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Geared Up


Race Boots

Hot off the heels (get it?!) of our gloves special, we follow up with some super sweet boots this time around. It would appear on the outside, that crafting a proper set of boots is a lot easier than making decent gloves. We’d all be forgiven for thinking that’s the case, but it just isn’t.

The sheer range of movement your foot/ ankle/lower leg is capable of means there are all sorts of potential injuries a boot manufacturer must try and protect against. But much like gloves, there’s always the protection versus freedom of movement and loss of feel debate to be had. Some race boots can be properly stiff and unforgiving, at least until they’re wear in and this can take much longer in some cases than others.

Manufacturers try and allow for a lot of feel where you need it, at the gear change for example, and most achieve this in a decent fashion while keeping the protection quotient high.

There are however, many different price levels when it comes to boots. Some cheap (but certainly not budget), and some that would make you spill your tea when you see the asking price.

We’ve collected a vast number of different boots here for you to peruse which should meet all wallets, from less than £100 to well over £1,000. Just remember the important bit though - always buy the very best you can stretch to. Enjoy!


The GP1 is made using Gaerne’s unique ‘floating system’ created from carbon composite which prevents ankle twisting yet retains flexibility. It also has an anti-shock heel, a replaceable ‘micrometric’ carbon- look fitment buckle and a magnesium toe slider. The inner sole is also washable and can be removed from the anatomically designed footbed. Available in sizes UK 5-12, in white with red or black, plain black and black with fluoro yellow.


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