Gaerne Carbon G Chrono
Plenty of features and top closure system, but a fairly big spend...
These Italian beauties really look the business, with the web and metallic web tongue in particular earning serious points for aesthetics.
They come in at 277g for size 44.5 and sneak in a penny under the £300 mark. Despite not being ‘oven-bake’, the fit remains really good. This is down to the Boa L5 closure system with two micro adjustable reels, a set-up that really does allow you to fine-tune the fit and dial in the perfect amount of security, and snugness without over-tightening.
Typically for an Italian shoe, sizing does come up a little small and narrow. The carbon sole might be thin but is still stiff, delivering a low stack height and excellent power transfer. Ventilation through the go-faster metallic mesh vents is good, while the non-slip rubber inserts, including a replaceable rear one, mean you’ll not be tottering around like Bambi on ice.