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Louis Garneau Course Race Jacket - Men's

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    Light and dependable protection from the elements.

    Our list of expectations for a wet-weather race jacket look something like this: It must provide dependable protection from the elements, it needs to be light on the scale and soft-to-the-touch, and it absolutely must breathe exceptionally. However, above all else, it has to conform to the body with a precise fit. Not surprisingly, when we review the Louis Garneau Course Race Jacket, we see that it not only meets, but exceeds our high expectations. And the fact that it does so for an entirely reasonable price is the proverbial icing on the cake.

    Garneau's Course Race Jacket caters to the industry's appetite for softer, more compliant, and waterproof fabrics. Of course, such fabrics won't provide the Fort Knox-like protection of hard shell fabrics, but most riders are willing to accept a little permeability for a better fit and breathability. After all, wet is wet, whether the offending moisture comes from the outside or inside. So, to provide an ideal blend of exterior weatherproofing and interior moisture management, Garneau constructed the Course Jacket out of its Extenz fabric—a 2.5-layer knit with a polyurethane membrane and Durable Water Repellant (DWR) exterior coating. And to further protect the interior from water, Garneau fully-sealed the jacket's seams.

    The stretchy'ness of the Extenz fabric allowed Garneau's designers to give the Course Race a body-contouring, aerodynamic fit. Additionally, the elbows have been articulated to eliminate any uncomfortable pinching or pulling when you reach for the handlebars. A full-length zipper with an interior flap keeps wind from sneaking through when you're zipped up, and it also allows for unlimited ventilation. There are two zippered pockets—one in the rear and a small pocket on the sleeve. A silicone gripper at the hem keeps the jacket from riding up when you're in the drops, and reflective accents throughout the jacket increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions.

    • A winter jacket that extends your cycling season
    • Wind- and water-resistant membrane defends against weather
    • Batten down the hatches with fully sealed seams
    • Slim, race-worthy fit eliminates flapping material
    • Zippered pockets for secure storage of ride essentials
    • Silicone grip and reflective accents help keep the jacket in place and you visible
    • Item #LGN0820

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Extenz (2.5-layer)
    full-length front zipper
    1 rear zip, 1 sleeve
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    LG Course Jacket as a Windstopper layer

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

    This jacket is a windstopper layer, isn't a warm layer. If you are going cycling with 30-35 °F, you will need a 2nd warm layer.

    Good roads from Chile =)


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

    Great value for its quality. Not the most eye-catching jacket but does its purpose of keeping you insulated and warm.

    Recommended for cold weather riding sub -50 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Recommended to wear with a base layer and arm covers. ie does not wick efficiently. You'll find yourself sweating in sunnier weather.

    But for a light, aero, can be easily rolled and tucked away, as well as being well insulated and at an amazing price point. 4/5

    Great Spring / Fall Windbreaker

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

    This jacket came in handy on one of those spring rides that starts early ( and cold ) and warms up. For such a thin, lightweight jacket, it really kept me warm. I love the fit too - stretchy and form fitting, but not too tight. Perfect for " shoulder season ".
    Correction to size bought - I got an XL.

    Good 3 season jacket

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

    Pretty good jacket for temperatures 32-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Very thin material, but the inner lining seems to do a decent job of insulting while wind proofing. I wear this with a long sleeve Gabba 2 jersey underneath. Temps approaching freezing (32 degrees) can leave me with a red tummy at the end of my ride, but it's not unbearable given the insulation and wind proofing that the lining provides. I wouldn't want to try it out under 32 degrees F, however. Haven't tested the waterproof qualities of this jacket yet. Unrelated to the quality of the jacket, I was riding in 40+ mph winds in Chicago only a week after purchasing and I fell off my bike trying to avoid a baby stroller that was blown into an intersection that I was passing through. Ripped a hole in the elbow of this jacket and am hoping that either competitive cyclist reads this and sends me another out of understanding/empathy or I can get some sympathy from those browsing this review. Either way, don't fall in this jacket. If you're looking for a good jacket to provide an extra layer of wind protection over a long sleeve jersey in 32-50 degree weather, I'd recommend the LG course.

    Love it

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L

    Winter outfits can easily reach out of your budget. For under $100 this jacket is awesome. I wear it around 40-50F with a base layer and have kept me comfortably warm. It fits perfect too. This jacket made me a fan of Louis Garneau and ended up buying a pair of winter bib as well. Perfect combo together.

    Thin and cheap

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    This jacket is thinner than a rain jacket and holds no heat whatsoever. It is advertised as a winter jacket when its barely a spring or fall jacket. Cheap in every way, mine is being returned, if I were you I'd keep shopping, total piece of crap.

    Great looking and kept me warm!

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I wore this jacket in 50F weather recently and was surprised how will it insulated and kept me warm. I wore a cycle jersey as a base layer. Within 30 minutes of cycling I had to unzip to cool off. Compared to my $200 Castelli Gabba 2 jacket this one rocks.

    Perfect wind/rain cover for colder days

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

    I bought it for these fall days when one never knows what to wear. This jacket provides 100% protection from wind, and I wear it with base layer, short jersey and arm wormers down to 40 degree and it works perfectly well. I love the little arm pocket, it is extremely lightweight and can fold into sandwich-size ziplock bag. It is a great product and I would buy it again.

    Louis Garneau Course Race Jacket

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

    Great look and fit. Does help slightly with keeping you warm.

    Great fit, light-weight, does the job

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Small

    I'm 5 feet 6 inches and fluctuate between 120 and 125 pounds. I'm small in stature; upper body length is proportionate to lower body. I ordered a Small which fit me perfectly. It is close-fitting but not too race-fit to allow some breathability. Designed for chilly to cold rides, anything above 60 degree Fahrenheit would make this jacket too warm. I usually wear it during night group rides where temperatures can reach 40 degrees. The reflectors, unlike many I have seen before in other clothing, has lasted quite long despite numerous washes of up to two times a week over the year that I owned it. The rear zipper pocket is a great addition.

    Cold weather shell

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

    Absolutely love this jacket. I'm 5'11" 185lbs and wear a medium in this product. Its is a great fit in the trunk and the arms allow for being in the drops without pulling on the rest of the jacket. I will use this jacket as a windshell over baselayer and jersey in the 30-40 degree range, just a base layer in the 40-50 degree range and over only a jersey in 50+. I use it as a rain shell up through the 60's. Over 70 degrees and rain I do not use a jacket. Great price. The jacket does stretch a bit over time so I expect to buy another one next year and this one to the mountain bike kit. Which is ok because it is a great price point.

    Great Looking and Performing Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: Medium

    This thing fits awesome, does its job, packs well & it even has pockets. I seriously love this thing.

    Terrific value and fit

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

    Purchased this and the Sportful Fiandre light no rain jacket at the same time to compare. Eliminating flapping was one of my key goals. Both jackets are form fitting. I expected to like the Sportful better as I am a registered Italophile. But, The Fiandre was so tight that I couldn't see pulling it out of a jersey pocket and putting it on as I rode. The Course jacket is packable but just one notch more substantial blocking wind and cold than an ultra light "emergency" packable jacket. Returning the Fiandre; the quality and look are superb but the Course matches my needs more closely. I am 6'2" and 168 and like things tight and short; the Course jacket suited those preferences while still being roomy enough to grapple on and off over 2 layers underneath.