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    CB Carbon 2 Shorts

    Louis Garneau's line of cycling shorts runs the gamut from "performance" to "workhorse," but if we were to ignore the industry-wide trend of over-specialization, we'd chose the CB Carbon 2 Shorts as the ideal solution for every cycling problem. Charity ride? Check. Interval training? Check. Crit-ready racing shorts without the restriction of bibs? Well, you get the idea. Whatever your cycling ambitions — or lack thereof — the CB Carbon 2 Shorts are ready.

    The CB Carbon shorts are, unsurprisingly, made from CB Carbon+ fabric. It maintains a confident fit with gentle compression and a comfortable temperature with sun-reflecting Coldblack treatment. The legs terminate in LG's leg bands of LG's Endurexx material, which also shows up in the side panels. Like CB Carbon+, Endurexx is also gently compressive, so it maintains leg coverage and limits fatigue without cutting into your legs like the usual elastic insert.

    In addition to supporting the muscles of your engine, the shorts' 11 ergonomic panels also provide a stable platform for LG's 4 Motion chamois. The 4 Motion insert combines a four-way stretch with frontal vents, bacteriostatic properties, and smoothly transitioning thicknesses of perforated foam padding relieved with a central channel.

    • Mid-thigh shorts for road cycling in warm weather
    • CB Carbon fabric resists static and bacteria
    • 4 Motion chamois stretches and breathes while cushioning
    • Endurexx at the sides and hems encourages freedom of motion
    • Compressive fit reduces vibration and fatigue
    • Aero Lazer band secures the hem
    • Reflective accents increase visibility
    • Item #LGN004Z

    Material
    CB Carbon, Lycra, Coldblack
    Fit
    form-fitting
    Inseam
    9.25in
    Chamois
    4 Motion
    Leg Gripper
    Aero Lazer
    Reflective
    accents
    Recommended Use
    road cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    What do you think about this product?

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    >Rating: 3

    Incredibly comfortable but short

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    Medium
    Height
    5` 7"
    Weight
    150 lbs

    These shorts are really comfortable both in fabric and chamois. At 5’7 I’m a short dude with short barreled quads. As far as aesthetics the material is spot on but there is not enough length. They would be great if you want to bring that tan line up closer to the center of your quad. They border on looking like tri shorts. If you don’t care about how short they look then they’re great.

    >Rating: 5

    NICE Shorts!

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

    These ARE pretty nice shorts. I now have three pair in my collection, which is more than any other brand of cycling shorts. Good fit and comfortable for long rides in the saddle.

    >Rating: 2

    Misrepresented

    These shorts have a DRAWSTRING. This is not shown in the picture or listed in the description.

    True – They do have a drawstring, but I have never bothered with it and it has never caused a problem. It just tucks into the (elastic, self-supporting) waistband.

    >Rating: 5

    Soooo snuggly

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    Solid short- snug but not too tight. Run a little small so size up if you are in between. Very substantial pad but the pad does flex and doesn’t chafe. Cool lookin but are a bit short on the thigh. I’ve blocked out the catcalls...

    >Rating: 1

    Show Some Thigh!

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    Medium
    Height
    6` 0"
    Weight
    165 lbs

    I purchased some of these shorts a few years ago when the chamois was blue and really liked them. In fact, I still wear those shorts. However, something changed in the design when the chamois was switched to yellow. These are real thigh climbers. I can't stand them. It is borderline embarrassing to ride with them because of how much thigh I show. Too bad I bought 4 pair of them!

    >Rating: 5

    Great shorts

    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    large
    Height
    5` 10"
    Weight
    165 lbs

    These are the only shorts I use, I get a pair whenever they are on sale.

    >Rating: 4

    Almost the best.

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    Small
    Height
    5` 8"
    Weight
    147 lbs

    I never knew shorts could be this comfortable. I've worn these in three 12hr solo mtb races, and a lot of 5-6hr training rides. They are engineering genius. They fit and feel like skin with an unbelievably comfortable minimalist pad. Too bad it didn't occur to LG that most guys don't like wearing what appears to be hot pants when they ride. Seriously. I would own several pairs, and never wear anything else if it weren't for the way they ride up. My inseam is only 30". I find it hard to believe that some guys are ok with this. I find it hard to believe that women would be ok with it. I constantly pull the stupid legs down 3", and I don't like long shorts! I wear 10" baggies! As it is, these will probably be relegated to glorified liners under baggies, and I'll continue the search for something that's as comfortable AND wearable on its own. What a shame. What are they thinking?

    >Rating: 3

    Show us your thighs!

    Familiarity:
    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    Fit:
    Runs small
    Size Bought
    Small
    Height
    5` 9"
    Weight
    145 lbs

    Uggg. Luckily I bought these for use indoors on the rollers only during the wintertime, as I don't want to wear out my Assos stuff. The good: 1) The material is odd, but not off-putting. It looks like mesh, but once you wear these shorts they're pretty comfortable. 2) The chamois is fine. Nothing ground breaking, but certainly more than sufficient for my trainer/rollers (1-2 hour sessions) The bad: 1) WTF with a drawstring on these shorts? Does. Not. Compute. Maybe I bought swim trunks instead of cycling shorts? Odd design choice.... especially considering point #2 2) Whoa, these run small. I am 5'9" 145# and usually wear 'medium' shorts and bibs from PI, Assos, and Castelli. Based on recommendations here, I ordered 'small' for these Garneau shorts. Glad I did. It's the right size for my build. 3) The thigh gripper needs something. Not sure what.... but after an hour on the rollers, I looked like I was wearing Daisy Duke shorts. These are pretty short to begin with, but when I got off the rollers they had crept up *at least* 2 inches on my thighs. If I was wearing these out on a group ride, my mates would surely make some clever remarks. My thighs are fine, thank you.... but I don't need to advertise them to the world. If I submitted a picture on this review, most workplace nanny blockers would get tripped. yeah, that's how much the shorts crept up. Bottom line, I'm still keeping them for use indoors only. They stay pretty cool, the chamois is fine, and I'm the only one who gets to see those thighs when I'm alone inside.

    Bit of a follow-up here.... I've been wearing these for training sessions on the rollers for about 45 days, with 1-hour sessions each time. Lots of sweat, higher cadences, and in the saddle almost non-stop. The thigh problem remains and the drawstring continues to be annoying, but the chamois and the unusual carbon-like material has held up nicely. Even washing in normal TIDE detergent has been fine. (I'm cheap.... I save the WIN detergent for the Assos stuff).

    Follow up of the follow-up review! Feb 2, 2016: I'm tossing these out, in favor of Assos shorts. The chamois on the Garneau is still fine in the sit bones, but (embarrassingly), there is something not right "in front" with these shorts. It's either the stitching line up the groin, or the small vertical vents at the front/top of the chamois: after 7-10 hours per week on the trainer/rollers with these, I found myself with some painful abrasions in a location I can't really describe without censorship (!!). Maybe these would be ok outdoors where there is less sweat and more movement on the saddle, but then the creepy leg thing (read my first post) would be problematic. Indoors, no dice either. I'm sorry Garneau: I tried. Two pairs, ridden hard hard hard for three months, but I'm moving to another brand now.

    >Rating: 3

    Still debating

    Familiarity:
    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    medium
    Height
    6` 0"
    Weight
    185 lbs

    I just received these shorts. At first glance they remind me of the castelli Prosecco material they use for their jerseys. By the way I like the material for the jerseys, but I am not sure about it for shorts. I used them on my 40mile ride and they did not seem as comfortable as my sugoi rs shorts. I really don't care about the draw string but you don't notice it. The length for me was great, but not sure about the fabric at the bottom (I'm used to grippers). The breathability was great,padding..mediocre and the fabric did not seem to grab my legs like others do. They did not flap around, just does not grab your leg, almost like compressions. I will update more later

    >Rating: 5

    Excellent shorts

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    True to size
    Height
    5` 7"
    Weight
    175 lbs

    These shorts are so comfortable. Great fitting and the padding is excellent. My new favorite shorts. Looking forward to buying another pair.

    >Rating: 5

    Comfy Chamois

    Familiarity:
    I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    Fit:
    True to size

    My friend wore these in his first Tri. He reports that they are super comfortable and that the chamois is one of the most comfortable he has ever used.

    >Rating: 5

    Great shorts

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    Large
    Height
    5` 9"
    Weight
    185 lbs

    I've worn these about 8 times now...and they are my go-to shorts in summer months. Other reviews seem very accurate. Chamois not quite as thick as some...but that is perfectly fine. I tried both the M and L and opted for the L. I like the fact that they are not quite as long as some....as my legs are not overly long...most of my dress pants/ jeans are 29 or 30" inseam and 34 waist. For example, I tried a pair of L Mavics, and they were too long/ bunched behind my knees.

    >Rating: 5

    Great item

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    Medium
    Height
    5` 10"

    This is the first ( but not last) pair of LG shorts I bought. They breath very well and are super comfortable. The padding is superb! The only thing I had to get used to is that they are about 2 inches shorter on the leg than the perum izumi shorts. Other than that I can only recommend them!

    >Rating: 5

    Completely Satisfied

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    m
    Height
    5` 10"
    Weight
    167 lbs

    They fit snugly, which suits me. They allow me to move easily around the saddle. Looks are sharp, typical of most LG gear.

    >Rating: 5

    Very Comfortable!

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

    I bought this bike shorts and the first time I use them I feel the difference between regular (cheap)ones. They provide a great support and fit, very happy with them so far.

    >Rating: 5

    Cool Breeze

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    These are great summer shorts that fit true to size, I wear a large in everything and these fit perfect in size large. The Chamois is the best of all my shorts, very comfy for hours,. My only negative is the inseam length is a bit short they fit half way up my leg when riding, I like them to fit just above my knee but very breathable and great for hot weather. Overall I`m glad I bought them and would buy another pair..

    Just a follow up, I bought these shorts last August and have since ridden my exercise bike well over 200 hours and they are still in perfect condition and I still like them the same as I did when I wrote my initial review... Brt

    >Rating: 5

    Oh yeah

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    Comfort and no rash. I am a size 34" waist (give or take), 42" chest if that matters much, and the mediums fit very well. No rash from where the leg gripper is. Never road up on me. Comfort all the way.

    >Rating: 4

    Quality and Comfortable Shorts

    Familiarity:
    I returned this product before using it

    Overall the shorts had a very comfortable feel, however they just did not fit me quite right. I tried them on a few times just to make sure, but each time the placement of the chamois just didn't sit quite right for me. Also, one small drawback for me was that these shorts have a drawstring. I mention this because the last 2 pairs of shorts purchased (PI and Castelli) both do not have a drawstring and I have become used to that. I really wanted to make these shorts work for me, but just couldn't do it. Perhaps your experience with them will be better.

    >Rating: 5

    Garneau carbon shorts

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

    VERY, VERY, VERY comfortable shorts. Maybe a slight amount less chamois than required. Overall I'd recommend these very highly after a few centuries in them!

    They do fit slightly short inseam wise but not a biggy!

    >Rating: 5

    LG carbon shorts

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    Medium
    Height
    6` 0"
    Weight
    170 lbs

    Best and most comfortable shorts I've ever rode in. Now the test of time will be the measure of worth!! I ride an average of 80-150 miles a week, 52 weeks of the year.

    Michael You are right they are the best I ever bought myself I am ordering a second one.

    Michael Decker: Where on earth do you live that you can ride Year Around? You lucky SLIME. ;-) I'm in upstate New York and we finally got WINTER here - snow blowed 2 ft. of the white fluff this morning. LOL - but really just can't bring myself to spend $150 on a pair of cycling shorts.

    Actually I live in Tujunga, CA and except for a few showers...riding is fantastic although a bit hot at times. I used to live in upstate NY about an hour south of Rochester, NY.

    I've also increased my riding to 150 to 200 a week. I know about NY winters also!