If you like to spend all day on your bike, Louis Garneau has just the shorts for you. The Equipe Motion Women’s Shorts have been designed to give you all day comfort with high performance compression material that will ensure you’ll feel like riding day after day.
The magic happens with Louis Garneau’s mixing of their Pro and Power + Lycra material. The Pro + Lycra adds the touch of comfort with a forgiving stretchiness which belies its ability to recover its shape. It will move with you instead of working against you. Meanwhile, the Power + Lycra has the stretch with compression. Compression fabrics are essential for isolating and supporting muscle groups which means you will feel less fatigue and be able to recover faster. The material has been cut to shape to the female form while in a riding position. Louis Garneau uses its HuggFit waist which evenly distributes pressure around the waist. With a similar attention to comfort, the inner leg has been designed to be seamless in order to reduce the bulkiness by eliminating excess material. You won’t have fabric bunching up at the saddle interface, which reduces the possibility for sore-causing friction. And where there are seams, Louis Garneau uses flatlock stiching to avoid irritating friction and prevent indentations from forming on your legs. Another point of contention on ladies’ shorts is how tight to make the leg band. There should be an element of compression, but not enough to cause unwanted bulges. Louis Garneau solves this problem with the Powerband, which is a compression cuff that supports the thigh without causing undo pressure. The 10.5” inseam will mean that the leg cuff hits at that perfect point on the thigh below the thickest part of the leg but still high enough above the knee to keep the tan line at your casual short level.
For the insert, Louis Garneau turns to their Airgel Chamois. This is an all-day comfort chamois due to the high-density foam working in sympathy with the perforated gel inserts. Using high-density perforated memory foam, this insert allows for a smooth and consistent cushioning over all areas of the undercarriage, resulting in a complete lack of friction or pinching points. Since the insert is perforated and has multiple layers, transferring moisture is a cinch. Adding perforated gel inserts enhances the comfort and breathability. Vents at the front help maintain breathability without sacrificing comfort. The material touching you is called Cupron. It contains an amount of copper that helps reduce irritation to the skin, provides antimicrobial properties, can help promote wound healing and provides anti-allergen properties.
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- 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
Good shorts, good chamois
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
I've been looking for a pair of shorts to add to my favorite LG short collection - good fit, long distance chamois, I think these will qualify, I ordered a medium based on the other review but found them pretty darn snug - everywhere but the waist as Linda says. I usually wear a medium short but in LG I find a large fits better. I can get the mediums on but not sure I could move in them so I returned them and ordered a large. They look great! :)
Well made, comfortable short
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: small
I bought my first pair of Louis Garneau shorts last year and found them to be incredibly comfortable for any length ride. This short was the closest I could find to the original pair...most importantly, it had the same pad. I purchased a medium, my usual size, but found the waist a little large so exchanged them for a small. I'm finding the small a little tight in the lower leg and waist but will keep them hoping they stretch out a little. As in the last pair, the pad is great for any length ride. My two pairs of Louis Garneau shorts are the only shorts I want to ride in now!