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Louis Garneau Course Air Lite II Shoe - Men's

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    Darkhorse.

    Louis Garneau shoes fly a little off of most people's radar which is a shame because it always packs a ton of innovative features and designs. Its newest top-tier shoe, the Course Air Lite II Shoe, is one that we're super excited about building on Garneau's stiffest sole and the X-Comfort Zone upper which provides exceptional adaptability for all foot sizes at the front of the shoe.

    Garneau starts off with a racer fit that fits the foot snugly and reduces the stack height to the pedal. The high-density microfiber upper helps improve the power transfer and is seamless so there's no pressure points or hot spots for improved comfort. What makes these shoes the most interesting is the Boa IP1-S closure which tightens the laces on multiple anchoring points for a near custom fit. Think comfort and adjustability of laces with the convenience and security of a dial closure. The Boa TX system is an under-lace woven system prevents road grime from getting into the guides and improves aerodynamics. Returning feature include the stiff Powerzone system on the central part of the shoe, which wraps around the foot eliminating any movement when you are pulling up on the pedals. The included Transfo 3D insole has 3 adjustable arch wedges that allow you to choose the level of support you need. Titanium inserts fit all 3-hole road cleats and help bring the weight down to an amazing 222 grams for a size 42 shoe. The Course Air Lite II Shoe offers excellent comfort, high performance, and impressive ventilation at the lowest weight.

    • A cycling shoe that balances weight, stiffness, and comfort
    • Carbon fiber sole efficiently transfers power
    • Microfiber upper is light and durable
    • Reinforced toe improves durability
    • Slip-resistant membrane holds heel securely in place
    • Boa dials help customize the fit even on the fly
    • Four color options to match your style
    • Compatible with 3-bolt cleats
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    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    high density microfiber
    Closure
    Dial
    Footbed
    Ergo Air Transfo 3D
    Sole
    carbon fiber
    Cleat Compatibility
    3-hole road
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 42] 222g
    Recommended Use
    road cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Close to Perfect

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I’ve been riding pretty hard core for over 30 years and have tried them all (short of full-on custom). For years, I had settled on Sidi as my ‘go to’ shoe. Not any more. The Course Air Lite II is the most comfortable shoe I have ever used. I have fairly wide forefeet. Most brands have a ‘wide’ model, but this means that pretty much the whole shoe is widened, including the upper ankle area which, along with the heel cup, is where most of your power is focused/transferred. This usually results in an overall ungainly fit, with too much ‘slop’ in some areas, too much constriction in others. I suspect that most of us find this tolerable, assuming that compromise is a ‘given’, with regard to the shoe fit equation, as is a little pain and a fair amount of numbness now and again. Garneau has come up with a perfectly simple solution to all of this: the little elastomer inserts are definitely no gimmick. My first ride with the Course Air Lites was >70k. Blissful. No hot spots or numbness at all, even when the dials were cranked way down for climbing. My heels were anchored like they were in concrete. The soles are plenty stiff, but with just enough ‘give’ to prevent discomfort. This was a few months ago (review was originally written for another retailer; ‘sorry’, CC). Since then, I have put in about 4000 km on them, and even got a second pair for winter riding. They have held up admirably: the Boa dials perform as if new and the shoes themselves show little sign of wear. I am convinced that these shoes make me go faster, since I can devote more of my mental energy to ride mechanics/form, rather than worrying about being let down by my shoes. Of course, physiologies differ. But I would recommend giving them a shot, even for ‘normal’ feet, esp. at this price. Consider sizing down a tad, though. I wear a Sidi 46; 45.5 in these is ideal.

    Nice!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 47
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Nice fit and true to size. Love the quick release function and they really perform. Love the stretch patch as my right foot is a little wider and causes late ride pain.

    Very comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    After at least 5 shoe purchases and returns, I finally found a keeper. Working with Zack Foley of Competitive has really helped me find this shoe. I ride about 7,000 miles a year and admittedly am particular on my shoes. I wrote a review previously on the Shimano Sphyres and they were very nice and comfortable but after 50-60 miles, the stitching on the interior Boa dial would be rubbing my pinky toe, which i found a couple other people had the same problem. I have ridden Sidi Ergo 4's forever and recently tried the Wire and the Pushes but the toe box just seemed too narrow and the Mega didn't help as it was too loose. I love the comfort of the Giro Empires but the only draw back was i found myself tweaking the lacing frequently and I wanted something as comfortable but with quick and easy adjustment.......Wala: the Garneau Course Air light 2.
    I did the maiden voyage yesterday and did 72 miles in them: extremely comfortable but yet extremely stiff on the pedal pull up and felt like i had every bit of the same power as the Sidi's, only much more comfortable. The ventilation is unbelievable on the bottom of the sole and they do come with cool inserts (perforated Holes)
    and hot inserts for different seasons. We'll see how warm they are in the winter but they're a keeper for me. I normally take a 42.5 in the Giro's and Sidi's and a US 9 but I tried the recommended 42's according to the Garneau sight and they were just a little tight front to back so i went to the 42.5's and they fit best for thin socks, thick socks, or custom inserts with the toe box perfect. So i would say they run true to size
    Forgot to mention I also tried the Giro Prolight techlace but the sizing just didn't fit. The 42.5's were too big and the 42's were a little too tight but they seemed comfortable with easy adjustment FWIW

    Very comfortable but toe guard scuffed

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    Shoes fit great right away. Wasn't sure on size but worked out well. Other reviews indicated toe guard easily scuffed. They were right as scuffed gray toe guard down to white exposed underneath after only one ride.....