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Getting top-shelf awesomeness without paying for it is generally a pipe dream, but the Louis Garneau LS-100 Men's Shoes are flesh-and-blood—well, synthetic-and-mesh—proof that it can be done. No one would complain, really, if the LS-100 cost an extra hundred dollars, but the fact that it doesn't, and still supplies a killer blend of power, stiffness, comfort, ventilation, and durability, is edging into "miracle" territory.

It all starts with the outsole, a strong, rigid, and lightweight offering that, obviously, is made of pure carbon fiber, right? Not so much. Garneau actually built it from a carbon-reinforced nylon composite it calls Ergo Air II, which makes it slightly less stiff but much more comfortable than a fully carbon sole, so you'll be able to put power down without killing your feet. Inside the shoe, an Ergo Air footbed provides lightweight and long-lasting support, and the synthetic leather uppers are outfitted with mesh panels to increase ventilation and moisture management, so your feet aren’t swimming in sweat after 30 minutes on the road. Synthetic won't warp the way real leather does, so the LS-100 won't lose its shape, either. The HRS-90 heel counter prevents slippage on the upstroke, the Boa L4 ratchet closure lets you dial in a snug but pinch-free fit, and the single hook-and-loop toe strap adjusts the volume of the forefoot, so you can pretty much "set it and forget it" once you have the fit nailed.

  • Synthetic leather and mesh upper
  • Boa L4 dial closure
  • Hook-and-loop strap
  • Ergo Air footbed
  • Reinforced nylon sole
  • HRS-90 heel counter
  • Compatible with three-hole road cleats

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4 5

Good Entry-Level Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these despite the other negative reviews because the price was right and I wanted a shoe with a lot of vents. I own Sidi and Shimano and wanted to try something with the boa system. I'm a recreational rider @ 100-150 miles a week and have put about 500 miles on them so far. They fit my narrow foot well and have performed as expected. I don't push/pull when I pedal as that myth has been busted countless times, so, the boa has never disengaged unless I do so with my hands.

I've taken them in the shower with me to rinse them out several times and as long as you pull the inserts, they dry overnight.

The materials are typical for a shoe in this price point.

Overall, it's a $160 shoe with a boa system. Great for recreational riders, Gran Fondos and the occasional race.

1 5

Boa system doesn't justify the price

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Louis Garneau LS 100 Men's Road Shoe for at least a year logging over 400 hours.

Pros: boa buckle system
Cons: poor design, poor quality control / inconsistent, cheap materials, heavy

I purchased these shoes for the boa buckle system which is great when placed on a good shoe. Unfortunately, the shoes suck.

They're poorly designed with the buckle attached to the soft upper material without a firm foundation to lock the buckle in place. This allows the buckle to pop out of position and unlock with upward ankle pressure when pushing/pulling hard on the pedals.

The bulky lining absorbs and retains moisture too easily so your feet get soaked on long rides and the shoes don't dry quickly so you end up with shoes that stink over time.

The sole itself is stiff which is good because it's made of thick heavy plastic that weighs down the shoe which is bad.

Also, the shoes deviate in size by 1/3 - 1/2 inch due to poor quality control in manufacturing. On the same pair, my left ankle tends to slip out because the left shoe is 1/2 inch shorter on the back than the right shoe. I've attached pictures showing the height difference between the left and right shoe.

Conclusion: Don't waste your money on these shoes.

Boa system doesn't justify the price
2 5

Nice shoes but ......

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

First thing I noticed after trying on the shoes was the rear part of
the shoe digging into the side of my ankle - these shoes seem to
be cut a little too high (at the back around the ankles) for my feet.
A lower profile in this ankle area would have been perfect for me.
Returning them.