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Louis Garneau Course Air Lite Cycling Shoe - Men's

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    Lighter and stiffer than ever before

    As Louis Garneau’s lightest shoe to date, the Course Air Lite Road Shoe offers the crème de la crème of lightweight, race-performance that is designed to put you atop the podium. The Course Air Lite features the new HM X-Lite carbon outsole with titanium inserts, which provides an ultra-stiff platform with an insanely low weight. The outsole also has Garneau’s HRS-400 technology, which utilizes nylon-injected reinforcement to secure the heel and eliminate slippage, resulting in an optimal fit with the most efficient pedal stroke. For added performance, the HM X-Lite has a thin 4.3mm stack height for improved power transfer. The Course Air Lite features a durable microfiber upper with 2LS mesh ventilation windows to keep you cool and comfortable. And you’re guaranteed the most precise and customizable fit with the new Boa IP1 closure system, which eliminates pressure points and allows you to make on-the-fly adjustments with ease.

    • Racing shoes that pull no punches
    • Light, stiff carbon sole isn't (only) for charity rides
    • Titanium inserts shed grams wherever possible
    • HRS-400 technology secure heel and prevents slippage
    • Low stack height boosts efficiency by removing imepdiments
    • Microfiber upper with 2LS mesh ventilation windows
    • Boa wire dials are the low-bulk solution for dialing fit
    • Item #LGN006B

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Boa IP1
    IceFil Ergo Air
    Carbon Air Lite
    Cleat Compatibility
    3-hole road
    Claimed Weight
    [size 42] 222g
    Recommended Use
    road cycling

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    Keeps Breaking

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 48

    I've had these for about a year and half. There is this little plastic "T" shaped piece inside the shoes which holds the bolt for the cleat screws to screw into. This piece of plastic is trash. 2 of them have now broken. One per shoe. Louis Garneau sent a metal replacement the first time. Why didn't they just start with the better quality piece. I haven't heard back from them the second time. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I think something that I pay $180 for should hold up for at least a year and half. Very disappointed in the quality.

    Good for the closeout price

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    These were a forced buy to replace a damaged, 10 year old Specialized S-Works model.
    While they don't quite match in construction detail/fit as the S-Works, they do the job. The gratuitous billboard GARNEAU on the side of the shoe looks cheesy/ridiculous.The zig zag cutout is peculiar...what's that all about?
    Fitting this shoe lengthwise, the construction doesn't compensate for the volume of my foot. I'm hoping they will stretch a little bit with use.

    Side by side to the S-Works you can see cost cutting construction/fit details not employed in the Garneau.

    The zig-zag wrap around is made for a low volume foot. I'm repairing the S-works for a backup. The latest version appears to have ditched the zig zag closure, which IMO is a good move.

    Overall, an okay shoe if you have the foot for the build of the shoe, and don't sweat details. I wouldn't pay full retail for this brand.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 176lbs

    Full carbon sole, double BOA closure, extremely light, killer looks, and cheaper than similarly spec'd competitors. What's not to like? I couldn't be happier with these shoes.

    I wear 11.5 in Nike and Saucony running shoes and that translates to a size 46 here that works great for me.

    Great shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42
    • Height: 5'08"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    Light, stiff and super comfortable. Love the Boa system. Hung up my Sidi’s for these. Love these shoes.

    Amazing shoes!

    • Fit: True to size

    Couldn't be happier with these shoes and the sale price!

    Feel like you've got nothing on at all, what an upgrade from my old Giant brand shoes.

    The BOA system is so much more precise than velcro straps and ratcheting straps.

    Make sure you get the Yellow colour so those drivers can see you!

    Awesome shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Extremely comfortable. Stiff enough to get the most out of your pedal. The BOA system is just great. I only use that system in any shoe I have. I have Sidi wire and 2 pair of this LG, and definitely the LG are perfect and I do not have to invest as much as I did with my Sidi's.
    Fully recommended

    Great shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 189lbs

    Love them and the price was right as I go them on sale. They are light and comfortable. I put them as a 4 because the heal cup could hold my heal more but that might just be the shape of my foot. Overall though I am very happy with them.

    Grade shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have 2 pairs of these. They are light, stiff, very comfortable. The fit my feet perfectly. I also have Mavic cycling shoes and although I cannot say anything bad about the Mavics (They're awesome) I REALLY LOVE my Garneau Course Air Lite. I wore them in the new England winter for about 3000 miles, I wore them in the floor the heat for over 4000 miles. Between my black in my white Garneau there is about 7000 miles combined. You won't go wrong. GET THEM!!!!

    Best shoes period!

    • Fit: True to size

    These are my 2nd pair and I still love them! Now I have Bright Yellow and the White! These are light, very stiff and comfortable! Best shoes so far! Purchased 43.5, normally wear size 10 on regular running shoes.

    The Perfect Road Shoe

    • Fit: True to size

    One year later and can honestly say I found the right shoe for me. 6000 miles and 20 road races and this shoe does it all. Snug fit is perfect for me at size 42.5 (men 9 USA). Super comfy yet stiff and responsive. Love the boa system, way better than s-works. A++ Buy em!

    Fantastic shoe

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

    After putting over 1000 miles on these bad boys in 100+ F degree days and rainy 35 F days, I have almost no criticisms to speak of. Fit and comfort of these shoes went above my expectation. I wear a US 10 with an average width foot and have the perfect amount of room for my entire foot and toes with a size 44. The BOA closure system wraps seemlessly around without any pinching or pain that I have experienced in a laced shoe. One of my favorite features is the air vents underneath of the shoe. With a thin cycling sock on a hot and humid day, I am pleasantly surprised to feel airflow on the top of your feet and even from under the shoe's sole - pretty neat!

    I have put multiple centuries on the shoe and haven't felt any weird pains. I found myself not having to muscle down the closures because of the anti-slip material inside the heel cup. This makes for a more comfortable ride without sacrificing foot movement in the shoe. The carbon outsole with titanium inserts feels extremely robust and stiff when hammering down - great perfect power transfer! From the dedicated road racer to the recreational weekend warrior, I would recommend the shoe. The combination of comfort, stiffness, and low weight makes this a great for many types of riders. I currently have the bright yellow color and have been complimented on their high visibility.

    I tend to be a little rough and careless with my gear at times, so I'm not surprised my shoes have started to show small signs of deterioration. The plastic on the bottom of the toes has began to peel very slightly and the bright yellow upper has a few small scuffs near the sole. But, they remain a great looking shoe and function every bit as well as the first ride. If you are looking for a very high quality shoe to use for the next few years, they are definitely worth the money! Overall, they are extremely comfortable for a high performing and lightweight shoe.

    Feel free to reach out with any questions!
    Michael Walker - Customer Account Manager

    Great shoes, great price

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    Fit is true to size, 43 fits men's 9.5. Boa is super smooth, holds and adjusts with ease. Uber light, good ventilation.

    Very comfortable, but narrow toe box

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 45.5
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 158lbs

    I've been wearing a size 45 in Specialized Pro road shoes that I've been using for the past 8 years. When it finally came time to replace these shoes I decided to try a different branch. These Garneau's came very well recommended and have overall great reviews. I did the foot measurement as recommended on the Garneau web site and ordered a 45. These were too small so I returned them for a 45.5 which were also just too small. I only wore them on the carpet but the toe box area just didn't work for my foot. Everything else felt great and I was bummed that these just won't work for me.

    Hi Jay,
    Thank you for your community feedback. This is very helpful for all our customers and I appreciate how you referenced your Specialized shoes for sizing comparison.
    I am happy to explore other options that may work better for you and will follow up with you via email.


    Scott Golsan

    Fantastic road shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    These shoes rock. Light. Stiff. Comfortable. What more do you want? How about micro adjusting boa? A seriously locked in heel cup? Great cleat adjustability? And the Ergoair insole system really works. I live in the desert and right now some mornings are cold and some are heating up. I can switch out the color coded insoles and can feel the difference in how warm or cool my feet are. These shoes replaced a pair of LG Course 2LS shoes that had 4000+ miles on them and were still in solid shape, so I have good expectations that the Air Lite's will also last. I agree that they do scuff rather easily. Small aesthetic price to pay that doesn't impact performance. In short, fantastic road shoes!

    True to size

    • Size Bought: 42.5
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 158lbs

    Replaced my Sidi's due to poor toe box fit (to narrow), though quality of Sidi's is outstanding. I went with these Course Lite based on industry reviews. They are very light, comfortable, stiff and after several hundred miles, I truly enjoy them. One caveat, the upper material will scuff easier than my Sidi's (different upper material, black leather vs. high vis yellow), but not a problem, just need to pay closer attention to clean when scuff marks appear. Love the BOA system.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.5
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    Light, comfortable, easy-to-adjust, breathable, yaddda, yadda, yaddda.
    Oh, and one of the very few shoes that has some much cleat placement adjustability - as someone who likes his cleats pretty far back, I can finally do it without resorting to a dremel and hours of frustration.

    The Perfect Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 151lbs

    I love these shoes. I got these to replace the LS-100's I have been using for just over 2years. These have everything that I wished the ls-100 had. The double BOA has the perfect amount of pull to truly snug up the shoe and hold the foot. They are extremely comfortable and stiff. You can really throw down some power with these shoes and they feel great for a long day in the saddle.

    Oh yes

      Let's face it, one doesn't typically think "Garneau" when thinking of top cycling shoe companies. That's why these were such a surprise.

      After using these over this past year, I think the Course Air Lite's are one of the BEST summer road shoes out there.

      1. The -dual- BOA closure system rocks! This is by far the best closure system I have ever used.
      2. Extremely light! Only ~225g each.
      3. Aerodynamic and​ look great!
      4. The ventilation system in the footbed really works. On a descent you can feel the cool air running through the bottom of the shoes​. Awesome.
      5. Super stiff carbon-fiber outsole.
      6. Heal cup features special uni-directional 'griping' fabric. Your heal is locked in.
      7. Excellent fit for most of the target riders.

      These are GREAT light-weight Summer training/racing shoes.

      Cons: The QC is 9 out of 10. A little glue smudges here and there. But no big deal.

      Cold weather notes:
      1. Use toe covers (or winter booties in really cold weather) and the *supplied* cold-weather insoles.

      2. If you ride in the rain (or even just wet roads after a lot of rain)... wear another pair of shoes! Surely these are not your first or only cycling shoes. These are just too nice to ruin by riding on wet roads.

      Fit: Snug heel and a medium-wide toe box. Not narrow like Sidi, thankfully. But not as wide as Shimano. These are race/training shoes designed to fit athletic riders. If you have wide feet: upsize 1/2 size.

      Sizing: I wear a size 45.0 in Shimano. Here, in these Garneau Course Air Light's, the 45.5 definitely fit my slightly wide foot best. Don't buy too small a size.

      Very Comfortable

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 44.5
      • Height: 6'
      • Weight: 200lbs

      I purchased a 44.5, the same size I wear in Sidi and Mavic and the fit is perfect. There is a bit more room in the forefoot than Sidi but about the same as Mavic. The way the BOA closures are located provide a very even foot pressure with no hot spots. These shoes are light but seem to be well made. The hot and cold weather footbeds are a meaningful plus.