Gaerne Eskimo winter mountain bike boots review

Plenty of protection, but the rain gets in

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £130.00 RRP

Our review

Good protection but restricted pedalling and high price.
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When low price specialists Wiggle are importing and selling a boot direct for £130, you know it has to be a serious piece of kit. The aptly named Eskimo uses a solid leather boot which comes right up over the ankle bone with the padded thermal collar extending another couple of inches above that, making this a serious deep wader.


This does restrict pedalling movement noticeably at first, although you get used to it the more you ride in them until it’s less of an issue. The top is pretty open to give you enough movement though, so unless you run trousers over the top, spray and rain tends to dive straight in.

Despite their size, they’re not massively insulated, but a larger than average fit means plenty of room for toe wiggling or thick socks. Pullcord lacing is also really easy to work with frozen stiff fingers, and there’s a zipped neoprene cover over the top to keep them clean and out of the way of chains.


You get padded ankle cups too, and the leather is easy to keep waterproofed with dubbin. The sole unit is certainly good and stiff for pedalling, but there’s no toe flex, so walking is a Frankenstein-style ‘clomp’. Toe and heel grip is boosted by optional studs, but the actual sole is very narrow and tread rubber hard, which can make the boot stumble and roll over easily on loose or uneven ground.

Product Specifications


Name Eskimo
Brand Gaerne

Goretex Lining Yes
Re-inforced Toe Box Yes
Waterproof Yes
Weatherproof Yes
Weight (g) 1156
Available Colours Black
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens Womens
Colour Black
Shoe Closure Laces
Shoe Sizes Available 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
Soft/Hard Shell Hard Shell
Sole Type Off Bike Use On Bike Use Rubber Tread
Uppers Material Leather Mesh Covering Neoprene