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Description

The Classico Bib Shorts represent Louis Garneau's ability to continually design apparel that produces results in the saddle. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Garneau's commitment to the sport, which is quite remarkable considering just how many apparel brands have popped up in recent years. With the Classico bibs, the legacy continues, as they were built with Garneau's signature fabrics and attention detail. And now, they're available in a design that's exclusively made for Competitive Cyclist.

Starting with the basic construction, Garneau made the Classico bib shorts from a well-positioned blend of Lycra Power, Lycra Pro, and Power Mesh. For compressive support, Lycra Power has been placed at various points on the legs of the shorts. Basically, this fabric features more Lycra fibers per ounce/square yard than typical Lycra compositions. So, the material experiences an elastic hold on your muscle groups, supporting and shielding them from the bulk of oscillation and road vibration. This results in a decrease in overall muscle fatigue, while also, according to Garneau, a 10 to 20% improvement in blood circulation. And when the aforementioned is paired with the Lycra Pro material, the shorts experience a heightened level of recovering stretch. This means that your freedom of movement is ensured. Further ensuring this characteristic, Garneau designed the shorts with a seamless inner-leg and a ten-panel construction. This not only leads to an increase in flexibility, but, more obviously, it lends itself to eliminating abrasion. Garneau even took this concept a step further by only using flatlock stitching throughout the shorts and uppers. However, all the while, both fabrics possess an extraordinary ability to manage moisture. This means that riding with damp legs after 40k is now a thing of the past.

The secure fit of the Classico bib shorts was accomplished through the use of compressive fabric panels and Garneau's Powerband leg cuffs. These not only provide a strong, no-slip hold on the legs, but they also reduce pressure on the lower legs in order to maintain proper circulation. Garneau further achieved its body-holding characteristics by constructing the bib straps from Power Mesh, with an added stretch trim that ensures flexibility. These straps hold the position of the shorts, and also aid in pulling perspiration away from the back and torso with their moisture wicking composition.

Garneau included its AirZone insert into the Classico bib shorts. This chamois uses a 3D, pre-shaped wing design that moves in unison with your body. After all, a non-conforming insert is one of the leading causes of abrasion. So, to guarantee flexibility, the AirZone chamois uses a variable-density, perforated memory foam that's been shaped objectively towards every direction of movement and pressure. And unlike other forms of variable-density padding, the AirZone shape ensures that height transitions flow smoothly from region to region. This means that pinching and chafing are nearly eliminated. Garneau also included a center channel, much like your favorite saddles, that relieves pressure on the urethra and pudendal nerve.

The Louis Garneau Classico Bib Shorts are available in the sizes X-Small to XXX-Large and in the color Emerald.

Tech Specs

Removable Chamois:
no
Leg Gripper:
Powerband
Chamois:
yes, AirZone
Season:
spring/summer
Material:
[shorts] Lycra Pro, [straps] Power Mesh
Fit:
anatomic paneled
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year
Bib:
yes
Chamois Thickness:
variable

Size chart

Louis Garneau

Mens Apparel

Louis Garneau Mens Apparel
3XS XXS XS SMLXLXXL3XL
chest 32in
(81.3cm)
34in
(86.4cm)
36in
(91.4cm)
38in
(96.5cm)
40in
(101.6cm)
42in
(106.7cm)
44in
(111.8cm)
46in
(116.8cm)
48.0in
(121.9cm)
waist 26in
(66.0cm)
28in
(71.1cm)
30in
(76.2cm)
32in
(81.3cm)
34in
(86.4cm)
36in
(91.4cm)
38in
(96.5cm)
40in
(101.6cm)
42in
(106.7cm)
buttocks 32in
(81.3cm)
34in
(86.4cm)
36in
(91.4cm)
38in
(96.5cm)
40in
(101.6cm)
42in
(106.7cm)
44in
(111.8cm)
46in
(116.8cm)
48in
(121.9cm)
leg length29in
(73.7cm)
29in
(73.7cm)
29in
(73.7cm)
30in
(76.2cm)
31in
(78.7cm)
32in
(81.3cm)
32in
(81.3cm)
32in
(81.3cm)
32in
(81.3cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Hip:
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.

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5 5

Race fit, true to size

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

(Review written for the kit)
Love this kit! From the 80's aerobics color scheme, well kinda, to the fit, very Euro, slim-fitting. I am 5'8", 145 lbs. and the size small is pretty tight, race-fit. The bib can feel as if it might not fit but once it does it offers wonderful compression without feeling restrictive, just nicely hugging. The jersey sleeves for some more muscular men might be an issue but I have medium biceps and they show off the arms nicely. As for the chamois it is very comfortable. Have only worn on a couple rides averaging 50 miles or so and was very happy. If you are looking for more of a club fit then size up one, but if you like something more sleek and streamlined, as I do, then follow the size chart measurements, and if you can buy the pieces separately, cheaper that way.

Avg. ride time: 12h 19m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
4 5

Comfy and great fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Being new to the road biking community, this was a perfect pair of bib shorts for my first purchase. I am returning my first pair for one just like it because the seam split after a couple rides, but I'm counting on that being just a fluke.

What is the inseam length of this short?...

What is the inseam length of this short? Is it the same length as the Equipe short or is it shorter (which I don't want.

Responded on

The inseam is the same length as the Equipe short. I would imagine the inseam length changes with the size of the short.

Avg. ride time: 1h 1m per week
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5 5

High Mile Comfort, Thy Name is Classico

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The story behind me getting the Louis Garneau Classico Bib Short was partly for looks, which are awesome as it looks like a team issue without a ton of logos spread throughout. After putting it on, I felt the Powerband keep the inseam where it was supposed to be and the Lycra Power, Pro and Power Mesh combination made the positive blood flow evident before the first pedal stroke.
Things got even better after starting to ride as my legs felt more efficient in pushing straightaways and climbs. This material even dries quickly as I once wore the Classico bibs before proper drying after wash and I couldn't tell after the first ten miles. The Airzone Chamois is another large plus as 40 miles garnered no ill feelings from down there.
Going on to the fit, I am 5' 11", 180 lbs with bulky upper legs, a 32.5" inseam and a thinner hip/waist. The medium fit pretty well to a bit tight, but not too constricting. The height of the bib straps were perfect as well.
I know you are looking for the downside to this bib, guess what? There isn't one. It is the best bib short I've ever had the pleasure of using a bike seat with. If I can nitpick, a casual rider that only goes 1 hour per week won't be doing this bib justice as it begs to be ridden on long and difficult courses.