Gaerne Carbon G. STL road shoes review

A performance shoe that’s easy to live with, although with a premium price tag

Gaerne G. STL
(Image credit: Stefan Abram)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Gaerne’s G. STL road shoes provide a secure fit and a super stiff pedalling platform, making them excellent for hard efforts. They’re also one of the easiest performance shoes to live with, utilising a straightforward construction which can be just wiped clean. However, they are at the upper end of the price band while also being a little heavier than the competition.

Reasons to buy
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    Very stiff sole

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    Secure fit

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    Li2 Boa dials

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    Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid
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    No half sizes

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    A little narrow

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The Gaerne G. STL road shoes sit right at the top of the Italian brand’s range. Indeed, with an RRP of £379.90, they’re more expensive than the top tier offerings from either Shimanoor Sidi, so they have set a high bar to measure themselves by.

Construction: Gaerne Carbon G. STL road shoes

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Weight592g (pair in size 43, measured)
Sizes39, 40, 41, 41.5, 42, 42.5, 43, 43.5, 44, 44.5, 45, 45.5, 46, 47,
ColoursMatt Light Blue, Matt Iridium, Matt Black, Matt White, Matt Grey

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg