Louis Garneau TRAIL X-GRIP SHOES
About the shoe:
This is actually their level MTB shoe and has two single straps that merge into a wider one for more power transfer. Removable crampons under the toes and a heel retention system make this shoe a practical and affordable solution.
Approximate weight (size 41/1 shoe): 308 g/11 oz
First thoughts were based on the price range and at an msrp of $84.99 I wasn't sure if I was going to get the performance to rival that of the Sidi's and Specialized BG shoes. The design was simple and for me it didn't include a ratchet strap that seem to fail on me after a year or so on most shoes i've tried in the past. The loop on the back I wasn't really fond of I honestly thought I was going to catch it on something, but that has not yet happened. I was worried at first about only having two velcro straps but the width of the top strap made for a tight yet comfortable fit. Even in wet muddy or dry and sandy conditions I never felt the velcro loosen up. The cleat track is durable and stiff but not to the point of being unable to run in them and they clear mud quite well. The design of the toe box is interesting and while I didn't see anything up front to protect it from the elements and damage from bouncing off rocks amongst other things it's held up very well after 4 wors races, 3 12 hour races, and multiple mountain bay rides in all conditions from the wet rain and snow to the dry and dusty. I am very happy with the performance of these shoes and at this price there is no possible way you can go wrong especially if you don't like the ratchet strapping.
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Louis Garneau MEN ALVEO 3K BIB
About These Bib Shorts:
The mesh look-a-like construction of the Alveo 3K Bibshorts provides ventilation and the ability to recover its shape although it has been stretched. Airzone chamois is super ventilated with memory foam that maintains density.
- Ergonomic fit
- 10 panels
- No seams inside legs
- Front reflector
- Back and bottom reflective logos
- Airzone Chamois
I normally don't go the route of a bib short I just didn't like the feel in the past but I'd figure I would give it one more chance and I am glad I did and with a bib at an msrp of $119.99 It is well ahead of it's competition at the pricepoint. Fabric felt heavy at first but the mesh like material allows the short to breath with ease and very comfortable. I was very impressed with the airzone chamois in one major aspect in that the beveled edges really made a difference by not pinching your skin as you move in the saddle as you pedal at a high cadence. A nice touch to add to this as well would be the lack of seams on the inside of the short and the "powerband" got rid of that ever so annoying gel bead at the end of the leg. The only thing I didn't like and I may just need to get used to this is how high the material goes above the waistband and I thought it would get too warm but didn't notice a change except to the slimming of my midsection.....hahahahaha. I am loving these shorts, but I have to keep reminding myself that I still need to use some chamois butter despite how comfortable these bibs are.
For more info go to www.louisgarneau.com
Order through John at Sprocketz here in Weston!!!!