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It's certainly not their only application, but knickers are popular in cyclocross racing because knee warmers have the tendency to fall down and bunch when they get soaked or when a course requires a lot of run-ups or barrier-jumps. Full-length tights, on the other hand, are often overkill for these short, intense races, and can absorb extra water and mud. Whether you're riding off-road or on the road, the Louis Garneau Enduro Bib Knickers 3 provide added lower-body warmth and critical knee insulation for days when your regular bib shorts with knee warmers won't cut it.
Garneau constructed the Enduro Bib Knickers out of their HeatMaxx fabric, which is a Roubaix-type fabric with a smooth outer surface and a brushed micro-fleece liner. It will keep you warm without restricting your movement or feeling bulky. There are six panels, stitched together with friction-minimizing flatlock seams, so that the knickers conform to your movements. The 4-way stretching Airzone chamois found in the Enduro Bib Knickers has dual-density foam to provide the right amount of cushioning, and it's perforated to help it breath and transfer moisture away from the skin. Additionally, the edges of the chamois are tapered to eliminate pinching and chafing. The top of the Airzone has an antibacterial treatment in case you have to skip a wash or two on your 'cross or bike touring getaway.
Some final finishing touches round out the Enduro Knickers: Garneau's Powerband system at the calf won't cut off circulation like silicone grippers have a tendency to do, and reflective logos provide added visibility for low-light conditions. The Louis Garneau Enduro Bib Knickers 3 come in sizes X-Small through XX-Large and in Black.