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Louis Garneau Course Air Lite Shoe - Men's

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Lighter and stiffer than ever before

As Louis Garneau’s lightest shoe to date, the Course Air Lite Road Shoe offers the crème de la crème of lightweight, race-performance that is designed to put you atop the podium. The Course Air Lite features the new HM X-Lite carbon outsole with titanium inserts, which provides an ultra-stiff platform with an insanely low weight. The outsole also has Garneau’s HRS-400 technology, which utilizes nylon-injected reinforcement to secure the heel and eliminate slippage, resulting in an optimal fit with the most efficient pedal stroke. For added performance, the HM X-Lite has a thin 4.3mm stack height for improved power transfer. The Course Air Lite features a durable microfiber upper with 2LS mesh ventilation windows to keep you cool and comfortable. And you’re guaranteed the most precise and customizable fit with the new Boa IP1 closure system, which eliminates pressure points and allows you to make on-the-fly adjustments with ease.

  • New HM X-Lite carbon outsole with titanium inserts
  • HRS-400 technology secure heel and prevents slippage
  • Thin 4.3mm stack height
  • Microfiber upper with 2LS mesh ventilation windows
  • Boa IP1 closure system

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
microfiber, mesh
Closure:
dual Boa IP1
Footbed:
Ergo Air Cool Stuff, Ergo Air Hot Stuff
Sole:
Carbon HM X-Lite
Cleat Compatibility:
3-hole road
Claimed Weight:
[size 42, single] 222 g
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

Cycling Shoes

Men's
US SHOE SIZE5.566.577.588.599.51010.51111.51212.51313.514
Chrome 37.5 38 39 39.5 40 41 41.5 42 43 44 44.5 45 46 47   47.5   48
Diadora 38 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46     
DMT 38   39   40 41 42 42.5 43 43.5 44.5 45 45.5 46   47 48  
Five Ten 37 38 38.5 39 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46 46.5 47   
Fi'zi:k 38 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46     
Gaerne 38 39   40   41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45   46 47 48   
Giro   39 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 43.5 44.5 45 45.5 46 46.5 47 48  
Lake 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 46.5 47 48  
Louis Garneau 38.5 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 43 44 44.5/45 45.5 46 47 48 49 50
Mavic (US/EU) 5.5 / 38 6 / 38.7 6.5 / 39.3 7 / 40 7.5 / 40.7 8 / 41.3 8.5 / 42 9 / 42.7 9.5 / 43.3 10 / 44 10.5/ 44.7 11 / 45.3 11.5 / 46 12 / 46.7 12.5 / 47.3 13 / 48 13.5 / 48.7  
Northwave 37   38 39 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 47 48
Pearl Izumi 38 39 39.5 40 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46 46.5 47 48 48.5 49
Shimano 38.5 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 43 44 44.5 45 45.5 46.5 47   49   50
Sidi  39 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 / 42.5 43 43.5 44 / 44.5 45 45.5 46 / 46.5 47 47.5 48 48.5 49
Six Six One 38 38.5 39 40 40.5 41 42 43 43.5 44 44.5 45   46 47 48 49 50
Suplest 37 38   39 40 41   42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45   46   47
Vans 37 38 38.5 39 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46   47   48
US SHOE SIZE5.566.577.588.599.51010.51111.51212.51313.514

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Oh yes

    Let's face it, all the top cycling shoe companies (Sidi, Shimano, Giro, Specialized, etc) make good top-of-the-line shoes. Individual fit is the major determining factor of whether a shoe will work for you.

    That said, these Garneau's are, IMHO, one of the very best Summer road shoes out there.

    Why?
    1. Extremely light.
    2. Excellent ventilation.
    3. Snug heal cup.
    4. Superb FULL Boa closure.

    If they fit your foot, these are simply awesome light-weight Summer training/racing shoes.

    Cons: The QC is 9 out of 10. A little glue smuges here and there. But no big deal.

    Note: If you ride in cold weather with these on:
    1. Use toe caps or winter booties -and- the supplied winter insoles.
    2. If you ride in the rain (or even just wet roads after the rain), be sure to tape up the bottom vents fully with duct tape.
    3. Riding in extended rain? Then wear water-proof booties over these (Pearl Izumi WxB and Castelli Poggio or Tempesta are great). Velotoze are totally water-proof and look cool but are a little difficult to work with.

    Fit: Medium toe box (not narrow like Sidi). These fit my med+ wide feet well. There is room to wiggle my toes! No cramping.

    Sizing: I wear size 45.5 (wide/mega) in Sidi. 45.0 in Shimano. Here, in these Garneau Course Air Light's, the 45.5 fit me best.

    Very Comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    I purchased a 44.5, the same size I wear in Sidi and Mavic and the fit is perfect. There is a bit more room in the forefoot than Sidi but about the same as Mavic. The way the BOA closures are located provide a very even foot pressure with no hot spots. These shoes are light but seem to be well made. The hot and cold weather footbeds are a meaningful plus.

    Solid, detailed, comprehensive, worth reading.

    Light, stiff and comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I purchased this shoe in red several weeks ago and have put a decent amount of mileage on them in varying conditions. I have also used both insoles (hot and cold). I have found them to be very light, stiff and comfortable on my feet. I would never buy another shoe without the BOA system, which works great on the fly. Very easy to reach down and micro-adjust as I am riding. When I put max power down out of the saddle, I feel no slippage in the shoe or heel as I am pulling up with full force. The toe box is adequate, but not huge. I wear a US 10.5 and went with the 44.5 and found that this fits just about perfect. I think the 45 would have been just too big. I love the red...stands out without looking over the top. Overall, a great shoe.

    Avg. ride time: 8h 17m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    It's the little things

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    In the last year of racing I've used 5 FIVE different shoes and each one had it's ups and downs. Shimano, Sidi, 2 Giro models and finally this pair. No shoe had any particular issues, but i wasn't totally happy in any of them until this model. The Louis Garneau shoes start with a pretty fantastically stiff sole. EXTREMELY well ventilated and BONUS they come with swappable insoles for ventilation or warmth. And if you ride in cold weather like I do, I like the idea of not putting tin foil under insoles for warmth. The upper is a very durable polymer that also stretches a bit and very comfy once fitted. I've used boa systems before and was kinda upset with the quality of their ratchet system. They tend to break and the lack of dual rotation was a buzz kill. These buckles are awesome as they allow for both tightening and loosening AND BONUS a total unlock feature for quick take off. It's super nice cause you can adjust them through shoe covers during rainy races (like last weekend). The cleat adjustment is pretty awesome as well. allowing for a pretty infinite range of cleat adjustment. Also the walking pads (lack of a better term) are replaceable, which is great! All in all i'm very happy with these shoes, they're stupid light and they are very very stiff. Louis Garneau did solid work focusing on the little details and it paid off big.

    Every one of your reviews is a 4 or 5 star rating. Have you never encountered a product that was moderately inferior? I don't know whether or not to believe you or consider you the outlier in the statistical population?

    I think Robert reviews/recommends the better products that he comes across. Leaving little/nothing said about mediocre products. This is understandable. Btw, I find his reviews helpful, detailed, and informative.

    Update: The LG Course Air Lite just received a top rating in Cycling Magazine's (UK) Feb '16 review of high-end road shoes. RS isn't the only one who thinks these are worth checking out.