernes are a good value. Another plus is that it'll be nice to stand out from the crowd a bit. It's rare to see Gaerne boots but maybe that'll change as the word gets out.
June 6, 2013