The default Gears control scheme seems like the result of not being able to use the right stick and face buttons at the same time. When you roadie run or rev your chainsaw, the right stick goes dead and the left stick swaps from strafing to turning. This is because it's assumed you're using your right thumb on the A button instead of the right stick. Now I have a paddle on the back for A, and don't need to take my thumb off the right stick. The result is that I forget to turn with the left stick instead of the right. I really wish there was an option for the sticks to not change like that when you hit A or B. I also wouldn't mind an option to make roadie run function like sprint in other games (press once to toggle sprint, which turns off if you stop moving momentarily), though I can see how some might see that as a change to the core way the game controls.
Nailed it and yeah, Gears is one of those titles that... well, it's hard to find benefits with an Elite Controller because of it.
I mean, I like at least going-in/out of cover without having to move my right thumb at least.