Gaerne Icestorm Winter Boots 1.0 review

Warm and supportive, but a short cuff makes them better for dryer days

Gaerne Icestorm Winter Boots 1.0 review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Gaerne’s Icestorm 1.0 winter boots provide incredible warmth – particularly for their low bulk – while a well balanced pedaling platform and functional closure system make these a great set of shoes. The one downside is that the ankle cuffs are quite short and stiff, with a tendency to leave a gap at the bottom of the pedal stroke, which lets water in. For cold and dry conditions, they are great. But for the cold and wet, considering their price, you’ll probably be better off with a different set of shoes.

Reasons to buy
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    Very warm

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    Just the right about of stiffness

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    Easy to reach Boa IP-1 dial

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    Reflective detailing

Reasons to avoid
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    Ankle cuff a little low and gappy

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    Cable routing for closure system is fiddly

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It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got the best bib tights or winter jacket, if you’re riding breezy summer racing shoes through the dead of winter, you’re going to get cold feet. Blocking up the air vents with tape and donning a set of overshoes will help to some extent, but really, there’s no substitute for a set of dedicated winter cycling shoes.

Italian brand Gaerne offers its boots in both a two-bolt cleat style (for gravel, MTB, and those who want an easier time clipping in when road cycling) and a separate model designed for three-bolt road cleats, allowing you to run the same pedals on your winter bike when it’s cold and when it’s mild. 

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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