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Fortunately, the folks at Louis Garneau know that races have nothing to do with how much money you spent on your gear. They keep cranking out professional race-quality gear at cycling newbie prices. Take the Performance Carbon Jersey for example. It's loaded with innovative technology. Even so, Garneau somehow gets away with turning the Performance Carbon loose for the cost of some companies' T-shirts.

The CB Carbon's main body fabric is CB Carbon Ion. This anti-static fabric's compressive properties enhance blood circulation to improve oxygenation of cells so you stay fresh longer. It also supports your muscles to reduce the fatigue effects of road vibration. The breathable knit wicks moisture away from your skin to the outside of the fabric, where it dries quickly. This wicking property keeps you dry and comfortable an allows your body to regulate its temperature more easily. CB Carbon Ion has a UPF rating of 35.

Comfort management is further enhanced with a coldblack treatment, which reflects heat rather than absorbs it. This reduces the temperature of the fabric and cools your skin. Garneau also included Power Mesh panels that force air to circulate through the jersey and cool you down.

In areas where enhanced compression and support are advantageous, Garneau adds Endurexx panels. This material is a nylon/spandex blend that is soft to the touch for added comfort. It adds support to your more susceptible muscle areas. Endurexx is also durable, maintaining its shape and color after being exposed to a concentration of chlorine exceeding 15 times the prescribed swimming pool level.

The Performance Carbon Jersey's full-length front zipper is sewn so teeth pull away from your skin to reduce chafing and irritation. The three back pockets are angle to make them easier to access, and Garneau included an Enviro pocket, made specifically for spent gel packets so you don't have to litter. Aero Lazer bands at the arms and elastic at the waist are incorporated into the jersey fabric, so they are more comfortable than silicone grippers. Garneau finished off the Performance Carbon jersey with reflective elements on the front and back to make you more visible in traffic.

The Louis Garneau Performance Carbon Jersey is available in sizes XS through XXL and the colors Black and Black/white/ginger.

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Fits nice and tight but also see through

    This jersey fits really nice and tight (compressive) but be warned, it's also very see through. The fabric is light and probably breathes very well but I didn't like how in the sun, it's visually like not wearing a jersey at all.