Get on your pony and ride.
In recent years, we've seen mounting data to show that specifically designed clothing, like the Garneau Neo Power Bib Shorts can offer significant performance advantages. The magic is in the blend of material that makes up the body of the shorts. They're composed of 25% Invista Lycra Power. This material helps support your muscles by giving firm yet gentle compression. And with tests showing performance gains of 10% and more, one has to wonder, exactly how does it work?
Power Lycra helps us in a couple of different ways. First, the extra compression helps circulation by providing a boost for venous blood flow from the legs back towards the heart. This is a simple equation -- faster, more efficient flow back through the heart, towards the lungs, recharged with oxygen, and back to the muscles will make you stronger, and last longer. In addition to the beneficial circulatory effect, the material saves your body some of the energy required to make this happen.
Secondly, the Neo Power Bib Shorts are designed to counter the oscillation, or bouncing, of your muscles as you ride. In a wildly exaggerated example, a guy using a jackhammer would experience serious jolting throughout his entire body. And anyone who's wrestled one of these beasts for a full workday will know -- each and every muscle will be painfully sore. This kind of muscle damage can be prevented by stabilizing the muscles. And when they're stabilized, the isolated movement is more accurate and more efficient. The advantages would increase as the road gets rougher.
Considering the functional attributes of the Garneau Neo Power Bib Shorts, they fit like a second skin. Compared to regular shorts, they'll be tighter for sure. This is perfectly normal, and when selecting the size, they should be consistent with your regular sizing in Garneau shorts. The Powerband leg cuff is one aspect of these shorts that we really like. Instead of a strip of coarse elastic and gripper material, it's made of a doubled fold of lycra. So even though the Neo Power shorts are quite snug, the Powerband doesn't feel like you're being ligated for a medical experiment of some sort.
The Garneau Neo Power Bib Shorts are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and come in three colors -- Black/Royal, Black/White, and Black. They are cut with 12 panels to ensure a supreme fit. All seams are flat-stitched and chafe-free with none on the inside of the legs. The Airzone Chamois is Garneau's most well ventilated. Its perforated memory foam is beveled at the edges and stitched into a vented four-way stretch, antimicrobial cover. The Neo Power bibs have a small pocket at the back and mesh straps for comfort on hot days.
- 12-Panel construction contours to the body and enhances comfort while you pedal
- Thick power bands provide maximum muscle support with a performance fit
- No seam inside the leg means limited chafing and discomfort
- Low-profile, stretchy stitching of the flatlock seams reduces discomfort and enhances mobility
- Beveled Molding Edges in the new Airzone chamois uses high-density memory foam and increased number of vent holes for maximum comfort
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Excellent value and comfort
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This bib is comfortable all around. I love the compression. This chamois is better than most others I've ever ridden, even higher end products. The fabric thicker though and is better suited to cooler days. I love the extra inseam length on my longer legs
Super comfortable and normal sizing (ie North American) make for a great bib.
i'm 6ft 178lbs 33 inch waist and the large is perfectly snug. great chamois. legs are also the perfect length. couldnt be happier with these bibs.
Too thick for me
Although the cut and fit was good, the type of Lycra used in these bibs is too thick and it felt like I was wearing a wetsuit. I'll stick with thinner material for the Georgia summer weather.
Thanks Louis Ganeau!
Man, what a smashing bib! I have been using the LG Team bibs and really like them alot. But I picked up a pair of these and, wow!
The pad is better & larger, the fit is better, the fabric is supple...these babies are kickin.
I dont feel these are quite as compressive as the team bibs, but not so much it would bother anyone. They are not loose in any fashion. A big plus, i think the inseam is just a bit longer. I appreciate it at 6'2" 36 waist 34 inseam...many times i end up wearing short - shorts with some of the shorter inseam offerings out there. The pad here is broader for more coverage without being a diaper. btw, i wear a large and have no fit issues here. I will be buying another pair (at least)!
What color is ginger? The picture looks...
What color is ginger? The picture looks red but is it really dark or
Louis Garneau's "Ginger" is always a really nice, true RED. I have the women's neo power shorts in 'ginger', the striping is red, very sharp. Note that on Competitvecyclist.com, they look like a ugly washed-out organgy-brown and I had to ask them to describe the shade, also; since website pics. can differ drastically sometimes!
Hope this helps future purchase!
Ive worn lots of different bibs- Sugoi RS and Evolution, Capo Forma, Santini, Vermac, Nalini, and lots more.
But these are just sensational!
I dont want you to think this is a planted review but I recently did a 205km ride in 36 degree heat inc 2.3kms of vertical climbing and my backside was never a problem (my legs were another matter!)
10 out of 10!
I'll just echo what others are saying, these bibs are great. They punch well above their MSRP, and I have owned many pairs of bibs costing $50-100 more that are no better than the Neo Power. The chamois is not super thick, which is a total plus for me as I generally prefer a thinner chamois over a big diaper (I'm talking to you Sugoi RS). Size wise, I am 6 feet, 33 inch waist, ~170 lbs and the Mediums fit me very well. I have had lots of team kit from LG over the years and the M bib short is always the size for me. The Neo Power are pretty snug until washed a couple of times but over many washings the Power Lycra has retained its compression.
The only drawback is that these are probably not the best bibs for scorching hot weather. The Power Lycra is thicker than most shorts I have owned. I consider them great for temps up until about 80 F but beyond that I think these would be way too warm. Fortunately live in a climate where is 80 is a scorcher.
Sold on Lycra
I've been a mountain biker and did some training on my road bike here and there. Until recently I've really gotten into road biking and decided that I needed to get myself a some good cycling gear. This is my first pair of Lycra shorts, all my other rides were in mountain bike shorts so I can't comment on these shorts vs other bibs.
I typically ride anywhere from 50 to 100 miles, as you can imagine I was looking for comfort over my mountain bike shorts. I did a lot of reading and wanted something comfortable, functional, and of course looked good. The LG Neo Power Bib Short seemed to fit the bill.
I wore these for a 70 mile ride and was beyond pleased with the comfort of these shorts. I don't know why I waited so long to get into lycra gear. The chamois was super comfortable over my older shorts. I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a great bib short.
I'm 5'9", 160-165lbs and went with a medium after reading the other reviews. The fit is spot on.
What is the country of manufacture for the...
What is the country of manufacture for the Neo Power bibs?
The LG Neo Power Bib Shorts offer great value and comfort for the price. I prefer these to Assos and Skins. There was a problem with the chamois, but LG replaced during the 1-year warranty period without any problems. For sizing reference, I am 5' 9.5, 172 pounds and the XL fit perfectly. The extra length of the inseam (11.25 inches versus other brands' 9 to 9.5) adds to the comfort.
Great Training Bibs
These bibs are so nice all around. The chamois and fabric will last for ever and feel great the whole time.
Not for short legs
Didn't really get a chance to try these out. I don't know how to give a review without giving stars, so I'll just stick with three.
I'm used to riding with Pearl Izumi Bibs, which fit me very well in a medium. I've been doing longer rides lately (75+ mi) and wanted bibs with more support/compression. The bib material was comfortable, the chamois seems sturdy, soft and not bulky. The inseam is much longer than I'm used to. The edges of the bands at the bottom reached the top of my knee caps. I have a 30 inseam (5'8''+ with huge thighs and a badonka donk). I was advised by RC gear dude that the small would be about the same length.
Stay away if you have short legs like me.
My first impression wasn't great. The chamois was uncomfortable and I preferred the lower front and thinner, wider-set straps of my Castelli Podium bibs. After quite a few hundred miles, though, the Neo Power has become my favorite. I've gotten used to the chamois, to the point that it even makes the cheap saddle on my B bike feel okay. The real win, though, is the fabric and compression fit. Just amazingly comfortable. Not to mention they seem to be very well made. Hope I can get a few seasons out of them, but given their low price / high value, I won't complain if I don't. Love, love, love these!
Louis Garneau Neo Power Bibs
What a perfect fit! The support is very good and the pro length of the shorts is a real plus for good support and comfort. These seem to be true to size so if you are 5'11" and weigh 160+/- and have a longer femur and just a 30+ inseam you will really like the mediums- I could fit the smalls but they were for a rider at that height of maybe 145+ lbs. Terrific feeling pad (you won't notice it like some out there) and the small key pocket in the back of the bibs is a nice added touch. This is premium product at a terrific price point.
I have been through many different types of riding shorts, from the cheap to the more spendy. This pair is the most supportive and comfortable shorts I own and I plan to buy more. I have a 7 day 500 mile charity ride coming in August and I suspect that all I will wear is these LG Neo Power Bib Shorts.
Excellent pair of bibs. This is my first foray into bib shorts, but wow what a difference over my shorts. Very comfortable fit and I really like the compression they provide. I ended up buying these over other bibs mainly for the long inseam. Finally I can wear a pair of shorts that don't ride up and look like I'm wearing a thong. I'm 6'4" tall and with the long inseam the shorts end just a few inches above my knees. Perfect! The large was a perfect fit on me. I'm 6'4" and 200lbs.
These are my all time favorite bibs. This is my second pair. I rode the sh#t out of the last ones and the heavier compression fabric holds up really well. The current ones are a little longer and fit nice and snug. I am 6'1" and 160lbs and like the previous reviewer the M fit well. As an added bonus they are US made.
The color "black" appears to have grey...
The color "black" appears to have grey cuffs at the leg openings, yet on the LG site
they look all black. Can someone at RealCyclist confirm the actual colors?
They are completely black. No Grey. Photography is a funny business.
Great bib and very comfortable
I am 6'1" 170lbs got a medium and the fit is perfect. I have been using this bib so far on my trainer during the winter cycling 4-6hr weekly. It has been the most comfortable and can't wait to take it outdoors.