For those of you who take protection and comfort very seriously, who push your bikes to the limit, or who need a technical boot for the track (or all of the above), the Gaerne GP-1 is a boot built for people like you. The Gaerne GP-1 boots most prominent feature is the Gaerne Floating System, which is a Carbon Composite ankle brace that provides a lot of lateral support, but is hinged for natural front to back movement. While this piece comprises a large percentage of the boots structure, it does not add a lot of weight, thanks to the high-tech materials that are used.
The fantastic ankle support isn’t the only great thing about these boots, however. A nice large, replaceable shin plate protects the front of the leg, while the adjustable calf closure system allows different sized riders to get a custom fit, whether the boots are being worn over your race leathers or under a pair of jeans. The toe slider is also replaceable, and features a trick magnesium insert that looks great and is also long-wearing. Magnesium is also used at the back of the heel to promote sliding, and the shock absorbing heel cup is designed with a special decompression zone between the insole and the sole. Two rubber inserts at the inner calf and heel provide grip for the sides of the boot (for holding on to the bike), and also provide some additional protection from heat.
All of these technical protective features are great, but you may be wondering if these boots are comfortable? In a word: yes. They are constructed from Lorica, which is synthetic leather. Lorica is lighter, more abrasion resistant, more breathable, and requires virtually no break in when compared with leather. This translates to a boot that is comfortable right out of the box. The inside of the Gaerne GP-1 boots has been well thought out as well. They are lined with an antibacterial and breathable pre-shaped liner, and the removable insole has shock absorbing material to absorb vibrations as well as add walking comfort. The sole of the Gaerne GP-1 Boots is both oil and wear resistant, and is made from multiple densities of rubber that provides good grip both on and off the bike.
If you are a rider who wants only the best in both protection and comfort, the Gaerne GP-1 boots are a definite top contender. Whether you take it to the track or the canyons, the Gaerne GP-1 boots are sure to keep you both safe and comfortable, and would be a solid choice for your feet.