The SRD system has been a game changer for our crews. We have found we are the only high school crew in our region who utilize the system throughout our fleet and we love it! At each regatta, we get a few questions from coaches and officials. They like everything I love about the system. The coaches like that kids' feet are protected when out of the boat and the officials and dockmasters love that we can go from overhead to shoving off within 30 seconds. Most importantly, the performance of each crew has increased because the shoes individually fit every female and male rower and the kids feel more connected to the boat and more confident.
- Keith Morris, Head Coach, Owen J Roberts Crew
The Shimano shoe system has been an integral part of the development of our team as both the Pivot System and Flex System have allowed our rowers to get the most out of their ability. Greater effective length at the catch and a noticeable increase in the rowers comfort around the front end are two clear advantages in the Shimano system. When every inch counts, the rowers know they’re getting all they can out of every stroke and that confidence is a valuable thing. Plus, John provides invaluable support to ensure that our boats are set up perfectly and the shoe system works smoothly at all times. Our results over the past few years are due to many things and Shimano is a key piece of the puzzle.
Heading to NCAAs.
The boat/shoe system helped us get there.
Thanks! - Jason Steele
The improved stability has a positive effect on my perceived effort and fatigue profile.
- Greg Benning
Shimano SRD rig perfectly installed by John Geary of SRD. Rows beautifully. Very solid catch, controlled recovery. Flexible heels are excellent. Should have done this years ago.
- Andrew Isaac
National Cathedral first place in women’s first and second eights at Stotesbury Regatta, for the third straight year. All three years and all six boats had Shimano. Thanks for your help man!
- Gregory King
We started using the Shimano Flex Shoe System, with the Shimano full carbon stretcher board this spring and rotated our entire roster through the boat so everyone was able to provide some feedback. With our more experienced rowers we were able to see improvements at the front end and faster catches, and with the younger guys, we found that they were more comfortable at the front end as they learned to connect at the catch. The Shimano footstretcher system has been very helpful across the entire program and helped our Frosh 8+ win Gold at the 2018 Dad Vail Regatta.
- Brian Perkins, Head Coach, Temple University Rowing
Greg Kostiw, the Varsity Head Coach at St. John HS in Shrewsbury, MA has this incredible story to share from Head of the Charles about how fast and easy it was to upgrade to SRD on site:
"This past fall we had a 4+ at the HOCR with old beat up shoes and wanted to provide the team the same experience they had in the 8. The guys liked rowing the King 4+, but the shoes didn’t fit, ripped or the velcro was worn-out; just an overall disappointment. I had the guys put the boat in slings and began removing the shoes knowing I had to do something. Once the shoes were out I realized we had just upgraded my top boat with the new Shimano carbon foot plate (Amazing) and had 8 extra foot plates with the Shimano bindings. It was like they were meant to be in the King. The next day when the guys came to practice and saw the shiny red shoes in the King and they were ecstatic. The entire process was so easy I plan to continue only purchasing Shimano shoes when replacing new shoes.
Not only had the shoes and system exceeded my expectations the service you provide is world class.
I can tell you that the Shimano shoes have been a game changer. The quality and durability of the shoes has saved our program money, improved safety and time trying to fix or zip tie shoes on race days.
Thanks again for your help and support."