Louis Garneau Course Air Lite XZ Road Shoes
Despite the success and popularity of the Course Air Lite II Road Shoe, Garneau has found ways to improve on the fit and technologies, especially via the new application of the X-Comfort Zone system. The 2021 version is integrated in the shoe for a slick look and optimized aerodynamic, with zones now included on both sides of the shoe. These dual zones allow the foot to expand up to 6mm when pedaling, but without sacrificing support ot transfer. In fact, the XZ version improves power, reduces injuries, and creates unsurpassed comfort. These shoes are as technical and competitive as any pro-level road shoe on the market.
The Course Air Lite XZ Road Shoes may be minimal, but the quality and construction of the upper, as well as the insole system means that the fit and feel is luxurious. The X-Comfort Zone creates a dynamic, non-constrictive fit for the foot’s natural toe splay, which improves power, reduces injuries, and creates unsurpassed comfort. The Power Zone heel cup system features a distinct construction with Garneau's externally placed structure. A 2mm membrane is used to lock in the heel, and when the shoe is fastened to fit, actually drives the foot down and forward in the pedal stroke with zero heel slip. Just to make sure, the liner facing the sock is a one-way spandex, which grips the sock as well.
Retention comes from the new dual BOA Li2 ratchet dial and lace system. The updated lace system with 4 independent adjustment zones allows you to maximized comfort during long rides. The system is simple yet very effective and perfectly aligned to stay off key bone structures to eliminate pressure points. It allows the ideal draw closure of the upper and one hand adjustment, even while riding. The BOA system is proven and quite durable, but in case of accident or failure, the company supports their products with affordable, readily available spare parts.
Power transfer and platform come from the 100% Carbon sole with Patented Air Channel for constant air flow to prevent fatigue and numbness This incredibly stiff sole has titanium inserts, which provide strength to offset the massive air channel ventilation system that allows air to flow freely up and into the sole from the front, and exit to the rear, keeping cooling air under the foot. This ultra light and rigid sole likely carries about 75% of the cost of the shoe, but it is the foundation- the critical aspect that not only supports the foot, but also efficiently transfer power. Within the shoe, the Ergo Air® Transfo 3D insole2 with 3 adjustable arch options secures proper foot support and comfort and fit in the shoe, and manages air flow and moisture transfer.
The lightweight synthetic upper is durable and cut properly for the design, and has mesh zones above the metatarsal bridge, allowing air to flow in and heat and moisture to escape. The sides of the upper also carry perforations for the same purpose. Garneau adds in several key detailed technologies to finish the shoe. First, the toe and heel taps keep you safe, when you put a foot down. The toe piece slightly overlaps the upper over the sole, protecting the upper from a toe tap, and the rear is replaceable, as it is soft enough to provide grip and will wear over time. The cleat interface is the standard 3-bolt system with 7mm of fore-aft adjustment and a cleat position indicator system is compatible with most road pedal/cleat systems.
Last, for safety, reflective highlights increase visibility to the riders or cars around you in low-light situations. Obviously fit and preferences are the two most important reasons you buy a road shoe, but when it then comes down to function and performance, the Garneau Course Air Lite XZ Road Shoes strongly compete with the top shoes on the market.
- Top flite, light weight road cycling shoe with innovative design and technologies that provides better fit profile, excellent power transfer and ventilation
- Garnaeu's Racer Fit for snug upper and great support overall
- Bounded upper all seamless for comfort to prevent pressure points
- Integrated double X-Comfort Zone 1 for large range of feet width
- Dual BOA Li2 closure, new mechanism generates higher power with finer resolution
- Lace system with 4 independent adjustment zone to maximized comfort during long rides
- Power Zone Technology for better ankle support and stability
- 100% Carbon sole with Patented Air Chanel for constant air flow to prevent fatigue and numbness
- Ergo Air® Transfo 3D insole2 with 3 adjustable arches
- Sizes: 42-46, with half size options
- Colors: Black, White
- Weight: 235 grams (per shoe, size 42)
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