With our full range of Louis Garneau Autumn/Winter 2011-12 clothing now having arrived we thought we’d let you in on our hot picks. Here’s a more detailed look at our favourite long sleeve jerseys and jackets from the range…
Ventila Jersey – £39.99

At the more affordable end of the market the Ventilla LS Jersey represents amazing value for money at only £39.99. Sporting elastic wrists and hem, front and rear reflective ‘LG’ logos and a full length zip it’s available in both the red pictured and fluro yellow for maximum visibility. It’s a ‘Profit’ meaning a racier, tighter fit.

X3 angled back pockets aid access when in a seated position on the bike. Mesh upper back section aids ventilation and fit thanks to its high breathability rating and spandex content.

Inner cell constructed Airdry fabric helps adjust ventilation and wick moisture to keep you dry and comfortable on cool days. Mesh inserts under the arms and a full-length zip assist with temperature regulation.

Tortosa LS Jersey – £59.99

The Tortosa (£59.99) is our second pick of long sleeved jerseys. A nice lightweight jersey with good wind resistance should make it the ideal choice for the cooler autumnal months ahead.

There’s a lot more to the Tortosa than meets the eye. The Super Lite fabric was originally developed by Garneau tech bods for use in their running apparel thanks to its wind resistance and superlight weight (40g per m²). It uses a Mini-Ripstop to improve tear and wear resistance and the nice people at Garneau have even given it water repellent treatment to give it a bit of added resistance to the weather.

The rear features x3 angles pockets with reflective piping running along the top and a reflective Garneau logo for added visability. There’s also a handy light loop which is ideal for attaching a small rear light to like the Electron Backupz for an additional light mounting option. The back and arms are constructed from Garneau’s Airdry Elite 2 fabric – a knitted fabric with a brushed back that retains body heat whilst wicking away any moisture.

Enerblock Cycling Jacket – £99.99

The Enerblock Cycling Jacket is a great value (£99.99) softshell with some great cycle-specific features and an unassuming casual look making it the ideal choice for wearing both on and off the bike. As per Henry Ford’s Model T, it’s only available in the black colourway (albeit with a flash of red in the stitching). The front features x2 reversed zip pockets with an additional pocket on the left sleeve that gives access the headphone port. The Enerblock jacket uses a ‘Profit’ cut meaning a closer fit.

The Enerblock Jacket is constructed from x2 type of fabric. The red fabric is ‘Enerblock’ and is a stretchy merged knit which allows for ease of movement. Its polyurethane membrane and its water-repellent treatment (8000mm) help to keep the wind and water at bay. It has a luxury brushed inside has great thermal properties and it ultra comfy. The black material is ‘Heatmaxx’ which uses an opaque construction with a brushed back to retain body heat.

Premium Flatlock seams are used throughout – a specific sewing machine is used which effectively fuses 2 edges of material together creating a smooth, flat seam. On the inside of the jacket this means flat seams, less bulk but most importantly no uncomfortable rubbing and abrasion against the skin. Neat!

If there’s a logo used on a piece of Garneau clothing it’s more than likely to be reflective. The logo on the arm of the Enerblock is no different.

The Enerblock Jacket benefits from a 2-way zip and a nice inner zip flap that acts like a draft excluder to help keep the wind from travelling through the zip and reaching the body. The chin guard is a nice touch too meaning that the bulky part of the zip won’t irritate and rub on your neck when the jacket’s fully zipped up.

X3 back pockets and a reflective Garneau logo complete the rear.

Massimo Jacket - £139.99

The Massimo Jacket (£139.99) sits at the top of Garneau’s road jacket offerings. It’s a ‘Race Fit’ softshell that’s loaded to kilt with technology and clever features.

A multitude of panels and different fabrics make up the Massimo jacket. Flatlock seams are used throughout for ultimate comfort. ‘WindDry12K’ (white, honeycomb appearance) makes up a large proportion of jacket. It uses a 3-ply construction to combine waterproof (5,000mm), breathability (5,000mp) and elastic properties.

The black ‘Heatmaxx’ panels are visible from the back too which aid heat retention.

The front zip is full length but two-way to maximize accessibility and allowing you to custom tailor the jacket whilst you’re on the bike – i.e. you can zip it up up fully, but then unzip the bottom section for greater movement when in the riding position. Clever stuff! There’s also an inner sublimated flap that runs the full length of the zip to help keep drafts out.

Cycle-specific collar - The collar is purposefully dropped at the front to give added ease of movement whilst in a sitted position on the bicycle.

A welded and fully sealed chest pocket complete with inner heaphone port offers a secure home for you MP3 player or cash/bank cards.

Many of Garneau’s clothing items come in differing cuts. Some are a much racier fit than others, giving a tighter fit meaning you’ll need to possibly size up (liken it to your Italian clothing). To assist with this the kind folks @ Garneau have come up with some handy sizing charts to help you get the right size. There’s on for men and one for women.

Click here to view the complete Louis Garneau range of apparel on the Evans Cycles website.