The Idea – 2020 DO YOU WANT TO WIN?

Innovation is often borne of curiosity. That was certainly the case with the invention of GCLIP DRIVE™ Quick Release Rowing Shoe System. One day, while on a job designing a local boathouse for the West Side Rowing Club, Buffalo architect Gerald L. Strickland peeked into one of the rowing shells. When he saw the worn-out pairs of shoes fixed to the boat, he was both horrified and captivated. He asked about them and learned how the shoes often cause all kinds of problems, including rowers pulling out of them during events.

A natural problem solver, Gerald began to think of ways to enhance the rowing experience by providing a more comfortable and secure solution.

And so GCLIProw™ Inc. was born.

Founded in 2014 in Buffalo, NY, the firm produces the Quick Release Rowing Shoe System (patented), which not only allows rowers to enjoy total stability within their own shoes, but also provides a safe release in case of an emergency, with a significant competitive advantage.


With the Quick Release Rowing Shoe System by GCLIProw™, “The Drive“you can eliminate the problems posed by ill-fitting, unhygienic rower’s shoes.

The Drive is a cleat assembly and shoe system designed exclusively for rowers, using the latest field research. With this revolutionary system, feet are splayed, reducing stress on joints during full stroke and improving performance.

In addition, individual rowers are responsible for their own shoes and cleat. That means no more worrying about sliding or losing leverage during a big race, or dealing with hygiene issues.

The new Quick Release Rowing Shoe System resolves these problems, while also offering a COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE. The cost-effective system even exceeds the United States Rowing Association’s Rules for safety release of rowers’ feet, enabling easy exiting in a capsize situation.

Designed for use in both men’s and women’s shells, the Quick Release Rowing Shoe System (patented) consists of three components:

  1. The Universal Mount, designed to fit into the existing mounting holes in most shells.
  2. Custom Designed Shoe worn by the rower, available with custom color and logos.
  3. Quick release cleat to connect the shoe to the Mount.

With the system, you can simply WIN.

Don’t get lost in the wake of other boats! Outperform and win with GCLIProw™ Quick Release Rowing Shoe System.