LOUIS GARNEAU MEN'S SHORTS/BIBS - ROAD
Simply creating a comfortable pair of bib shorts is old hat for Louis Garneau. Instead, for the Course Race Bib Shorts, Garneau was inspired to incorporate heightened levels of aerodynamics and breathability into the design. So, the result is a minimally seamed, multi-fabric construction that rewrites the rule book on race-day bib shorts.
Starting with the shorts portion of the Course Race, Garneau used its Lazer Rev fabric for the construction. 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 Course Race 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 outside of the Lazer Rev's compressive properties, the material is highly breathable, as well. This has been further complemented by Garneau's placement of both Power Mesh and Carbon X-Mesh at the bib straps -- frequent contributors to overheating. At the lower portion and rear window, the Course Race features the Power Mesh fabric. This mesh provides an easy ventilation route for excess core heat. It's also featured at these points because of its 20% spandex composition. This allotment of stretchable material provides the necessary flexibility and soft-to-the-touch contact for heavy points of articulation. As for the uppers, Garneau used the Carbon X-Mesh primarily for its gentle grip and anti-static properties.
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 Course Race bib 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. 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 over-compression and chafing have been eliminated.
For further comfort, the bib shorts feature Louis Garneau's own, patent-pending 5 Motion chamois. This chamois, developed with Beveled Edge Molding, uses a 3D, pre-shaped wing design that moves in unison with your body. After all, a non-conforming insert is a leading cause of abrasion. So, to guarantee an obedient flexibility, the 5 Motion 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 5 Motion 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. However, Garneau didn't stop there. The insert also effectively evacuates any moisture -- another source of chafing and bacteria.
The Louis Garneau Course Race Bib Shorts are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/white and Black/white/red.