Louis Garneau Tri Elite Course Women's Shorts $119.95
Consider the days of felt chamois over. With the Louis Garneau Tri Elite Course Women's Shorts, you no longer have to approach your tri shorts with an ideology of compromise. Instead, Garneau gives you superior aerodynamics, support, and most importantly, comfort. So, you can race with the assurance that the Tri Elite Course shorts will swim, ride, and run with reliable precision and speed.
To strike the balance between comfort and aerodynamics, Garneau constructed the Tri Elite Course shorts from its Lazer Rev fabric. This material features a knit that has a high percentage of Lycra fibers in its composition. This means that you'll experience more muscle support in comparison to heavy polyester blends. Why is this important? Well, more support translates to less muscle movement from road vibration, and thus, less muscle fatigue. Additionally, even though the Tri Elite Course isn't a designated compression piece, you can still expect a slight improvement to blood flow, correlating directly to a reduction of lactic acid buildup. Even better, Lazer Rev has been designed to retain its shape after expanding for body conformity. So, the fabric's shape, fit, and compressive qualities don't run the risk of degradation. And to keep the heat at bay, Garneau also treated the shorts with its Coldblack finish. This finish forces the sun's heat to be reflected away from the shorts instead of absorbing it like most fabrics. So, you can ride on the rivet during summer races without running the risk of overheating.
So, you might be asking where aerodynamics come into the fold? Well, this a two part story, with Chapter One being the materials, and Chapter Two involving the construction. Moving along these lines, Garneau designed the Tri Elite Course shorts with a minimal number of seams. Not only does this minimize the possibility of abrasion, but it also creates a smooth, laminar air flow over the legs. So, you'll notice that the inner leg features a seamless design, and that the hems of the legs have been laser-cut. Together, drag is reduced, and poignant compression and chafing have been eliminated.
For further comfort, the shorts feature Louis Garneau's own, TriElite chamois. This chamois, developed with Beveled Edge Molding, uses a minimally surfaced, preshaped design that moves in unison with your body. After all, a non-conforming insert is a leading cause of abrasion. So, to guarantee obedient flexibility, the TriElite 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 TriElite shape ensures that height transitions flow smoothly from region to region. This means that pinching and chafing are nearly eliminated. Keep in mind that this is a tri-specific chamois, and in accordance to its application, Garneau made sure that the insert is highly breathable, and most importantly, quick drying. So, you'll experience a smooth transition from water to saddle, and from the saddle to the pavement. All the while, you don't have to sacrifice pressure relief to the genitals and sensitive nerves for comfort in your run. However, Garneau didn't stop there, instead, it incorporated the medically-used Crabyon fabric. This antibacterial, therapeutic material adds comfort to raw, chafed, and even burned skin.
The shorts are met by wide, yoga-esque waistband that is both comforting and flattering. Garneau also included a laser cut back pocket to store your essentials, and reflective accents for increased visibility to motorists while night training.
The Louis Garneau Tri Elite Course Women's Shorts are available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the color Black.
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
- Natural Waist:
- Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
- Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
- Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The shorts fit well and feel great! They don't ride up, bunch up, or feel like I'm wearing a diaper on the run and they dry quickly and certainly were enough support on the bike. They do have a compressive quality, which is something that I like about them, they feel like a nice hug around my thighs...not a boa constrictor - just enough pressure to benefit circulation. I thought the fit was true to size - 5'5" 120lbs - ordered a small and it fit well
Louis Garneau Tri Elite Course Short
Ok - heads up, these shorts seem to run small. That may be because they are Tri shorts? not sure, but compared to their other shorts these seem to be a different sizing. I normally wear a small in louis garneau but I can easily wear a medium in these shorts.