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Northwave shoes? Gaerne?

Old 02-13-13, 03:30 PM
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Northwave shoes? Gaerne?


Does anyone have advice one which way to go in terms of Northwave Extreme Tech or Gaerne Chrono G?


I have tried on both, and in terms of "in-store" fit, both seem comfortable. Obviously, the proof is in the riding, but I cannot know that until I buy one pair or the other. Any advice on performance, quality, issues, comparisons, opinions, and random forum contributions are all welcome!

I ride about 400km per week. I would say I am a competitive sport rider. I will likely be using these shoes during my half iron man competitions, but shaving seconds in the transitions is not the most important factor in buying these shoes as I race 3 times a year, and ride 6 times a week.
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I don't know but aesthetics wise I'd go for Northwave.
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I've never had either shoe, but i know Northwave. I've had a pair of snowboarding boots and shoes by them and they're very comfortable, and (in action) I can't imagine the cycling shoes to be much different.
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Would advice you check heel retention in both shoes.

By looks like the gaerne more, Northwave every year looks more and more like a soccer shoe
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I owned a pair of Gaerne shoes, they were much cheaper than the ones you linked though. I thought they were just okay. I tried them on in the store and they fit fine, but I never liked them on the bike. They were pretty uncomfortable on long rides.
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I bought a pair of Northwave Aerlite S.B.S. shoes a couple of years ago and I was so impressed with the fit and comfort that I bought a second pair and then a third pair before they were discontinued. The quality of materials and the construction is excellent. Northwave shoes have a bit more room in the toe box and that's important to me. If you buy them online, their EU/US sizing chart seems to be a bit off but if you're trying these on at a retailer you should have no problem.
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I bought a pair of the Northwave Extreme Tech last year, and they're my favorite shoe ever. The size chart is a little off, as was noted. I'd add at least a half size in comparison to the EU sizing on other brands. Of you tried them on in the store, then you know they're not as wide in the toe box as prior Northwave models. They could fit just a tad tighter in the heel, though. And if you use Speedplay pedals like me, then you'll appreciate their unique adapter.
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