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Louis Garneau Cycling Bib Shorts are worn by some of the best cyclists in the world who have won races such as the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Paris-Roubaix. The right combination of fabrics is the secret to why top racers such as Thomas Voeckler win races in Louis Garneau bib shorts. Fabrics make these some of the best shorts on the market. For the top level 2014 bib short, there are some similarities in the fabrics used.
Air circulates through the Power X-mesh which also dries quickly- this is perfect for a pair of bib shorts in the warmer months. The compression of the Carbon X-mesh favors blood circulation which helps you to resist fatigue 10-20%. When stretched, the opaque mesh construction circulates air. The air feels cool and fresh against your skin. The same compression from the stretch helps to support muscles. This is exceptionally helpful on those long endurance rides. ColdBack, a very new technological advancement in fabric athletic apparel design, has been found to cool cycling clothing by 7-10F. This means, your body stays cooler which is very beneficial when it gets hot. The Durable Water Repellent quality absorbs less water, so you stay drier. The fabric in the bib short also has a UPF/SPF of 50. The damaging rays of the run will not get to you.
After these basic similarities, the Louis Garneau bib short is constructed with a varying type of fabrics which are used by different types of cyclists. While all of the Louis Garneau bib shorts are very aerodynamic and designed for the racer, each pair has a slightly different level of race readiness.
The Course Race Bib Short is the most aerodynamic pair of LG bib short. Using the Lazer Rev fabric, the bib short has exceptional gripping capacity to the leg. Feeling like a second skin, air flows smoothly over the Course Race. There is no drag, no resistance. What is so amazing about the Course Bib Short is that aerodynamics is achieved with seamless construction which adds exceptional comfort.
Bib shorts that don't breathe maintain heat and sweat, sap your motivation to ride bikes in the summer months. The Course Superleggera Bib Short has all the same race qualities as the Course Bib Short-- good aerodynamic fit, wicks sweat, and comfortable. Yet, has a very high capacity to manage heat. The Delfino fabric adds more breathability and it encourages air to flow against your working legs so you stay cool.
The Elite Lazer Bib Short achieves anatomic fit through a seven-panel design. Made with a Lycra fiber it does have exceptional shape recovery with good muscle support. It doesn't have the same compression as the Louis Garneau Course and Superleggera Bib Shorts which uses the Lycra Power fabrics. Yet, at the same time the Lycra used in the Elite Lazer is lighter.
The Mondo Evo Bib Shorts are probably the most technologically complex piece of cycling bib shorts. Louis Garneau has combined three fabrics to create quite a good pair of race shorts at a reasonable price. Good anatomic fit relies on Cell-ion fabric which is a new technology that has just begun to break into the performance enhancing qualities of bib-shorts. Cell-ion fabric increases circulation which brings more oxygen to your legs by an average of 7%. As a result, recovery time decreases.