Review – Gaerne G.Sincro + Shoes
New sole, same Italian soul
Italians are known for a lot of things, and high-quality shoes is one of them. From companies like Gaerne to Sidi, riders have turned to Italian brands when they want shoes that they know will last for several seasons of riding. The G.Sincro has been at the top of Gaerne’s lineup of shoes for several years, but recently got an over-haul with a new outsole and uppers. We have spent a lot of time on the trails with Gaernes on our feet and were eager to see how this new version of the G.Sincro compared to the previous one.
Tech info: As with all Gaerne shoes, the G.Sincro + is made in Italy with a well-vented microfiber upper. Gaerne uses a dual BOA enclosure system with the dials offset to allow for a snugger fit. At the heart of the G.Sincro is an EPS lightweight carbon sole that is the result of Gaerne and Michelin collaborating to deliver a stiffer product. The new EPS sole uses a new tread design from Michelin and uses Michelin rubber for more traction when hiking off the bike. Gaerne built in two screws for toe cleats in the event riders needed extra traction in muddier or slipperier conditions.
Along with the microfiber upper, Gaerne uses a molded heel cup for a more secure fit and a grippier material to prevent unwanted slipping or rubbing. Inside the G.Sincro is a slightly redesigned insole that is a touch more ergonomic than the previous version but still doesn’t offer any type of tunable arch support. Our set of test shoes cost $500, which is on par with other brands in the category. Without cleats installed, our shoes weighed 760 grams for the pair. The shoes are available at your local Gaerne dealer.
On the trail: We spent most of last summer riding the lighter G.Sincro Summer shoe with a different sole from the new G.Sincro + we got for testing. This provided a good point of comparison for us to evaluate the new design. Our first impressions of the G.Sincro + were positive, with the new sole proving to be much stiffer than the previous version. While we didn’t have any major issues with the old G.Sincro, the new G.Sincro + was noticeably better in terms of stiffness and support. Pedaling hard out of the saddle, the Sincro was efficient and didn’t give us any unwanted flex.
With the summer days fast approaching, we got a feel for the ventilation on the new microfiber upper. Even on hot days, the G.Sincro’s didn’t feel too hot or stuffy, and the shoes were more breathable than we were expecting. Even after months of hard riding, the tread on the bottom of the shoe didn’t show any premature signs of wear.
The new G.Sincro + is a solid shoe for the cross-country rider or racer, offering a lightweight, breathable design that is also quite durable. For the price, these shoes are on par with other brands, but they don’t have customizable arch support.