Louis Garneau Course Airlite road shoes review£225.00

Unfussily brilliant road footwear

BikeRadar score4.5/5

We expect that even Louis Garneau would admit that it's not among the leading names in cycling shoes, so fierce is the arms race these days between huge brands such as Giro, Mavic and Specialized, with weights being shaved lower and new factors such as aerodynamics being introduced.

By contrast, LG has kept the Course Airlite straightforward, and that’s why we just didn’t see it coming. This shoe is brilliant.

The Course Airlite doesn’t try so hard to be techy that it compromises comfort, a trap that many shoes now fall into. The dual IP1 Boas provide micro-adjustment both ways for easy mid-ride tweaks, and you can pull them out for an instant full release, so they’re easy to get out of quickly. The shape is great and it fits like a sock, with the supple upper form-fitting rather than boxy, and the dual Boas giving a more precise fit than a single dial.

The heel hold is solid without being too aggressive and the venting is top notch. Thoughtfully, LG provides two sets of insoles, one perforated for hot weather and one more insulated for the winter. Freezing or overheating feet can ruin a ride and these insoles make a useful difference.

The sole is extremely stiff, only out-done by the freakily rigid bath-type carbon soles of Bonts and the Lake CX402. Personally, I prefer the feel of these. Unless you’re a track sprinter, I expect you will, too.

There’s good arch support, the heel pads are replaceable from the inside, the weight of 268g (size 45) is low and we found them to be comfortable for hours.

This article was originally published in Procycling magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Jamie Wilkins

Deputy Editor, Procycling / Editor, Urban Cyclist, Procycling Magazine
Rides fast everywhere, all the time. Jamie started riding age 12, first on mountain bikes, progressing through cross-country and downhill racing (followed by motorcycle road racing and a dark time as a runner). A dedicated roadie since 2007, Jamie has dabbled in road racing, crits and time trials, but has the most fun simply riding hard with a couple of friends, chasing daft average speeds. Needless to say, Jamie values pure performance above all else and loves aero kit. Fiercely honest in his reviews. Has a chain-cleaning fetish.
  • Age: 37
  • Height: 185cm / 6'1"
  • Weight: 71kg / 156lb
  • Waist: 79cm / 31in
  • Chest: 96cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Mountains, rolling stuff, flat and windy, hacking through the city…
  • Current Bikes: Ridley Noah SL 20, Scappa Purosangue, Canyon Speedmax 9.0 SL
  • Dream Bike: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 9.0 LTD, in red, please. And a Pashley Guv'nor.
  • Beer of Choice: Recovering teetotaller, still working this one out
  • Location: Bath, UK

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