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Louis GarneauCourse Air Lite II Cycling Shoe - Men's

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Item # LGN00JU
Description

Course Air Lite II Cycling Shoe

Louis Garneau shoes fly a little off of most people's radar which is a shame because it always packs a ton of innovative features and designs. Its newest top-tier shoe, the Course Air Lite II Shoe, is one that we're super excited about building on Garneau's stiffest sole and the X-Comfort Zone upper which provides exceptional adaptability for all foot sizes at the front of the shoe.

Garneau starts off with a racer fit that fits the foot snugly and reduces the stack height to the pedal. The high-density microfiber upper helps improve the power transfer and is seamless so there's no pressure points or hot spots for improved comfort. What makes these shoes the most interesting is the Boa IP1-S closure which tightens the laces on multiple anchoring points for a near custom fit. Think comfort and adjustability of laces with the convenience and security of a dial closure. The Boa TX system is an under-lace woven system prevents road grime from getting into the guides and improves aerodynamics. Returning feature include the stiff Powerzone system on the central part of the shoe, which wraps around the foot eliminating any movement when you are pulling up on the pedals. The included Transfo 3D insole has 3 adjustable arch wedges that allow you to choose the level of support you need. Titanium inserts fit all 3-hole road cleats and help bring the weight down to an amazing 222 grams for a size 42 shoe. The Course Air Lite II Shoe offers excellent comfort, high performance, and impressive ventilation at the lowest weight.

  • A cycling shoe that balances weight, stiffness, and comfort
  • Carbon fiber sole efficiently transfers power
  • Microfiber upper is light and durable
  • Reinforced toe improves durability
  • Slip-resistant membrane holds heel securely in place
  • Boa dials help customize the fit even on the fly
  • Four color options to match your style
  • Compatible with 3-bolt cleats
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Upper Material
high density microfiber
Closure
Dial
Footbed
Ergo Air Transfo 3D
Sole
carbon fiber
Cleat Compatibility
3-hole road
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
Size

Louis Garneau

Cycling Footwear
EUUS MENUS WOMENUKCM
34 3 5 2 22.1
35 3.5 5.5 2.5 22.4
36 4 6 3 22.7
37 4.5 6.5 3.5 23
38 5 7 4 23.6
38.5 5.5 7.5 4.5 23.9
39 6 8 5 24.2
39.5 6.5 8.5 5.5 24.5
40 7 9 6 24.8
40.5 7.5 9.5 6.5 25.1
41 8 10 7 25.4
41.5 8.5 10.5 7.5 25.7
42 9 11 8 26
42.5 9.25 11.25 8.25 26.3
43 9.5 11.5 8.5 26.6
43.5 9.75   8.75 26.9
44 10   9 27.2
44.5 10.5   9.5 27.5
45 10.75   9.75 27.8
45.5 11   10 28.1
46 11.5   10.5 28.4
46.5 11.75   10.75 28.7
47 12   11 29
48 12.5   11.5 29.3
49 13   12 30.2
50 13.5   12.5 30.5

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Love These Shoes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Have ridden LG road and mountain shoes for ages, have always been happy with quality, sizing and fit. Have ridden approx 250 miles so far and the Course Air Lites are the best. I have a wide forefoot, a narrow heel and a high arch and these shoes accommodate me really well. The shoe is roomy up front without being sloppy, the X-Comfort Zone is for real, my toes have enough space without being too roomy. My heel is locked in tight with no slippage. The Boa system is great, easy to use and easy to make adjustments on the bike. Comfortable right out of the box, went down .5 a size from prior pair and glad I did because the shoes loosen up a bit after riding. Glad to have the different arch support options in the footbed. Shoes feel great 40 miles into a ride, no numbness or hotfoot. The sole is super stiff, feel connected to my pedals with no energy loss. The volume is also good, foot feels secure in the shoe but not too tight, can crank down on the Boas and not feel pressure. Saved some money by going with the yellow and very happy with how they look.

After 2 seasons, bought a second pair.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 46.5

I have about 5000 miles on the pair I bought in 2018. These shoes are an absolutely perfect fit for my foot. Dual Boa, good materials, solid construction. I haven't had any issues at all. I picked up a second pair just in case anything goes wrong with the first pair. Size chart attached for reference.

After 2 seasons, bought a second pair.

Very comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 43

Always liked my old shoes, now I notice what I was missing. These are really great, especially for someone like me with narrow heels and high arches. My feet feel more stable and supported. I feel as if my power transfer is better, but that may be in my head.

FANTASTIC!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Size Bought: 41.5

These shoes have a generous toe box and have a unique area on the upper which expands slightly if your foot requires it. I love the two-way BOA dials. I ride a 42 Giro and went with a 41.5 LG. All in all, a great shoe.

Solid Garneau Quality

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 41.5

This is my second pair of Louis in two years and these shoes do not disappoint. As a rider of this shoe's predecessor the Lite II's are a solid upgrade from an already impressive offering. The BOA system is more robust and the tongue comes in black for all colors since this tends to discolor quickly. The Xcomfort zone is nice but unless you have a very wide foot you may not notice much difference in fit. Maybe the best aspect is the orthotic inserts Garneau provides for different arch sizes. If you're like me and have arches in which a city bus can be parked under, the orthotic can evenly distribute load eliminating hot spots around the balls of your feet. Garneau provides three different sizes so you can dial it in just right. This puts a bit more pressure on the top of the foot but after a quick break in period and a "frayed" tongue edge these won't generate a "cut in" sensation at the bottom of the ankle which the older model tends to do. The shoe also has a well engineered heel retention system for exerted efforts out of the saddle. Size is very true as Garneau uses a different last where my older pair were maybe a little big at 43.5 but these in 41.5 are just right. The picture shows my older 43.5 up to my exchanged pair of 42.5 and they're identical with the older pair on the left. Aesthetically I prefer the older pair but that's just me. These shoes are extremely comfortable and perform well in all conditions wet or dry with the updated BOA system making for easy clean up after nasty outings. At this price point probably the best value on the market.

Solid Garneau Quality

LG Course Air Lite II shoes

  • Fit: True to size

I have different shaped feet and I found this shoe to be the best fit for me. I just rode the 76 mile route in el Tour de Tucson on Nov. 17 and at the finish I was very comfortable. I won't go back to Sidi. Thanks, LG

Close to Perfect

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

I’ve been riding pretty hard core for over 30 years and have tried them all (short of full-on custom). For years, I had settled on Sidi as my ‘go to’ shoe. Not any more. The Course Air Lite II is the most comfortable shoe I have ever used. I have fairly wide forefeet. Most brands have a ‘wide’ model, but this means that pretty much the whole shoe is widened, including the upper ankle area which, along with the heel cup, is where most of your power is focused/transferred. This usually results in an overall ungainly fit, with too much ‘slop’ in some areas, too much constriction in others. I suspect that most of us find this tolerable, assuming that compromise is a ‘given’, with regard to the shoe fit equation, as is a little pain and a fair amount of numbness now and again. Garneau has come up with a perfectly simple solution to all of this: the little elastomer inserts are definitely no gimmick. My first ride with the Course Air Lites was >70k. Blissful. No hot spots or numbness at all, even when the dials were cranked way down for climbing. My heels were anchored like they were in concrete. The soles are plenty stiff, but with just enough ‘give’ to prevent discomfort. This was a few months ago (review was originally written for another retailer; ‘sorry’, CC). Since then, I have put in about 4000 km on them, and even got a second pair for winter riding. They have held up admirably: the Boa dials perform as if new and the shoes themselves show little sign of wear. I am convinced that these shoes make me go faster, since I can devote more of my mental energy to ride mechanics/form, rather than worrying about being let down by my shoes. Of course, physiologies differ. But I would recommend giving them a shot, even for ‘normal’ feet, esp. at this price. Consider sizing down a tad, though. I wear a Sidi 46; 45.5 in these is ideal.

Why are you posting identical reviews on multiple retailers' sites? (see excelsports.com) By chance, do you have skin in the game?

Nice!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 47

Nice fit and true to size. Love the quick release function and they really perform. Love the stretch patch as my right foot is a little wider and causes late ride pain.

Very comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

After at least 5 shoe purchases and returns, I finally found a keeper. Working with Zack Foley of Competitive has really helped me find this shoe. I ride about 7,000 miles a year and admittedly am particular on my shoes. I wrote a review previously on the Shimano Sphyres and they were very nice and comfortable but after 50-60 miles, the stitching on the interior Boa dial would be rubbing my pinky toe, which i found a couple other people had the same problem. I have ridden Sidi Ergo 4's forever and recently tried the Wire and the Pushes but the toe box just seemed too narrow and the Mega didn't help as it was too loose. I love the comfort of the Giro Empires but the only draw back was i found myself tweaking the lacing frequently and I wanted something as comfortable but with quick and easy adjustment.......Wala: the Garneau Course Air light 2.
I did the maiden voyage yesterday and did 72 miles in them: extremely comfortable but yet extremely stiff on the pedal pull up and felt like i had every bit of the same power as the Sidi's, only much more comfortable. The ventilation is unbelievable on the bottom of the sole and they do come with cool inserts (perforated Holes)
and hot inserts for different seasons. We'll see how warm they are in the winter but they're a keeper for me. I normally take a 42.5 in the Giro's and Sidi's and a US 9 but I tried the recommended 42's according to the Garneau sight and they were just a little tight front to back so i went to the 42.5's and they fit best for thin socks, thick socks, or custom inserts with the toe box perfect. So i would say they run true to size
Forgot to mention I also tried the Giro Prolight techlace but the sizing just didn't fit. The 42.5's were too big and the 42's were a little too tight but they seemed comfortable with easy adjustment FWIW

Very comfortable but toe guard scuffed

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 43

Shoes fit great right away. Wasn't sure on size but worked out well. Other reviews indicated toe guard easily scuffed. They were right as scuffed gray toe guard down to white exposed underneath after only one ride.....