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Gaerne slips on range-topping Carbon G.Stilo+ & G.Sincro+ road & trail shoes

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Italian shoemaker Gaerne has long been making their top G.Stilo road shoe Boa dials plus one velcro toe strap. And they’ve been raced to many a victory under some of Lotto Soudal’s riders like Andre Griepel, Tony Gallopin, Maxime Monfort, among others. But now a few seemingly minor tech updates to the shoe for 2017 have made big steps forward in both performance and fit. They’ve also even added a special ‘Summer’ version of the new shoes with even more openings for improved ventilation. Plus, Gaerne is now offering all of these top performance updates in the new G.Sincro+ mountain bike shoe at the same time for those ready to hit the trail…


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At first glance it is probably the lack of the velcro strap across the forefoot that stands out most against the current road G.Stilo and mountain G.Sincro. Even though you can typically spot pros racing in the products that might turn up in the next season, we still saw Lotto Soudal racing in this older shoe and they only now were finalizing their fittings for next season. The new versions of the G.Stilo+ & G.Sincro+ drop that strap in what Gaerne is calling a Dual Fitting Closure System. While many other premium shoes had long ago dropped velcro altogether, Gaerne wasn’t satisfied with the unbalanced fit of using one dial pulling a single loop of wire, and a second pulling two loops. That layout on many shoes effectively gives more fine control at the mid foot, and less at the ankle.

Now by spacing out the pair of top-level micro-adjust BOA IP-1 dials so that each gets two complete loops, the new shoes get fine adjustment from ankle to toe with no pressure points. The design of the new dials also offers improved grip over the previous generation and now come with BOA’s lifetime-of-the-shoe functional guarantee.

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Also giving the shoes a new look is the so-called Tarsal Support System which is highlighted by a plastic, structured vent in the side of the shoe below the upper dial. Besides adding some ventilation, this added element is said to provide an improved comfortable grip on the foot where it narrows, to make sure that your foot stays consistently positioned in the ideal spot inside the shoe for the most efficient pedal stroke possible. At the back, the shoe also gets a new injection molded, carbon-reinforced heel cup that is designed to retain its stiffness over the life of the shoe for the best fit and limited heel lift combined with a grippy inner material.


Underfoot the shoes get a new perforated anatomic insole that pairs tarsal support to work with the TSS for pedaling efficiency. Then outside, the G.Stilo+ gets an improved EPS Light Weight Full Carbon sole that is both thinner and lighter than its predecessor. The thin sole gets your foot closer to the pedal for less power loss, but still manages to include a pair of internal channels for through ventilation. Non-slip toe rubber helps walking off the bike, as does the replaceable rear tread block.


An updated four-bolt EPS Carbon Speedplay sole is also available for those looking for the lightest and most rigid pedal platform, with a wide range of fore-aft adjustment and official Speedplay certification (but no undersole venting.)

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The new Carbon G.Stilo+ sells for 370€ with a claimed weight of 275g, and comes in four colors: fluo yellow, black, red & white (Speedplay, only in white.) It also is available in silver for the extra ventilated Summer edition.


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On the mountain bike side the tech is exactly the same, with the addition of a small rubber bumper at the toe, lugged tread and toe spike threads for cross country trail use.


The G.Sincro+ gets the same laser drilled, perforated synthetic upper for all around breathability and reflective detailing, and in the silver-only Summer edition adds in large laser cut openings down the side of the shoe backed by a moisture wicking mesh for even better ventilation in the hottest of weather.


The G.Sincro+ uses the same two dial, four-loop Dual FCS, TSS, updated heel cup, and improved insole. For its outsole, the mountain shoes add a bit more versatility, with the same overall construction available with two different soles. Again 370€ gets you the Carbon G.Sincro+ with Gaerne’s newest, lightest, and stiffest off-road sole with a long-wearingset of tread lugs.


A bit heavier and more flexible, but probably better suited for trail riding with the occasional off-the-bike section or for cyclocross, is Gaerne’s MTB 3density sole. It uses a typical fiberglass reinforced nylon for a balance of durability, thin construction, and stiffness. Only a bit cheaper at 330€ the nylon-soled G.Sincro+ actually gets a more sticky dual compound rubber tread that is said to also work well in more wet and icy conditions.

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Both carbon and nylon soled versions of the G.Sincro+ come in each of the same four colors as the road shoe: fluo yellow, black, red & white, plus silver-only for the Summer edition.


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Steve Gaucher
Steve Gaucher
7 years ago

No size 47! Tragic!

7 years ago
Reply to  Steve Gaucher

there are other options out there. they look nice but not awesome

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7 years ago

Had Gaerne kicks back in the pre-BOA dial days. Good stiff and flashy Italian shoe but typical of Sidi, Northwave & the other Italian makes the toe box was just too narrow. Not sure if that’s changed or if there are wide options now but in this economy most bike shops don’t carry the full size range of the high end shoes, especially the boutique Italian brands…and so dialing in your size is limited to a guessing game & a non-refundable special order deposit.

Every once in awhile Specialized gets it right. They got the S-Works 6, Sub6, MTB XC toe box and the Power saddle just right in the latest incarnations IMO.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
7 years ago
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Interesting. After many Sidi and Vittoria shoes I switched to Gaerne 16 years ago precisely because they have a wider toe box than the typical Italian fit. If you’re too wide for Gaerne you may be a good candidate for Sidi’s Mega range.

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7 years ago

Trust me man I’ve spent a fortune on cycling shoes (road & MTB) over the years. I’m actually an average width 39 foot and don’t need the extra width but for cycling shoes I prefer it.

The problems with the Sidi is that they never do the highest end shoe in a Mega range. And even if they did they’d never do the Mega in a size 39. But even if they did that no local shop would actually carry a Mega 39 in any of the good colours for me to try on first then buy. Lol. Plus I’m just not a fan of Sidi’s Techno Buckle as I find them too fiddly compared to BOA. Maybe they’re more aero but I ain’t no watt weenie. Lol. I even tried the new Sidi Shot road shoes but ultimately settled on the S-Works MTB XC. Yup. I’m one of those guys who runs MTB pedals on my high end road bikes. Screw the velominati & bike snobs…it’s exactly same styling, just as stiff and I put out the same wattage as the road shoe but it’s way more walkable. Win. Win.

Crazily enough my ideal dry day cycling shoe would be none of the above. I’d want a Nike Flyknit Racer uppper with a MTB carbon sole cobbled on to it. Perfect blend of traditional laces, weightless-ness, form fitting upper with give at the toe box upper and loads of ventilation. Just haven’t found a master cobbler who’s also enough of a carbon expert to Frankenstein me a custom carbon sole. Lol.

7 years ago

I also use 2bolts shoes and cleats on my road.
Currently it is Ritchey WCS micro road. With Shimano XC61 shoe.
I thought about trying Road specific shoes and cleats sometime. So you think XC or MTB shoes and pedals are just heavier but no noticable stiffness or efficiency loss?

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