WHAT IS IT? The Gaerne SG12 boot has been updated,
with a focus on added comfort and durability.
WHAT’S IT COST? $619.99.
CONTACT? www.gaerneusa.com or (800) 426-0213.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Gaerne SG12 boot.
(1) Updates. There have been three updates to
the latest edition of the popular Gaerne SG12. (1) The
toe box has been reshaped with a slimmer design for
improved feel and smoother shifting. Previously roomy
and open, the new toe box contours to the foot for a
more positive feel. Excess toe wiggle room is gone.
( 2) Although the SG12 already has a sterling reputation
for being durable, Gaerne didn’t rest on its laurels. The
new SG12 has a wear patch on top of the toe box and
on the bottom of the frame side of each boot. ( 3) Save
your pennies, because the SG12 now breaks the $600
barrier. This is not a cheap boot, although the startup
cost is worth it due to the longevity.
( 2) Break in. The days of soaking new boots or
wearing them for hours on end before they break in
should be gone, thanks to plastic molding technology.
Still, there are boots on the market that require an
excessive break-in period. Fortunately, the Gaerne SG12
boots felt comfortable and broken in after only a half
hour of ride time.
( 3) Support. The SG12’s thermoplastic exterior
provides solid impact protection. A dual-stage pivot
system offers great lateral support while maintaining
freedom of movement. Heel cups absorb shock in the
event of rear compression caused by slamming your foot.
MXA testers are 50/50 on the idea of a steel toe cap.
Half believe that it keeps the sole from delaminating at a
vital point of the boot, while the other half have bent or
broken the steel cap on other boots. Regardless, there’s
no disputing that a steel-capped toe increases safety
during an impact.
( 4) Buckles. We love the SG12 buckles because they
are easy to actuate, simple and reliable. The buckle
straps offer enough room for most size legs, but those
with large calves may not have enough adjustment.
Luckily, the shin plate can be extended for more room.
( 5) Performance. The interior of the SG12 boot is
plush and inviting. The flat panels that contact the frame
are covered in tacky rubber for exceptional grip. As an
added bonus, the rubber prevents a hot four-stroke
head pipe from cooking your legs. Some testers did
complain that the heel was rather tall, but this isn’t a
problem for riders who are conscientious about riding
on the balls of their feet.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We had two quibbles:
(1) We think the heel could be lower. ( 2) The price is
Gaerne made an excellent boot even better—
if you can afford it.
GAERNE SG12 BOOT
MXA TEAM TESTED