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Louis Garneau Massimo 2 Jacket

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Description

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for performance.

Designed using WindDry 12k, HeatMaxx, and SS Trainer fabrics, the Louis Garneau Massimo 2 blocks wind, retains precious body heat, and wicks moisture as well as Andy Schleck climbs mountains—ridiculously well—and even has a MP3 pocket from which to rock your favorite suffer-fest music.

  • Hidden front zip for keeping the weather outThree angled back pockets for supplies
  • Mini-rubber light tab for easy light attachment
  • Front, back sleeve reflectors keep motorists aware of your presence in low light
  • Front and back reflective logos add style and safety
  • Signature gripper at hem keeps jacket from shifting in flight
  • Welded chest pocket with reverse zip for simple one-hand access
  • Cycling-specific collar prevents cold air from entering

Tech Specs

Material:
WindDry 12k (3-ply nylon-spandex-polyester blend w/ polyurethane inner membrane), HeatMaxx (86% nylon, 14% spandex), SS Trainer (90% polyester, 10% spandex)
Windproof Rating:
5000 mm
Fit:
slim
Venting:
no
Pockets:
3 back, 1 chest, 1 MP3
Hood:
no
SPF Rating:
50
Recommended Use:
cold-weather cycling, commuting

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

Perfect so far for SW Ohio fall rides

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Perfect so far for windy fall rides in SW Ohio.
low 50s - base layer + long-sleeve light thermal + jacket
low 40s - base layer + long-sleeve mid thermal + jacket
Looking forward to trying with UA Coldgear + base for 20-30deg rides
6'2" 220-225lbs - XXL fits great
Pros:
Lower back cut-allowance keeps coverage in place while in drops
Color & styling
Sleeves cut/fit for arms extended in drops - do not feel binding
Cuffs completely cover wrists & gloves
Dries overnight after wash and hang-dry

5 5

snug fit

I was looking for a relatively form-fitting jacket to layer a base layer and long-sleeved jersey under - and in a pinch, maybe even a thin fleece. I'm 5'10", 130lb, and chest 36 so I figured the small would be perfect. It would be fine if worn as the sole layer (though already snug in the shoulders), with plenty of arm length, but got pretty constrictive (like a compression fit) as soon as a long-sleeved jersey was layered underneath. Tried the medium and it's the right one: won't bunch up or flap in the breeze, just has that little bit of give. Haven't tried it in very cold weather yet but it's been great so far.

5 5

Warm enough for Minnesota in March

I am not a cold weather rider; I live in Minnesota and enjoy winter for cross country skiing not cycling. I needed to train for the Ronde van Vlaanderen in Belgium so I bought the Massimo 2 and hit the road at 30-35 F. My first rides I over dressed as the Massimo was so warm I didn't need the extra inner layers. I am 6'3" 175 lbs and discussed buying an XL with a sales rep. He told me to order the Large and his recommendation was right on. I have more than enough room for base layer and more if needed. I find the jacket with a base layer is not perfectly windproof but very good. I think the price and performance of this jacket is excellent and would recommend it.

5 5

Warm enough for Minnesota in March

I am not a cold weather rider; I live in Minnesota and enjoy winter for cross country skiing not cycling. I needed to train for the Ronde van Vlaanderen in Belgium so I bought the Massimo 2 and hit the road at 30-35 F. My first rides I over dressed as the Massimo was so warm I didn't need the extra inner layers. I am 6'3" 175 lbs and discussed buying an XL with a sales rep. He told me to order the Large and his recommendation was right on. I have more than enough room for base layer and more if needed. I find the jacket with a base layer is not perfectly windproof but very good. I think the price and performance of this jacket is excellent and would recommend it.

Unanswered Question

Large vs Extra Large; my chest is 42", I...

Large vs Extra Large; my chest is 42", I weigh 175; I will be riding in 40+/-F temps and feel I will need layers under this jacket. Should I buy an extra large for more room?

3 5

Preliminary Review

My three demands for this jacket were: windproof, long sleeves, and form fit. It aced the last two. I am 6'1", 35" chest, 31" waist, 148lbs; wear size small in Nalini, PI and Giordana with a little room to grow. lol I went with the XS for the Massimo. It is snug and awkward when standing, but disappears in the riding position. The sleeves cover my wrist bones even with my arm straight up in the air, so there is no airgap when riding.

The disappointment so far is the windproofing. Ironically perhaps, the WindDry material does nothing to stop wind, and the HeatMaxx material has far superior wind protection. In the images you can see the windproof fabric as the black panels only. The entire front of the jacket is perforated. My first ride was to work, in the dark, 46degF, over a poly golf shirt, and it was like I was wearing nothing at all. First full ride, I wore a long sleeve jersey underneath and the wind was 95% blocked. The temp was from 58-68F and it was fairly warm by the end, which was fine with me.

The other nag is that the zipper needs a garage. I cannot zip it all the way up as the zipper body disagrees with my trachea, and I have a small neck too.

I look to try this again with a baselayer setup and see what happens. But I want to posit that it is not wind-"proof". It is arguably wind-resistant. According to the internet, I am the only human to observe this, so I must be doing something wrong, and will update when I learn what that is.

Responded on

grasshopper's review is on point about the wind resistance, not wind proofing. On point with the zipper issue too. Another flaw on this jacket is that there are no vents as far as I can remember (as I already sold the jacket). If you don't mind zipping down and zipping up once in a while then it's ok.

the insulation gets better with a warm base layer like an Under Armour Cold Gear turtleneck.

Unanswered Question

is this a true winter riding jacket. i...

is this a true winter riding jacket. i will be riding in 20 to 35 degree weather in the winter. will this work or should i look at some other jackets

Unanswered Question

Write your question here...What is the pit...

Write your question here...What is the pit to pit measurement for sizes L and XL? Why isn't this info listed here?

5 5

Louis Garneau Massimo II Jacket

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

This jacket is a great jacket. I've worn it down to 50 degrees with 12 MPH winds so far. It completely stops the wind. Worn it in light rain also and stayed dry. Looks fanatastic. Very stylish and high viz. Very well designed jacket for warmth, wind stoppage, and breathes out the back. Perfect for layering. A+.

5 5

It's the jacket's little details and thoughtful engineering that all come together to really make an outstanding end product.

Just took delivery of my blue Louis Garneau Massimo 2 jacket. Deliberated long and hard on Gore Tex Phantoms, Castellis, and similar Pearl Izumi jackets at my local REI before I decided to try the LG Massimo 2. I have a pair of LG bib shorts that I love so decided to try and give LG another shot at my money.

Boy was I surprised and delighted. It's the jacket's little details and thoughtful engineering that all come together to really make an outstanding end product.

I'm 6' 183lbs and got the XL for road cycling here in South Carolina. The fit while not Star Trek uniform snug gives enough space for me to layer underneath for especially cold climates. If you like a tighter fit opt for the L instead.

Took my Massimo 2 out for a trial run in 67 degree F weather at 10PM in the evening to get a sense of whether this jacket can run in weather this warm before I attempt it in colder weather later this winter.

Excellent 3 rear pockets which were nice and deep - didn't have to fear my LG Octane cell phone falling out in mid-ride. Big enough to hold smaller size water bottles without any issues.

Outstanding left (my left) chest pocket to hold my iPod Nano while playing it using just the Nano's internal speaker. Although the chest pocket does have a special rubber grommet to let you thread your headphones through towards the inside - while riding on public roads I prefer to have my hearing unobstructed. That being said, even while at speed the close proximity of the pocket allowed the Nano speaker to be audible without being distracting (on maximum volume setting).

For me at least this jacket is an incredible improvement over my Pearl Izumi WXB Select Barrier jacket.

More comfortable in all positions (upright and racing tuck), way more breathable, and never felt cold. If I started to get a little warm I'd just unzip the top some more to let more cool air in. If all the other reviews are accurate I've potentially got an excellent jacket for 67 degrees F all the way down to the 30s. No creep in either the sleeves or on the extended back.

So how exactly did LG engineer such a versatile jacket? In a nutshell - multi-fabric construction using no less than 3 distinct LG garment materials all with specialized properties.

#1. WindDry 12K: the WindDry 12K's 3 ply construction combines waterproof, breathability and elastic properties.
Touted as waterproof and windproof, moisture wicking, with 4-way stretch properties and high breathability, this softshell fabric combines 2 mesh knits for optimal elasticity to improve fit and comfort. The Knit front consists of 87% nylon, 4% polyester, and 9% spandex. The knit back is 96% polyester and 4% spandex. This fabric comprises a good chunk of the overall jacket.

#2: SS Trainer is a highly elastic fabric that offers great ease of movement with excellent form fitting properties. The stretchy weave is 90% polyester and 10% elastane and is water repellent yet very breathable. I believe this is the black material on the back of the jacket (3 sections: left/center strip/right) that you see in photos of the back of the jacket. This also appears to be the primary fabric used in the elbow areas in both sleeves.

#3: Heatmaxx is the third material used in the construction of this jacket. It is an opaque construction with brushed back to better conserve body heat. The knit has a UPF/SPF 50 rating and the stretchy knit is 86% nylon with 14% lycra. As far as I can tell it appears to be the inner most lining that allows high moisture transfer, excellent elasticity while being very breathable yet directing body heat back inwards.

Other little details:
- Excellent neck design - doesn't choke/cut into you when fully zipped.
- Dual zipper design allows you to unzip from the top down or from the bottom up while riding.
- Where the zipper meets there is a long flap under and along the zipline for the jacket. Presumably this helps insulate the rider from cold air/water from entering through the zipper itself during riding.
- Stylish reflective accents help increase low light safety.
- The blue version of this jacket (along with my Specialized Roubaix's blue/white paint scheme) make me look like a police officer on bike patrol. The blue is in the photos, while accurate, somehow look more police blue in person. At any rate - I appeared to have a lot of motorists slow down when approaching me from the rear during my night ride potentially unsure if I was law enforcement.
- Thanks to the stiffness of the materials used no flapping/ballooning of the jacket occurred at any time due to wind. Very well designed.
- Sleeve cuffs were fitted yet not so tight that they caused constriction.

All in all, a more expensive jacket, but wow what a jump in clothing technical performance that will allow me to enjoy cycling season for a few more months. Highly recommended.

9/24/12 - just took the jacket out on a 52 degree F night ride. Only had a Nike dri fit short sleeve shirt on underneath paired with Pearl Izumi cycling thermal tights and Cyclone glove as well as Louis Garneau neoprene booties. Surprisingly I stayed pretty warm after getting up to speed. I thought I might be too cold but it worked out very nicely.

Responded on

Edward, i own this jacket and use it in UK weather,i find it performs well. I have to say that your review was the most in depth review in the history of reviews.

4 5

A Good Purchase

Quality construction. Fit is true to size vs. other "large" jerseys/jackets while still allowing room for a base layer (which I did wear). Neck was just tight enough to keep out wind without being too tight. (I'm a size 42 jacket with a 16" neck.) At 40 to 45 degrees with a moderate to strong wind, and mostly climb and descend riding, my upper body remained very comfortable. Neither warm nor cold, fully zipped. I was mostly dry after the ride except between center chest muscles where jacket was not right next to skin. My guess is that with a base layer, this would be good down to 35 degrees as long as you're riding somewhat enthusiastically.

5 5

Warm, great fit

I can definitely recommend this jacket. It isn't too thick (so you can still layer) and provides good breathe-ability. That, plus it is very sharp looking, and I really like the front pocket for easy access to phone/keys/etc...

Unanswered Question

can you give me the following measurements...

can you give me the following measurements for the mens's l and xl?

pit to pit
pit to end of sleeve
collar to waist hem (taken from back of jacket)

for more reference, i have the geminix in xl and it's good in the chest/shoulder/sleeve and a touch too roomy in the body.

thanks!!