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The new Pilot LE Bib Shorts were designed to provide you with the ultimate combination of support and all-day riding comfort. They represent Garneau's 30 years in the apparel-making business, incorporating the same designs and fabrics used to outfit the world's best cyclists. With the Pilot LE bibs, Garneau's legacy continues, as they were built with its signature fabrics and attention to detail. And now, they're available in a design that's exclusively made for Competitive Cyclist.

Starting with the basic construction, Garneau made the Pilot LE 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 Pilot LE 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 Pilot LE 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 Competitive Cyclist Pilot LE Bib Shorts are available in the sizes X-Small to XX-Large and in the Competitive Cyclist Black colorway.

Tech Specs

Lycra Pro
spring, summer, fall
yes, AirZone
Chamois Thickness:
Leg Gripper:
Recommended Use:
road and cyclocross racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

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44 44.0cm 51.5cm


36.3cm 72.1cm


72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm


37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm


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My waist is 101 cm, do i really need XXL or XL will be good enough?

Avg. ride time: 5h 7m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

These have airgel, NOT airzone.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I'm wearing a pair of these as I type this and the attached tag says they have an airgel chamois, not the airzone like it says in the description and specs. not like i could tell the difference though. given their position on the chamois list though i _think_ the airgel is a better chamois.

Also, these seem identical to my old bib (aside from graphics of course) which was the equipe ( same stiching, number of panels, materiel, shoulder straps, everything. identical.

These have airgel, NOT airzone.

Nearly naked

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

These would have been great if they didn't have a very sheer side panel on both sides. Looks like you're half naked with a loin cloth in front and back. Returned for something more modest.


High quality, looks great, lightweight

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

I'm a 33 waist and got a medium as the size chart suggested. It's tight, but not so tight I couldn't get them on. They are compression shorts after all.

This is my first bib so I don't really have a point of comparison, but they're a nice upgrade from my cheap bike shorts I've been using. No more lower back peeking out when my jersey rides up, better ventilation, and overall comfort.

One thing I didn't expect is that the side panels of the thighs (where the logo is printed) is sort of transparent similar to leggings. This isn't necessarily a bad thing and helps with ventilation, but just something to be aware of. Only downside so far is that it wasn't as effective as I anticipated at seducing my wife while wearing just these.

Todd - you might want to try size L. I'm a 33 waist, 38 chest, 5' 10" and 170lbs. Size L fits perfectly along with a size M jersey - compressive, but not stretched to the point of transparency.

Dang. I would do that if my goods hadn't already been all up on that chamois. It's actually not bad. Guess I'll live the transparent life and keep this in mind for the future.


So nice, I bought them twice...

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

So I ordered a pair of these, and as the other review stated, LG's size chart is overly optimistic. The issue is that taking a dump on the product because the size chart is off isn't really a review now, is it?

Fortunately, the large bibs I ordered fit one of my ride buddies, so he ordered a XL, and we traded. See...easy peasy.

Whatever size you normally ride, go up one. I wear large in Pactimo and Hincapie, and the XL Garneau bibs fit me perfectly.

The Good :

Super nice material. Holy compression Batman. They aren't tight for the sake of it, or because they're too small. The material is designed to be compressive in order to help your muscles. And it does just that. They felt odd at first, but after an hour, you just forget them. It honestly feels like you aren't wearing bibs. There's ZERO adjustment needed mid-ride.

They look great. Simple colors. Simple logos.

The pad is big...bigger than some (Giordana), but in NO way does it give you the damp diaper feeling that some other bibs with 3D pads can give. And the nature of the bib material keeps it where it needs to be...on your important bits. Again...ZERO adjustments needed.

Strap length is perfect, and the front of the bib is a good length. It doesn't come up to your nipples, nor does it push your stomach out the opening, a la Castelli.

Inseam length is spot on as well. And speaking off, the lycra band at the bottom is great. Didn't think I'd like it, but it never creeped up, and didn't give the much feared and hated "sausage legs".

The bad?

Haven't found anything bad about them yet. Hell, in all honesty, as soon as I got home from the ride, I ordered another pair.

For reference, I'm 6'1" and 180. XLs fit me perfectly. My aforementioned ride partner? He's 5'7" and 165. The large bib fit him well. Go by weight on these, as the lengths aren't that different. 170-ish is about as big as will fit into the large.

Time will tell about wear and tear, but for now, these are the best I own!

Mark ,how is the length on these? I bought 2 pair of LG's Corsa 2.0 from Back Country, and they were nowhere near the stated inseam of 11.25". I need them to be LLLOOONNNGGG, like LG's Neo Power. 6'3" for reference, and most shorts look like womens hot pants on me.


I'm 6'1" and they are near perfect. If you need long inseam, these may not work. I hate to pimp other manufacturers on CC's site, but if you want long inseam bibs, look at Pactimo Ascent Pro bibs. I have a couple of them, and love them, except for the length. They are LONG.

Worse case scenario, buy a pair of the LG bibs, and try them on. If they don't work, send 'em back. CC has the NQA return policy if the tags and packaging are intact.

Oh, and comparing LG clothing is like comparing apples and fungo bats. LG collections ALL fit differently.

I know what you mean... LG Neo Power are nice and long, but the LG Corsa I bought here were way shorter than the spec, and kept riding up. Thanks for your help!

OK...I must amend my review. I bought both pair of these bibs about 7-ish months ago.

Pair #1 developed little pin holes on them with 90 days. I sent them back for warranty. No big deal...stuff happens. I got credit from CC.

Pair #2 lasted a bit longer, but not by much. After I pulled them out of the wash last week, and flipped then inside out to hang dry, I noticed a couple of spots that looked thin on the back.

Upon closer inspection, the lycra had stretched and pulled to the point that it was transparent. You know, like those shorts some of the guys in every group wear...only these bibs weren't a decade old.

They lasted 7.5 months before failing, which is pretty strong weaksauce. I wore them once a week, always laundered them immediately after wear (in a lingerie bag), and hung them to dry. They were ridden only on the road, and never crashed.

I may have worn them of total of 30 times, at max. At $179 at full metal retail, That's almost $6 PER WEAR!! Uh...what?

They're nice bibs, fit well, and are comfy to ride in, both don't last. I'm hoping my new Backcountry LG bibs last longer.

Needless to say, I did NOT buy another pair to replace them. I went with the Capo stuff instead...

I'll turn the 5 stars down to best.


Don't go off the LG size chart, 2nd try

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

Seems to be good construction with a solid chamois, but their sizing is way off. I was skeptical about ordering a Small (waist 32"), should have stuck with the Med or Lrg. Couldn't even get these on.

Update** have since ordered a size large and worn them on 5-6 rides. By far my favorite bibs ever owned. They are compression, so they do fit tight. I guess i have a bit larger thighs than normal...the large fits tight but i have between a 30-32in waist. I'm 6ft, 168lb. adjust accordingly.

As another review stated, these begin to feel like they are not even there. I love the compression. No need to readjust mid-ride.

We'll see how the stitching holds after a few months but everything checks out so far. Except bibs. Looking for them to go on sale again to order set #2.