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Louis Garneau Course Windpro LS Jacket - Men's

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    Preempt bad weather.

    Cold, wet days represent a double threat to cyclists. The cold is bad enough when you're just standing in it, but when you're cycling, you create your own wind chill, which only exacerbates things. And if you get wet while riding, that wind chill you're creating makes the already cold dampness even colder. Eventually, you hit a point where you can't bring your body temperature back up just by riding, no matter how many layers you're wearing. That's why Louis Garneau designed the Course Windpro LS Jacket to keep the wind and the wet at bay, eliminating both obstacles before they become problems and keeping you cycling well into the months where inclement conditions run rampant.

    The majority of the jacket is made from LG's Light Wind Pro fabric, a fleece that blocks four times the wind that traditional fleece does while shedding rain and snow. Since they don't catch the natural wind chill created when you ride, the sides, pockets, collar lining, and rear forearms have inset panels of ThermaSoft 180, an insulating material that regulates body temperature and wicks moisture more effectively than the wind-resistant Light Wind Pro. The combination of these two materials maximizes the Windpro LS Jacket's ability to protect against the elements while still ventilating enough to keep you comfortable.

    The race-fit body, pre-shaped shoulders, and specially designed collar ensure that you'll have a comfortable, unrestrictive fit without excess material hanging off of you while you're in the saddle. A full-length zipper with an inner flap means the jacket is easy to get on and off, and the silicone grip inside the exaggerated rear hem keeps it in place once it's on. The lower back of the jacket includes three pockets, the outer two of which are angled for ease of access. This feature is especially appreciated since it's hard enough as it is fumbling about in standard jersey pockets with winter gloves on, looking for that last gel pack. A media pocket lets you run your headphone wires internally. If you think about it, it's pretty amazing that this is so common with frames and cables but only now appearing in the much more malleable world of cycling jackets. Reflective elements help to keep you visible in low-light conditions from front, side, and rear.

    The Louis Garneau Course Windpro LS Jacket - Men's is available in seven sizes ranging from X-Small to XXX-Large in the color Black/white.

    • Item #LGN002W

    Tech Specs

    Light Wind Pro (58% nylon, 27% polyester, 15% spandex), ThermaSoft 180 (83% polyester, 17% spandex)
    fall, winter, spring
    race fit
    3 rear, 1 media
    Recommended Use
    cold-weather cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Good long sleeved option

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    This is more like a race cut. Do not expect this to fit like a sweatshirt. It's designed to fit snugly while in a certain position. Not unloading the car or hiking, but on the bike. I'm 5'9" 150lbs and the small fits like it was made for me. Paired with a decent shell or jacket, its decently warm.

    High quality long sleeved jersey

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

    I don't know about some of the sizing comments. I'm 6'4", 237lbs, 47" chest, 37" waist and built like a linebacker and the 2xl fits me great so the sizing seems to be spot on if you order by chest size. A 3xl would be huge on me and I'm not a little guy. Maybe some of the other reviewers need to trim the midsection a little.

    This is not a jacket as said before, but a very high quality long sleeved jersey. I also love the fact that even at my height the jersey is plenty long enough and I have no problems reaching the rear pockets.

    Also if you look on LG's website they don't call this a jacket, it's called the Course wind pro ls jersey so I think competitive cyclist has the wrong title.

    Just another solid product from Garneau

    Managed Expectations

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 2XL

    If you happened to be a guest on Dr. Phil’s show and he pauses, looks at you real sincere and begins his sentence “Let’s be real…” you know what comes out of his mouth next are the facts as he sees them distilled to “no drama” bullet points, in terms viewers at home can understand. You can believe him or not. But, by golly, he’s got a PhD and a TV contract.

    I have neither a doctorate nor a syndicated TV show. But I’ll say with utter conviction: Let’s be real – this is not a “jacket”, it’s a jersey. If you approach this piece with the expectation it will behave as a high performance jacket, you may be left wanting. If, on the other hand, your approach sees this piece as a comfortable and well engineered jersey, you may be quite pleased. It boils down to managed expectations.

    I purchased the Louis Garneau Course WindPro LS Jacket with the full on expectation that I would be getting a jacket that would carry me through the Ohio fall weather to the brink of winter. My first venture out in the piece was during a lightly foggy mid- to low 50’s sunny day with very little wind. I layered appropriately (I thought) and hit the road… and near froze.

    “What happened?” went through my mind as I struggled to the finish of my 30 mile February ride. Well, first of all was the fog; patches of it, really. A high volume of moisture in air that was already cooled penetrated the “jacket” and basically chilled my skin. Secondly, we all know we create our own wind chill factor just by riding at speeds even when there’s no wind. The Course WindPro Polartec fabric does not have the wind stopping chops of say, Gore’s WindStopper material. In my limited experience, very few materials can do what WindStopper does. While the Polartec fabric does far better than Giordana’s WindTex material, it is still way short of WindStopper’s gold standard.

    So I went home that February morning, tail between my legs and mulled it over. Finally, after theorizing and drawing pictures for myself (no doctorate, remember) I reached the conclusion that the Course WindPro Jacket is, yes, a jersey. Suddenly, all the pieces fell into place and I knew how to use this somewhat pricey Garneau piece. For example, as a midlayer to a real jacket. Or, in the right conditions a cool weather jersey (for me that puts it in the low to high 60’s range). Water resistance? Forget it. But the Course WindPro does move moisture from the skin for evaporation quite effectively. Yes, it’s a jersey and the folks at CC seem to agree. Compare the Course WindPro Jacket specs to that of the Garneau Mondo Wind Pro Jersey and try to tell the difference. I couldn’t.

    Let’s talk about fit. The fit and feel of this piece is oh so sweet. The more I wear this “jersey” the more I like it. From the collar to the warm, insulating sleeve cuffs, the Course WindPro Jacket cradles your torso in comfort. I wear at 3XL to fit my muscular 44 inch chest, 34 inch waist at 6’ 200lbs frame. With some jerseys when you jump up into the 2X+ sizes the length becomes a problem. With this jersey length was pretty good. However, even with the angled cut the pockets are a little difficult to reach and tend to sag when loaded. For the life of me I haven’t figured out how to make use of the media pocket. In theory it makes sense but in practice it’s pretty clumsy.

    The collar fits snugly on my neck without too much pressure. It’s very comfortable and does not gap appreciably while in the drops. The zipper quality is excellent with very smooth action. The zipper garage at top keeps chafing under the chin to a minimum. The jacket lining feels soft and comfortable on the skin.

    I really liked this piece once I figured out what it was and how to use. With my expectations firmly in place I’m giving the Course WindPro four stars.

    Good but not great.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a recent purchased and had used it on three very different rides so far, all in sub 50 degree temps. First off I am a bigger guy 5'11, 240 and this 3x jacket is VERY snug! When they say "Race fit" its very tight. This is the first riding jacket I have ever purchased. I love the other Louis Garneau items I have bought so I gave this jacket a try over The Castelli Gabba jacket. The quality of the jacket is great but it does not cut the wind as well as I would like. On two of the three ride with this jacket have been high winds with over 20 mph consistant winds. Its does block some of the winds, the arms are great but my chest still felt the cold wind. On my ride today it had just finnished raining and the temp was around 39% with heavy cloud cover. I had to drop my car off across town so I road my bike back home (over 15 miles). I was very surprised how warm this jacket kept me. I had on a under armour base layer under the jakcet. I was very comfortable on the ride.

    I rode a 30 pulse miler a few days ago where the weather started out cold and wet (sprinkles) 40 % and ended up sunny and over 55 at the end of the ride. It kept me warm to start and as it cleared up I opened the jacket to cool off. The biggest surpise is I never got over heated even with the base layer on under it. The jacket breathes well.

    The only real complaint I have is its does not cut the wind as well as I would like. The jacket is nice, thin, looks great but its just shy of being great.

    i hope this review helps other shoppers.
    Akron Ohio

    Awesome Quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Very well made cool weather jersey. I am 5' 10' and 168, and tried large and medium, and liked the fit of the medium. Seems more like a warm jersey than a jacket.