Louis Garneau will offer two Course flagship jerseys for 2013: the standard Race version at left and the ultralight Superleggera at right with more mesh (James Huang/BikeRadar)
Louis Garneau’s 2013 range
will be topped by a new Course limited edition of high-end apparel, which will
include jerseys, a vest, shorts, road shoes, and even a helmet.
at fit cyclists, both Course jerseys feature a ‘next to skin’ fit, Coldblack
sun-reflective fabric treatments to reduce heat build-up, full-length
zippers, angled rear pockets with media ports, laser-cut arm openings,
pre-shaped shoulders, and a wide rear hem with silicone grippers to keep the
garment in place.
the Course Race jersey is built with a more conventional mix of wicking and
mesh fabrics, nearly half of the ultralight Course Superleggera jersey is
constructed of highly breathable and very open mesh for use on super hot days. That
open mesh isn’t as protective as the more solid panels, though, so users will want to apply sunscreen.
will also get a pair of Course jerseys but the standard variant will be
days will call for the innovative Course Speedzone vest, whose unique construction
is entirely cut out at the lower back for easy access to underlying jersey
pockets. A wide rear hem with silicone grippers – the same as what’s used on
the jerseys – helps the vest retain its shape and prevents the otherwise open
hem from flapping about.
Course Race and Course Superleggera bib shorts again place a high emphasis on a
trim, efficient fit with the latter built with a lighter and more minimal
construction to both reduce weight and increase ventilation in very hot
conditions. Meanwhile, the women’s Course Race shorts use a wide, yoga
pant-style waistband instead of bibs.
Course helmet is Louis Garneau’s take on the aerodynamic road helmet. According
to Louis Garneau, computational fluid dynamics testing suggests improved airflow
over the rider’s head thanks to trimmed-down and more rounded profiles at the
rear of the helmet plus straighter paths for the internal channels.
or not those CFD calculations yield real-world time savings remains to be seen
but the more aerodynamics-focused design has certainly produced what looks to
be more efficient cooling. Ultra-deep channels run uninterrupted from front to
back with only paper-thin louvers of the internal reinforcement structure
holding the helmet’s ribs together. Out back is Louis Garneau’s familiar
Spiderlock Pro II retention system and claimed weight is 250g.
there’s the new Course 2LS road shoe, which passes over the company’s typical
ratcheting main strap-plus-two layout in favor of two BOA reels – one to secure
the shoe around the ankle and the other to adjust the middle and forefoot fit.
According to Louis Garneau, moving to the BOA system not only provides a more
even fit but also reduces weight of the closure system by more than half.
features include the company’s latest Exo Jet ventilated carbon fiber outsole,
replaceable heel tread, and interchangeable Ice Fil insoles treated with a
refrigerant that activates when wet. Claimed weight is 240g per shoe.