WHAT IS IT? The SG- 11 is Gaerne’s newest boot. It
falls between the SG- 10 and SG- 12 in Gaerne’s model
WHAT’S IT COST? $579.99.
CONTACT? www.gaerne.com or (800) 426-0213.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Gaerne SG- 11 boot.
(1) Features. The Gaerne SG- 11 is crossbred from the
SG- 10 and SG- 12. It shares many features of both boots.
The sole and buckles are from the SG- 10. The wraparound pivoting system, memory cell-foam interior and
cam-lock buckles are from the SG- 12, as are the
adjustable buckles that allow for oversized calves and
knee braces. The rubber grip guard is made from the
same material as the SG-12s, although it has a slightly
smaller surface area. The toe box is close to the updated
SG- 12 toe box, which is slimmer and allows for a better
feel in the boot.
( 2) Break in. Breaking in new boots is always a
nuisance, but the SG-11s are even easier to break in than
the SG-12s, as there is less material to break in. Our test
riders were happy to report that the SG-11s broke in
within 30 minutes of riding time.
( 3) Protection. The SG- 11’s thermoplastic exterior
provides solid impact protection. Its dual-stage pivot
system and structure provide increased lateral support
while maintaining freedom of natural movement. The
heel cup on the rear of the boot is designed to absorb
shock in case of a rear compression. Although most of
our test riders prefer not having a steel toe due to its
rigidness, we can’t deny that it’s added protection at the
front of the foot.
( 4) Buckles. Gaerne’s SG- 11 buckle system is easy
to actuate, simple and reliable. The top buckle strap is
adjustable to fit just about any size calf and knee brace.
( 5) Performance. The inside of the SG- 11 boot is
plush. Our feet felt at home instantly. The rubber grip
guard provides exceptional grip to the bike, as well as
offering heat-resistant padding for your inner leg. The
heel on the sole is taller than most, but this is a matter
of personal preference—and even the riders who prefer
low-profile heels got used to it.
( 6) Options. Gaerne makes its SG- 11 boot in sizes 6
through 14 and in black or white.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We aren’t sure why Gaerne
needs another over-$500 boot. The SG- 11 price is the old
SG- 12 price.
We like what the SG- 11 has to offer. It is light,
GAERNE SG- 11 BOOT
durable and offers good protection.
MXA TEAM TESTED