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Louis Garneau Course Air Lite Shoe - Men's


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    9 Reviews


    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.

    • New HM X-Lite carbon outsole with titanium inserts
    • HRS-400 technology secure heel and prevents slippage
    • Thin 4.3mm stack height
    • Microfiber upper with 2LS mesh ventilation windows
    • Boa IP1 closure system
    • Item #LGN006B

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year
    Recommended Use
    Claimed Weight
    [size 42, single] 222 g
    Cleat Compatibility
    3-hole road
    Carbon HM X-Lite
    Ergo Air Cool Stuff, Ergo Air Hot Stuff
    dual Boa IP1
    Upper Material
    microfiber, mesh

    Tech Specs

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    Fantastic road shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45

    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

    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

    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

    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 very BEST summer road shoes out there.

      1. The dual BOA closures rock! They are 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.

      If they fit your foot, these are simply awesome 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!

      Awesome shoes.

      Very Comfortable

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 44.5

      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.

      Light, stiff and comfortable

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

      I purchased this shoe in red several weeks ago and have put a decent amount of mileage on them in varying conditions. I have also used both insoles (hot and cold). I have found them to be very light, stiff and comfortable on my feet. I would never buy another shoe without the BOA system, which works great on the fly. Very easy to reach down and micro-adjust as I am riding. When I put max power down out of the saddle, I feel no slippage in the shoe or heel as I am pulling up with full force. The toe box is adequate, but not huge. I wear a US 10.5 and went with the 44.5 and found that this fits just about perfect. I think the 45 would have been just too big. I love the red...stands out without looking over the top. Overall, a great shoe.

      Just a follow up a year later....I have put almost 13,000 miles on these shoes and they are going strong. I take care of them by wearing shoe covers in wet weather and if they get wet, I just pull the insoles out and let them air dry. Hard to beat this shoe.
      Will Mowrey

      It's the little things

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      In the last year of racing I've used 5 FIVE different shoes and each one had it's ups and downs. Shimano, Sidi, 2 Giro models and finally this pair. No shoe had any particular issues, but i wasn't totally happy in any of them until this model. The Louis Garneau shoes start with a pretty fantastically stiff sole. EXTREMELY well ventilated and BONUS they come with swappable insoles for ventilation or warmth. And if you ride in cold weather like I do, I like the idea of not putting tin foil under insoles for warmth. The upper is a very durable polymer that also stretches a bit and very comfy once fitted. I've used boa systems before and was kinda upset with the quality of their ratchet system. They tend to break and the lack of dual rotation was a buzz kill. These buckles are awesome as they allow for both tightening and loosening AND BONUS a total unlock feature for quick take off. It's super nice cause you can adjust them through shoe covers during rainy races (like last weekend). The cleat adjustment is pretty awesome as well. allowing for a pretty infinite range of cleat adjustment. Also the walking pads (lack of a better term) are replaceable, which is great! All in all i'm very happy with these shoes, they're stupid light and they are very very stiff. Louis Garneau did solid work focusing on the little details and it paid off big.

      I think Robert reviews/recommends the better products that he comes across. Leaving little/nothing said about mediocre products. This is understandable. Btw, I find his reviews helpful, detailed, and informative.

      Update: The LG Course Air Lite just received a top rating in Cycling Magazine's (UK) Feb '16 review of high-end road shoes. RS isn't the only one who thinks these are worth checking out.