Louis Garneau Course Race Jacket - Mens - Road Bike Shop
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Louis Garneau Course Race Jacket - Men's
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Our list of expectations for a wet-weather race jacket look something like this: It must provide dependable protection from the elements, it needs to be light on the scale and soft-to-the-touch, and it absolutely must breathe exceptionally. However, above all else, it has to conform to the body with a precise fit. Not surprisingly, when we review the Louis Garneau Course Race Jacket, we see that it not only meets, but exceeds our high expectations. And the fact that it does so for an entirely reasonable price is the proverbial icing on the cake. Garneau's Course Race Jacket caters to the industry's appetite for softer, more compliant, and waterproof fabrics. Of course, such fabrics won't provide the Fort Knox-like protection of hard shell fabrics, but most riders are willing to accept a little permeability for a better fit and breathability. After all, wet is wet, whether the offending moisture comes from the outside or inside. So, to provide an ideal blend of exterior weatherproofing and interior moisture management, Garneau constructed the Course Jacket out of its Extenz fabric -- a 2. 5-layer knit with a polyurethane membrane and Durable Water Repellant (DWR) exterior coating. And to further protect the interior from water, Garneau fully-sealed the jacket's seams. The stretchy'ness of the Extenz fabric allowed Garneau's designers to give the Course Race a body-contouring, aerodynamic fit. Additionally, the elbows have been articulated to eliminate any uncomfortable pinching or pulling when you reach for the handlebars. A full-length zipper with an interior flap keeps wind from sneaking through when you're zipped up, and it also allows for unlimited ventilation. There are two zippered pockets -- one in the rear and a small pocket on the sleeve. A silicone gripper at the hem keeps the jacket from riding up when you're in the drops, and reflective accents throughout the jacket increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions. The Louis Garneau Cou...