If you are a woman who takes her riding seriously, and is looking for a performance short that doesn't compromise comfort, start here. Cut in a race-oriented style, this Garneau short is panelized to match anatomic requirements, with fabrics that best suit the function of each panel. With an 8½" inseam, excellent chamois pad, perfect stretch and moderate compression, this piece feels and performs like a race-level product. With the mesh upper and overall excellent moisture and heat management, the Women's CB Carbon 2 keeps you cool and comfortable in the warmest months.
The fabric technology alone is a testament to the commitment to performance. CB (coldblack®) Carbon fabric employs Lycra for stretch and carbon fibers as an antibacterial material that also will not absorb water, so are perfect for zones where fast moisture management is required. The material has a coating that actually reflects the sun's rays, keeping the surface temperature cooler. That fabric is combined with Highlander Mesh and Endurexx, a highly stretchable material that offers excellent compression, while wicking effectively. The combination is laid out and panelized to create the short section. Muscle support is optimal; while precious few shorts for women offer so much air flow to the skin while still feeling like a substantial garment. Panels are joined with flatlock seams, and key zones like the inner leg are laid out to eliminate seams entirely. The end of the leg features Garneau's Aero Lazer band. The laser cut material offers a smooth transition to improve aerodynamics and muscle support.
Women's cycling short designers work hard to find waistband designs that are comfortable, distribute elasticity over a greater area, and prevent the short from riding down. Garneau came up with the V-shaped HugFit design. With a yoga-style height and lower cut in the front, the waistband follows the mainstream trend, however, by opting for the v-shape and overlap design, along with proper fabric choices and orientation, the designers found more even tension without putting too much pressure in the center of the abdominal. Overall pressure is much more evenly distributed, the lower abdominal feels supported, but not constricted. Feedback from riders has been as much wonderment as supportive. The combination of design and fabrics truly deliver an excellent fit, and with all the high tech fabrics both ergonomically shaped and placed, the end result is ideal cycling function and comfort. Which leads us to the chamois pad.
Garneau's patented shape, Women's 4Motion chamois is a multi-layer construction that is so well designed that it feels like a single piece. It combines 3D pre-shaped wings and deep split at the back, bridged by vented mesh to provide a multi-directional independent motion. The high-tech bacteriostatic top sheet is made with a fiber blend that includes carbon. The perforated bottom piece is designed to pull moisture out from the pad to release it through the short- keeping the actual pad as cool and dry as possible. Variable thickness high-density foam is used for less bulk, but great support and comfort. The total ergonomic shape was developed for all day, every day use, despite it's race-oriented design. The Women's 4Motion has been hailed as one of the best chamois pads on the market and is perfect fort the CB Carbon 2 Short.
The attention to detail and overall construction of this garment is pure Louis Garneau. Perfect finish, with incredible function, and all the technology and features not only make sense, they actually work.and help you maximize your time in the saddle without punishing your most sensitive saddle contact zones. Sizing is true to the chart, but keep in mind that the CB Carbon 2 is more compressive than most shorts, so they will feel tighter going on, but once you start to pedal and engage your muscles you will be more comfortable and eventually thankful for the muscle support. We all want to be comfortable, cool, and dry, no matter what level we ride at, and if mileage and performance frame your goals, the Women's CB Carbon 2 Short will be an excellent choice.