Welcome winter with open arms.
Pairing warmers with our favorite bib shorts is an easy solution to the mercurial conditions of fall riding, but when the icy weather really settles in, a lightly insulated pair of bib tights becomes a mainstay in our cycling wardrobe. Louis Garneau developed its Course Elite Bib Tights with several of its top element-blocking fabrics for cold-weather rides, which means that you're able to stay warm, dry, and comfortable throughout all of your winter training sessions.
For the bulk of the Course Elite's leg panels, a fabric known as HeatMaxx was employed. This is a Roubaix-type material with a smooth outer-surface and a brushed micro-fleece lining. It's also a stretchy fabric that strikes a fine balance between keeping you warm and not restricting movement with bulky materials. A second layer of HeatMaxx was added to the knees, which provides additional warmth and ease of movement at this flex point. The material's composition works to keep your legs warm, while at the same time, ensuring that you stay dry through its exceptional wicking capabilities.
For additional protection against the elements, Garneau strategically placed its Super Light Dry material to the tights' front and back panels. Super Light Dry provides a light layer of wind and water-repellency through its stretchy, yet breathable, polyester composition. For the bib tights' uppers, Garneau used a blend of its Power Mesh and Carbon-X Mesh. These fabrics introduce a heightened level of ventilation around your torso for general breathability, while also providing a great deal of stretch and adaptability to the straps. The tights feature nine panels in total, stitched together with friction-minimizing flatlock seams.
Garneau included its 5Motion insert with the Course Elite bib tights. This chamois uses a 3D, pre-shaped wing design that moves in unison with your body. After all, a non-conforming insert is one of the leading causes of abrasion. So, to guarantee flexibility, the 5Motion 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 5Motion 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.
The bib tights were finished off with a four-inch flap-backed front zipper at the top of the waist, making those "pit stops" a simple affair. Along these lines, nine-inch ankle zips were added, ensuring shoe and bootie compatibility with the tights' cuffs. The tights were also treated with reflective accents throughout to keep you seen by motorists in low-light conditions.
The Louis Garneau Course Elite Bib Tights are available in the color Black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large.
- Avoid the indoor trainer with winter cycling protection
- Strategically placed weather-resistant paneling
- Brushed inner face for thermal insulation throughout
- Includes the same chamois as LG's summer race bibs
- Lightweight bibs don't interfere with layering
- Zippers at cuff and stomach for a sleek fit and pit-stop compatibility