Gaerne SG10 Boots
High end boot, but on the bulkier side.
The Gaerne SG-10 is a high end boot with a traditional stitch down sole and hinged plastic upper construction. The boot fits on the larger side. For reference, I wear a size 9 to 9 1/2 in most every shoe I own, and the size 9 Gaerne is roomy enough for a black Superfeet foot bed, thicker socks and Klim goretex booties for winter woods riding. The protection afforded by these boots is excellent, with tons of support against internal and external rotation but enough plantar flexion/extension and mobility at the ankle to let you use your controls easily. Break-in time is essentially zero as the hinged design permits easy movement.
Feels at the controls is moderate I would say, certainly less feel than some super low profile minimal boots, but nothing you won't get used to with some time.
If your primary use is off-road riding/enduro/woods, and water resistance is a primary concern, other boots may be better. My old Tech 8's were way more water resistant than these - hence the Klim booties I now wear when I think it will be wet.
The boots are on the bulkier side for sure, and if low-profile, light weight, and maximum feel are your priorities, you would be well advised to try another boot. These boots have lots of hard plastic and hinged ankle, so while they offer a higher level of protection and more ankle mobility than most, they are heavier and more bulky.
Buckles, sole durability, materials, fit and finish, and general quality are all what you would expect for a boot of this price range - in other words, excellent.
I've been riding mine for about 1.5 years in tough conditions (tight woods, mud, rocks, etc.) and they have been holding up well with no signs of giving up.
Bottom line: Great boots, high end protection, little to no break in time, high durability, and overall excellent value but bulkier and maybe a little heavier than some of the competitors offerings in this price range.
March 22, 2014
I have very wide feet and settled on these after hearing they were some of the widest. They are decenlty wide but don;t seem like they're any wider than Sidi's I tried and returned. I decided to give them a try. After a day of riding I had to get creative to widen the foot area to make them comfortable. Now they fit well.
The buckles and closures are nice but not exceptional. Basically inline with the pricepoint. I do really like the grippy inner calf area for hanging on to the bike while standing.
December 2, 2013
I have a wide foot and Sidi's were too narrow, these fit perfectly and seem to provide excellent protection. Could improve their styling.
September 4, 2013
Very high quality, very comfortable, not too bulky around the toe.
I am new to MX riding. Had a get off and bruised up my entire lower leg while wearing "work" boots. Decided to try some proper boots and ordered some cheap ones which had no flexibility and were very bulky and hurt my feet. Sent those back.
Then I bit the bullet and ordered these Gaerne SG10's.
They are very comfortable. I wear an 11.5 D in most boots (like Timberland, Rockport) and same 11.5 D in most Nike type sneakers.
I ordered a size 12 in these Gaerne's and was worried that they would be too big. However the inside of the boots is lined with about 1/4 inch thick, dense, firm memory foam. They conform to your foot very well and are VERY comfortable.
The front/back flexibility in the ankle joint is very nice. there is no side to side roll, (nothing to worry about there).
These seem like they will be extremely protective.
I think that with as hot and unbreathable as these look like they will be, and with as high the price is, they should be waterproof, -OR- they should be vented and breathable so that water and stuff just drains out of them quickly.
I think the garish colors and big lettering all over the boots is ugly. I would like them better if they were just all flat black.
The inside of the calf and ankle has rubbery material to "grip" the bike.
The toe area (shifting toe) is not too bulky. But with all MX boots I wonder how I will be able to "feel" the brake or the shifter while riding??? I guess that is just a trade off for protection.
These boots are definitely in a whole higher class than the other MX boots I have tried on.
June 1, 2012
GAERNE SG10 SIZING
With all the talk about Gaerne's sizing differences compared to other manufacturers, I was unclear as to which size would fit my feet. With a half sized wide foot I was getting advice from some to go up a half size and and others to go down a half size, but all were correct to state that the Gaerne SG10 will handle a wide foot. I ordered both the size 10 and the size 11 for my 10-1/2 EEE feet. The 10 was long enough for my toes to move in the toe box, but fit too snug in the width to allow for thicker socks. The 11 was comfortably wide enough for my feet even with thicker socks or my klim covert goretex liner system and also had ample room in the toe box for moving my toes. As my riding style is more along the adventure off road than MX racing or enduro I chose the larger 11 for the comfort.
On another note, I have had a few MX style boots and these are by far the most comfortable out of the box boots I have worn. The buckles are buttery smooth to operate and will not remove hunks of finger when taking your boots off at the end of the day.
I will post another review after I have put a few miles and dings in them.
Ernie in RI
January 23, 2012